How to layer a bralette

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How to layer a bralette
A bralette looks like a normal bra in the back, but has a softer silhouette in the front. (woman in a bra at a window image by forca from

In a world of exposed straps and bra peek-a-boo episodes, appropriate layering techniques may seem a rarity. Whether it's an underwire bra or a soft-cup bralette, there are rules of etiquette to follow to avoid looking tacky. Because bralettes are so comfortable and simple to wear, women can forget that they're lingerie, too. Keep some simple bralette tips in mind when dressing to keep your look classy, not classless.

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  • Bra strap adjuster

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  1. 1

    Avoid wearing a brightly coloured bralette with light-hued garments. The intense colour of the bralette invariably shows through, creating a look that's a fashion don't. Instead, stick to wearing a nude or white bralette under your lighter pieces.

  2. 2

    Make certain that your bralette fits well. A bralette that is too snug will not only feel restrictive but can also create bulges of skin around the edges of the garment. These bulges can and will show under your clothing, making for a lumpen, awkward appearance.

  3. 3

    Ensure that the straps are the correct pattern or thickness if layering a bralette under a camisole or tank top. A racerback bralette layered under a cami may look fine in front. However, the back bra straps will certainly be out in evidence. If need be, use a plastic bra strap adjuster to keep straps in place and under control.

  4. 4

    Select a bralette that has an appropriate neckline for your top, unless you'd like to use the bralette as a modesty layer to conceal cleavage. There are lots of necklines, including deep-V, boat and rounded, so purchase a variety and cover all fashion bases.

  5. 5

    Mind your outfit fabric when selecting a bralette. Very thin shirts will pick up every scallop and bump of a lace bralette, so look for microfiber fabrics that will lay completely flat underneath fine textiles. Save the textured designs for wear under thicker, more crisp fabrics.

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