How to wear lingerie outside the bedroom: 5 alluring everyday outfits

Valentine’s Day lingerie is too pretty to hide behind closed doors. Embrace the underwear as outerwear trend and use your prettiest delicates as the base for a stunning ensemble

13 February 2019 - 12:09 By Nothemba Mkhondo
Up the ante on your Valentine's Day outfit by putting a little of your lingerie on display.
Up the ante on your Valentine's Day outfit by putting a little of your lingerie on display.
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1. GET SUITED

When wearing high-waisted pants or a short suit, swap your crop top or boob tube for a lacy bralette. A flash of lace, combined with sharp shoulders and leg-lengthening trousers, creates a powerful, yet feminine, look.

Swap your crop top for a sexy bralette.
Swap your crop top for a sexy bralette.
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Make your outfit a little racy by letting your bralette peek through.
Make your outfit a little racy by letting your bralette peek through.
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Shirt and asymmetrical pleated skirt by SA designer Thebe Magugu.
Shirt and asymmetrical pleated skirt by SA designer Thebe Magugu.
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2. LAYER UP

Try reverse layering by wearing your bra as an accessory on top of your clothing. The key here is to choose a classic bra that goes with your base outfit — think clean lines, solid complementary colours — all in all, less is more.

3. PLAY PEEK-A-BOO

A sure-fire way to let your underwear shine without showing too much skin is by topping it with something sheer. Whether you go for a bodysuit or classic high-waisted knickers and a bralette, choose a splash of colour that will pop out from under your see-through dress or top.

Show off your lingerie with a sheer dress.
Show off your lingerie with a sheer dress.
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Sheer dresses allow you to show of your lingerie without showing off too much skin.
Sheer dresses allow you to show of your lingerie without showing off too much skin.
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Wearing a corset as outerwear kicks your outfit up a level.
Wearing a corset as outerwear kicks your outfit up a level.
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4. GET WAISTED

A corset translates easily from the boudoir to everyday wear. Top a crisp shirt or dress with this waist-cinching garment and opt for voluminous sleeves for maximum effect.

Why not colour block your bra with your outfit?
Why not colour block your bra with your outfit?
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5. COLOUR CONTRAST

Play with contrast by letting your bra show from a deep V-neck top. If you’re feeling bold, colour block your underwear with your outfit to make even more of a statement.


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