History Behind Underwear As Outerwear

Undressed: History Behind Underwear As Outerwear


Underwear as outerwear has been a huge trend recently, but it has always been around, let me take you on a historical journey. I got the opportunity this week to attend the Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibit at the V&A museum, though we were unable to take images, it was a great experience. The corset was introduced roughly during the 1500s, they were originally worn for support and waste reduction to obtain an hourglass figure. In 2016, we saw an increase of waist trainers, heavily popularised by the Kardashians (and other influencers), despite being a different era, the people are still obsessed with the hourglass figure. Luckily the corset is no longer a tight-laced bonding system, they are much more breathable with a sultry appeal.

As the 1900s rolled around and hemlines became shorter, so did undergarments. Designers were creating cami-knickers or teddies, commonly known to us as rompers. During the 1960s, miniskirts were introduced, the youth were at the forefront of the fashion industry, creating radically innovative styles during the 1960 era. English fashion designer Mary Quant was among the new school leaders, commercialising hot pants and miniskirts by adding them to her collection, designing it 6-7 inches shorter than the original. Madonna is ever the trendsetter, during the 1990s whilst she was touring on the Blonde Ambition Tour, she performed in an iconic pink cone body suit that first appeared in Jean Paul Gaultier in 1982. An avant-garde style that reflected a multi-cultural society, offering an open-minded vision, a sassy brand that allowed the individual to assert their own identity to the piece. Who didn’t love Princess Diana, she was a trendsetter and fashion icon, during the 1996 Met Gala, Diana appeared in a John Galliano slip dress, a chic way to wear the underwear as outerwear style. All the designs were fashion-forward trends, compared to fashion currently that is revisiting the past. Celebrities have risqué and eccentric styles that everything is accepted.

Trends Coming Back To Fashion V&A

Historic Patterned Corset Dress V&A

History Of Fashion Trends V&A

Sequinned Floral Dress V&A

What underwear as outerwear style would you wear?

Until next time, stay fabulous,


  1. Sophia Biffi
    March 12, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Was interesting to write a post about underwear….usually we don't take so much care but is important too…I love lingerie, specially in lace….I think is the biggest expression of femininity in fashion….

    • Tajinder Sandhu
      March 16, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      I couldn't agree more, I love lace detailing, it has to be my favourite.

  2. March 12, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    What a fascinating post! I loved the "dress" in the last photo – that is something I would DEFINITELY wear if I had something fancy enough to go to. I don't think about underwear that much and to be honest, wear the same style every day. I'm more for comfort over, well, anything else really. But it can be a huge confidence boost and I'm not talking about in order to impress other people either, I mean solely for ourselves. I need to take that on board more and treat myself for me! Glad I found you through Hannah's comment pod, looking forward to reading more from you (: xx

    Jenny – http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Tajinder Sandhu
      March 16, 2017 / 11:15 pm

      Aww glad you enjoyed the post dear. It definitely is a confidence boost, it's like a secret you have from the world that only you know about. I have those days of comfort too. It's great meeting you through the comment pod too dear.

  3. Julie Wright
    March 13, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Hey there, I am here too from the comment pod too, great blog and some really lovely photograpy.
    Lovely lingerie is certainly something i really should invest in, M&S lacy shorts for me!
    I really love fashion of long gone era's especially Tudor times, I would love to expereince wearing all that, and from what i gather, they actually did not wear underwear as such, especially in the nether regions!
    As Jenny previously mentioned, it is a confidence boost to feel good about yourself and wearing some super gorgeous undies does that for you!

    • Tajinder Sandhu
      March 16, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you dear, appreciate it. Oo M&S lacy shorts sound nice and fashion of the past is coming back with modern twists, I'm loving it.

  4. March 14, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    What a great post, love to learn something new! Have recently found myself infatuated with pretty lingerie, certainly makes me feel more put together wearing a matching set anyway:')

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    • Tajinder Sandhu
      March 16, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post dear. There's definitely an extra oomph when you wear a matching set.

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