Commando Top Hats nipple covers

Top Hats by Commando nipple covers, $30 at Shopbop. Photo: Shopbop.com

Guess Lindsay Lohan is more of a trendsetter than we hoped gave her credit for.

Oh joy.

The starlet was universally condemned for putting nipple pasties on the models at her Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010 show, but now it seems like ol' LiLo had her finger on the, er, pulse.

Nude nipple covers have seen a 20 percent sales increase at British department store Selfridges, which credits the booming underwear-as-outerwear trend for the "perk" in the pastie's popularity, the Daily Mail reports.

In fact, the store has been forced to increase orders of the nipple covers (available for £10, or $16, a pop) in order to keep up with the demand, according to the paper.

"Underwear as outerwear isn't a new phenomenon, however this spring designers such as Stella McCartney and Christian Dior are taking it to another level," Helen Attwood, head buyer for lingerie at Selfridges, told the paper.

"Our customers are spending upwards of £250 on sheer bodies [Ed note: bodysuits] which they don't want to keep hidden under clothes.

"Today's 'if you've got it, flaunt it' generation is proving that there is nothing like a peek of expensive lingerie to make a woman feel special."

The trend of wearing sheer bustiers and bodysuits has reportedly required women to stock up on pasties to avoid any embarrassing "iceberg, straight ahead!" moments. Right, Pink?

Remember the good old days when you could slap on a couple of Band-Aids and call it a day?

We previously reported that Selfridges had seen a 70 percent rise in corset sales thanks to lingerie-loving stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

Just so long as chaps-as-outerwear don't become acceptable in public, we'll let this undie trend keep on truckin'.

But could someone please turn down the air conditioning?

Meanwhile, exposed garters are also hot with the Hollywood crowd.