Luxury lingerie as outerwear has been an increasing trend in recent years, probably more so now than at any time since the 1980’s, when certain haute couture houses pushed the idea to create a striking impression on the catwalks. Things have moved on since then, unsurprisingly, and now the order of the day in luxury lingerie as outerwear is to wear it as you feel comfortable; maybe that is to create an impact, but it can equally be to create a sense of chic and subtlety. And what better way to see true value from your most cherished pieces of lingerie, than for them to be worn and shown to the world as outerwear?

A surprising number of garments are ideal as outerwear, but there are many different ways to wear them in order to suit your own style and personality. Some garments are designed to be outerwear as much as they are lingerie, others are definitely lingerie, but can still be worn in a way that creates a stylish and luxurious aura when combined in the right way with your other clothes. Here are five creative ways from sheerluxurylingerie.com to create that “look”, always sticking to the principle that luxury and quality in what you wear always shine through.

1.       The striking impression…

A number of designers create wonderful garments that are luxury lingerie at heart, but are just as wonderful as pure outerwear. For that “star” quality and to make an impact, we think that nothing rivals the glorious creations of Bordelle. Perfect examples of this are the Bordelle Angela Dress and the Bordelle Waspie. We have seen both of these worn, literally, by the stars including Elle MacPherson, Kim Kardashian and even the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud! The incredible feature of the Bordelle pieces is that they create an allure and a feeling of edginess, without a hint of anything, but pure, cool luxury. The design and fit flatter the female figure perfectly.  The texture is smooth to the touch, which contrasts strikingly with the 18ct gold plated fastenings and slides. Those who know the collection, truly love Bordelle. We invite you to take a look at the distinctive collection at sheerluxurylingerie.com. And when you have your next big party occasion, give it a try, nothing creates such a stunning look….

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The Bordelle Angela Dress and the Waspie both go fantastically well when worn with the stunning Bow Stockings by Lascivious. These stockings are the most distinctive we have seen – they can, of course, be worn with many different clothing options. We absolutely love them and there is no doubt, they definitely draw attention. Take a look….wow…

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2.       The vintage look…

Sometimes there is nothing more gracious than to carry the vintage look from the 30’, 40’s and 50’s. The secret is in the detail of the materials and fabrics. Beautiful and detail-patterned silks; intricate and delicate laces combined with rich colours and a silky feel create a look from a bygone stylish era. The vintage look can be carried any day, any time – that is the beauty of it; it is in essence timeless and utterly romantic. Stylistically, we have seen a number of vintage influences making their way into mainstream fashion. What is more stylish and seductive than the clean lines and confident look of a seemed stocking with a knee length skirt? Again, we think the highest quality and most luxurious seems stockings available are made by Lascivious. Take a look at these – true style:

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For us, the perfect garment to be worn both as nightwear and outerwear is the beautiful Carla Jacket by Ayten Gasson Lingerie.  This gorgeous silk garment is unquestionably beautiful as a bed jacket. With its rich and intricate colours and patterns (vintage Liberty print) it is on another level for glamorous nightwear. However, it can also be worn with a favourite skirt, or a pair of relaxed trousers/jeans to contrast the colours in the daytime.  The skill and imagination embedded in the garment are incredible and the vintage Liberty print used is wonderful; so original for clothing. It gives the wearer an amazing individual look and style and is perfect for a romantic weekend or a subtle party style.  A new silk chiffon jacket with fresh, beautiful tones, will also follow this lovely trend in the new year.

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3.       Detailed lace under a sheer shirt…

If you prefer a more under-stated look then focusing on lace detail and the beauty that it conveys may be another option. Lace is a wonderful way to add intrigue to your wardrobe and it has been featuring heavily with the A-list this season. Just think back to the film premieres this season with Kristen Stewart on the red carpet, for example, or at the highest profile functions with Kate Middleton in full lace dresses. Some of our garments are every bit as glorious in their detailing and design; and as we have said, the advantage is they can be worn as nightwear, underwear or outerwear. The full range.

A subtle way to “show off” your beautiful lace lingerie is to wear it under a sheer shirt or blouse and let the detail emanate through the fabrics. The layering effect adds beauty, depth and intrigue to what you are wearing, all in a tasteful combination.

The exquisite lace on the Belle et BonBon Rosemary Body, or the Belle et BonBon Violet Noir and Violet Crème Eyelash Lace Bodies, as well as the beautiful Leavers Lace on Fleur of England’s Snow Queen silk camisole, are all exquisite. The beautiful French Leavers Lace on the Beaujais lingerie looks stunning when glimpsed subtly under a shirt or at the top of a blouse. The world famous Nottingham lace used by Ayten Gasson and Gilda & Pearl is an example of an elegant lace that deserves must be seen – to hide it away from everybody is a true injustice to its beauty!  Sheerluxurylingerie.com is very excited about a garment arriving in 2013, featuring lace with Royal connections….we will keep you updated.

The stunning lace and incredible detailing on these lingerie pieces can also be viewed elegantly with open back dresses or tops. Zara Philips showed us recently (as seen in Grazia) that even the highest in society are embracing the trend of revealing beautiful lingerie beneath a backless top. The gorgeous detailing at the back of the Bordelle bras is stunning when revealed under a little backless dress. The beautiful quality of designers such as Fleur of England, Beaujais and Beautiful Bottoms use exquisite lace and silk in the bra straps so where showing bra straps was once a real “no no”, thanks to these amazing designs, revealing  bra straps is so on trend!

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4.       Going for glamour, living luxury…

For this styling, sheerluxurylingerie.com especially loves two design houses: Made by Niki and Nichole de Carle as they show us that lingerie is a true, glamorous, world famous luxury.  Most recently Nichole de Carle dressed the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, including Kylie Minogue, revealing the incredible talent and inspirational designs of this house on the biggest of stages.  Made by Niki uses rich and luxurious colours and textures for a glamorous statement which oozes the New York fashion feel or the New Bond Street cool. The new season collection by Made by Niki will reveal a new, merged boundary between lingerie and outerwear…just wait and see!

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5.       Chic on the beach, and cool around the pool…

Ell & Cee, with their beautiful Bianca Babydoll and Godess Babydoll show that beautiful night slips and nighties can be worn equally in the boudoir and on the beach.  The  Ell & Cee Goddess Babydoll even has a detachable pearl necklace, which can be added to transform the babydoll from a bedtime treat to a “beach cocktails by the pool” look. The Ell & Cee Champagne Bodies are also perfect as lingerie pieces, but just as beautiful when teamed with a favourite pair of jeans, shorts, or a short skirt. We know that upcoming Beautiful Bottoms releases for the New Year will be further proof that lingerie is certainly not restricted to the boudoir.

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All in all, what a selection! And, what an opportunity to show how amazing your collection is, not just as lingerie, but also as outerwear.

The incredible quality of the materials used and the skill in designing the lingerie is a testament to the amazing talent of the designers featured on sheerluxurylingerie.com.  All of the designers are based in Great Britain and design their pieces in Great Britain, often using traditional methods and skills.  The majority make and handcraft the lingerie pieces, ensuring the quality and integrity of fabrication.  Beaujais even write the name of the person who has handmade the item onto the label.  Ayten Gasson source the beautiful fabrics in Great Britain and apply traditional techniques to produce the garments. Bordelle handcraft their signature range in their London studio. Lascivious always make everything in the UK, as does Gilda & Pearl, and Ell & Cee.  The luxurious Snow Queen collection by Fleur of England is made in the UK to exacting standards, using the finest silk, French Leavers Lace and 18ct gold rings and slides.  Belle et BonBon are also proud to made everything here in the UK.  Made by Niki create exquisite lingerie in their studio in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, the String collections are perfect examples of the skill and craftsmanship used from the individual silk strands to the exceptional design of the pieces.

Sheerluxurylingerie.com loves the intrigue and beauty that these collections inspire….we hope you do too….