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Yes, my underwear is showing, thanks for pointing that out. It must've been lost on you that, in fact, this is how you ought to be sporting your briefs these days.

That's right, underwear is outerwear now – we've said it once, we'll say it again. And again. And again. The writing really was on the wall with this one, as houses big and small have had a hand in testing the gendered boundaries of just how much of our bare asses or previously covered upper bodies we'd want exposed, tastefully or otherwise.

Queer indie brands such as K.NGSLEY, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, or Personal Parade set the pace – Miu Miu and the mainstream soon followed. From their 2022 Fall/Winter collection onward, micro minis, low slung jeans, and visible undies became à la mode.

Most recent men's shows provided even more palpable evidence for the momentum of, dare I say, slutty male fashions. It's all fruit of the same seeds that grew the decreased opacity of fabrics, the receding lengths of pants, and an unprecedented cropping of guys' tops. A buffet of freed nipples, thighs, and midriffs.

Distorted lingerie; cut-outs near the crotch; pajamas in broad daylight; panties as accessories; boxers as shorts: this ongoing inter-designer showcase of how to twist and turn the limited amounts of material at stake, and thereby subvert both appearance and usage of an entire product category, has brought forth a near ubiquitous presence of once-subsurface garments.

Positively Inside Out: Underwear Is Now Outerwear

Y/Project Invisible Strap Tank Top

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Y/ProjectInvisible Strap Tank Top
$168
Buy at ssense

Sporty & Rich Boxer Shorts

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Sporty & RichBoxer Shorts
$90
Buy at ssense

Undress to dress up, and bare (almost) all, in a combo of Y/Project's vanishing ribbed top, and a pair of Sporty & Rich briefs that'd just about pass as actual underpants, if it weren't for their back pocket.

K.NGSLEY 2-Way Tank Top

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K.NGSLEY2-Way Tank Top
$167
Buy at ssense

Ludovic de Saint Sernin Transparent Trousers

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Ludovic de Saint SerninTransparent Trousers
$170
Buy at Farfetch

The fine knit here makes these straight-legged bottoms just about see-through, so choose wisely what you're putting on display below their thin veil. Above waist, something equally sensual maybe, like this masterfully reimagined K.NGSLEY tank?

Rick Owens Jersey Tank Top

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Rick OwensJersey Tank Top
$168
Buy at mytheresa

BODE Check Shorts

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BODECheck Shorts
$545
Buy at mytheresa

You know that saying, to imagine a crowd in their underwear to calm your nerves? What if the audience is already wearing Rick Owens and Bode though? Whomever we owe the aforementioned stage fright remedy to obviously didn't anticipate everyone-and-their-mom stripping down voluntarily.

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