Dinner parties. Cocktail parties. Mulled wine parties. The office Christmas party. With the festive season in full swing and a diary crammed full of can’t-miss events, the question of what to wear can become a weekly dilemma.
After-dark dressing always calls for a little drama. But if you’ve worn enough LBDs to last you a lifetime, what’s the alternative? Perhaps you’ve found the perfect low-back dress to take you right through until New Year’s Eve, but need to make sure you don’t flash side-boob every time you reach for a canape.
Whatever your party season problem, we can help. From worn-to-be seen lingerie to add instant glamour to the perfect lingerie accessories for those tricky festive necklines, we’ll make sure you don’t spend December in a panic-buying frenzy.
So are you ready to find your party wear match made in heaven? Then let’s get this party started!
How to wear underwear as outerwear to a party
Some lingerie is just to pretty to be kept under wraps. And with lots of ways of working the trend, wearing underwear as outerwear to a party doesn’t have to be as revealing as it sounds.
From basques and bodies to a chic bralette top, this little selection of worn-to-be-seen lingerie deserve their place in your cocktail party arsenal. Use our style tricks to find out how to make them work for both the party season and your level of bravery.
A lace body with a white tuxedo
While certain party outfits are strictly Christmas-only (we’re looking at you, metallic mini dress), a white tuxedo has year-round staying power. Empowering and unforgettable, a serene white tuxedo can be worn with a smart blouse for work or paired with a floral print camisole top for a spring wedding.
But for the festive season, turn up the glamour factor by wearing your white tux with a black lace body like the Suspense. Because the underwire and double strap is so supportive, you don’t have to wear a bra underneath. Just unbutton the jacket to reveal as much of the underwear as outerwear trend as you wish!
A lace bralette with a sequin jacket
There’s nothing like a pretty sequin jacket to help you sparkle at a party. But what can you wear underneath this Instagram fashion favourite so you don’t end up looking like a disco ball?
Wearing bralettes as tops is nothing new. But wearing a black lace bralette top like the Rebel strapless longline bra with a sequin jacket looks original, and can help you strike the perfect balance between shiny and chic. With beautiful lace detailing that looks fabulous amid all those sparkles, the Rebel crop top bra adds more texture to complete your glamorous look.
A lace body with black jeans
Love dressing up and feeling comfy at the same time? So do we! That’s why fashion’s newest buzzword ‘glasual’ is something we’re totally on-board with. A combination of glamorous and casual, it means pairing laid-back pieces with a bit of luxury. But how can you nail the glasual trend for yourself?
Wearing the Rebel Body with black denim skinnies ticks all the boxes. With its luxurious lace and gorgeous rose gold hue, the Rebel has underwire and removable pads to give an extra boost to your party look. But pairing it with jeans tones the whole ‘underwear as clothes’ look down, for a mix of comfort and style that’s perfect for Christmas drinks with the girls.
A strapped bustier with a metallic midi skirt
Fact: midi-length skirts are universally flattering. Another fact: a metallic midi skirt is extremely versatile, too! You can wear it to the office with a smart black polo, or dress it down with a chunky knit jumper and boots for a weekend brunch.
But style your metallic midi with an outerwear corset or basque and you’ll turn this wardrobe workhorse into a true festive favourite. The Strapped Body has mesh panelling at the sides to pull you in and create an hour-glass silhouette. The straps highlight your bust, but you can remove them if you prefer to keep your cool cocktail party look clean and unfussy.
A lace body with leather trousers or a skirt
Leather and lace is an awesome fashion combo. But if you thought you could only get the tough meets romantic vibe by wearing a biker jacket with a pretty dress, this sexy party outfit could make you change your mind.
With its delicate lace detailing and sexy mesh panels, the beautifully feminine Sensation underwired body looks fabulous next to the edgy look of a leather mini or trousers. And with its eye-catching contrasting panel in fuschia as the centrepiece, who needs statement jewellery?
What bra can I wear with a low-back party dress?
You love your backless party dress but wish you could wear it with your favourite bra. We hear you. Well, with Pour Moi you shall go to the ball, and look perky and supported while you’re there!
Like festive fairy godmothers, we’ve got a fabric low back strap that won’t spoil the silhouette you’re trying to create. Just attach the two hook and eye ends of the converter to your bra, pass the straps around your waist and adjust the slider for a perfect fit. Ta-dah! Not a strap in sight!
How can I make my party dress stay safely in place?
Whether plunge, backless or off-the-shoulder, we’ve all experienced the problem of a dress that keeps gaping open at the sides or won’t stay in place at the neck. For the answer to this party season problem, we need to take a tip from the pros - the Kardashians.
Kim and the clan swear by fashion tape to keep them secure. Luckily, Pour Moi’s body tape is conveniently cut into strips and you can use as many pieces as you need to ensure that everything remains firmly where it should be, keeping eyes on you for all the right reasons!
What should I do if I want to go braless in my party outfit?
Well, you’ll probably get put on Santa’s naughty list, but we won’t tell him if you don’t! If your dress really won’t work with any bra, braless is always an option. Silicone or satin nipple covers banish nipple show-through and are easy to apply. Plus they’re sticky enough so you don’t have to worry about them ending up on the bar, but they don’t hurt when you peel them off at the end of the night.
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