Aside from holding your boobs in place without any pesky (and often painful) underwire, there's something about the lacy unmentionables that make me want to mention them, loudly, from the rooftops. Or at least wear them very publicly and on full display outside of my clothes as part of an outfit.
If you want to know how to wear a bralette as part of your springtime #lewk, it's first important to understand what, exactly, this heaven-sent closet staple actually is. A bralette is basically a bra without all of the uncomfortable bells and whistles. There's no underwire or clasp, which somehow puts it in a category smack in between "lingerie" and "clothing," and means it can easily serve double duty as both. They're pretty, sexy, and so cozy that I'd go so far as to call them the clothing equivalent of the Lovesac.
The best part, though, is that you can enjoy the wonders associated with wearing a bralette whether you're a 32A, a 40D, or anywhere in between. Thanks in large part to the fashion industry's movement toward size inclusivity, there are a lot of supportive—and more importantly, sexy—options out there. One W+G staffer is a fan of Cosabella's Never Say Never bralette ($66) and The Evolution bralette ($80) for her own DDs, and The Lively Busty Bralette ($45) is a fan-favorite that goes up to a size 38DDD.
So if my true obsession has you feeling inspired to try the look out on your own, here are nine ideas for how to wear a bralette this spring.
1. Wear it as a top with something high-waisted
I'm 100 percent Team Bralettes-as-Shirts for spring—and every other season, for that matter. (My friends often joke that they never know if I'll show up to an event wearing an actual shirt, or just some headband-looking thing over my boobs.) But if you've got the right bralette, it can totally work on its own. Especially if it's a particularly cute one, because why would you want to cover that up?! Pair a bandeau style with high-waisted jeans, strappy heels, and statement-making jewelry to balance out the look.
2. Let a little bit peek through
"When showing off your bralettes, remember that a little goes a long way—don't give it all away!" says stylist and fashion writer Avery Matera. "Instead, leave everyone guessing. I love pairing my bralettes with tops that show just enough. Sometimes, that means a long and loose neckline to allow the trim of my lace bralette to just barely peek out of the top."
3. Pop it under a cami
For a warm-weather outfit that is equal parts stylish, sexy, and comfortable, wear your lacy lingerie underneath a silky camisole. For a more subtle look, pair similarly colored items, or add a pop of color with a bright bralette.
4. Dress it down
6. Embrace the boho
Add a little hippy-dippy to your look with a crochet bralette (instead of the usual lace), a maxi-skirt, and a flow-y kimono.
7. Go moto
The combination of a dainty bralette and tough girl moto—shown here with flowy high-waisted pants—will give you the best of both sides of the fashion world.
8. Try a short suit
Maybe not the most "office appropriate" suit in your repertoire, but still seriously chic for a warm day when you just can't be bothered with a blouse.
9. Under some overalls
"Love the idea of matching a pretty feminine floral detail bralette underneath a military-inspired romper," says Erin Collins-Rittling, senior manager of Aerie Styling. "The key is to choose a padded bralette that offers just enough support." An entire spring outfit with only two articles of clothing, that can also be worn with sneakers? Consider me sold.
To amp up your bralette game even further, try one with crystals.
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