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Why Lingerie Is No Longer Just for the Bedroom, But the Streets, Too

Let Victoria’s Secret Angels like Bella Hadid teach you a lesson in streetwear. (And make you forget that colder weather is approaching.)


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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show may take place once a year—and, this time around, all the way over in Shanghai—but for aspiring Angels, prepping for the always over-the-top lingerie extravaganza is a year-long event. In addition to forever staying true to their all too intense fitness regimes, they also have to pick the perfect—and we mean perfect, given that even Gigi Hadid was once turned down by the brand’s board—outfit to wear to castings, which took place earlier this month in New York, and which proved the perfect opportunity for the models to showcase just how well they can wear lingerie, even while casually walking in the streets.

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Model Hailey Baldwin attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Cindy Bruna attends fittings for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Timur Emek/GC Images.

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Model Amilna Estevao attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Hailey Clauson attends castings for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Timur Emek/GC Images.

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Model Grace Mahary attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Flavia Lucini attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Jasmine Tookes attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Ming Xi attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Lameka Fox attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Leomie Anderson attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Bruna Lirio attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Models Julia van Os, Daphne Groeneveld and Sanne Vloet attend call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Martha Hunt attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Melie Tiacoh attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Riley Montana attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Gizele Oliveira attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Dilone attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Models Taylor Hill and Mackinley Hill attend call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Jacquelyn Jablonski attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Charlee Fraser attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Model Maartje Verhoef attends call backs for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on August 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Gotham/GC Images.

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Luckily enough for them, though, lingerie-inspired looks are becoming more and more visible outside of the bedroom; brands like Dolce & Gabbana had already provided the required lace at their fall shows earlier this year, despite, you know, ostensibly offering outfits for colder weather and everything. But then again, who can blame them after Dior’s ultra-sheer spring 2017 collection, which a nipple-freeing (and likely freezing) Bella Hadid famously repped back in January, is somehow still wildly popular? Paris Jackson, for one, was not afraid to do a repeat of Hadid, more than six months later, just last week at the VMAs.

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There are, of course, non-model celebrities who’ve been pioneering the look, too, whether just by wearing crop tops so cropped they expose their bras—or, in the case of Kim Kardashian, that essentially are bras in the first place—or by updating a classic Chanel tweed suit by exposing a shoulder and wearing a lace tank underneath, like Lily Collins. Charlize Theron, for one, spent the summer yet again driving home she’s not one to mess with by assembling an intimidatingly confident wardrobe for her Atomic Blonde red carpet tour, which stretched from Berlin, where she channeled Kim in a Dior bra, to Los Angeles, where she went through the motions of covering up another bra by topping it off with a sheer shirt.

Charlize Theron in Dior at the premiere of Atomic Blonde in Berlin, left, and Los Angeles, right, July 2017

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Those moves admittedly require quite a bit of comfort with exposing your skin, which non-Angels—aka pretty much all of the earth’s population—may not find as easy to come by. But take a lesson from expert alumnus and returning Angel Bella Hadid: It’s also possible to have the best of both worlds. Earlier this summer, she turned up to a dinner in, predictably enough, Matrix glasses and a corset. But beneath both of those on-trend accessories, she also completely covered up in a business-appropriate look of a white button-up and black trousers, making the case for the desk workers among us to try out not just day-to-night, but office-to-night looks, too.

Exclusive: Inside the Chrome Hearts “Family Dinner” with Bella Hadid, Benjamin Millepied, and the Starks

Jesse Jo Stark and Bella Hadid attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn Stark attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Benjamin Millepied watches the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Members of the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Laurie Lynn Stark, Gilles Bensimon, and Jean Georges attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Jordan Barrett and Alana Oherlihy attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Bella Hadid attends the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Jacquelyn Jablonski attends the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Members of the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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The scene inside the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Benjamin Millepied and Laurie Lynn Stark attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 in New York City.

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Members of the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Members of the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Bella Hadid and Richard Stark attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Laurie Lynn Stark and Vera Wang attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Jesse Jo Stark attends the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Gareth Pugh and Lynn Yaeger attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Members of the LA Dance Project perform at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Bella Hadid attends the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Gareth Pugh attends the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Benjamin Millepied gives a speech at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Mary Anne Huntsman plays at the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Laurie Lynn Stark and Danny Glover attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Chelsea Leyland DJs the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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Sante D’Orazio and John McEnroe attend the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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The scene inside the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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The scene inside the Chrome Hearts “family dinner” on Monday, June 13 2017 at the brand’s store in New York City.

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