When Keira Knightley flashed black underwear under her dress at the Cannes Film Festival this year, we thought, cheeky fashion risk. Later on, when stars like FKA Twigs, Serayah and Holland Roden showed up at the MTV VMAs flaunting panties as integral parts of their outfits, we figured it was all a part of the night’s anything goes attitude (along with just about anything Miley Cyrus touched). But after we peeped Emma Roberts’ and Kerry Washington’s outfits from last night’s Emmy Awards, we just couldn’t write it off any longer: the next big celebrity style trend is… wearing your underwear in public.
Like fellow former fashion faux pas *wearing white after Labor Day or wearing workout gear outside of the gym), strategically showing off your underwear has become the easiest way to make a surefire style statement. Paired with a sexy, strappy bralette or a sports bra-turned crop top, a pair of sleek briefs is now key to pulling off a sheer dress or a skirt with a slit that just keeps going (we’re looking at you, Gigi Hadid).
As awkward as it might seem at first (remember the first time you skipped a cami and went bra-out under a sheer top?), this is actually good news. Forget fashion tape and teeny thongs: stars are vying for more comfortable, full-coverage options when a sexy outfit is in the cards, which makes the barely there look way more wearable across the board. If you want to give the racy trend a try, we suggest wearing your comfiest pair of granny panties or — my personal favorite — a high-waisted bathing suit bottom, like this belly button-covering brief from American Apparel ($28), under a sheer maxi skirt with a plain tee, leather jacket and ankle boots. Think about it, it’s more at-a-glance coverage than an on-trend mini skirt and just might be that break from denim your thighs need this fall.
What trend spotted at the Emmys do you hope takes off? Tell us what you want to be wearing next in the comments below.
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