Let’s face it: We spend so much time putting our everyday outfits together and reading up and shopping the latest fashion trends that lingerie rarely gets a look in. When you’re pushed for time in a morning and already late to the office, those final five minutes before you rush out the door are normally (and naturally) dedicated to what shoes or earrings to pair your outfit with. Underwear is an afterthought.
But that shouldn’t be the case. Just like with every other garment or accessory we wear, there are trends worth paying attention to. After all, as satisfying as it is to know that you’re killing it in the accessories department, isn’t it even more satisfying to secretly know that your underwear is just as on point?
We rounded up the best of the lingerie trends of 2018 for your (and your underwear drawer’s) pleasure.
The Harness-Back Bra
Who said straps had to be conventional? The straps on these ones meet in the middle that adds unexpected interest to an otherwise purely functional part of the bra. Often embellished with lace, they are perfectly worn under racer-back vests.
Super pretty yet highly practical.
Sporty with a flirty twist.
Simple and chic.
You’re probably thinking, “What on earth is eyelash lace?” Well, it’s lace with a slightly fringed edge that creates this delicate, fluttery detail akin to the lushest of lashes. And it’s appearing on everything from bralettes to push-up bras.
Virtually invisible under white tees.
This one can also be worn as a festival top.
Too pretty to not be shown.
Vintage Blush Satin
We’re talking about the kind of blush-coloured satin pieces that conjure up thoughts of 1930s Hollywood. Yes, they’re back in style, and in many iterations. Whimsical bralettes exist, but so do more substantial silhouettes.
Wacoal’s bras are known for their fantastic fit.
The ideal option for retro girls.
If you’re looking for something less practical…
The Yoga Bra
The gym kit has become so synonymous with Sunday style that it was only natural that underwear took its cue from the fitness realm. Beyond a classic Calvin Klein crop top, there are lots of styles that can be worn on their own, not just undergarments.
Wear with high-waisted jeans.
A fun alternative to Calvin Klein.
While polka dots are taking over the world of dresses, it’s florals that lie beneath. Flower embroidery and prints are both in—particularly in more relaxed, unpadded bralettes and fuller briefs.
This also comes in a daisy version.
Almost too nice to cover up.
This is likely a trend that has been fuelled by Instagram: The front strap bra is an accessory without being an accessory. Wear with a cami and avoid the need for a necklace—it saves you even more time in the morning. Win-win!
The decorative waist elastic is a sophisticated touch.
A nice neutral charcoal hue.
Be sure to not get a size that’s too tight—this trend could get uncomfortable.
Now, if you’re after something a little less adventurous, see the best-fitting bras here.