The concept of underwear as outwear is nothing new perhaps due to legendaries like Coco Chanel for her silk lounging pyjamas, and Madonna for her cone-shaped bras and girdles worn on clothing. As it turns out, it's not strictly a feminine thing. I'd always wondered why some guys would let their boxers and briefs show above low-slung pants.

However, the lingerie trend this year has been crazy with slip dresses, flimsy camisoles, and even silk robes.  Some online stores even commented on how fast slips were selling. Yes, "shimi" to to Nigerians.

I'm surprisingly all for this trend but its best to remain occasion-appropriate. Also, baby steps. I like to take small steps first, hence the camisole.

First, a little review. The good people at Brief Essentials sent me a camisole and I quite like it. The packaging was really nice and thoughtful but I couldn't get any pictures due to some unforeseen circumstances.

It's a really soft pink with lace at the sides and has a very soft feel to it. It also has a t-back which I absolutely love!!

I mostly tie it at the front because it's a tad too long for my taste and I don't want to cut it just yet. Without further ado, let's get into it.

1. The Casual weekender

This is more of a lounging look. Pair your camisole with a maxi skirt or Palazzo pants (anything with a silhouette similar to the skirt above really) with your most comfy slippers for a relaxed bohemian look. Adding accessories like the wristwatch and choker above would dress the look up a bit if you feel too laid-back.

2. The Adorable Cutie Pie

For this second look, think "kid-inspired". The accessories actually make the outfit in this case. A combination of the teeny-weeny backpack, the jellies and the min-buns gives this outfit childish vibes. The midi skirt above could be easily replaced with shorts or mum jeans. I can already envision the awesomeness. Would clear glasses be an overkill?

3. A Touch of Athleisure

And here we have the typical cami over a tee pair. I quite like this one. The "athleisure" here is a pair of running shorts ( I don't run by the way) and the sporty watch.

I apologize for no pictures of the full outfit but sadly, those pictures didn't turn out well so I have to work with what I had. I wore my chunky heels that I styled here, not sneakers.

4. The funky Bohemian

Pair your camisole with a maxi skirt and sneakers. For that funky look, tie it into a knot at the front and rock big hair for extra points. I know my hair will become big. I have faith.

I had long struggled with pairing sneakers and brogues with my maxi skirts. For some strange reason, it always looked weird to me. I think the only reason I pulled this one off was because of the slits.

You're probably wondering what happened to the outfit in the second picture. Future style post *winks*

You can get the camisole here, it also comes in black.

Outfit details

Look 1:
-Skirt: Thrifted
-Slippers: Lucy Daves

Look 2:
-Skirt: Thrifted
-Shoes: Desire 1709
-Bag: Had it since I was about 8 so *shrugs*

-T-shirt: A gift
-Shorts: Thrifted

Look 4:
-Skirt: Desire 1709
-Sneakers: Thrift Store Ng
-Glasses: random seller at yaba.

The camisole is definitely the effortless kid sister of the more daring slip dress and, I think, far easier to pull off. Especially when you live in Nigeria. Am I right peeps?

How do you style your camisole?

What do you think of the "underwear as outerwear" trend?

Please leave a comment, I'd love to know your thoughts!

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  1. Only you all this slay??? I don't think i'd be wearing a slip dress anytime soon, it's not my thing, the silk camisole though I'd rock that. I like all the looks and that camisole is a keeper.

    1. Lol! It definitely is! The slip dress is a bit too sensual for my tastes but we'll see.

  2. Wow wow wow! I totally love how you styled everything, didn't even know anyone could pull that off and still look sane, lol. I especially love the one that looks like a kid's outfit. I don't think I'm a huge fan of the underwear trend. I'll try it soon probably. Now you've given me tons of examples. Thank you

  3. LOOOOL @ The adorable cutie pie.
    That's the only name for that to be honest. You pulled the looks off. But I'm too boring to try most of these.


    1. Thanks Kachee! Try them first na. You never know...

  4. Look one and three are my favorite. There's something so effortless about the pairing with the maxi Skirt and I love the idea of layering a Cami over a white T-shirt.

     Princess Audu 

    1. Look one and three are actually my favourite too!

  5. Great styling you did. I like the lounging look especially but I don't see myself wearing slips. Things may change tho


    1. Yes! You never know. Most of the things I wear now, I never saw myself wearing in the past.

      Thank you Chidinma!

  6. The adorable cutie pie look is my fav.your pictures are so clear nd nice. Good work dear www.adagirl.com.ng

  7. The Casual Weekender look is my favourite. When I saw the first picture under Adorable cutiepie, I literally went 'Aww'. Really Adorable and all the names are creative and actually suit the look.
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  8. You pulled off all the looks. The cutie pie is my fave.
    P.s- love the changes you made to the blog. So clean. I'm going to be disturbing you for blog tutorials.

    Happy New Year dear!!!
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    1. Yay! Glad you love!

      You can come any time 😂

      Happy New Year! ❤

  9. Love all the looks but my favorite is the Bohemian one! It's just so laid back yet well put together.


  10. Lovely styling. I love the casual weekender look.

    Inez | My Small World

  11. I just love these type of HOW TO & Guides posts, especially if it means rocking what you have in different ways. Thanks for sharing. My favourite has to be the bohemian look, I love the print skirt, retro shades and hair style. THE 'ME TIME' TAG

    1. Right?!! I really like the bohemian look too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Would love to try out the third outfit. Just en vision many ways to rock it when I do.