Back in 2010, when bra straps were still a major “fashion don’t,” Allison Mercer created Strappy’s decorative and jeweled bra straps, which attached to a strapless bra. Since then, I have felt a little differently about exposed straps. When they are oh-so-pretty, why not?
And, with the infinite variety of this spring’s side cut-out, low-cut, and backless tops, shirts and dresses, bandeaux and bralettes have taken the “exposed” concept even further.
What makes a bralette different from the pretty bra that’s already in your drawer? The bralettes that I have found are larger, more like a sports bra. So, they provide additional coverage. They also include attractive details that sports bras, because of their utilitarian nature, usually omit.
One that I recently received for my daughter is the crisscross cutout bralette from Simlu. This is absolutely adorable under a sheer-ish top or peeking out from a low-cut blouse. She can even wear it under her drape-y “concert” vests, which have elongated armholes.
The bralette is made of 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex, so it is both comfortable and durable. And, there are so many cute colors! She chose teal, but other options include yellow, apricot, navy and cherry (pictured), plus many, many more.
Full disclosure: This particular piece is advertised as One Size – Shoulder: 6.3″ Chest Width: 11.4″ Length: 11.4″. However, it runs about a half-size small. The material does offer some give and is beautifully form-fitting, but it is definitely designed for a small-busted woman. Also, note that there is no padding or underwire support, so the bralette is much more like a sports bra than an actual bra.
Some of my daughter’s favorite ways to style this piece include:
- under a sheer white t-shirt or blouse,
- paired with a top that has an open or cut-out back,
- under a low-cut tank,
- together with a maxi skirt and a cardigan sweater, or
- under a drape-y or shoulder baring sweater.
The Simlu Bralette is available on Amazon for only $10.50. And, however you style it, this bralette is a fun, flirty way to embrace this spring’s skin-baring styles without baring it all!
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.
PHOTO: Used with permission by Simlu.
DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of the Simlu bralette mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.