Dressing fashionably is something we all like to do. By watching the models as they parade down the runways at the Paris, London, Milan and New York fashion shows, we get a glimpse into the glamorous world of haute couture – and wonder how on earth we can achieve those same looks?Last autumn the events showcasing clothes for 2014 aired more lingerie than usual. Trends showing our undergarments peeping through clothing and a general shift towards accentuating the feminine form have definitely started gathering momentum. Leading fashion designers, such as Stella McCartney and Dolce and Gabbana, teamed outfits with garments that borrowed heavily from lingerie styles, and lacy and ultra feminine fabrics were employed to great success.
We are living in pretty sexy times right now. Pop culture is alive with erotica, whether it’s in the Fifty Shades books or twerking musical starlets, and the fashion world is reacting accordingly. Taking the pulse of the cultural mood, style leaders are pushing things in a sensual direction.
Fashion shows with their edgy designers and sometimes outlandish costumes deliberately push the style boundaries, and this is where the most innovative and bold ideas get laid down. After the catwalk shows, the signature looks gradually filter down to the high street and the more mainstream designers attempt to interpret the new styles.
The world of lovely lingerie is never forgotten on the catwalks. Let’s be honest, beautiful lingerie is not really designed to be hidden under clothing, it’s created to be admired. With this in mind, in 2014 lingerie designers really go to town on the sexiest, skimpiest and most exquisite creations ever seen in the boudoir.
Trend spotters for lingerie brands have noticed a push towards the babydoll nightie in all its forms. Whether it’s cute and fresh in white poplin with a retro feel, or vampish and dangerous in dark silks and satins, sexy lingerie nighties are calling the tune in the bedroom this year.
Other trends include patterned fabrics for ultra-feminine bras and briefs. Lingerie lovers should look out for geometric and honeycomb designs coupled with sheer metallic fabrics and fine lacework and embroidery detailing.
The trend for wearing sexy swimwear on the outside will result in pieces that are finely decorated. Jewels, beading and sequins are becoming popular, as lingerie is adapting to a wider audience. Mixing formal day wear with a visible camisole in lace or vintage silk is no longer considered inappropriate and the rise in seamed stockings and fishnets for every day use is really taking hold.
Achieving current lingerie styles needn’t be expensive. A simple, sheer camisole with lace trim is easy enough to get hold of, and customizing it with pretty pearls, beads or sequins will lift it into another realm. Do the same with bras, briefs and nighties so they shimmer and catch the light. A corset or bustier coupled with jeans or skirt makes a fantastic evening outfit, combining fun, flirty and feminine all in one.
Oh yes, our love affair with lingerie has definitely been rekindled. Who knows where we go from here? The only certainty is that from now on, we will be seeing a lot more of lingerie… both in and out of the bedroom.