Not quite bare, the “cage” garment creates an outline, sometimes with added netting, that enhances gowns, tops and trousers, or just your sweet self. JV has four easy pieces that flatter your assets while leaving a tiny something to the imagination.

The high straps of Karolina Laskowska’s Cassiopeia Lingerie Set outline your breasts, while its long-line body, pattern-matched in scallops of burgundy lace, molds to your diaphragm. Its ultra-adjustable elastic back straps add to the cage-like effect. Too pretty to hide, let it roam free for summer vacation, paired with the kaleidoscopic colors of Zoelle’s Malachite Butterfly Wrap Skirt. Enhance the look with the matching Cassiopeia Burgundy Choker. 

A cage adds polish. For evening, wear the cloud of Gilda & Pearl’s black net Jardin de la Lune Gown over Christine Vancouver’s simple Meghan Silk Crepe Gown in black or white. For a sportier look, drop the Jardin over Hervé by Céline Marie’s Viéve High Neck Bralette Set and trousers from Christine’s Luxe Silk Crepe Lounge Set. A cage over such a top and flowing pants looks especially chic and “downtown.”

The Champagne in Venice Dress from Gilda & Pearl is an example of the current term “Naked Dressing.” Its modest tube-shape belies a transparent body of embroidered white tulle. White marabou feathers at hem add an extra kick. For a private date, wear this enchanting piece by itself. Out and about, line it with the Silver Screen Kitty Slip. 

The Noor Aubergine Babydoll from Layalina could stand alone or inspire your entire summer wardrobe. The flirty shape is composed of alternating panels of sheer black lace and rich purple silk. Unadorned, it is charming at bedtime. Also perfectly presentable in the daytime with its “bagged out” bosom over jeans, peasant skirt, or bikini. This is an item you’ll want to wear every day in every way. 

Jane Adams of JV notes that some pieces are designed to be worn under, some over. An “illusion” layer from Jane’s Vanity, made of beautiful netting or lace, has to be on top. It allows you to wear your favorite pieces in a new way. Also pretty with nothing at all.

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