Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner et al are bringing back a trend that I was hoping we'd waved goodbye to in the early noughties: the visible G-string (the G stands for groin in case you were wondering).
Specifically paired with low-rise jeans, they were a trend to be reckoned with. I wanted to emulate Britney, Jessica and Paris by wearing that what I thought at the time was a chic lace G-string which you could see peep over my belt line if I crouched down accidentally-on-purpose.
As I'm sure you can imagine, the results were not as chic as I hoped. And let's not mention how uncomfortable they were, and how obsessively you needed to wax.
No, I'm happy to say that now in my 30s, I've embraced the knicker (not the granny ones yet, I have my pride) and have never looked back.
Except that now I'm having to. Because Beyonce only went and landed herself a Vogue cover, and on it she is posing in a sexy as hell red dress by Christopher John Rogers.
The dress features a low back, which is the perfect canvas for a bejewelled G-string. If Beyonce is wearing the trend, then I guess it's officially back.
Elsewhere, Kim Kardashian paired a red thong with another backless dress, by Saint Laurent this time, and Rihanna's Fenty show was an ode to the delicate piece of lingerie too.
So I may not be a fan, but I can't deny it's a trend that is going to stick around for a while, and I suppose it can look chic with a backless dress. So with that in mind, here's a similar that I will be wearing come party season. Minus the G-string.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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