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bralette how to wear

There’s an occasion for every bra. Those seamless, smooth T-shirt bras are perfect for your casual, everyday outfits you wear to go shopping or grab a quick lunch with a friend. Your sports bras, of course, are a must for that 5K, dance class, or strength training sweat session at the gym.

You reach for your plunge bras and push-up bras to wear under formal dresses for special events, or to give you a little va-va-voom cleavage on date night. And then there are bralettes. Who could forget about these totally trendy undergarments?

If you feel like you’ve been seeing more and more bralettes lately, you’re not imagining things. This bra style has become increasingly popular due to its comfy, lightweight feel that still manages to be impossibly stylish. The best part? There are endless different options to choose from — bralettes can be lacy, sporty, leather, and a slew of other different looks.

Whether you already own a few bralettes or are thinking about buying your first one, here are a few ideas for how to wear bralettes:

To Sunday brunch

When you’re trying to strike a look that’s both chic yet casual, a bralette can be your best friend.

Try a bralette under a racerback dress with a denim jacket — this is a look that you can easily sport in the spring and summer, and then transition into fall with tights and boots.

The beauty of a bralette is that if it has ornate straps (such as lace or embroidery) that are meant to be seen, you can substitute it for a strapless one. Slip a lacy bralette on under an off-the-shoulder sweater with distressed jeans and you’ve got an ensemble that’s feminine yet laid-back at the same time.

To a dinner date

One of the most seductive and eye-catching ways to wear a bralette is to layer it under a lace or sheer blouse.  It may be daring, but it’s a surefire way to keep your date’s attention. Pair that with a pencil skirt and you’ll look sophisticated as well as sultry.

You can also sport a bralette under a sleeveless maxi dress. It adds a touch of bohemian appeal to those floral maxis in the summer. In the fall and winter, a lacy bralette gives a soft, romantic touch to a black maxi with leather ankle booties.

Related: Do You Wear A Bra Under A Bralette?

On girls’ night

Feeling bold? If you can find a bralette that’s long enough to double as a top (think longline or bustier length), you can wear it solo underneath a blazer or cardigan. This is an edgy look that works perfectly for grabbing drinks or going to a concert with the girls.

You know those button-downs you wear to the office? Well, they can be instantly transformed with one of these trendy bras — in fact, a bralette looks undeniably stunning peeking out from underneath a simple button-down blouse with black skinny jeans.

Running errands

While there are no doubt many dressy occasions to wear a bralette, you can also wear them on your most casual days. Whether you’re picking up the dry cleaning, grabbing groceries, getting the car washed, or picking the kids up from school, you can definitely make a bralette work under your low-key ensembles.

Consider pairing a bralette with a low-armhole tank, jeans, and slip-on sneakers when you want to look effortlessly put together.

A bralette also looks intriguing under a slouchy V-neck tee with colored denim and ballet flats.

Obviously, bralettes are pretty versatile little undergarments. In fact, you can find a bralette for nearly any occasion or outfit. Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to try incorporating bralettes into a range of different looks. But remember: the style possibilities are limitless, so don’t be afraid to make this trend your own.

Related: Bralette vs Bra: What’s The Difference Between A Bra and A Bralette?

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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