In recent years, the bralette has gone from a trendy fashion item to a mainstream wardrobe staple, thanks in large part to both today’s culture of comfort as well as brands expanding their offering so that women of all shapes and sizes can wear this style. But whether you’ve found a bralette you love and just need tips on how to incorporate it into your outfits or if you’re still confused by why everyone’s embraced the style, True&Co is here to help.
What is a Bralette?
Let’s start with the difference between a bra and a bralette. You’re likely most familiar with the former, an often wired design, with back (or front) clasp closure in a variety of structured cup options (demi, balconette, full coverage, etc) while the latter is quite the opposite, typically a wirefree, pull over style made only of material (often a delicate one such as lace) with little to no padding.
Originally a style made mostly for women with smaller breasts due to their natural lack of support, bralette design has come a long way with many manufacturers now constructing styles for larger sizes. Additionally, while the bralette is often seen as mostly a lounge wear piece, many women have incorporated the garment into their wardrobe in ways that show it off as outerwear, both for casual daytime outfits and chic night time styles.
Let’s look at a few options:
How to Wear a Bralette
Comfort and confidence are always top of mind at True&Co, and your bralette should deliver both, allowing you to choose the wardrobe option that feels authentically your style. Whether worn with a top, or as a top itself, the right bralette can add a certain pop of detail or color.
How to Wear a Bralette as a Top
A simple, classic bralette style such as our True Body Lift Scoop Neck Bra functions much like a crop tank top would, making it a great choice to wear solo with high waisted jeans or a skirt (think of it like wearing a bathing suit top, with a bit more coverage and support). The ballet inspired rounded back of this crowd favorite (over 1200 reviews and a four star rating) plus ten color options from skin tone neutrals to bold colors and patterns make it a versatile addition to your wardrobe.
How to Wear a Bralette with a Top
Not ready to jump into wearing only your bralette yet? Think about fun ways to layer your look, such as a lacy bralette under a sheer shirt or over a simple tshirt (a nod back to the slipdress over a tshirt days). We especially love to contrast a dark color with a lighter one, like the Madison Lace Bralette in black over or under a classic white shirt. So easy and yet perfectly edgy, letting you dip a toe into the bralette as a statement piece trend.
How to Wear a Longline Bralette
We have so much love for a longline, the ultimate two in one style marrying a bra and a crop top. Our True Body Longline Bralette maximizes this versatility with a plunge neckline and strappy back detail. Consider pairing with a deep v neck sweater by day and swapping out for a tailored jacket for night, a nearly effortless transition that maintains your comfort throughout.
How to Wear a Mesh Bralette
Comfort and cooling? Sign us up. While lace is pretty, mesh delivers true breathability, right where you need it most. Perfect for summer tanks that flaunt deeper cut armholes, the mesh side and back panels of our True Body Lift Mesh Racerback Bra help achieve a sweat free style.
How to Wear a Plus Size Bralette
A bralette designed for DD+ used to be like finding a unicorn in a sea of skimpy styles better suited to those with A cups. But at True&Co we believe in comfort for all shapes and sizes, which is why we engineered our True Body Lift Triangle Adjustable Strap Bra with supportive triangle cups and adjustable straps. Made to contour your natural shape and elevate up to a full inch of lift, this seamless style allows well endowed women to take full advantage of the bralette trend.
How to Wear a Lace Bralette
The quintessential bralette, our Soft Lace Wirefree style is simply beautiful yet supportive enough for everyday wear. With extra support from an encased bottom band and adjustable straps as well as a hook and eye closure, you can ensure a proper fit from this bralette. True Body microfiber, our softest material, makes this barely there bralette perfect for peaking out of an oversized v-neck top like a tank, tee or sweater. This subtle touch of flirty detail is fun, feminine and one of our favorite ways to show off the bralette style.
Once you’ve found your favorite bralette style (or a few, because trust us, once you go bralette, you may never go back ;)), try out a few looks to get comfortable with the idea of this versatile piece being a staple of your wardrobe, day and night. For more inspiration, check out our guide to Bralette Outfits, broken down by bralette style and color options. Then get creative, after all, your comfort is the ultimate key to rocking any style with utmost confidence.