Boudoir, a skillfully sexy fashion trend, is the perfect way to bring both playfulness and comfort to your summer style. In French, “boudoir” is used to describe a woman’s intimate, private space, such as the private chamber or dressing room. In the fashion world, “boudoir” refers to sensual, lingerie-inspired garments worn as outerwear. As the Spring/Summer 2009 Dolce & Gabbana show demonstrates, the style achieves a fresh, sleek look when a boudoir piece is paired with something simple and casual. Here are ways to take the look from runway to reality and reach the perfect balance of sexiness and sophistication.
The Cami. Create a breezy summer look with a silk camisole top, jean shorts that are not torn or frayed and a loose cardigan for a casual daytime outfit. Spice it up at night by swapping the shorts with a pair of skinny white or black pants, and a pair of high heels. You can also pair the cami with slightly slouchy white pants and a fitted blazer. Be careful not to reveal too much cleavage — you want to look chic, not cheap.
The Nightgown. Dress down a ruffly nightgown or slip-inspired dress or skirt with a boyfriend cardigan, plain tank or unembellished camisole, and a skinny belt around the waist. You can also cover up with a black or navy blazer. If you’re wearing a slip-dress, make sure it’s not too sheer, to prevent unnecessary exposure, and that it reaches mid-thigh, because any shorter and it’ll look like you forgot to put on your pants.
The Pajama. Silk shorts are perfect for the evening as they let you show some leg without fear of baring too much. You don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed, so pair it with a comfortable, solid color T-shirt or tank top tucked in and a long cardigan or blazer. Create contrast by pairing light-colored silk shorts with a dark top and vice versa.
Pair pajama pants with a fitted cotton tank cinched with a strong leather belt at the waist to add structure and shape to the outfit. Choose pajama pants that are loose but not billowy, neutral in color and plain or with a simple subdued pattern (leave the ducks for bedtime).
Style Tips. Keep your makeup and hair simple and casual. This means no dark, red lipstick or heavy eyeliner. Wear your hair in a loose ponytail or let it down relaxed or wavy, because pin-straight or slicked back hair looks too severe with this casual look. The point is to look effortlessly pretty, not like you’re trying too hard.
Put away your pumps and invest in delicate, strappy sandals or peep toe heels — flats or stilettos work well as well.
Accessorize with a delicate gold or silver necklace and diamond drop earrings to dress up the look in a demure, elegant manner. No chunky jewelry. Remember, less is more.