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Doubtlessly you could trace exposed lingerie to the Victorians and the corset or other such ilk, but if we’re really talking showing your bra—during the day—for style, unabashedly, all roads lead to Carrie Bradshaw. Bradshaw either favored brightly hued multi-layer straps peeking out from a tank a la 90s ravers, or a full side bra in a blouson top. It’s not a look for everyone, but it could be argued that the fictional sex writer’s uninhibited way with showing it off infiltrated the style-conscious masses and anesthetized them to underwear as almost-outerwear—to say nothing of Madonna or Jean Paul Gautlier. That’s just underwear as outwear. Period. Same goes for bra tops and completely sheer shirts, another tale for another day.
If the freewheeling, shoe-loving single gal in New York was the style icon of the late aughts and early 2000s, then today it’s all about the fashion blogger. Taking cues from fashion internet stars and European blondes Elin Kling and Camille Charrière, the bra-revealing look now is quite demure—a bit of a lacy black underthing without padding or wires—no Miracles here—under a simple white blouse unbuttoned.
So, it would seem, a little bra apparently never offended anyone here, but I’ll keep my bra under wraps (or at least under cashmere for now) at work and save a game of show off for evening-only
Read more: Bras as Outerwear – Lingerie Dressing – Harper’s BAZAAR Magazine
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