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how to wear a bralette

How well do you know your bra styles? We’re covering your favorites and more in our multi-part guide.

Read on for part five of our simple guide with three more bra styles you need to know – bralettes, underwire babydolls, and wire-free bodysuits.

1.  Bralette

What is a bralette?

Bralettes are often characterized by their wireless cups and lightweight support. Bralettes offer a comfortable yet supportive alternative to a t-shirt bra. Like most bras, 80-90% of their support comes from the band – so it’s important to opt for a bralette with a snug fit.

Bralettes make excellent maternity bras, sleep bras, and lounge bras. Once you find a bralette you love, you probably won’t want to take it off!

Why wear bralettes?

There are many different styles of bralette bras. There are lace bralettes, racerback bralettes, modal bralettes, embroidered bralettes, etc. Some believe that bralettes can only be worn by women with small boobs, but that just isn’t the case. Bralettes are versatile bras that can be worn by all women – even large cup sizes. Simply put, there is truly a bralette out there for everyone.

How to wear bralettes

Bralettes often feature beautiful details that are pretty enough to peek out of tank tops and off the shoulder sweaters. Pair with your favorite t-shirt or open back dress for comfortable support!

what is a bralette

Serene Unlined Triangle Bra A1562 | Serene Bikini A1563 in Ivory

2.  Underwire Babydolls

What is an underwire babydoll?

Underwire babydolls are a style of nightie or babydoll that features cups with underwire. Underwire babydolls can be worn at home, to sleep, or at a boudoir photo shoot. With their seamed cups, strategic shaping, and flattering body, underwire babydolls are statement-making weapons of seduction.

Underwire babydolls are usually designed with a supportive band, back hook and eye closure, and adjustable straps. They can have either a fitted or flowy body. The fabric can vary – some are made exclusively of lace while others are a combination of mesh and lace, for example.

Why wear underwire babydolls?

Underwire babydolls offer the support of your favorite bra combined with the sexiness of a flirty chemise. They are beautiful pieces of lingerie that feel incredibly glamourous on.

How to wear underwire babydolls

Pair with a fancy robe and a coordinating panty and you’re set!

underwire babydoll

Charm Underwire Babydoll A1598 in Garden Print

3.  Wire Free Bodysuits

What is a wire-free bodysuit?

Designed to shape and smooth your curves, wire-free bodysuits typically feature cups without underwire. Their wireless fit offers light lift and support. Wire-free bodysuits are designed to be worn year-round. They’re also perfect for lounging in around the house or worn under a favorite outfit for an extra dose of glam.

Why wear wire free bodysuits?

Wire-free bodysuits are an alternative to wired bodysuits. The wireless cups are comfortable for all-day wear and the fit of the body is incredibly flattering on all women. Some wireless bodysuits are more like shapewear than loungewear – it really depends on the fabric and the fit. If you’re looking for a wire free bodysuit that will fit more like shapewear, opt for a sturdy fabric like power mesh. On the other hand, if you’re shopping for a wireless bodysuit that looks cute and is a great fashion piece, fabrics like lace, cotton, and modal are excellent choices.

How to wear wire-free bodysuits

Wire-free bodysuits can be worn on their own or under your favorite boyfriend jeans. This ultra-versatile style looks stunning when paired with a high waisted skirt for an effortlessly chic look.

Do you wear underwire with a bodysuit?

It’s up to you! Most bodysuits are designed with a lined gusset for comfort, so you really don’t need to wear underwear. It all comes down to personal preference.

Three more bra styles down in our multi-part series. Let us know in the comments below which styles you’d like us to cover in future blog posts, and as always, happy bra shopping!

do you wear underwear with a bodysuit

Evoke Wire Free Bodysuit A1586 in Blush/Purple

Missed part of the series? Check out all of the Bra Style Guides below:

Bra Style Guide Part 1

Bra Style Guide Part 2

Bra Style Guide Part 3

Bra Style Guide Part 4

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a local lingerie store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Serene Unlined Triangle Bra A1562 | Serene Bikini A1563 in Sea
Charm Underwire Babydoll A1598 in Spring Print
Evoke Wire Free Bodysuit A1586 in Ivory

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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