Ditch the crop tops because underwear is now outerwear. Ever since last year, when Katie Holmes rocked a cashmere Khaite bra and matching cardigan *to hail a cab* (peak fabulousness), the world has been atwitter for the bra top. Seriously, Khaite sold out the bra, which cost $520, as soon as the brand posted a picture of Holmes in the famous ensemble to Instagram. These tops were one of the biggest trends spotted on the Spring/Summer 2020 runways from the utilitarian style of Dion Lee to the sexy sheer look of Loewe to the molded armor-like design of Tom Ford. The bra top may be a daunting trend for some, but it’s the perfect summer look when styled just right.
This in-demand trend is accessible for just about all body types. If you’re worried it might be a little too scandalous or might not have Bella Hadid’s abs to pull it off, this article will shut down those myths! There are so many ways to style a bra top without showing too much skin. If you’re willing to take a little walk on the wild side, look no further than this guide on how to wear the most significant trend of the summer and shop a few highly covetable items for sale.
Matching your bra with high-waisted bottoms to provide enough coverage at the belly is the best way to wear the trend and cover-up simultaneously. Play with different styles by taking a bottom and mixing and matching different tops, like a sports bra (perfect blend of comfort and support for my fuller chested ladies) for an athleisure feel or a lacy number for a romantic vibe. Layer with a lightweight jacket for a more concealed look on breezy summer days. Finally, coordinate your shoes with the style of bra to keep your outfit uniform. Pile on the jewelry or keep it minimal based on the occasion. This look is so versatile you can wear it for daytime leisure or a fun evening with friends.
With this method, the bra is the focal point, and the shirt stays underneath. Talk about underwear as outwear! Pick a bra that looks more fun than functional—that means no obvious underwires—and experiment with exciting hues for a pop of color. You can also go for a stark contrast with a black bra over a white top or try a bikini top. This style is a fresh take on the “going out” outfit.
Sheer pieces are also one of the top must-haves for summer 2020, so combine the two for an ultra-trendy ensemble. The sheerness instantly elevates the look and reveals just enough for a peek-a-boo moment but not too much. Take it from these street style mavens and pair with a flowy skirt or trousers and pump up the volume with heels. Instead of wearing the usual LBD, rock this look for date night; it’ll be the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated.
Pair with a blazer or jacket and coordinating bottoms for a sartorial take on the trend. Try a matching set in a bold print or color for a flashy ensemble. Keep the bra neutral and accessories minimal so as not to draw focus. You can always button the blazer or zip the jacket for added coverage without completely covering the bra. Even though this look has elements of work attire, it probably won’t be best for the office. Instead, make it the ultimate streetwear chic.
Play with Cutouts and Plunging Necklines
A top with cutouts layered with a bra makes for an extremely high-fashion ensemble. Experiment with different textures like a luxe satin bra and lightweight knit top that. Take cues from the bra top for the style of bottoms. Keep the jewelry understated, so the attention stays on the creative styling.
Similarly, dresses and jackets with plunging necklines are made ever-so chic with a bra top that peeks out just so. Keep it sexy with a lacy bra or make it ultra-feminine with a sheer ruffled one. Add interest by mixing different fabrics.
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