Who wears a bra(lette) like that? You mean the bra is just going to show? Firstly, it does not look like a bra; secondly, who wears bras like that? The question, the bra(lette), and the daughter (me) are driving her up the wall.
“Ask the lingerie expert, motherrr!”
Everyone is wearing these nowadays, plus they are the next big thing in fashion. They are supremely stylish and incredibly functional as well. If you’re reading this and are in two minds (just like my mother) whether to invest in one or not, I’m sure you will be convinced by the end of it.
Let’s find out what the frenzy is all about and look at some outfit ideas featuring bralettes.
What Is A Bralette?
It is a crop-top-like looking bra, which is a hybrid between a sports and lace bra, without the hook and eye closure. It is basically a pull-on, more often than not without an underwire! It’s a fancy variant of bras that doubles up as a top too. Talk about value for money.
How Do You Wear A Bralette?
Wearing a bralette is no different than wearing your bra, but the opposite is not true. And, there’s more than one correct way of wearing a bralette. You can wear them under your sheer, fancy or see through tops, under backless tops or dresses, broad front or back neck outfits or simply under your regular outfits the day you want to feel good.
25 Ways To Style Your Bralette
1. Under A Cashmere Sweater
Make your winter evenings a little more fun by wearing a bralette under your cashmere sweater. Skip the scarf and let the lace outline the deep neck of yours. Peek-a-boo, I see you!
2. With High Waisted Jeans
Pair your high-waisted jeans with a bralette. Also, the advantage of high-waisted jeans is that it suits all body types. If you are still not comfortable, throw on a shrug, cape or a jacket.
3. With Shorts
Pair your denim shorts with a neon colored bralette to spruce up your casual summer weekend brunches.
4. Under A Sheer White Shirt
Wondering how to style a sheer white silk shirt that was more of an impulsive purchase? Most of us are not comfortable with the idea of wearing see through tops, yet end up buying them. That’s when the bralette becomes your savior. You can experiment with either plain or neon colors inside. Throw on a matching statement piece and shoes for a funky look.
5. Under A Knitted Top
I shy away from wearing knitted tops; actually, I used to, before I discovered the bralette. It’s just what I needed. If this is you, wear a long line bralette and thank me later.
6. With A High Waisted Skirt
High waisted skirts can be tricky because long tops can look funny if not worn well. So, if you are bored with those crop tops and tanks, you need to upgrade to a bralette.
7. Layer It Up
If you’re trying to convince me that bralettes are not your thing and it’s too out there for your taste, I would say, add layers, and we’ll resume this discussion. It could be a plaid, chambray or a checkered shirt; it could be a denim jacket or fur – keep it funky, and there’s nothing like it.
8. Under Your Fancy Shirt
Wearing camis under your fancy shirts is old school; a bralette will set you free!
9. Under A Leather Jacket
Bralette, a leather jacket, boots, and aviators – (re)defining badass!
10. Under Side Open Tanks
Sports bras and racer backs have always been a thing for workouts or gym. But, try the bralette to make your hike or run stylish and fun. You can even wear it to the gym. After all, we need to treat ourselves for all the hard work!
11. Under Off Shoulder Dresses
Okay, I know that off shoulders are supposed to be bare and open, but bralettes like these add to the look, if anything. So, the next time you are repeating your favorite off shoulder dress or top, try this for a brand new look.
12. With A Plaid Or Denim Shirt
Just in case you’re living under a rock, plaid shirts are back. This time around, try them with a bralette instead of a regular tank!
13. With High-Waist Shorts
Shorts and bralette are the trend for this season and will be around for a long time. Fine body jewelry will make you a perfect 10.
14. Under Low-Neck Tops
I know a lot of people who end up wasting so many cute tops because the neck is too deep (*insert rolling eyes emoji). But girls, you have no excuses no more. Wear a bralette and let it outline the neck – it can’t get sexier.
15. With A Pencil Skirt
If you’re a fan of pencil skirts, you know where this is going – wear a bralette with it.
16. Under A Sheer Crop Top
Yes, wear it with a (sheer) crop too, except this time you won’t have anything to worry about.
17. Under A Blazer
Yeah, why not? There’s no hard and fast rule; you can pair them with absolutely anything you can think of!
18. Wear It With Long Or Side Slit Skirts
Have a matching-separates skirt set outfit?Flaunt that skirt under your bralette! With this and a chignon hair-updo, there’s no stopping you!
19. With Checkered Trousers
Checkered pencil trousers are incredibly stylish. You have got to try this look!
20. Under Suspenders Or Jumpsuits
Suspenders have come back – because we just cannot do without them, can we? But instead of the regular tank or full sleeves tops, try them with a bralette and fall in love with these all over again.
21. As A Bikini Top
Recycle and reuse has been the mantra not just otherwise but in the fashion world too. So, swap your bikini top with your bralette and treat yourself to a brand new bikini set just like that! Smart, ain’t it?!
22. With A Kimono
Let’s just do this just for the love of kimonos! My favorite way of adding layers.
23. Like A Tube Top
You know how tunics were a rage a few years ago? Since they are sort of dated right now, use the same styling technique with a strapless bralette and bring it back to your closet.
24. With Backless Dresses Or Tops
Backless dresses or tops are tricky because some of us are just not comfortable with the idea of a stick on bra. Here’s your workaround. Bralettes are supportive and stylish. Talk about investing in functional pieces of clothing.
25. With A Maxi Skirt
I’m more of a maxi and maxi skirt person, so anything new that comes up and looks great with long skirts makes me happy.
Now that you know how to style that backless dress, deep neck top, etc., all your bra woes and ambiguities have been taken care of. Thank god for these. Feel free to leave a message in the comments section below if you have any more questions on this.
Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
What is the difference between a bra and a bralette?
Like we discussed, a bra is our regular undergarment that comes with underwires (may not), are padded (sometimes), and are meant to be worn under your clothes. While bras provide protection and coverage, bralettes are purely fancy, and give coverage without the padding, yet support your breasts.
Do you wear a bra under a bralette?
No. They are a replacement for bras. If you are conscious about the nipple coverage, you might want to consider stick-ons, just in case.
Are bralettes only for small breasts?
No, that’s just a myth. Anyone can wear it, as long as you are confident.