While you don't necessarily have to wear underwear underneath your clothing, it's generally accepted as the done thing. With plenty of excellent no-VPL knickers out there, as well as barely-there thongs, the need to go commando has almost been rendered obsolete. Unless you fancy it, that is. However, thanks to the new cult dress that's sweeping the fashion scene, you might have to reconsider your allegiance to your lingerie.
Over the last few months, I've noticed more and more influencers wearing dresses and skirts with cutout sides, nearly all of which come from one particular brand; Marcia.
Launched in 2019, the French sustainable fashion brand began to catch the eye of those in the know with its daring designs last year, and its popularity is showing no signs of slowing this spring. While it also boasts an array of trousers and tops, and other dresses for that matter, the pieces that are helping Marcia make its mark on the industry are the Tchikiboum dress and skirt, both of which boast exposed sides.
Speaking of the design, its creator Emma Reynaud reveals, "I wanted to create a silhouette and design that wasn't the answer to the masculine diktat."
Now, you could absolutely style them over trousers or, as Reynaud suggests, "a pair of biker shorts and sneakers," but many are favouring to wear them on their own, sans knickers, thus igniting the no-knickers fashion trend. The big question is, are you prepared to go knickerless to wear one? Personally, I'm for it.
Ingrained in my memory is the episode of Friends where Rachel takes so long to get ready, but then she emerges in an incredible sage green dress and reveals that, yes, she's going commando. It's confident and empowering and, thanks to the high necklines and midi hemlines on Marcia's Tchikiboum dress, it still feels classy. Plus, after almost a year of wearing joggers and jumpers, I'm certainly in need of some excitement in the wardrobe department. My only concern would be regarding the miniskirt. Could you actually wear it without the worry of having, well, revealing more than you'd like? Perhaps I'll build up to it. Failing that you can, of course, wear them with underwear underneath, akin to the exposed bra strap vibe.
Keep scrolling to see how influencers are wearing the no-knickers fashion trend. Then shop Marcia's best-selling creations, plus other cutout and slit dresses and skirts.
Marcia Tchikiboum Cocktail Dress with Snake Print (£324)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in White (£280)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in Navy (£280)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in Blue Floral (£306)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in Pink (£280)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in Black (£280)
Marcia Tchikiboum Cocktail Dress with Crystals (£371)
Marcia Tchikiboum Dress in Polkadot (£306)
Marcia Tchikiboum Skirt in Black (£229)
SHOP CUTOUT PIECES
Monse Cut-Out Wool-Blend Dress (£1025)
Christopher Esber White Ruched Cutout Dress (£665)
Musier Darc Dress (£220)
Musier Adriana Skirt (£120)
Jacquemus Laurier Draped Linen-Blend Midi Corset Dress (£585)
Michael Lo Sordo Cutout Silk-Satin Maxi Skirt (£375)
Musier Mimi Dress (£220)
The Attico Plum Tie-Detail Cutout Jersey Dress (£416)
Versace Black EmbellIshed Dress (£3960)
Jacquemus Terraio Light Beige Skirt (£440)
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