The camisole and corset are lingerie articles that have double or triple duty and they can be found in many women's wardrobes as fashionable pieces that can be worn under a sweater, or with a lace bra and under a jacket, or all alone.
The camisole is part of the emergence of form fitting clothing that are comfortable and worn by body conscious women to the delight of men. There is a blurring of lines with former lingerie items competing with traditional outerwear for women's attention and expendable income. The ever present, functional bra is now worn as outerwear and like a lot of fashion trends we may never see elderly women wearing their Playtex bra peeking out of their low cut blouse, while millions of younger women have seen the trend as worthy of following.
The practice of wearing a bra, preferably lace or sheer under a snug fitting top, generally in a contrasting color is widely accepted, while the wearing of a sexy bra under a sheer blouse, under a button down jacket, or all alone is not unusual anymore. In the past, a woman would never consider wearing a bra where even her bra straps were showing or heaven forbid the entire bra, because the idea of revealing a woman's bra was taboo only twenty years ago. Today, women of all ages wear their sexiest bras with no concern for who sees it or what they may think. This is not really surprising as women are openly getting breast implants or wearing breast enhancers as a means of looking and feeling sexy and cleavage is definitely in, as popular culture places a high value on large breasts and the sexuality they represent.
Next, is the every present lingerie item known as thongs and g-string panties. Panties may not be worn outside a woman's garments, but no one can disagree that seeing a woman's panties is a common, if unwanted, experience. With low rise jeans, skimpy skirts, and low back tattoos, why should we be surprised that seeing a woman's panties was inevitable. While many denounce the practice, the fashion of the day has led to millions of women wearing garments that expose their panties and to say that it is not deliberate seems senseless. While some may criticize the practice as trashy, it is an expression of women's sexuality and further evidence that lingerie is no longer to be hidden. While the trend may ebb, the need to be naughty or have one's own style is being expressed in provocative, sexually suggestive ways.
Stockings or thigh high hosiery is another lingerie item that can proudly announce that it has been let out of the lingerie closet. Women today wear skirts with thigh highs that are deliberately exposed. The practice of showing ones thigh high stockings is common with women wearing costumes, and other leg exposing clothing. The truth is that pantyhose are not as popular as they once were, and they make a woman susceptible to infections, are hot, and they are just plain ugly. Thigh highs, on the other hand are just plain sexy, and the movement towards wearing thigh highs is just beginning.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that lingerie, which was previously regarded as unmentionables, should emerge as sexy outerwear. Women have demanded more figure flattering, colorful garments and lingerie manufacturers have responded with more body conscious styles, perhaps it was inevitable that the sexy underwear would peak out of women's blouses, jackets, and jeans. To some it is kind of naughty, while to others simply a means of self expression. Women's fashion have always been the subject of ridicule, fascination, and criticism.