Celebrity Survey: Innie or Outie?

Stars including Molly Sims and Jennifer Love Hewitt dish on innerwear as outerwear trend.

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Lingerie might be among the hottest fashion accessories in Hollywood, but sometimes a look can be overplayed or underplayed, depending on a celeb’s personal taste level.

This story first appeared in the July 25, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

WWD asked several entertainment divas an important question: Is innerwear as outerwear a fashion do or a fashion don’t?

Here, an eclectic mix of celeb yeas and nays.

“For me it’s a fashion don’t because I have breasts and a bum, so it’s accentuated. But if you have a body like Kate Moss, you can get away with it really well.” Alice Eve

“I like the ‘undone’ look of being able to see a bra under the shirt or dress. But if it takes you six hours to look undone, it’s not good. Don’t try too hard.” Molly Sims

“I’m not much for fashion dos and don’ts. Depending upon how you put it all together, everything has its time and place.” China Chow

“I have to say I love it [innerwear as outerwear], because it really helps a woman out, you know? Because it’s always like, ‘Oh no, you can see my bra.’ It can be such a pain. And lingerie is so pretty, you know? It’s nice to show it sometimes.” Emmanuelle Chriqui

“I love a colorful bra peeking through. The slip aspect I’m not sure about. If it’s a vintage slip, like in the Fifties, when slips really looked like dresses, that I think is gorgeous. But a normal slip should stay on the inside. I feel like women shouldn’t give away their secrets.” Jennifer Love Hewitt

“I have a Zadig & Voltaire slip I wear with a high- waisted skirt, and it looks like a top. You can also sort of see the bottom through the skirt, and I love it. When it’s done well, the lingerie looks is really feminine and sensual. There’s nothing better than a Dolce & Gabbana corset dress to flatter your body and celebrate your curves.” Rose Byrne

“I like the look because I like things that are deconstructed and when the inside comes out. I’m a big Alexander McQueen fan. It’s great when women show off their bodies.” Elisabeth Röhm

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