Bras used to be an afterthought, but these days the piece we put on first is just as important as the clothes we layer over it. Their role in our wardrobe has exceeded fit and silhouette, and a tactfully exposed triangle bra is now one of the most intriguing styling tricks out there – if you do it right.
Embracing the seductiveness of a hint of silk lingerie beneath a loose blouse or oversized T-shirt is a favorite styling trick of fashion experimenters like Margaret Zhang: “I’m partial to a lacy bralette – Anine Bing does some amazing ones that look great poking out from under a low tee,” she says. And it’s a trend that translated to the SS19 runways, too, with the likes of Miu Miu and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini employing the subtly sexy styling.
The type of bra you choose is key; if you’re going to show it off, it needs to be worth seeing. As Zhang points out, Anine Bing’s satin, lace-trimmed Winnie bras are perfect for exposing. The romantic soft-satin bras come in a range of colors and prints – from classic black and sherbet lemon to red leopard print – and have an elasticated underband to provide a little support (anything more than a C cup will require something more substantial). If you’re seeking something pared back, Baserange’s clean-lined Mississippi bra is a more minimalist take.
Layering a lace-trimmed triangle bra beneath a well-tailored suit is the easiest way to add a seductive edge to boyish suiting. A sheer blouse with a pair of tailored pants has a similar effect. Feeling a little bolder? Try it solo with a high-waisted skirt but stick to looser cuts and midi lengths to ensure the overall vibe is demure.
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