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Lingerie Is Outerwear on the Spring 2020 Runways

Think: exposed lace bras, slip dresses and garter waist belts.
L-R: Vera Wang, Dion Lee, Gucci and Ermanno Scervino. Photos: Imaxtree  

L-R: Vera Wang, Dion Lee, Gucci and Ermanno Scervino. Photos: Imaxtree  

Underwear as outerwear is not a new concept; models and members of the Kardashian family have been wearing bras as tops since the dawn of Instagram. But only now, are designers leaning into this idea with gusto. 

According to the Spring 2020 runways, corsets should be worn over — not under — your clothes and lace-trimmed silky frocks are primed for the street. Vera Wang was an early adopter of the lingerie as daywear trend this season. Her goth-tinged collection, which she presented in New York earlier this month, featured several layered bias-cut slip dresses and sheer bustiers worn loose and unfastened over structured pieces. 

We saw more exposed intimates in New York at Dion Lee, where the Australian designer showed sculpted bras, harnesses and garter waist belts paired with flesh-toned tops and fluid pants. And the negligee references continued in London with Charlotte Knowles's warm-weather range, which spotlighted '90s-inspired push-up balconettes. 

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Over in Milan, Ermanno Scervino sent delicate, décolletage-diving nighties down the catwalk with leopard-print blazers. Then, Dolce & Gabbana dug into its archive to recreate a series of sheer black separates that wouldn't look out of place at a gala or in the bedroom. 

Gucci also looked to its kinky past for its latest line; instead of his expected covered-up quirk, Alessandro Michele pulled a Tom Ford and served sexed-up ensembles: Think lace-inset slip dresses with high slits and panty-revealing chiffon skirts. 

So, there you have it: plenty of runway proof that you should wear your lacy teddy to lunch. See it all below. 

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