Whether you realize it or not, bralettes are about to become the next big thing in fashion. Bralettes are comfortable, stylish, and trendy — everything you could want in a garment and then some! They are also extremely versatile, and can be worn as a bra (obviously), an undershirt for extra sex appeal, or as a top all on their own. Adding a bralette is a simple way to instantly make an outfit more chic and fashionable, no matter how you style them. So if you’re in the market for some bralette styling inspiration, keep reading on!
What is a Bralette?
To learn how to style a bralette, first, you have to understand what exactly a bralette is, and what separates a bra from a bralette.
A bralette is a lightweight bra designed with comfort in mind. To achieve this, bralettes are typically made without underwire, padding, or elastic straps. Bralettes can be made with just about any fabric, but the most common fabrics are cotton and lace. Moreover, the design of a bralette is not that different from that of a crop top, thanks to the many creative styles, silhouettes, and colors that they come in. As a result, young people have begun to ditch the top completely and use the bralette as the centerpiece of the outfit instead.
EBY bralettes are more than just an undergarment, they are a second skin. With our innovative seamless construction, you will never see any bumps, lumps, or frumps underneath your shirt. The lack of seams is meant to prevent irritation, while the lack of hardware will save you from any uncomfortable digging. Plus, our wider strap bralettes with longer underbust lines make them highly supportive and wearable as a top all on their own! Interested in trying them out for yourself? Click here to get your first set!
Difference Between a Bra and a Bralette
From style to support, there are many distinctions to be made between the bralette and the bra. The chief difference between the two undergarments is the lack of supportive materials such as underwire and lining. Due to these omissions, women with bigger breasts may feel as though they are not getting the proper amount of support needed when wearing a bralette. It is important to note, though, that bralettes do a better job at securely holding the breasts in place than a bra. So it may not be the same kind of support you are used to, but the support is there regardless. And though it functions to offer additional support, lining adds a level of uncomfortability that no one needs, which is why bralettes and their unlined design are on the rise.
As a whole, bras are just a generally uncomfortable garment. The bra’s source of uncomfortability definitely stems from the materials of which they are made. Materials like nylon, polyester, and spandex are much more rigid and sturdy than common bralette materials cotton, and lace because they intend to keep everything in place, whereas bralette materials allow for movement and flexibility.
The other main difference between a bra and a bralette is the contexts in which they can be worn. Bra straps are considered in schools, for example, to be too inappropriate to be seen, while bralettes can be worn as a crop top, activewear, or loungewear, and no one would be the wiser. The lack of padding gives the bralette a much more sleek and seamless design than the awkward structure of the bra, which makes it simple to style and can be worn with just about anything.
Bralette Outfit Ideas
Now that you know what a bralette is, it’s time to learn how to style it! See below for a comprehensive breakdown of all the possible outfit combinations you can make with your brand new EBY bralettes!
Bralette Under Low Neck Tops
If showing off your bra is a little out of your comfort zone, or you’re just trying to keep a conservative and respectable appearance, try starting off with a tasteful glimpse of your bralette by wearing it under a V-neck sweater or a scoop neck t-shirt.
Bralette Under a Sheer Blouse
Sheer shirts are a great way to showcase the most show-stopping part of an outfit (the bralette) while minimizing the feeling of walking around shirtless and exposed. A solid sheer blouse and bralette combo also gives an outfit dimension, especially if you’re someone who loves to layer. This type of outfit is ideal for a fun night out with friends, concerts, and festivals, or a day of walking around a new city.
Bralette Over a Shirt
Speaking of layering, an innovative way to wear a bralette is by wearing it over your shirt, not under. This is a great styling hack for those who love to layer all year long, because you can layer with all different kinds of tops: t-shirts, button-downs, long sleeve shirts, etc. Plus, this garment combo makes for an effortless way to turn a casual outfit into one for the books.
The Oversized Button Up Shirt is Back
Grunge is no longer a thing of the past! Oversized button-ups and flannels have come back into style once more, and have proven to be a great styling companion for bralettes. The large, oversized nature of the button-down contrasts nicely with the small, tight structure of the bralette. By pairing these two pieces together, you can show off your figure without exposing too much, and who doesn’t love to have the best of both worlds sometimes?
Bralette Under a Jacket
To make a bold fashion statement, you will need a statement bralette (i.e. a lace bralette, a strappy bralette, a knit bralette, etc.). Style that underneath an eye-catching denim jacket or leather jacket, and you’ve got yourself an edgy outfit for a night of drinks and trouble!
Bralette with a Blazer
Pairing a bralette with a blazer is perfect for those who love to subvert expectations and experiment with boundaries. When you think about it, there is no better way to do business casual: the blazer handles the business, and the bralette brings the casual! Adding a pair of freshly pressed trousers and respectable heels never hurts either, especially when opting for a more basic bralette. Remember, in fashion: the more contrast the better!
Bralette With High Waisted Pants
To trick the eye into thinking your bralette is actually a crop top, simply throw on a pair of high-waisted mom jeans, denim shorts, palazzo pants, or trousers, and no one will think twice about your look. Depending on how you choose to style your bralette, this look can be worn just about anywhere!
Bralette Under a Tank Top
Low-cut muscle tanks offer another great yet subtle opportunity to show off your most prized bralettes. With just a tad bit of exposure under the underarms, you reveal just enough to catch people’s attention, while still leaving things up to the imagination. This styling option is also perfect for a laid-back “just got back from the gym” look if that’s what you’re into.
Dress Up Your Overalls
Overalls will never go out of style. They’re easy to throw on, they’re comfortable, and, let’s admit it, they’re pretty darn cute! Bralettes make for an easy companion piece to overalls, due to their equal levels of casualness and easy mobility. Whether you’re painting the walls of your new apartment or meeting up with your girlfriends for brunch, you can never go wrong with a classic overalls and bralette combo.
Have A Backless Moment
If you want to be the talk of the party, a quick and easy way to do so is to throw on a backless dress or shirt. Backless garments can be risky, though, because you never know if a gust of wind is going to blow and expose your front. That’s why pairing a backless top or dress with a sleek and sexy lingerie bralette should always be the go-to move; you want to be the talk of the party for all the right reasons!
Bralette With High Waisted Skirt
Bralettes and maxi skirts are like the milk and cookies of fashion: they’re sweet, they’re classic, and they never let you down! Styling a bralette with a maxi skirt is the perfect look for any occasion, from a trip to the beach to a trip to the vineyard. Both pieces are meant to be light and breathable, so if you want to spare yourself a heat stroke, a bralette with a maxi skirt is definitely the move.
Speaking of skirts, high-waisted bottoms like skirts and shorts also make for a great match. The high waistline limits the amount of stomach skin shown, so it’s a great way to stay covered while looking cool.
Bralette with a Pencil Skirt
A fun way to mix professional and casual is to pair a pencil skirt with a bralette. Because, work hard play hard, right? Pencil skirts create a conservative, flattering silhouette that not many other skirts provide, hugging your body in all the right places without showing off too much.
Bralette as a Crop Top
As you’ve probably learned by now, it doesn’t take much to turn a bralette into a crop top. You can dress up a bralette as much or as little as you’d like, by styling your top with denim, leather, shorts, skirts, and everything in between.
Bralette with Bermuda Shorts
For those who didn’t know, the Bermuda short has made a comeback. Bermuda shorts look great with a bralette because the low rise, loose fit of the shorts paired with the fit, short, and form-fitting silhouette make for a captivating contrast that no fashion lover can deny.
Bralette Under a Lace Top
Just like sheer tops, bralettes shine their brightest when layered under a lace top. It adds a little extra flavor to the entire look and draws in people’s attention.
Bralette as a Bikini Top
Taking a last-minute trip to the beach, but can’t find your swimsuit? The bralette has you covered. Many bralettes share the same design as a bikini top, so there’s no harm in switching out your bathing suit for your undergarments from time to time.
Bralette as a Tube Top
The bralette style known as bandeaus makes for a make-shift tube top in a sticky situation. Just like a tube top, they’re strapless, they grip your body to preventing slipping, and most importantly, they’re extremely comfortable.
Bralette with Off-Shoulder Dresses
If your off-the-shoulder dress isn’t already enough of a statement, a bralette layered underneath your dress is sure to take your look to the next level. It’s the perfect way to create dimension in the outfit while keeping you lifted and supported all night long.
Bralettes are an extremely versatile and multifaceted article of clothing. Not only do they make a comfortable alternative to the bra, but they can be worn in a number of different ways with a range of different outfits. There are numerous ways to stay on trend with your bralettes, too, like taking the edgy approach and style your bralette with a leather jacket or keeping it simple with a lace bralette and sheer shirt. We know there are almost too many bralette outfits to choose from, but we hope our outfit ideas have successfully taken the pressure off of styling so you can get right to enjoying your brand new pair of wire-free seamless EBYs!