Showing posts with label innerwear as outerwear. Show all posts
Showing posts with label innerwear as outerwear. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Outfit: Taking the Camisole Past the Bedroom

So, I get a lot of criticism (some of it not so direct, but I still get the gist of it nonetheless) for posting items that are expensive and "too luxe" for the average consumer. But isn't part of the fun of having a blog the fact that I can post whatever I want if I think it looks beautiful? I've never said that I've bought every piece on this blog, most of them are wishlist-y items that I admire or see potential in for a cool outfit, like this Kiki de Montparnasse Amour camisole.

Camisoles aren't really my thing for a few reasons, but mostly I just prefer the low-key option o' cotton. But I love this Kiki cami because I think it could make such a solidly cool outfit. It looks pretty plain from the front, but the back of it ties up to expose those super-toned back muscles you've been working on in yoga (I know what you've been up do, don't worry).
So voilĂ : three different outfit ideas for this camisole, courtesy of my boredom + Polyvore. Oh and also, yesterday marked my 6-year anniversary with NYC, and I'd like to think of these outfits as wish list wardrobes to celebrate my lovely little milestone with the best city in the world. xx

Date Night Downtown

Weekend Night Out

A Rare Club Night

Monday, July 23, 2012

Everythings: CHANEL's The Little Black Jacket

I was away in Paris for two weeks in June, during which CHANEL's The Little Black Jacket exhibit came to NYC. Tragic irony. Luckily for me, my bestie Erica Paik went with our friend Jess Tice and took in the show. Erica texted me one photo from the exhibit she thought I would like and I immediately asked her to write a guest post on the exhibit, highlighting the portraits that featured lingerie and lingerie-inspired outfits. I wish I could've seen the exhibit—I flipped through the book and the photographs made me ooh and aah, so I can only imagine how I would've reacted at the actual exhibit (i.e. quietly losing my shit inside my head). Thank you Erica for this lovely write-up!

While Esther was away in Paris for business, my friend Jess and I managed to experience a little bit of Paris in NYC.  The Little Black Jacket has been making its way across the globe, and we were lucky to catch it on its last day in the city. I sent a few photos to Esther that I thought would peak her interest.

The space was dark except for the illuminated photographs/posters. 

I had a sneaking suspicion that Esther would love this image of Georgia May Jagger. The tough girl attitude, black kohl rimmed eyes, inner wear as her almost only outerwear, and those statement accessories—how cool is she? [Ed. note: UM, SO COOL. This is hands down one of my favorite portraits in the exhibit... well, at least in the book since I missed the exhibit.]

Poppy Delevigne manages too look like one of the Three Graces in her undergarments, robe, ballet flats and Chanel jacket. Why not?

Oh, Kirsten Dunst! From her leopard print bustier with high waisted skirt to the jacket casually draped on her shoulder, I thought this image was just perfect. I can see someone wearing an outfit like this on a late summer evening especially as we are currently going through a heat wave. 

I just love this portrait of Charlotte Gainsbourg and her pregnant belly smiling towards the portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin. It looks as the two of them of sharing a special moment in the middle of the entire exhibition. [Ed. note: Okay, fine. I know there's no lingerie here, but c'mon! It's such a cute curatorial choice!]

I’m so glad that Esther is back and hope you enjoyed this PLU Everythings moment courtesy of The Little Black Jacket and random Thursday art nights.


P.S. Call your mama and share a laugh today.

All photos © 2012 Erica Paik

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fashion Friday: The Tumblr Archives / Vol. 1

Pretty lingerie or lingerie-inspired outfits culled from my Tumblr this week.

Photo sources from top: Lara Stone via / Karlie, Natasha & Edita via / Natalie Joos photographed by Marley Kate via Amanda Norgaard via / Barbara Palvin via

Monday, March 5, 2012

Milan Fashion Week: Lingerie Inspirations at Jil Sander F/W '12

Yep, it was Raf Simons' final collection for Jil Sander and it was pretty sweet, clean and full of lingerie inspired details that I loved. Bustier shapes, kimono robe silhouettes, bra-like keyholes in dresses—these were some of my favorites (and the coats are gorgeous. So gorgeous).

Images via To view the full slideshow, click here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Visual: A Little Bridal Lingerie Inspiration

Beegee Margenyte by Hunter & Gatti for Vogue Spain Brides

Just a little visual bridal lingerie inspiration for a Monday holiday afternoon before the craziness of CURVE NY starts tomorrow! I loved how lingerie takes the focus in some of these photos and there's one with a bodysuit as an untraditional wedding... dress? Makes you think, right?

More photos after the jump. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hump Day Pick: Silk-Chiffon Ruffles from Jenny Packham

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Don't lie to me—you love this too, don't you? I love the possibility of versatility with this jacket, read: just because it's called a "bed jacket" don't mean you gotta keep it in the bedroom. As long as you're not wearing heavy jewelry that'll snag it and ultimately make you sad, I think it's safe to say this would look amazing layered over jeans, a black bodysuit and riding boots.

But you know, this picture below totally sold me on keepin' it boudoir (I'm so going to trademark that) too:
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Ugh, Jenny Packham—why must you torture me with your silk confections of amazingness? Hump day indeed. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year's Eve Party Outfits Inspired by BRULEE

Happy holidays y'all! New Year's Eve is in a few short days and you know I can't resist an opportunity to play around on Polyvore. I used some of my favorite bodysuits from BRULEE Lingerie as a base for some party outfit ideas I love. I love bodysuits as outerwear. Brulee has a few with super-sexy details, whether it's mesh cutouts or lace-up backs, and NYE is the perfect time to rock some of these. For more information about each item, click through on the image to go to Polyvore.

Brulee bodysuit image via Brulee. All others via

I really love red and purple together. No, I'm not color blind. If you have any taste at all, you'd know that, oddly enough, these two bold colors harmonize really well (even evidenced in the earrings!). Sorry, didn't mean to sound so patronizing. But look at how classy that looks! And when worn with a neutral-yet-classy silver bodysuit, create a perfect party outfit—especially if you want all eyes on you, all night long. And I know you do.

Brulee bodysuit image via Brulee. Rag & Bone boot image via All others via

This one's for the downtown girl, or the girl who lives in Midtown East with a downtown spirit and realistically knows that getting a cab on NYE will be impossible so she wants to avoid wearing heels at all costs and keep her legs warm. Yes, this one is probably my personal favorite. The bodysuit looks so demure from the front, but it's all party in the back. You'll want some Low Beams for this one (unless STN is your thing). I love the contrast of the neutral colors with the neon clutch too. Let's be real—throw on your favorite cardigan from your boyfriend's closet and you have the perfect weekend brunch outfit with this one. Versatility—that's my motto. You're welcome.

Brulee bodysuit image via Brulee. Clutch image via All others via

Bringing real meaning to the phrase "shake ya tailfeather". I avoided sequins in this post on purpose. They'll snag on other people's clothes and after your sequins snag that girl's silk Lanvin dress (let's be serious, it's probably from H&M but still she's mad and is about to dump her vodka & cranberry all over your perfect blowout) the partay will be kind of over. But feathers! They might shed and tickle a little but that's okay. You can pick out feathers from people's drinks—no harm, no fowl. Haha get it? Fowl. But anyway, this mint green + black bodysuit is just asking for a peacock setup. Strut your stuff and show 'em what you're working with. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lingerie Inspirations at Morgan Carper's S/S 2012 Presentation

First off, HAPPY PEPERO DAY! If you don't know what Pepero is, hasten to your nearest bodega or Asian grocer and pick up these tasty chocolate-covered sesame sticks (or read this Wikipedia entry). You'll notice that I posted this at 11:11am today.

Sooo... I've been holding onto these photos since Morgan Carper's gorgeous S/S 2012 presentation a few months ago, mostly because they were so pretty and I didn't want to share. I know, I know, bad blogger. *hand smack*

I had never seen Morgan Carper's pieces in person, and I really loved the movement of some of her looks, like the leather-trimmed fringe skirt in the first photo, and the way the white dress in center of the second photo drapes and flows. I also got so much inspiration for styling intimates as ready-to-wear after this, so thank you *hat tip*

Hope y'all enjoy these few photos before you start your weekend. Have an amazing one! xoxo

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


PRETTY LITTLE UNDERTHINGS.COM IS 1 YEAR OLD! Yippee! I'll be honest, I can't believe a whole year has already passed by, nor can I believe I'm still posting to this blog. It feels really special to have created something that so many people appreciate and love, and I'm really thankful to everyone who has supported me from the beginning through now, and hopefully will continue in the future.

So to help me celebrate, I asked a few of my amazing friends who all have very different personal styles to create their own look that incorporates their favorite lingerie of the moment. This first look is by my fantastic friend Janet, featuring the Jenna Leigh Kyoto Set. I laughed out loud when I saw this because really—this is EXACTLY her style. Thanks love! Keep an eye out for more sets to come.

Pretty Little Underthings' 1st Birthday Bash, Polyvore Style: Janet's Look

Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Pretty Little Underthings

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You Know You Want One More Giveaway...

Hi guys!!! How was your week? Good? Bad? I'm going to make it better. Underwear in Austin, TX wants one of you to have an awesome piece of lingerie from their fabulously curated boutique. I've yet to visit the store in person, but they have a fantastic e-commerce site with tons of gorgeous lingerie and loungewear. The tough part of shopping online sometimes is that smaller sizes are usually gone first, but Underwear always seems to have the pieces I want in my size.

Sooo guess what they're offering up for this really rad giveaway?!
Yeap, that's right—The Lake and Stars Citadel Pinstripe chemise! I gushed about this in March and then finally splurged on it when Journelle had an amazing 30% off sale, aaaand it is definitely one of the best pieces I've had for this summer. I wear it as a top with skirts and shorts and pants and jeans... you get the point. I just roll up the bottom to tuck it into high-waisted shorts since there's a pretty sturdy wide elastic at the bottom. I can't wait to come up with new outfits with it for fall and winter, but honestly, it's pretty freakin' awesome on it's own too.

Aaanyway, Elizabeth at Underwear loves Pretty Little Underthings (you lucky ducks!) and is offering a chemise to one lucky reader! Just follow the instructions below to enter, and I'll announce the winner over on Facebook on Friday, August 19th

Mandatories to enter the giveaway:
1. Like Pretty Little Underthings on Facebook
2. Like Underwear on Facebook
3. Leave a comment with your email address (otherwise I won't be able to contact you)

And extra entries for:
4. Follow me on Twitter @e5thelove—leave your Twitter handle in your comment too!
5. Follow Underwear on Twitter @shopunderwear

The giveaway will close on Friday, August 19th at 12pm EST. Good luck! xoxo

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tempting Tuesdays: Celebrating with a Vintagey Set from The Lake and Stars

Tuesdays will feature a lustworthy lingerie set and a suggested retailer. I think we all need a little something beautiful to at least look at to get us through the week. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Wave Lace Bustier Bra and High-Waisted Briefs by The Lake and Stars
I haven't done a Tempting Tuesdays post in awhile, so I thought it was only appropriate that the comeback post would be dedicated to my first lingerie love, The Lake and Stars. I picked up this set for myself Memorial Day weekend as a "yay, new job!" gift to myself (I'm single, I'm allowed to reward myself for lots of reasons), and a surprise 20% off at Azaleas NYC didn't hurt either.

This set can seem a bit intimidating in photos, but it really has an incredibly gorgeous delicate quality as well. I'm definitely filing the bottoms under "power bitch briefs" (and I'll even make a new tag for that), but the hook-and-eye closure in the back makes 'em hottie-hot-hot. I love that they took their Grand Prix briefs and added the lace panel in front. The architectural feel of the lines in the briefs give the illusion that they're sculpting around your body—without the Spanx effect.

The long-line bustier bra is a dream come true for innerwear-as-outerwear connoisseurs. Even before I bought this, when I first saw it on Azaleas' site, I was already thinking of ways I could wear it and incorporate it into everyday outfits. Let's be serious—it's WAY too gorgeous to hide from the world. I tried it on at home with a black maxi skirt that I wear high-waisted, and it ended up looking like an amazing dress. Throw on a sheer-ish white linen button-down (well, maybe not these days because it's like, 80 and humid in NYC and I'd rather not wear clothes but for common decency I have to), shorts, and your favorite flat sandals for a casual summer evening look! I'm going to have a lot of fun with this one, that's for sure.

Wave lace bustier bra, $165. Available at Azaleas NYC and
Wave lace high-waisted briefs, $60. Available at Azaleas NYC and

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tempting Tuesdays: Marni's Summer-Pretty Silk Set

Tuesdays will feature a lustworthy lingerie set and a suggested retailer. I think we all need a little something beautiful to at least look at to get us through the week. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Marni Printed Silk Bra & Briefs Set
You probably know by now that I'm a total sucker for prints, and Marni got me again with this summer-pretty set. I love how the print either looks like an abstract floral or a pretty badass rope chain. I'm all for either one, especially on such pretty silk. It's a perfect bra to wear under an slightly oversized solid tank—it's got all the detail you need to dress up an outfit. Well, maybe add some delicate jewelry but let this bra be the star! Pair the briefs, throw on a pleated maxi skirt, and revel in the knowledge that you're wearing one hell of a fab lingerie set and let that coy smile carry you through your day.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Say Hi to Thursday: Say Hi to Spring with ARI DEIN!

Say Hi to Thursday, a special day of the week when there's only one more work day before a glorious weekend awaits. Pretty Little Underthings will showcase a weekend-perfect piece we'd love to wear.

Andalou Camisole and Thong by ARI DEIN
Lust list item #1783: ARI DEIN's Andalou camisole in a new print for spring! This new "Mona Giardino Rosa" floral print is so classic and gosh darn pretty, it's hard to resist. The hook-and-eye closure is a subtly sexy detail (isn't it always?).

While you'll probably keep the thong under wraps, I'd definitely wear this camisole out with jeans (high-waisted and flared or skinnys will work equally as well), pretty platform wedge sandals, throw on a simple cardigan on top. Everyone will think it's just a pretty top, but guess what—TRICKED YOU! Innerwear as outerwear, amen.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Innerwear As Outerwear: "Little Bandits", Lonely Hearts' A/W 2011 Collection

Lonely Hearts has some of the most gorgeous geometric lingerie & bodysuits I've seen, and I love the way it's styled in their A/W 2011 collection's lookbook. They posted some photos on Facebook last week, and I can't help but post some of the outfits I'd love to wear.

View all the photos on Facebook.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Summertime Clothes... Or, Lingerie

Lately I've been rarely posting on Fridays, but when my friend Erica sent me a link to this set today, I knew it was necessary this week. All I could say for about 10 minutes was, "OH MY GOD SO CUTE".

The polka dots and the perfect scalloping detail hooked me, but the way she styled it—with a high-waisted denim skirt and a classic cardigan—completely won me over. This is exactly how I love to see lingerie incorporated into daily outfits, and it was such an adorable find. Thank you Erica!

Winter, I'm so over you. Spring, hurry up.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Innerwear As Outerwear: Vanessa Bruno Crepe de Chine Debardeur

I'm a big fan of wearing underpinnings as outerwear, and tend to do so a lot with camisoles because it's so easy. (Pro tip: I like to occasionally visit the sale racks at Anthropologie to see what kinds of camis they have on sale. I've found a few that work pretty well as sleepwear, but are even cuter as a tank top with a fun bra underneath!) The key is to find a style that's doesn't scream "pajamas!", like this one.
This gorgeous silk Vanessa Bruno camisole is perrrrrrfect for wearing out during the day. Wear it under a blazer or a cardigan with jeans & boots on the weekend, or even with a perfectly-tailored suit for work. Also perfect with high-waisted jeans or a skirt to wear out at night, 'cos a sexy keyhole back with two buttons is too alluring to pass up. I'm sure it's great to just wear at home, but why waste the pretty? Let everyone see it!