Loungerie is a relatively new fashion term
(2010/2011) that defines
lingerie-like apparel and underpinnings that were intended to
remain inside the
items that can be classified as loungerie include camisoles, slip
dresses, garter tank tops,
and lace-top stockings, which were originally designed to remain
underneath it all.
Rather than being tucked beneath
another layer of clothes such as
cardigan sweaters, low-cut dresses,
and sheer apparel, these loungerie items are doing more
than playing peek-a-boo.
romantic, and feminine, these loungerie-like items are making quite
a fashion statement as they are being worn on the outside rather
than as a layering piece. The trend can be traced back to
the 1930s when the “flapper" movement had relaxed its rigid
rules about wearing restricting corsets. At that time, designers
began introducing slip
dresses, which had a fitted bust and a narrowly fitting dress.
term is a recent addition to the fashion dictionary, the trend for
flaunting outerwear on the outside is certainly not a recent
contribution to fashion. Aside from its debut in the 30s, the
loungerie look also made a comeback during the 80s when
Madonna flaunted the bra-look while performing on stage.
During the “Like a Virgin" era, millions of young
girls around the world emulated Madonna as they flaunted bras worn
as outerwear, as well as lace and fingerless gloves, fishnet
stockings, and tulle skirts.
90s, satin slip dresses with adjustable straps became quite popular
again. Women often layered them over t-shirts. Pop icon Gwen
Stefani is also renowned for wearing underwear-inspired looks during
Flaunting underwear on the outside is certainly a trend that has
proved that it has staying power. In fact, pop icon Rihanna took
fashion cues from Madonna when she wore a
Zac Posen dress with a cone bra in 2008. A host of other
designers and brands introduced slip dresses, among them
Stella McCartney, Juicy Couture, Benetton, and beyond.
Written for Apparel Search by Regina Cooper