Yes, Bloomers are the "Ugly" Underwear We Can No Longer Ignore

Anna LaPlaca
·3 min read

Well, 2020 has sure thrown us some curveballs. While there were plenty of trends we fully expected to happen this year, we still find ourselves surprised by a few newcomers that have seemingly arrived out of the blue. With everyone prioritizing loungewear these days, the latest trend to hit the scene is one that's comfortable, easy, and a little unexpected: bloomers. Yep, bloomers are the new underwear trend that's gaining steam and you're about to understand why.

Historically, bloomers were long shorts to wear underneath skirts and dresses, but the modern-day iterations translate to charming ruffled lounge shorts and shirred underwear. Less literal bloomers, more bloomer vibes. Get the idea? To see what I mean, I'm sharing a multitude of outfit photos and even some recent runway evidence that showcase how bloomers are evolving into a loungewear and lingerie item that actually makes sense for 2020.

On the S/S 20 Runway

Although more of a micro-trend, bloomers did, in fact, pop up on the spring runways this year. At Khaite, they were part of a three-piece plaid set and appeared ready for a warm-weather getaway, while Tibi's gave off more of a vintage feel with their below-the-knee hem.

On the 'Gram

This image is actually what sparked the idea for this story. Here, Camille Charrière wore a pair of the Khaite shorts that read as literal bloomers. One commenter even called them "diaper shorts," which made me laugh. Cute but controversial.

Khaite Hilary Pleated Floral-Print Twill Shorts ($272)

Now, this is a summer lingerie trend if we've seen one. Shirred briefs aren't technically bloomers, but they give off that comfy, loungy bloomer vibe, if you know what I mean.

Intimately Ruched Seamless Shorts ($38)

Fruity Booty Créme De La Créme Brief (£19)

The dainty floral print and bow ties really make these the ultimate vintage-inspired pair.

Are You Am I Prinny Floral Boxer ($80)

LoveShackFancy Magnolia Set ($275)

When you want to step out in them, throw on an opened button-down on top to complete the look.

Intimissimi Silk Shorts ($39)

H&M Lace-Trimmed Shorts ($19)

Throw on a big sweater and you have the ultimate cozy-cool look to wear at home.

Tularosa Tatiana Knit Bloomers in Ivory ($158)

Madewell Ribbed Knit Pajama Shorts ($25)

I'll be the first to admit that smocked lingerie pieces aren't the most practical for wearing underneath clothes, but dang do they look cute on their own.

Are You Am I Nai Hotpant ($65)

Dorina Pandora Pleated Lace Brazilian Brief in Pink ($15)

Not every pair has to look quite as literal, and these lounge shorts are a good example. The ruffle hem makes them resemble bloomers, but they're a little easier to wear.

Topshop Seersucker Gingham Shorts ($40)

Sea Doris Ruffle Shorts ($275)

Brands like Le Petit Trou are basically experts in these smocked lingerie styles.

Le Petit Trou Intimite Briefs ($78)

Adore Me Alanna Medium Nude Plus Hipster ($20)

The smocking details that we usually find on top and dresses this time of year have officially found their way into the lingerie section, and the pieces couldn't be any prettier.

Natalie Rolt Bella Bloomer in Pink ($248)

ASOS Design Short With Shirring and Ruffles in Ditsy Print ($32)

One more because this lounging-in-bed look is everything.

Up next, "napkin tops" are the risky trend fashion people are actually pulling off.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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