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Supportive Bralettes: How To Find Yours

The bralette — demure, delicate, and effortless. They’ve been coming into style aesthetically, but there’s also plenty of comfort-based reasons to let them slip into your wardrobe. Women are tired of wearing the  classic underwire bras that push, pinch and confine breasts in an unnatural and uncomfortable way. But how can you pull off the light lingerie look if you need a bra that’s actually supportive? Does a supportive bralette actually exist?

WHAT IS A BRALETTE?

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 5.17.58 PMFirst, the difference between a bralette and your regular old bra: a bralette is a lightweight bra that has no wires or molded cups. With the lack of these features, women have built up many misconceptions about these garments. You might look at a bralette and think they are totally impractical. But the truth of the matter is, they can be just as supportive and practical as your classic bra. A bra doesn’t need underwire or molded cups to give you a supportive fit — there’s plenty of other features to look for. It’s all about finding the right bralette.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SUPPORTIVE BRALETTE

The right bralette will include support and fit details that you love about your bra, but feel a bit more natural, comfortable, and relaxed. Click through to read 5 essential design characteristics to look for to make sure your bralette is supportive and comfortable:

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Packing Light with Lingerie Style

Going away for the holidays? Planning your honeymoon or another romantic getaway? Already stressed about coordinating looks without hauling your entire closet for a week?

Lucky for you, lingerie-inspired fashion looks are trending up — which means packing light just got a lot easier. Selecting lingerie items that pull double as bedroom stunners, comfortable under-layers and stylish statement pieces can help you condense your packing to very little effort and maximized style.

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MORNING LINGERIE STYLE

Bralettes with longline silhouettes or accents down the ribcage are perfect for pairing with breezy tops with cutouts or dresses with low armholes for an easy-going day look. We selected a pastel palette and contrasted soft, delicate silk with rough and tumble denim.

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AFTERNOON LINGERIE STYLE

Even if you’re doing a lot of walking or seeing the sights, pretty accents can femme up an otherwise utilitarian base garment like the shirtdress. Look for one in a light and breezy material, then dress up with layers of show off lace underneath. Delicate, but comfortable and practical.

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NIGHT OUT lingerie style

A little edge after dusk? We think yes. Pairing sheer layers over this flirty demi cup bralette makes it a perfect 10 for nighttime looks. Nude look layers of creamy mesh and black lace are alluring, while still covering you up. We love a sheer cami for helping us take pretty lingerie out of the bedroom and into our outfits.

 

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Loose Clothes: Wear Without Drowning

 

How to Wear Loose Clothes for Summer -- Weekday WanderlustConfession: I used to be terrified of loose clothes. I always envied women who could pull off light, airy clothes with grace, but I accepted that I wasn’t one of them. Maybe it’s just flashbacks to hand-me-downs, or a side effect of growing up petite. I’d try to look carefree and ethereal, and end up looking like a failed Project Runway challenge. For me, loose clothes meant drowning in fabrics — getting lost in layers, not having a visible waist or body. So I always gravitated towards super skin-tight, sized down, body conscious pieces — but secretly lusted after drapey silhouettes and floaty, angelic, dreamy, flowing loose clothes.

That started to change a summer or two ago. You’ve heard me before: New York heat and summer style can be a tricky match. On top of that, I was visiting India, where loose clothes are not just du jour, but basically the only option. It’s not even just a modesty thing. Less clothing won’t help you out in humid weather. Breathable fabrics will,  and loose clothes allow for air. I had to learn to let go of my cinched, tight aesthetic and let the layers in.

It was terrifying, but I actually learned a few things about styling by being forced out of my (very compact, form-fitting, uncompromising) comfort zone.  The biggest lesson? You do not have to suffer for fashion. You can wear loose clothes and look cute, femme, even polished and put-together. And ever since, I’m not so afraid of airy layers anymore. Read on for styling tips on wearing loose, light layers without losing yourself.

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Pencil Riding Skirt in Black by American Apparel
Luxe Eyelash Bra in White  by Uye Surana
Pebble Silk Draped Top by Helmut Lang
Soft Shroud Overlap Top by Helmut Lang (similar)
Hudson Necklace in Gunmetal by Jessica Elliott (similar)
Polly Heel @ Need Supply (similar)
Movado Bold Stainless Steel Watch by Movado
Vasha Vegan Leather Clutch by Viva Creatures (similar)
Naked Illuminated Shimmer Powder in Aura
 by Urban Decay

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Summer Style that Beats the Heat -- Weekday Wanderlust

Summer Style that Beats the Heat

Summer Style that Beats the Heat -- Weekday Wanderlust

Summer in New York can be a bit…difficult. Take the subway? Have fun baking like an oven down there. Walking outside? You’re frying like an egg on the sidewalk. The AC in your office? Probably faulty, if it even exists. We would walk around in a bikini once it hits 85… if it were socially acceptable.

This summer, though? Things are going to be different. We’ve some game-changing designs in our wardrobe: innovative, sheer layering pieces and outerwear-friendly lingerie trends.

Here’s the secret style formula: tasteful accessories + all that sheer mesh in your wardrobe you always wonder how to style correctly + your favorite lingerie that’s too pretty to stay cooped up in your bedroom = a minimal, wearable, comfortable summer style that can handle the heat and the streets.

Click through the gallery below to see how Lohla wore it (without a single catcall!) and find out how to get the look & why it works.

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Layering Cami in Black by Uye Surana
Black Leather Silk Detail Bra by Uye Surana (one of a kind)
Silk Chiffon Medusse Pant by Datura (similar)
Cat Eye Sunglasses in Havana by Prada
The Petra Magazine Leather Tote in Gesso by Everlane
Triangle High-Waist Panty in Black by Uye Surana
Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Berlin by Kat Von D

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Free Spirited Festival Fashion Looks

Lohla wears the Sheer Luxe Robe over the Slinky Slip.We love this time of year for so many reasons, but festival season is a big one! Looking forward to an event is always exciting, but even more so when you get to break out your best style – sheer fabrics, bright colors, and unusual combinations. Here’s our style guide for how to incorporate both trends and timelessness into your look for Coachella, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball and the rest of the them.

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