Bralettes are a capital-M-major trend at the moment because they’re that rare combo of style and comfort. What started as an edgy craze at music festivals like Coachella has morphed into mainstream fashion, letting a woman’s natural shape take center stage for a change.
Bralettes are meant to be seen, and they go with just about every outfit. Picture a lace racerback or embellished straps peeking out from a scoop neck, deep vee or tank top for a look that’s sexy and sweet. Think of a bralette like a cropped camisole, with style to match your own.
Even more appealing: Bralettes are so easy to wear. Since there’s often no underwire or clasp, they’re stretchy and unstructured enough to rock around the clock.
Of course, less structure translates to less support, which can be challenging for larger-busted women. Fear not: Bare Necessities has bralettes for every size and figure.
WHAT IS A BRALETTE?
A bralette is a stretchy bra that usually slips over the head and comes in inclusive sizes (XS-XL). It may or may not have padding or underwires.
The two most popular bralette styles are
lacy (for a boho vibe) or minimalist (for a sportier look) . Either way, you can wear them just as you would a bra or in place of a cami.
Bralettes differ from standard bra sizing in that they’re typically extra-small or small to large or extra-large. (That’s why each bralette featured on Bare Necessities comes with a size chart.) When they first hit the scene, bralettes were designed for smaller-chested women but lately, there are more inclusive options for D+ cups and full figures: Freya Fancies features double-layered cups for extra support and can be layered over an underwire bra—genius! Cosabella Plus bralettes meld beautifully detailed stretch lace with adjustable straps and mesh-lined cups in sizes 1X to 3X. The Rhonda Shear is also ideal for the DD+ crowd, thanks to its molded cups and small to extra-large size range.
BEST HALTER BRALETTES
If you wear a lot of halter tops, you need a fashion solution that complements a halter neckline. Enter the halter bralette: This style provides an attractive, layered bralette look with any halter top. Our best halter bralette gives you the best of all worlds?comfort, style and practicality.
WHEN AND HOW TO WEAR A BRALETTE
You can wear a bralette pretty much any time. They’re so versatile—equally alluring for date night as they are casual for lounging around the house—that how you choose to wear a bralette is completely your call. A bralette can go as easily with a crisp white button-down, understated chambray shirt or racerback tank top as with a strappy sundress or all on its own under a denim or leather jacket.
And while your everyday bras may be 50 shades of neutral, bralettes are the perfect place to play with color. Contrast a black shirt with bold, bright straps, or go monochromatic with your bralette and outfit. During the week, you can try a bralette at the office under a blouse, blazer or wrap dress; in your down time, rock one under a sheer shirt, open-back top or tank with low-cut sides.
BRALETTES VS BRAS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Unlike a bra, the super-trendy bralette is generally wire-free and unstructured. Bralettes are often made of stretch lace, cotton or microfiber. Like a great belt or pocketbook, bralettes are must-have accessories that add a splash of fun and personality.
DO YOU WEAR A BRA UNDER A BRALETTE?
Most bralettes are meant to be worn alone but, for the ample-chested, wearing an underwire bra underneath styles like Freya Fancies will provide the extra support you need.
CAN YOU WEAR A BRALETTE AS A BRA?
Absolutely. Bralettes are essentially pretty, comfortable bras.
DO BRALETTES HAVE PADDING?
Not much, which is the point. Some bralettes have molded cups or thin removable pads, and they’re almost universally wire-free.
DO BRALETTES PROVIDE SUPPORT?
Bralettes are all about ease; they provide light support. That said, some bralettes bolster better than others. Look for molded cups, double-layer cups, mesh-lined cups and hook-and-eye bands. There are bralettes for bigger busts, which you can even wear over your favorite underwire bra.