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what color bra to wear under white shirt

It’s a question that we all want the answer to: What color bra should you wear under a white shirt? Particularly if you don’t want your bra to show, this is quite the conundrum. White tops may present unique challenges in the undergarment department, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one that’s totally invisible.

In this guide, we’re delving into this longtime debate and solving the mystery once and for all!

White bras vs. nude bras

When you’re putting on a white tank-top or blouse, your instinct may be to reach for a white bra. It seems logical to match your bra to your shirt if you don’t want it to show — but there’s one major flaw in that logic. A bright white bra will still contrast with the color of your skin, thus standing out under your shirt. As such, nude is a better bet. A neutral bra that matches your skin tone will essentially disappear. And of course, the closer to your complexion, the better.

Different shades for different skin tones

Speaking of which, there’s no such thing as a nude that fits all. You want to find your neutral, whether that’s a warm beige or a deep chocolate brown. Consider not only the darkness of your skin but the undertones.

If you have fair skin with blue undertones, light pink is a phenomenal choice, as blush will blend right in. Is your complexion warm with golden undertones? A tawny brown or latté-like hue will do. Those with ebony skin tones might prefer deep cocoa or even black bras under their white shirts. Of course, these are only a few examples.


Related: The 8 Best T-Shirt Bras Under $60


how to wear a white shirt without your bra showing

A few neutral options: Parfait Matilda Contour Plunge Bra P5311 in Bisque | Parfait Jeanie Plunge Molded Bra 4801 in Java | Parfait Aline T-Shirt Bra P5251 in Nude | Parfait Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 in Cameo Rose

Beyond bras

Keep in mind that this strategy applies to panties, too! Instead of matching your underwear to your skirts, pants, and shorts, seek out a seamless boyshort, Brazilian thong, bikini, or brief in a neutral as close as possible to your skin to avoid any embarrassing mishaps.

Luckily, more and more color options are emerging from a range of brands, so nowadays, you’re far more likely to find your perfect neutral to wear under white shirts. Better yet, you’ll hopefully be able to find options that match your skin tone in a range of styles, from T-shirt bras to push-up bras and convertible bras.

On breaking the rules

While we’re on the subject, there may be occasions on which you’re not worried about your bra showing — in fact, you’re making a deliberate choice to show it off. So if you want to flaunt a white lace longline bra under a white button-down, go for it. Or, if you’re eager to make a statement, a dramatic black or burgundy demi-cup bra should do the trick under a sheer white blouse. Sometimes it feels good to break the rules — and ultimately, finding the right bra for your ensemble all comes down to your own personal comfort level and individual sense of style.


Related: Here’s Why A Convertible Bra Is Essential For Every Lingerie Wardrobe


what color bra to wear under white shirt

Parfait Panty So Lovely Hipster PP501 in Silver Blue | Parfait Panty So Glam Thong PP402 in Black | Parfait Panty So Glam Hipster PP502 in Mediterranean Blue

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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 store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Panty So Lovely Hipster PP501 in Silver Blue | Parfait Panty So Glam Thong PP402 in Black | Parfait Panty So Glam Hipster PP502 in Mediterranean Blue

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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