How to Style Bralettes

By definition, a bralette is a bra without wires or molded cups.  They provide the same function as your average bra, but one thing about them is significantly different… they are meant to be seen!  Since they have less structure to them, they are usually more comfortable than normal bras.  They have become increasingly popular due to their comfort and versatility.  There are so many options when it comes to what types of bralettes there are and what to wear them with.  Here are some of the most popular bralette types, and how to style them. 

Strappy Bralettes


A strappy bralette uses thinner pieces of fabric to create strap designs on either the front or back of the bralette (or sometimes on both sides).  With bralettes featuring strap detailing on the front, it’s good to wear a lower-cut shirt to show off the cool design.  With strap detailing on the back or sides, opting for a singlet with wide armholes, or a top with a low or cutout back is the way to go. This is a great option when the weather is just too hot, but you don’t want to show a lot of skin.  

SC Pick: Silence + Noise Strappy Bralette, $24

High-Neck Bralettes


The turtleneck of bralettes! Depending on what you pair it with, a high-neck bralette can sometimes be a nice, conservative option.  Since the neckline is so high, you can pair a bralette with a high-waisted skirt or jeans to show a little skin. Alternatively, you can wear your high-neck bralette with a dramatically low cut shirt for some intriguing contrast.

SC Pick: High-Neck Bralette, $20

Lace Halter Bralettes


A lace halter bralette is one of the more classic types out there.  It provides a great amount of support and comfort and looks best when it’s worn with a shirt that falls off the shoulder a little.  You want your bralette to be seen, so don’t be afraid to show it off with pride! It’s fun to pair colorful bralettes with neutral-colored tops so that they can be the center of attention.

SC Pick: Lace Halter Bralette, $25

Detailed-/Racer-Back Bralettes


Bralettes with back detailing are an effortless way to add some visually interesting aesthetics to an otherwise boring open-back tee.  The great thing is that there are so many options to choose from. You’ll want to choose a top with a low back or a cutout to show off the structure of this particular bralette. 

SC Pick: Lounge Lace Crop, $23

Triangle Bralettes


Triangle bralettes have a simple demi-bra-esque look. They look great when worn with sheer tops because they provide an appropriate amount of coverage, but are still meant to be seen.  In this case, pairing a black bralette with a white sheer top keeps the look appropriate, but still gives it a fun and flirty side.  

SC: Triangle Bralette, $30

Long Bralettes


This type of bralette sits a little bit lower on your torso, making it great to pair with high-waisted shorts so that it acts as a shirt all on its own.  It shows a little bit of skin, but not too much.  Leave the outfit as is, or finish it off with a  patterned cardigan or kimono for some added flare and conservativeness.   

SC Pick: Longline Lace Bralette, $38


Bralettes are a great way to add some color or detail to an outfit.  Since there are so many different kinds, the style opportunities are endless. Don’t be afraid to try them out and show off a little lace. These babies were meant to take the spotlight.