Bralette Power has been my favorite fashion movement since Gaucho pants (does anybody else remember those?). Bralettes, a lot comparable gaucho pants, now that I think about it, are all about comfort and moving with your body instead of constricting it like underwire bras do.
But what is a bralette? Is it just an unseamed bra? What is an unlined bra? Are sports bras bralettes? Oh my gosh, now I’m getting overwhelmed. Let’s all take a breath together (in…out…). Have no fear! I’m here to take you through the comfortable, stretchy world of bralettes.
From the supportive racerback bralette to the ever-stylish triangle bralette, we’ll explain what a bralette is, who and what they work best for, how to wear them, what to look for in a good one, and the pros and cons of it. So belt your bras and let’s get into it!
WHAT IS A BRALETTE?
These are unseamed bras with light support and minimal padding. The best part, though, is no underwire! If you ask me, “Are underwire bras bad for you?” I’m successful in answering YES based solely on comfort. Bralettes prioritize comfort and fashion for flawless bra alternatives.
They come in many styles, from lacy and decorative to more compressive and fuller coverage. WAMA makes two kinds of bralettes that work for various activities and needs! The triangle bralette has separate cups with a bottomless plunge. It’s sexy but still supportive. On the other hand, the racerback bralette has extra full coverage and provides enough support for light exercise.
What’s the difference between a bralette and a bra? A bra has padding, underwire, and overall more structure. The bralette is more relaxed with more stretch and a less rigid structure. This means no more underwire poking into your armpit and no more googling, “Why does my bra hurt my ribs?”
Bralettes have become gradually popular in the last few years because they’re comfortable casual and add some style and intelligence of fun to your outfit! Read below for some styling tips!
WHO SHOULD WEAR BRALETTES?
You! And someone else, really, for that matter. They’re comfy and cute on everyone! So, if you’re looking for a motive to slip out of your bra and into a bralette, let’s see if you relate to any of the following.
You should wear a bralette if you:
Care about comfort more than everything:
Bralettes are the ultimate comfy girl choice. They’re made for everyday wear, so you won’t need to undo the clasp on your drive home (just me?)
Pregnancy does all categories of magical and wild things to your body, and your boobs are at the center of it. From painful nipples to changing breast size, you need a soft, flexible bralette that will stretch and keep you comfy. Plus, if your boob fluid is acting up during pregnancy, a hemp bralette is breathable and wetness-wicking!
so you’ve had the baby, and now you’ve gotta feed it? Don’t have difficulty with expensive or uncomfortable nursing bras! Grab yourself a nice bralette that’ll move with you. Plus, they’re easy to pull to one side to feed the little one! A hemp bralette is a great choice for nursing mothers because its antibacterial properties will keep your nipples clean for the baby!
Have wide-set boobs:
If you’re rocking widespread boobs, it is the most comfortable brassiere option. Instead of underwire and stiff filling shoving your girls together, a bralette allows your body to exist as it is!
Have saggy boobs:
don’t force your boobs to defy gravity in a push-up bra! Going with a lightly supportive bralette will let your girls relax while eliminating the not-so-fun side effects of saggy boobs (i.e., boob sweat). A bralette is the best bra for sagging breasts.
Prefer a natural look:
What’s a bralette for if not to showcase your natural beauty? The light support and lack of padding and underwire means your boobs shine through! I love that more and more people are choosing to celebrate their bodies as they naturally are.
Lead a minimalist lifestyle:
Before I came over to the bralette side of life, I had strapless bras, push-up bras, t-shirt bras, lacy bras, unlined bras, blah blah blah bras! Now, I have a couple of triangle bras in nude and black, a racerback bralette, and some sports bras. That’s it!
Care about sustainability:
Most bras are completed with polyurethane because it’s cheap and makes elastic molded cups. However, it’s made of plastic and uses many fossil fuels to extract it. So it’s not exactly great for the planet.
Especially from sustainable or vegan clothing brands, make their bralettes out of organic cotton, bamboo textiles, or hemp fabric! Better for you and the environment!
WHAT IS A BRALETTE USED FOR?
What’s a bralette good for? Pretty much everything. Just as anyone can wear bralettes, the number of ways to wear them is limitless. If you want to start your bralette lifestyle journey, here are some situations that call for a bra!
TO WEAR AT FESTIVALS
The world is opening again, which means festivals! Whether it’s Lollapalooza or your local beer fest, bralettes are the perfect choice! They’re sexy, breathable, and comfy for standing all day. Wear them as a top on their own or under a breezy shirt—it’s up to you!