In Bloom: As Sexy As Garters, Bloomers Are Fast Becoming A Style-Star Essential

There's no question vintage-style lingerie is having a renaissance. Just look at Galliano's fantastical peek-a-boo couture collection. While we're already scouring for some nude-colored garters, a silky pair of bloomers just happens to be next on our list. We agree, the name for these stylish summer shorts is a little granny. But don't let the 1850s lingo throw you. Designers like Elizabeth and James and Opening Ceremony are dusting off their design archives to bring us a re-imagined version of the Victorian-era under-thing, a chic, baggy lingerie bottom that narrows at the cuff. As daring as they are demure, get ready to slip these bloomers under a little skirt or wear them solo for a day-time pin-up sort of look.
Above, from left: American Apparel Cotton Seersucker Bloomer, $25, available at American Apparel; Elizabeth and James Bubble Shorts, $171.50, available at Shopbop; Topshop Floral Bloomer Shorts, $65-$70, available at Topshop.
Bloomers2 Above, from left: A look from Chloé, spring '09, via; Marc by Marc Jacobs Denim Shorts, $200, available at Net-A-Porter; Laura Dawson Bubble Short, $160, available at Laura Dawson. Bloomers3 Above, from left: Big Cartel Cynthia Bloomer, $102, available at Clothes Pin; Catherine Malandrino Bubble Shorts with Tie Waist, $165, available at Catherine Malandrino; Creature Comfort Romper, for more information visit DeerCreatures.

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