Runway Lingerie: High Fashion for the Boudoir

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Despite its popularity for the past few seasons, the underwear as outerwear trend shows no signs of going away.  From Dolce & Gabbana’s classic lace bodysuits to Jean Paul Gaultier’s burlesque couture for Dita von Teese, sexy is back…in a big way.

The runway lingerie look is vintage-inspired, ultra-feminine, and delicately adult all at the same, and the materials are sheer, mesh, and lace with lots and lots of black.  Best of all, everyone can incorporate a piece into their wardrobe, no matter their budget.  Here are a few of my favorite looks:

 Norma Kamali Bathing Suit

(also check out her sheer gown and sheer shirt)

Ophelia Black Playsuit/Teddy

Agent Provocateur “Nikita” Bra, Brief, & Garter Belt

Made by Niki Girdle

Lucy B Garter Panty

 Secrets in Lace Sheer Blouse
 What Katie Did Underbust Corset
Kiss Me Deadly Vargas Dress
(yes, it’s just that awesome)
Wolford Satin Touch Evening Thigh Highs
*Credits: Top 3 images from


  1. Annmarie
    16/08/10 at 21:39

    Wow, that white underbust corset looks a little extreme with such a narrow waistline.
    Much to no one's surprise the teddy is my favorite, but unfortunately looks like with the shipping the cost is around $135.
    Lately I've been eyeing the new teddy by Secrets in Lace, which sells for about half of that, and wonder if anyone has already purchased it and may have a feedback.
    Take a look at:

  2. Treacle
    16/08/10 at 21:42

    @Annmarie–Of course, you wouldn't have to lace your corset down so far. I imagine the model in the photo has a lot of experience with wearing corsets!

    As far as the teddy…there's a big difference between Ophelia's and Secrets in Lace's version. Ophelia handmakes her teddies to order. Secrets in Lace does not.

    There's nothing with either approach, of course, but it's not fair to compare the two as they're simply in different categories.

  3. madamori
    17/08/10 at 8:54

    I'm loving the Secrets in Lace sheer blouse. It's a bit English and a bit naughty. I <3 it!

  4. Cafe Fashionista
    17/08/10 at 18:54

    Ooh, the Norma Kamali Bathing Suit is breathtaking – it is tres Marilyn Monroe!! :)

  5. Annamarie
    17/08/10 at 21:07

    Hey Treacle (#2)- that was a "rapid response", some three minutes after I posted mine ;)
    In any case, of course you're right that this is not a fair comparison and I still wish I could afford the Ophelia one.

    Unfortunately even hard core addicts need to make compromises every once in awhile…

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