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Friday, April 30th 2010

Lingerie from Night to Day: Mastering a Tricky Trend

Like mixed prints, the lingerie trend requires a little finesse. Spring’s bare-all runway looks, while chicly suggestive on the catwalk, don’t always translate to the sidewalk. But with the right styling, it’s possible to wear straight-from-the-boudoir pieces without venturing into indecent exposure.

Update Your Underpinnings
If you’re going to play peek-a-boo with a sheer top, make sure your ensemble is balanced with a well-covered bottom half and your base layer is worthy of being seen in public (a black lace bralette from Hanky Panky or Calvin Klein Underwear is perfect under a lace top, and a KAIN Label tank looks both sexy and sporty over a colorblock VPL bra). But going this bold isn’t for everyone–if you’re worried about overexposure, choose a nude tank as your foundation instead.

Try Tap Pants
Lingerie details don’t have to be relegated to after dark. Neutral tap pants (like these from See by Chloé) paired with a button-down blouse, blazer, and oxfords add up to a look that’s both sexy and daytime-appropriate.

Choose a Corset for Night
To update your go-to night-out look, pair a corset top (Elizabeth and James offers a romantic yet deconstructed version) with a miniskirt. An added bonus? The strapless neckline provides the perfect frame for an eye-catching bib necklace.

--Tonya

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