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Underwear As Outerwear: How to wear 2024's obscure 'no trousers' trend

All the fashion girlies are donning this now...

Underwear As Outerwear: How to wear 2024's obscure 'no trousers' trend
Orion Scott
Fashion Features Writer
Updated: 14 March 2024
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One of the fashion world's most conflicting trends is on the rise once again, and we can’t help but feel that this time we need to lean right in. 

Ah yes, the underwear as outerwear trend. A fashion faux pas in the eyes of many, and a fashion hell yes in others, here's why the stylistic underwear trend is set to take over 2024. 

The trend first made waves mid-last year, with Miu Miu making the first move, sending a model in a pair of beaded silk “panties” down the catwalk of their A/W 23 show. 

Said Miu Miu embellished knickers© @Miu Miu
Said Miu Miu embellished knickers

Since then the itty bitty micro mini’s trend has surged to stardom amongst the world's fashionable elite, sported by the likes of Bella Hadid while out and about on the NYC streets, Kendall Jenner on her Instagram and most recently by Kristen Stewart while out and about in NYC and Victoria Beckham on her Instagram. 

"I would say I’m most concerned about the return of the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend" - Jane Haigh 

Head of design at Freemans, Jane Haigh confirms that the trend is set to be huge this year, although she isn't so keen on sporting the trend herself, "I would say I’m most concerned about the return of the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend, such as the whale tail trend which was actually discovered to be one of the UK's top 10 most regretted trends too. Unfortunately, this is already an emerging trend on the catwalks, and I can confidently say this one I will not be wearing.”

For some, like Jane, this is a trend that might be hard to swallow, but like anything, if styled right this I believe this trend can eat and leave no crumbs. 

So, how does one wear the trend?

A guest wears white micro shorts, tights, brown top, animal print bag, black boots and a grey scarf © Christian Vierig
The trend was also seen donned by guests at Copenhagen Fashion Week

According to Zoe Price-Smith,  Boux Avenue's Chief Design & Product Officer, it's vital that you choose the right style of underwear to achieve this trend. "The key to getting this trend right is to opt for a full brief look over a thong, the larger the better! You will then want the briefs in either a cotton or microfibre smoothing fabric in white or black

"The key to getting this trend right is to opt for a full brief look over a thong, the larger the better" - Zoe Price-Smith,  Chief Design Officer Boux Avenue

Zoe, who is technically an expert in the underwear game says that the easiest way to style your chosen briefs is with a " pair of opaque tights, ideally anywhere between 20 to 40 denier, especially as the temperatures are still a bit on the chilly side. However, you can experiment with either plain black gloss tights for a more classic chic style, or go bold with patterned tights like our micro spot tights." 

Here are just a few ways that some of our fashion faves have styled the trend.

With a Sheer White Gown

Queen VB took to her Instagram to give followers a sneak peek into Victoria Beckham's SS24 collection. The fashion mogul posed for a mirror selfie, showing off a sheer white gown over top of a white satin lingerie set.

Sheer is set to be everywhere this spring© Instagram / @victoriabeckham
Sheer is set to be everywhere this spring
Kristen Stewart is seen on March 12, 2024 in New York wearing micro shorts, loafers and a button-up beige blouse© Getty
I love the beige colour blocking with hints of burgundy

With a Button-up Blouse and Loafers

Just recently Kristen Stewart stepped out on the streets of New York donning a pair of knitted knickers complete with red trim. The star styled the statement bottoms with a beige-toned button-up, burgundy loafers, tinted sunglasses and a black handbag.

With A Sheer Wedding Dress

‘It’ girl Camille Charriere is an avid lover of the underwear trend, so much so that she sported a variation on her very dreamy wedding day back in December of 2021. The mogul chose to don a sheer lace gown for one of her many wedding day ‘fits, sporting a pair of white satin knickers that were very clearly designed to be seen.

Camille Charriereon her wedding day wearing a lace white dress with visible white knickers© Instagram / @camillecharriere
Camille on her wedding day
Camille Charriere wears black shorts, net tights, black jacket, bag outside Patou during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 © Christian Vierig
Camille is the President of the no-pant committee

With a Blazer and Fishnet Tights

Just a few weeks ago she stepped out in Paris to attend the Patou Haute Couture show in a pair of ruffled black underwear, paired over top of fishnet tights.

With Bold Sneakers

Emily Ratajkowski the Queen of all things street style recently rocked a black pair of black underwear with a zip up coat and bright red Puma Speedcat sneakers while on official cool-girl business at NYFW.

Emily Ratajkowski is seen attending the Welcome To The Amazing Mostro Show presented by Puma during New York Fashion Week wearing a black coat and red Puma sneakers© Jason Howard/Bauer-Griffin
Em Rata is known to love a micro-moment
A guest wears oversized leather jacket, tights outside Coach's NYFW show© Christian Vierig
Confidence is key for this trend

With an Oversized Vintage Jacket

Just this week a guest stepped out to attend the Coach show at NYFW, donning a pair of black underwear with an oversized, distressed leather jacket.

With a Peplum Jacket and Wrap-around Sunglasses

Also on the PFW guest list was Polish model Sabina Jakubowicz, who donned Dior en route to the show, wearing her black underwear over a pair of opaque black tights, styling the trend with stiletto heels, the most divine cream peplum jacket, a micro Lady Dior handbag, a black fishnet veiled cocktail hat, all tied together with the addition of some racer-girl black wrap-around sunglasses.

Sabina Jakubowicz wears beige tailored jacket, tights, black shorts, hat, sunglasses, bag, heels outside Dior during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 © Christian Vierig
This is as chic as it gets
Mariona Autran wears  grey cardigan, blazer, micro shorts, red tights, heels, bag outside Remain during the Copenhagen Fashion Week© Christian Vierig
Mariona gets double points for wearing tights in this season's most trending colourway

With Bright Coloured Tights

Mariona Autran kept things effortlessly chic at the most recent Copenhagen Fashion Week, wearing her micro mini's with bold red tights, a crisp white shirt and a knitted cardigan.

On the catwalk, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giambattista Vali, Viktor & Rolf and Valentino all sent looks down the haute couture runway sporting some form of visible underwear.

 A model walks the runway during the Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture Spring/Summer show in a. black strapless gown© Thierry Chesnot
Viktor & Rolf literally cut a dress in half to show off a pair of knickers
A model walks the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 show in a sheer white dress© Marc Piasecki
Jean Paul Gaultier saw a pair of Camille Charriere-coded underwear
A model walks the runway during the Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 in a black sheer gown© Marc Piasecki
Valentino leaned into the lace underwear realm

Most looks were donned under sheer dresses or see-through materials in a block colourway, alluding to the idea that the underwear was an intentional decision and designed to be seen. 

Wherever you sit on the underwear as outerwear spectrum, rest assured that wearing no pants is deemed a fashion statement for 2024. So, if you’re ever checking out your VPL in the mirror or asking your friends if they can see your knickers through your tightly fitted pants, stop worrying, wear them with confidence and know that it's all the rage right now. 

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