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how to wear a bralette

Certainly, there are benefits to lined and padded bras — namely that the cups on these styles offer a little extra help in the coverage and shaping department. However, there may be instances in which you’d rather wear unlined bras or bralettes. And of course, these styles have their own advantages as well. For one, they’re super lightweight, making them a fitting option for sweltering summer months. They also lend a more natural shape since they don’t contain any padding or foam lining. And just to clear up a common misconception: unlined bras and bralettes can offer just as much support as their lined and padded counterparts.

Still, these particular bras do require certain considerations. Eager to embrace unlined bras and bralettes? Then take these top tips into account to feel and look your best wearing them:

Features To Factor In

First thing’s first: The band provides a vast majority of the support on a bra, so if you’re shopping for unlined bras and bralettes that are wire-free, you’ll definitely want to make sure they have a sturdy and somewhat wide underband.

However, large busted women who aren’t willing to go wire-free should keep in mind that there are plenty of unlined bras and bralettes that contain underwire.

If shaping is your concern, then seek out styles that contain three-part cups. Multi-part cups have specially placed seams that assist with lending a slightly more rounded shape.

How To Wear Bralettes and Unlined Bras

When you’re seeking out a more natural shape, feel free to sport unlined bras and bralettes, which can work just as well under a flowy blouse as they can under a sweater dress. Worried about your nipples showing through an unlined bra? Layering or wearing thicker fabrics (as opposed to thinner, form-fitting tops) is a safe bet for avoiding any snafus. However, you can also try using non-adhesive or adhesive nipple covers, which add some invisible reassurance by concealing your nipples.

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

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Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Pearl White

How To Style A Bralette

The beauty of bralettes, in particular, is that many of them feature decorative straps, whether with lace or other embellishments and details. That means that bralettes are meant to be seen, so you don’t have to stress about your straps showing — in fact, you may very well want to flaunt them! As such, consider a bralette under a tank or dress in a halter or racerback style. A pretty bralette also looks cute peeking out from under a button-down shirt, or underneath a sheer blouse. And you can also show one off under an open back top or dress.


Clearly, there are pros and cons to every bra style. But unlined bras and bralettes are pretty much a staple in any woman’s wardrobe — the key is simply to find the right one for your specific preferences and priorities. And of course, as with any bra style, it’s imperative to you know your correct size in order to ensure that your undergarments fit flawlessly and function properly, which is why we always recommend getting a professional fitting at least once or twice a year.

Related: 8 Matching Bra and Panty Sets Every Woman Needs

how to style a bralette

Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Sky Blue

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Black
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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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