What Lies Beneath
Let’s talk underwear.
It may sound weird but I’m a big underwear fan. I like the occasional paisley but my go-to pieces are definitely comfortable silk or lace ones. Comfort and lace are not mutually exclusive, contrary to popular belief. (Comfort and thongs though definitely are.)
A kick-ass set of underwear boosts confidence. Watching sexy girls ramping in a kick-ass set of underwear (Alessandra Ambrosio? Miranda Kerr?), not as much. As my outfits are usually simple and/or sheer, having nice underwear makes me feel both 1) confident even if the outside look is pretty dull, and 2) confident even when the outside look gives a sneak peek of what’s inside. While I gravitate towards black, I do like the occasional pop of color like so I got myself a hot pink lace set from Wacoal and took on a personal underwear “styling challenge.”
I figured since it’s hot pink it would be a little more difficult for me to wear on a regular basis. You may say, “but underwear is supposed to be kept under and therefore unseen, how difficult is that?” And to that I reply, “One, sheer. Two, big armholes. And three, innerwear is the new outerwear.” (Cue Karen from Mean Girls’ “Duh.”) So I came up with three looks from day (to mid-day) to night and took my hot pink baby along with me. But instead of going along the lines of my rebuttal (see points one through three that would require high underwear visibility), I toned it down (maybe a little too much) and I got three outfits that were both simple and young and to prove to myself that how you look on the outside does not always translate to how you feel on the inside.
9:00 AM, errand running – A graphic I Love Coke tee paired with high waist jeans and sneakers may mean you want to dress (and look) comfortable, but knowing you got a hot pink lace concoction underneath makes you want to dab a bit of red lipstick, some fun sunglasses and pick up your mood from errand-stressed to independent cool. (Til you have to park, then the stress comes right back.)
2:00 PM, Creative brainstorming meeting – Nothing brings me back to high school more than this skirt that so closely resembles Cady Heron’s in Mean Girls. The sweater with the psycho eyes takes another few years off maybe taking me all the way back to grade school. But again, the hot pink secret underneath lets me forget all awkward puberty associations.
8:00 PM, Event – With my lace two piece, there’s no need to don a body-hugging thigh-high slit dress to prove how grown up I really am. (And proving it may be necessary after that 2:00 PM school girl reference). I could wear a prom-looking cocktail dress and still feel confident that the balloon silhouette isn’t inferior to its curve-showcashing opposite.
Of course there are many other ways to wear this Wacoal underwear set whether you choose to show it off or not. I chose to hide it and was still able to prove what I set out to prove and maybe even come up with a new hypothesis: what lies underneath may be even greater than what goes above it.
Underwear set, WACOAL