Krista Molinaro, our contemporary and luxury buyer, is just back from Market—one of four weeks a year she spends visiting vendor showrooms in NYC for a look at your underwear drawer’s future—with an exclusive spring preview.
So what lingerie look is she most excited about?
“Ready-to-wear fashion has been showing cutaway blouses, open backs, sheer tops and lower-cut sides, and plunging V-necks and wrap dresses are always in. That’s what’s making bralettes such a key piece going forward,” says Krista.
Which begs the question…
What is a bralette?
A bralette is a wire-free, stretch lace bra. A bralette can be with or without padding, and comes in inclusive sizes. “Thanks to the lace, it’s a romantic, feminine look,” Krista says. “The trend really came out of the Coachella festival-fashion scene. It’s cool and slightly hippie to let your bralette show. At first, women were wearing them without a top! Now, I’m noticing a lot of lace bandeaus and bralettes right there in the clothing department, not just with the lingerie.”
Of course, walking around in a strip of lace isn’t for most of us. As always, though, there’s a workable way to get in on the fun. What’s great is that bralettes veered from a marginal, slightly risqué look to a style absolutely anyone can pull off. They can even be office-appropriate. “It’s all about interesting detail: a surprising lace racerback, eyelash lace peeking out from a blouse, bras that are businesslike up front but a party in the back,” Krista says. “People don’t want to see your bra straps anymore. This is what you want to show.”
Why Krista loves bralettes:
1. They complete your look. Whether you’re flashing a band of lace or just a glimpse under a wrap dress, they’re a fresh fashion accessory.
2. They’re comfy. And that’s really the secret to feeling beautiful, is it not? They’re wire-free, and sizing is stress-free (XS to XL, or band size only or cup size only).
3. They’re versatile. Work to weekend, street to office. You can even wear them to bed.
Top 5 most popular bralette styles:
For small chests, there are padded bralettes with removable cups:
For plus size bralettes, we love:
To round out your bra wardrobe, Krista recommends picking a cheerful color that’s a guaranteed mood-booster (“Cosabella is pretty much the only colorful bra I own”), as well as a nude that matches your particular skin tone. Insider styling tip: If you have a larger chest, you can get in on the look without giving up support by layering a bralette right over a basic T-shirt or sports bra of the same silhouette, like this (see photo):
“As a 32DDD, I can’t go out without a bra, but I definitely don’t want to wear the same structured bra I wear to the office to run out for coffee on Saturday mornings,” says Krista. “A bralette over a T-shirt bra is what I reach for.”
Work uniform: Jeans and a sweater. Some days I dress it up with heels.
Weekend look: I mostly run around in my gym gear. I love everything UnderArmour! My night look is usually skinny jeans, a cute top, and my Louboutins.
Body type: Hourglass.
All-time favorite bra: ChantelleVous et Moi Convertible T-Shirt Bra
Fashion icon: Kim Kardashian. I love her style.
Always splurge on: Makeup and a good handbag.
Personal mantra: “She believed she could so she did.” It’s one of my five tattoos.
Current obsession: Kickboxing.
Must-read mag: Shape.
Fun fact: I’m a part owner of thoroughbred racehorses. I’ve been around horses all my life and started riding when I was very young. Joe Franklin is one of our horses who just came back from running the Breeder’s Cup!
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