When it comes to trends in the wonderful world of lingerie, Dear Eve is well conversed on this topic. Having lived, breathed, researched and avidly collected lingerie for more than ten years we know what’s hot for sure.
So on pondering what major styles have emerged in lingerie and continue to influence intimate apparel, the past fifty years have been critical. Recent trends have not only evolved the look of lingerie, they have assisted in changing the perception of lingerie. This sentiment, of course aligns, perfectly with Dear Eve’s own mission to make: wearing high-quality lingerie not all about ‘the bedroom’, but rather about women feeling confident, feminine and ready to treat themselves well.
Taking from an article in highly recommended www.lingerieaddict.com , Cora Harrington says: “the past decade has seen some of the most exciting lingerie trends to ever happen in fashion history”. She also agrees with the idea that while many “think of lingerie as only the sexy stuff”, the word ‘lingerie’ actually functionally describes all the different types of underwear including bodysuits, sports bras, corsets and so many more.
So now back to the prolific lingerie trends. Let’s start with:
Athleisure is for under and on top
The trend of Athleisure or sports underwear has been around for awhile and is still growing. It is used to describe underwear used for playing sports. But it is a term also used when items such as crop yoga bra tops and bike shorts are being worn not only as underwear, but also as clothing. Yep in the eighties we were all wearing our bike shorts and bouncing away in aerobics classes only to continue wearing them on the way home paired with an off-the-shoulder oversized jumper. Now in 2000s the rise in popularity of yoga as a sport has meant yoga crop bras are still not just confined to the gym (trend report at http://www.hopluntrend.com/). Young pop stars, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande have made this trend world-famous by wearing sport crop tops with wide trousers. This athleisure trend that began awhile back continues and is ever-present in lingerie Summer 2020.
Bralettes ain’t going away
In continuation of the athleisure trend is the rise in fame of the bralette top, from thick lacy bras with wide elastic bottom bands, to lace crop tops to longer line tops (still sitting above the waist). Whowhatwear.com comments the trend towards bralettes has “gone from strength to strength because innovative construction has provided added support, lift, shape, and confidence up to a G cup” but without having to strictly include the harder underwire components of the more classic bra construction. Comfort all the way.
Bodysuits came with the 80s and haven’t left
If you’re old enough, you would have owned a bodysuit to wear with jeans in the eighties, right? Well this trend has evolved overtime becoming a staple in the current underwear climate. Harrington of lingerieaddict.com says bodies are here to stay as “both loungewear and as outerwear”. Modern bodysuits are comfortable and made from lace, fine mesh and even translucent stocking materials. Some dome, some slip on like bathers and Hopluntrend.com comments that the newer panelled versions are ever-popular creating a sexy feel for the wearer while accentuating the female curves.
Appliqué adornments oh la la
While Refinery29.com’s lingerie trend report says there has been a rise in “blossoms in embroidered, stitched and lace appliqué forms” as we see it today. Lingerieaddict.com reminds us this trend had “its start among burlesque dancers, working around nudity laws in various US states”. The art of Appliqué describes applying cut-out pieces of finely worked lace onto fine materials such as mesh. This trend is still ever-present and can sometimes be touted as ‘vintage’ especially when the contrast is clear such as black floral lace applied to nude sheer material.
Yes we can see straps everywhere on all the types of lingerie items of now. There are multi-layered v-straps adornments (Refinery29.com) on top of bras, thongs, pants and even suspender belts. We all know this trend is older than most of us, harking back to the bordellos of yesteryear (lingerieaddict.com). But now straps and more straps are being applied in a fashionable and sassy way making the wearer of the strappy underwear feel on trend and empowered.