Bordelle: taking the underwear as outerwear trend too far

This is not lingerie.

This is a “dress”.

A £595 / $888 “dress”.

Expensive way to get arrested: and not necessarily only by The Fashion Police, either…

Where should the line between “underwear” and “outerwear” be drawn, do you think? Because lately that line seems to be an invisible one for some designers, and, well, not to put too fine a point on it, we can think of a lot of people we’d rather NOT see in their undies.

What do you think? Do you want to see sights like this out in public?

(Um, male readers don’t have to answer that…)

14 Comments

  • June 28, 2010

    Cloots

    Have they EVER photoshopped the hell out of that second model. just sayin’

    Its not the worst looking thing ever, (from the front) but this “dress” belongs in cabaret numbers and behind closed bedroom doors, not so much out in public !

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  • June 28, 2010

    DreaXamazing

    I Think the front is cute but not the back maybe if the changed the back and colors then i would were it out i think it’s not skanky just were something underneath it’s not seee through and ther e is no boob or butt hanging out just wear it to the right things like a club or lingerie party it’s as simple as that 🙂 that my point of view

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  • June 28, 2010

    kav

    i was just scrolling down the page and i saw this and i thought “whats so bad about that, i quite like it!”, then BOOM! i saw the words ‘This is not lingerie.’

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  • June 28, 2010

    Steph

    Methinks a good rule of thumb is ‘If it’s got suspender straps, it is underwear’.

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    • June 28, 2010

      Moni

      I saw a t-shirt recently that had a corset printed on the front, and suspender straps attached at the bottom! That was definitely not lingerie, but I wouldn’t wear it out, either.

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  • June 28, 2010

    Trix

    Why would I buy something that makes the model look like she has a major case of scoliosis? Oh, but it might look really cute under my housecoat!

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  • June 29, 2010

    Amee

    The sad thing is, this is far more modest than what I’ve seen some girls wear. I think its ugly, regardless.

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  • June 29, 2010

    Meg

    Sorry but I’m not sure I agree with you on this one. I think this is a beautiful piece & I’m not even sure the designer meant for it to be worn outside the house. All the rest of their range is lingerie & the model shots of this dress show the model in a home. The description says ‘To be worn solely with stockings for a special indoor attire or daringly paired up with leggings for a night on the town.’ Which to me doesn’t really sound like they’re really advocating it for wear outside the home unless you are on the ‘daring’ side, in which case they are saying you should wear leggings under it.

    I think they might have just called a dress as a simple way of describing it, what else should they call it? I guess maybe a slip but wiki defines a slip as “usually made of a smooth and slippery fabric such as silk, satin, polyester, tricot or nylon, although cotton slips are also used particularly in hot countries. They are often decorated with lace at the edges and hem, and are typically worn over more intimate undergarments.” Which doesn’t really fit this does it?

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    • June 29, 2010

      Moni

      I don’t think so. If you look here
      http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx#getData.aspx|CallType=Product&prodId=GGV4&des=&cat=4&gender=women&group=clothing&vendorColor=QkxBQ0svV0hJVEU=&season=actual&seasProdID=52I
      you find another dress by this company, this time like a t-shirt with the other one printed on it. So they obviously think that you should go out looking like this…

      Oh Gaga, what have you done to the world!?

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  • June 29, 2010

    Rebecca

    I love Bordelle to death, it’s gorgeous luxury lingerie with a neat conceit. And I’m a complete sucker for luxury lingerie. While I agree that this probably wouldn’t be great worn by itself, I agree with Meg. Bordelle doesn’t advocate the wearing of anything like this as outerwear, I mean it’s some of their camis at the most.

    The fact that their lingerie has been commandeered by an unfortunate trend and the tacky stores that pander to them doesn’t make Bordelle guilty of the same. They are NOT making outerwear.

    Christ, I want that!

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  • June 29, 2010

    Carol

    Actually, if you take the garters off and pair it with a really floaty chiffon skirt, it might be an interesting way to do a cocktail party. For someone else, though. I’d admire the daring person from across the room.

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  • June 29, 2010

    Sammy

    I think it’s beautiful. I really do. Would I wear it outside? Unlikely…

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  • July 2, 2010

    Julia

    Forget Lady Gaga, how long until we see Taylor Momsen wearing this with her tip-jar heels to a gig?

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  • August 10, 2010

    Samantha

    “I was just scrolling down the page and i saw this and i thought “whats so bad about that, i quite like it!”, then BOOM! i saw the words ‘This is not lingerie.’”
    I agree.

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