The lingerie trend on the spring 2010 runways was bound to catch on, because if there’s one thing women will always take advantage of, it’s an opportunity or excuse to dress slutty. Men — gay and straight — won’t discourage them, further fueling these exhibitionist tendencies. In London, women are already shopping the lingerie section for things to wear to the disco, according to WWD. Sales of corsets were up 70 percent this November from last year at Selfridges. And these are not corset tops, they’re corsets women are buying from the lingerie section. So when chicks are shopping for new going-out clothes, they are making conscious decisions to head to the panty section rather than the clothing section. Above, you see two hot sellers: the monochrome girdle with feathers protruding from the hips and a bandage slip, both by Bordelle. The $1,470 chicken corset sold out in less than 24 hours when it hit the floor, while sales of its sluttier $596 slip cousin increased 90 percent after Rihanna performed in her toilet-paper costume at the American Music Awards.
If underwear as outerwear is catching on with such fierceness in London, it’s only a matter of time before it catches on with the same zeal here. If ladies are willing to go out with slashed leggings and crop tops, they shouldn’t have too many misgivings about trotting out in Lady Gaga’s uniform of only a corset, panties, and fishnets. Already, Topshop and Forever 21 have expanded their tarty offerings with bunny ears, costing $30 and $14, respectively. Other lingerie brands are pushing early deliveries of corsets to Selfridges in light of the skyrocketing demand.
We will never be pro-dress-like-slut, but these statistics remind us of a moment we shared with Mom at the Thanksgiving table, when we noticed Beyoncé muted in the distance on TV, shaking her stuff in a black sequined leotard. “Oooh, Beyoncé!” we exclaimed. “She’s certainly not wearing a whole lot of clothing.” Mom replied, “I know, she never does. She looks happy!” Maybe that’s all that matters.