Friday, 20 November 2009

It's what's on the inside that counts...

As modelled by Lily Allen , an important ‘mini trend’ for AW09 is underwear as outerwear – to put it bluntly, flashing your underwear to the world. But before you hear alarm bells ringing, I’m not talking about going out in just your bra and knickers, a la Katie Price and other such attention grabbing celebs. The look is subtle, a hint of lace or satin peeking out from under a knitted jumper is the perfect amount of sexiness mixed with practicality for the cold winter we are bound to be having any day now. Kate Moss’ most recent range for Topshop encompassed lingerie pieces, and if it’s good enough for her…

The trend can be divided into two key looks – satin and lace. Satin adds a luxe look to any outfit especially in muted tones with a chunky knit layered over the top. I love this satin dress from for £38, versatile enough to wear both day and night.

There are a number of satin pieces on the high street at the moment but if you want to make your outfit that extra bit individual then consider wearing a silky pyjama top instead for that ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed looking fabulous’ look.

Lacy numbers are best worn mixed in as a subtle element of your outfit, this lace body from Topshop for £18 would look great teamed with a black body-con skirt and oversized denim shirt. The denim shirt would cover up the majority of the body leaving only a hint of lace on show making the overall look understated and more appropriate for everyday.

For night, pair the body with some silky trousers and sexy heels; the baggier the trousers the bigger the contrast to the body and the more effortless the outfit looks.

The key accessories for this look are glamorous but subtle – lacy tights, pearl necklaces and beaded headbands. This layered pearl necklace from Accessorize is perfect at only £20 – the more layers the better!

If you want to go against the grain and turn the trend on its head then try rocking up the look with a pair of edgy ankle boots. Satin cami + skinnies + ankle boots = laid back, rock chick perfection.

This trend can be as simple or as complicated as you like – just flashing a lacy bra strap adds an extra edge to your outfit and reveals a bit of your fashion personality to the world. It’s perfect for lazy Christmas days at home – satin and lace can add glamour to any outfit. Think relaxed elegance and you’ve hit the nail on the head. But wear it with your reindeer pyjamas bottoms and you’ve definitely gone too far.

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