underwear as outerwear

Intimate Experiments

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Do you ever dream of a world where you have a lingerie solution for every conceivable outfit and occasion?

Me too.

Unfortunately building the perfect lingerie wardrobe takes a lot of time, trial and error. There is no easy route or quick fix to underwear utopia.

Apparently there are seven different types of breasts and there are countless body shapes and size combinations. What may work for one woman may not work for you. There's no avoiding it - in order find the perfect underpinnings to suit your shape, size and lifestyle you need to be open to experimentation.

The results can vary - sometimes you find a life-enhancing bra or a game-changing ensemble but sometimes you end up with a yeast infection or a pair Spanx so tight they cause indigestion.

It's just an awkward, often embarrassing and sometimes liberating part of life's journey and there is nothing we love more than watching these very real, honest and funny experiments on Youtube.

Enjoy!

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Women With Big Boobs Wear Strapless Bras For A Week

 

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Women Wear Expensive Lingerie For A Week

 

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Women go Braless for a Week

 

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Women Try Period Panties

 

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The Try Guys Try Valentine's Day Lingerie

THE AW17 NYFW EDIT

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LA PERLA runway debut

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ON THE RUNWAY:

LUXOURIOUS VELVET

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ON THE RUNWAY:

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

NEAM KHAM

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ON THE RUNWAY:

TANTALISING TASSELS

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All runway images via Vogue.com

 

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Lingerie as outerwear 2016

 

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While underwear as outerwear is not a new phenomenon, 2016 has certainly been the year of revealing ruffles, silk slips and elegant exposure.

From luxurious loungewear to seductive suits and floor skimming sheer gowns, underpinnings have been utilised to elevate any ensemble.

For a unforgettable New Year's Eve outfit, we take inspiration from the most seductive stars...

 

 

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Izabel Goulart

While attending the screening of Julieta at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Izabel Goulart layered a sweeping blush-hued silk satin robe over an intricately beaded bustier.

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon caused a social media backlash and misogynist stir at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar-winning actor wore a white, double-breasted, buttoned-up Max Mara suit with a visible black bra underneath. Many misogynists couldn't handle her 69-year old cleavage but we (and every sane person) thought she looked stunning in her seductive and sophisticated ensemble.

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Ashley Graham

At the launch of her new lingerie line at Nordstrom this year, Ashley Graham wore a mid-length black pencil skirt and a sheer top over Adina Reay's Fran black balcony bra. It is not the first time this year Ashley Graham has worn lingerie as outwear and it is great to see her supporting an independent UK lingerie designer.

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Kendall Jenner

Lace bralets have been hugely popular this year and none more so than Kendall's favourite Anine Bing bra. First worn at Coachella, Kendall has been spotted wearing it on several occasions. Our favourite look is her 90's over-a-plain-white-tee pairing.

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Katy Perry

At this year's pre-grammy party, Katy Perry exhibited gothic glamour with an oversized black cross necklace, back trousers and a show-stopping intricately gold embellished corset.

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Bella Hadid

At the launch party in honour of the 272-page Rizzoli tome, Dior: The Art of Color, Bella Hadid worn a lingerie inspired outfit. A stunning floor-skimming creation of nude polka dot tulle and boning over a crisp white menswear inspired lingerie set.

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Dascha Polanco

At the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards in July, Orange Is The New Black actress, Dascha Polanco looked sensational in a sheer patterned peach-coloured bodysuit which revealed her matching lingerie set.

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Winnie Harlow

This summer, model-of-the-moment Winnie Harlow wore a luxurious black silk robe, satin bodysuit, stockings and suspenders to Lewis Hamilton's Grand Prix Party at Cafe Royal in London.

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UNDRESSING NYFW: SS17

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clockwise from top left: COCO DE MER | PASSIONATA | HUIT | HARLOW & FOX

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ON THE RUNWAY:

LUXOURIOUS LACE

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AGENT PROVOCATEUR | I.D SARRIERI

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ON THE RUNWAY:

LOUNGEWEAR AS OUTERWEAR

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White Wash

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* more skin-tones are available.

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AGENT PROVOCATEUR | BORDELLE | VOLLERS THE CORSET CO.

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ON THE RUNWAY:

SWIMWEAR

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All runway images via Vogue.com

 

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Summer Style: The Silk Camisole

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Black silk camisole by THREE GRACES LONDON

The silk camisole is this season's hottest wardrobe staple; Effortlessly chic and perfect for both day and night. It's the ideal layering piece - as versatile as the British weather.

Here are 4 ways to wear yours this summer ...

 

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Pair with jeans for a simple and sophisticated look. This outfit can easily take you from desk to dance floor, simply swap out your shoes and accessories for a completely new feel. Or team with a lace bralet for a more seductive style.

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ON TOP OF A TEE

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Recreate Cher Horowitz's tennis court ensemble with the iconic 90's  cami-over-tee combo. Now that silk camisoles and slip dresses are returning to fashion, it seems as good a time as ever to revive the throwback trend.

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OVER A SHIRT

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This summer's equivalent  to Autumn/Winters's sweater-over-shirt combo. Nothing feels better than a crisp white shirt on a warm day and this look is great for the office.

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WITH A POLO NECK

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Another 90s favourite -  layer your cami over a polo neck. It will give your outfit a whole new twist and will keep you warm on those inevitable cooler days of summer.

6 Stunning Silk Camisoles

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Designer Profile: Marika Vera

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Marika Vera

 is a luxurious lingerie label, designed by stylist and fashion designer Marika Vera. After studying Fashion Design at the Isitutuo Marangoni in London, Marika went on to work for several fashion and intimates brands, including Pauric Sweeney, Giles Deacon, Vanessa Bruno and Yes Master, before launching her eponymous label in 2010.

Now based in the heart of Mexico City, Marika designs timeless pieces that elegantly bridge the gap between underwear and outerwear. Worn by countless celebrities including Rihanna, Daisy Lowe and Emily Ratajkowsky, the brand effortlessly combines style and sensuality for the modern woman.

Marika Vera is sold in small boutiques in London, LA, NYC and Sydney and they will be opening their store in Mexico City, Polanco Area in September.

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You studied in Australia, and at the Istituto Marangoni in London, then made the decision to return to Mexico and launch your own brand. How important is your international background and your Mexican soul?

 

When I graduated I had no choice but to come back to my country, it is hard to find a job in Europe with a Mexican passport. In Mexico it is hard to find a well-paid job as a designer and the lingerie industry is very focused on the mass-market, it’s about volume and Mexican consumer behaviour (mainly padded bras and shape-wear), so I had no choice but to try to build my own brand. I think the International experience has influenced my fashion culture and knowledge of design; however, it is here in my country where I found the infrastructure to make it happen at a reasonable price. My soul is in making women all around the world feel free when they work, when they seduce.

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How would you define SIGNATURE by Marika Vera, your diffusion line of lingerie?

 

SIGNATURE by Marika Vera is an extensive collection of reinvented teddies, negligees, kimonos, bodysuits and lingerie. Complemented by a mix of luxury basics that fit into every modern woman’s wardrobe. The garments are made in Mexico with high quality fabrics and trimmings, always following delicate and minimalistic lines, without compromising the erotic element of the garments.

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What are your sources of inspiration?

 

I am always on the search for what’s happening in the world of fashion, music, art and design. I love to find strong female characters in films; a few days ago, I found this amazing Director from the 1930’s - Busky Berkeley, he was such a great artist and his work was very related to femininity and eroticism. He was the one that made that Carmen Miranda video "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", I highly recommend having a look at his black and white work. I love vintage lingerie and swimwear and I own a collection of cheap yet amazing finds, which inspire me a lot in the design process.

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Any tips to young designers that are going to approach the lingerie world?

 

Get to know the market, the competitors, give your best at your graduation collection, ask for internships more than 10 times if necessary in the places you admire, understand female bodies, design things you will wear anytime to represent your sensuality. If you are building a brand focus on finding production and materials that allow you to have a competitive price, you need to compete if you want to have creative freedom and continue to grow.

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INTERVIEW | WWW.MAREDIMODA.COM

 

VISIT THE MARIKA VERA WEBSITE

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The New Body

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- EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL -

 

Forget the BODYSUIT, this season it's all about the BODYSHIRT. Effortlessly combining underwear & outerwear, these pieces are luxuriously loose fitting, versatile and the ultimate SS16 wardrobe staple.

 

Photography/Styling/Make-up: LINGERIE LA FEMME

Model: MATHLIDA @ MILK MODELS

 


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Black lace body by ERES

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White silk body by ALIX

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Silk shirt body by BODY EDITIONS

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 - MORE BODYSHIRTS -

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AW16: The NYFW Edit

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PLAID & TARTAN

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 bikini and swimsuits above by COVER SWIM

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ON THE RUNWAY:

HOSIERY

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AGENT PROVOCATEUR | FORTNIGHT LABEL | FOR LOVE AND LEMONS | ARAKS

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

REEM ACRA

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Reem Acra's AW16 show was quite possibly the most seductive collection on the NY catwalk this season. Filled with silk, lace and body skimming silhouettes, all 45 looks are a lingerie lover's dream.

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LONELY LABEL SWIM | BASE RANGE | EBERJEY | LONELY LABEL SWIM

All runway images via Vogue.com

 

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THE FASHION WEEK EDIT - PART TWO

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camisole THE ROW | bra INTIMISSIMI | jeans J BRANDintimissimi-lingerie-lace-bra-product-3-web

underwear-as-outerwear-lingerie-models-1-maison-close-leather-bra-10jeans J BRAND | blazer THEORY | leather bra MAISON CLOSE | harness MAISON CLOSE 

New for 2015

Lingerie La Femme presents a subtle take on the much loved underwear-as-outerwear trend. Work your favourite lingerie into your wardrobe for a look that is sexy without showing too much skin.

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jeans J BRAND | draped top DONNA KARAN | bra CHROMAT AT COCO DE MURchromat-lingerie-coco-de-mur-bra-product-5--web underwear-as-outerwear-lingerie-models-1-karolina-laskowska-bow-bra-07jeans J BRAND | shirt AMERICAN VINTAGE | bra KAROLINA LASKOWSKAkarolina-laskowska-lingerie-silk-harness-product-2-webunderwear-as-outerwear-lingerie-models-1-malice-cage-bra-03jumpsuit MICHAEL KORS | bra MALICE LINGERIE malice-lingerie-cage-bra-product-1-web underwear-as-outerwear-lingerie-models-1-malice-cage-bra-05


TEAM CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING  LINGERIE LA FEMME

HAIR/ MAKE-UP  JESS SIMPSON

MODEL  BEATRIZ @ MODELS 1lingerielafemme-nadiaking