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how to wear a bralette

The bralette trend is here to stay. This light, unstructured version of a bra has swept its way across the lingerie industry and into women’s drawers everywhere, offering a more relaxed alternative that even full-busted people can wear.

It’s a great choice for lazy days at home and for sleeping in at night, but bralettes are not just homewear. You can absolutely wear them out and about, and they’re especially perfect for those occasions when what you’re craving most is comfort. But more than that, bralettes can actually be a fashion statement.

We tend to want to keep our bras hidden away below our clothes, but bralettes are different. Their popularity as ‘festival wear’ has trickled down into streetwear, and made it perfectly acceptable to wear one visibly. They’ve become something of a hybrid garment, sitting somewhere between underwear and outerwear.

So just how do you wear a bralette as part of your outfit, in a way that looks intentional and not like a wardrobe malfunction?

Here are 7 styling ideas:

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With a backless or low-sided top

Forget faffing about with stick-on bras or low-back band extenders. Just wear a lacy bralette and show your bra band off with pride! It’s even possible to find pull-on bralettes without the usual fastening at the back, though note that these super-stretchy styles offer the least support.

Lace bralettes are also a great pairing for a sleeves top or dress with low arm holes, showing off a flash of pretty fabric at either side.

With a low-cut neckline

Similarly, bralettes work great for lower necklines. They can be a more modest alternative to a plunge bra, or a prettier replacement for a camisole. Bonus points if there’s some strapping detail above the cup that you can show off too.

Under a sheer top

Here’s another way bralettes can replace camisoles. They’ll provide coverage where you need it, but without sticking out from below the top’s hemline like a cami can. If you’re daring, pair a chic bralette with a sheer mesh or chiffon top to really flaunt it. For a subtler take on the look, wear it under lace or open-knit fabric.

Under a blazer

A lacy camisole and fitted blazer is a classic combination. Why not mix things up and, you guessed it, replace that cami with a bralette again. It’s a fabulous night-out look that celebs love!

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Bralettes

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Over a t-shirt

Hey, you’re not just limited to wearing bralettes under things. Layering it over a basic top will show it off in all its stylish glory, while still allowing you to stay fully covered-up and even wear another bra below for support should you wish. Yes, this option is a bit out-there and only for the boldest of fashionistas, but I promise it’s an actual trend. And it can look rather cute.

With the straps on show

Many bralettes are actually designed to be seen. They’re made with fancy, lacy straps, or ones that have a criss-cross or T shape at the back. So why not pair a particularly decadent bralette strap with an off-the-shoulder sweater? Or go one step further and wear it with something strapless?

As a crop top

Last but not least, why not just pretend your bralette is actually a crop top? After all, that’s kind of what it is. Longline bralettes and high neck bralettes are especially popular for wearing like this since they provide some added coverage and look less like a traditional bra. I’m particularly a fan of pairing one with a high-waisted skirt or jeans.

Not feeling quite brave enough to rock your bralette all by itself? You can also wear it in that other popular way that crop tops get styled – under dungarees.

How do you style your bralettes? Share your favorite way to style your bralettes in the comments section below!

Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?

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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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