Bralettes are showing up everywhere this summer. These easy-going bras are peeking out from under roomy jackets and see-through tops. This is lingerie that’s meant to be seen (with the exception of the sheerest) and so you’ll find them worn all on their own. The bralette is riding a wave of popularity because it offers the rare indulgence of comfort. The defining feature of the bralette is no underwires to pinch or dig.
Their popularity is creating acceptance for a silhouette that’s soft, gentle and lower-slung. Uplift and, typically, cleavage, are not part of the package. Look to the bralette when you want buttery-soft, wireless comfort that feels like a second skin. Many women swear bralettes give the feeling of wearing nothing at all. With the current crop designed for women of all sizes, here are intimates that will open up a beautiful, wire-free world.
Spanx Bra-llelujah! Bralette, $48, spanx.com
The Spanx Bra-llelujah! collection gets insanely high reviews for good reasons. The bralette version comes with no uncomfortable hardware and no elastic but gives the same great support as the rest of the collection. The seamless, smoothing back band garners a lot of raves.
Barqoue Lace-Trim Faille Bralette, $750.00, mytheresa.com
Model Irina Shayk was spotted on vacation at the beach in Spain wearing this black-and-gold Hibiscus-print bralette and a pleated miniskirt by Versace and carrying a matching beach bag. Shayk’s outfit is similar to the Versace look that Kylie Jenner wore while celebrating her 22nd birthday during a vacation in Italy.
Aerie Romantic Lace Plunge Bralette, $24.50, ae.com
This plunging lace V-neck bralette wins raves from Aerie customers of all bust sizes. This beauty delivers top-notch support and major comfort can comes in 14 sizes. Seven pretty colors are available.
Les Girls Les Boys Logo Soft Bra, $60, lesgirlslesboys.com
The cool street-style brand from designer Serena Rees is new and simple and a definite departure from her previous label, Agent Provocateur. It’s as minimal and understated in aesthetic and price as Agent Provocateur was extravagant. The label’s Logo Soft Bra is as standout with elasticized band that doesn’t buckle or twist and cups that are fuller than most standard triangle bras for a snugger, more omfortable fit.
Jockey Seamfree Molded Cup Bralette, $15, jockey.com
Worried about an unwanted nipple appearance when someone cranks up the AC at the office? This seamfree bralette has molded cups that make sure you can strike that worry off your list. It’s comfortable enough to wear during those long office hours with a wide band won’t bunch up or roll on you. And it comes in eight tempting colors.
Calvin Klein Bralette, $21, calvinklein.us
This Calvin Klein bralette provides full coverage with a lightly lined style that looks seamless under a shirt (if you can bear to cover it up). This is one bralette that will stay in place even when you’re active thanks to the thick but comfortable elastic band.