On the Fall 2020 runways, the best interpretations of the boudoir trend were at Alexander McQueen and Fendi, and they extended to Victoria Beckham’s pink satin bra tops, Atlein’s satin quilted coats, and the sheer black lace lingerie styled as eveningwear at Saint Laurent and Tom Ford.
A woman’s boudoir might be a dated idea, but it seems that fashion’s fascination with a bygone femininity continues from the puff-sleeve dresses on the prairie to the fur-trimmed robes of the dressing room.
Particularly at Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks, boudoir dressing was reported as a top-four fashion trend, alongside volume (think puff sleeves and tulle), fringe details, and metallic looks.
Whether that means wearing a puff-sleeve floral frock to appear cute and disarming, or a cape dress to announce your defiance against a monarchy or a patriarchy — the boudoir trend not only recognizes the power of female sensuality but uses that to its own advantage, while seeming vulnerable and exposed.
There is an element of hyperfemininity with the boudoir aesthetic, and perhaps this fashion trend opens up a conversation on why lace continues to be one of fashion’s final taboos.
Premier fashion search engine Tagwalk released in its Fall/Winter 2020 trend report that searches for "boudoir" were up by 140 percent, as compared to the Fall/Winter 2019 season.
Boudoir dressing sits nicely between the cuteness of the prairie trend and the overt sexuality of leather and latex looks.
Ahead, a closer look at the key pop culture and fashion design moments that led to boudoir dressing being one of Spring’s biggest trends. Calling All Cozy Girls! We’re Hiring! We’re Hiring!
Although lace and latex are better suited for the bedroom, boudoir dressing is much more versatile than edgy latex fabrics.
When we say boudoir, we’re referring to designs that reminds us of lounging in luxury — think silk, satin, lace, ribbons, organza, robes, quilting, fur-trimmed mules, bustiers, and corsets.
While latex carries notions of power and sex, lace and the boudoir is associated with romance, self-care, and fantasy.
If you’re lounging at home in your fabulously silky undergarments, you’re already ahead of one of fashion’s favorite Spring trends: boudoir dressing.
Unlike latex, boudoir dressing can be either sweet and girlish in shades of pastel, or more sensual in shades of black and red.
Boudoir fashion is the romantic Spring trend that Carrie Bradshaw would love.💋 https://t.co/Mt56Sx1yMP— POPSUGAR Beauty (@POPSUGARBeauty) March 18, 2020