Underwear as Outerwear: the Venus bustier

underwear as outerwear

This is the ‘Venus’ bustier.

As you can see, they’re using the word “bustier” in its loosest possible sense, because, as far as we can make out, this is just an excuse to go out in public wearing just your bra. It’s a NICE bra, granted, but honestly, we’ve had nightmares which look a bit like this, and in which we’re walking around in public when we suddenly realise we’re only wearing clothes on one half of our bodies.

We’re becoming increasingly convinced we’re alone in this, however, because “bra as top”, like “leggings as pants” and “net curtains as skirts” seems to be a growing trend: we frequently come across photos of models wearing outfits a lot like this one, and the reaction seems to be largely positive, as if no one else has noticed that hey, the model isn’t wearing any clothes! (Also: the poor love must be FREEZING. As our mothers would undoubtedly point out around about now…)

Tell us: would you do this? Would you wear a bra as a top? Or does this strike you as a clear-cut crime of fashion?

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  • November 14, 2012


    Am I the only one seeing a black version of Leeloo’s top in the Fifth Element? Maybe they’re trying to be futuristic.
    God knows I won’t buy it, because I like being clothed in public, but some poor sod will.

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  • November 15, 2012


    Nev-v-ver! Even in summer, when the temperature isn’t an argument, I feel that naked skin has depreciated in an inflationary manner. Soon we will be baring it all (Britney-like) to gain some attention from a jaded crowd, and I’m not doing this.

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  • November 23, 2012


    I think I got the answer. This is probably the result of a dream, or a joke. This should be the reason why the model does not have any bellybutton on her (or is it hidden by the jeans?).
    Yes, I like to think that this bra is a joke. I would be SO glad to hear someone saying, “Yes. We are kidding. The whole world knows how to not freeze and look decent. Look! Everyone laughs.” Ahh.
    Amber, you are killing me a bit everyday with these fashion weirdos. Thanks!

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  • November 27, 2012


    Never ever…ever. Also I hate seeing people in leggings. It’s like…I can see your underwear! I don’t need to. It’s not just you guys.

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  • February 24, 2013


    I would TOTALLY wear this! …..if it was a swimsuit.

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  • December 13, 2013


    If in the summer boys can walk around with their tops off than I should be able to walk around in my bra. I personally wouldn’t wear this, but I would never judge anyone for it. (Maybe a little for that weird v shape.)

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