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There’s no denying that bralettes have been having a major moment. We’ve been seeing more and more of them lately, and not just in stores and online — but also peeking out from underneath women’s outfits. Maybe you spotted one on a stylish girl strolling down the street, your best friend, a celeb, or a fashion blogger you follow on Instagram. Either way, you liked the look, and now you’re wondering how to pull it off yourself.

There are so many ways to show off a bralette. If you need a little guidance, read on for some tried-and-true style tips on how to embrace this trend.

Under lace

You know that lace top? The one that you can’t figure out what you should wear underneath? Lace tops create a unique challenge because they’re partly see-through. That’s where a pretty bralette can come in handy: it’s meant to be seen, so it acts as the perfect layering piece.

If you’re going for a subtler look, pair a simple bralette that matches the color of your top. But if you’re feeling more daring, you can choose a bralette in a brighter or darker hue — something that will stand out against the color of your top. For example, a crimson lace bralette is eye-catching under a black lace top, while a bralette in a deep jewel tone like purple or teal looks striking under an ivory lace top.

Under something sheer

Sheer blouses and dresses can also be tricky when it comes to undergarments. Show off a fashion-forward bralette underneath these pieces and you won’t have to worry about them making a visible appearance. We love patterned bralettes under sheer solid tops or strappy cage bralettes under sheer dresses.

Under low-arm tanks

Tank tops with low armholes are a staple for many of us during the summertime. And by wearing a bralette, you don’t have to worry about your undergarment showing. A hint of lace popping out of the sides of the tank adds some visual intrigue. You could also pair a racerback bralette with a racerback tank or dress for just a tinge of ornate detailing peering out in the back.

Under a button-down

Most of us have a button-down or three in our wardrobes, and with good reason. These timeless staples are universally flattering and also super versatile. However, they can sometimes come across a little stiff or business-like outside the office.

So if you’re trying to mix things up, give your button-down a little sultry edge by sporting a bralette underneath, and leaving a couple buttons undone at the top. This look works really well with an oversized shirt — so consider borrowing your boyfriend’s or husband’s button-down.

As a crop top

Among the bolder ways to wear a bralette is to rock it as a crop top. The easiest way to pull this off is to opt for a bralette that looks less like lingerie — so seek out prints, unconventional fabrics like denim or leather, or unique details like buttons. Wear it under a blazer with a high-waisted pencil skirt for a look that’s sophisticated yet sexy, or try it with a maxi skirt and a layering top (like a denim jacket or open chambray button-down).

Pro tip: Pairing a bralette with pants, shorts, or a skirt in the exact same hue makes it look like you’re simply wearing matching coordinates. Plus, it’s a fabulous way to try the monochromatic trend.

Under an off-the-shoulder top

There’s something impossibly yet subtly sultry about off-the-shoulder sweaters and blouses. But they do present one challenge: What kind of bra are you supposed to wear under them? Do you have to opt for strapless? Not necessarily. Lacy bralette straps can look gorgeous with these shoulder-baring styles.

Under backless pieces

Backless dresses and tops are super fun to wear for a night out on the town, and they offer an excellent opportunity to show off your favorite bralettes. That way, you won’t have to stress about finding the perfect backless bra (or forgoing one altogether).

Feeling inspired? Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of ideas for how to show off those bralettes that are meant to be seen.

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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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