Your Bralette Questions Answered the myths debusted!

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It’s official… we have truly entered the age of the bralette! This latest underwear look is everywhere – from the high street to the high end, worn by teens and gorgeous grans alike, and for either its trend or comfort appeal (often both!)

We’ve received so many questions from you about bralettes: Can booby girls wear bralettes? Will a bralette give you support? Which style wins the bralette vs bra debate? What size should you go for?

So we decided it was time we weighed in on the big bralette debate. We hope you find our thoughts helpful!

What is a bralette?

Bralettes started life in the athleisure world and have been around on the high street for a couple of years now - as they’re a relatively new thing, there’s no absolute definition. It’s fair to say that most of them have an element of the “unstructured” about them – at least in terms of look - but otherwise they range from non-wired to underwired, from the cotton crop top to the lovely lace style that’s perfect for peeking out of the top (or back!) of your clothes - just too gorgeous to keep under wraps! In short, bralettes come in lots of guises, and in all shapes and sizes.

Why and where would I wear a bralette?

We did a quick poll of big boobed women on Twitter, and those of you that responded fell into two camps – 24% would wear a bralette purely for its comfort factor, whereas 43% of you are drawn to the look of it and would wear it to be seen, giving a nod to the ‘underwear as outerwear’ vibe we know is having a bit of a moment right now.

In terms of places you’d be likely to wear a bralette, 38% of you said you’d probably wear one to sleep or lounge in, and 24% of you wanted to wear it day in, day out, instead of your everyday bra.

But will a bralette give us Bravissimo girls enough support?

That’s the million dollar question and, like with a bra, it really depends on soooo many factors - what level of support you’re looking for, what you’re planning to do in it (is it for everyday wear or more for chilling at home?) as well as the unique bralette in question as all of them do something different for your boobs...

Bravissimo's Bralette Edit

Here at Bravissimo, we’ve had our eyes firmly on the bralette movement for some time and we’re really happy to offer a range of bralettes designed with bigger boobs in mind. We asked some Bravissimo girls to try out some of the styles, so you can see how they work for different big-boobed women.

Freya Fancies Bralette

The Fancies Bralette is made with a double layer of mesh giving you light support, decent coverage for those of us blessed with more up top, and a natural shape.

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:"I am a bralette devotee!"

As a 30E I have often had to sacrifice perfect fit for the shape they give. Generally, I love the thinner straps, natural shape they provide under clothes.

Rachel, Bravissimo Girl

:Love this bralette!

I like light support in bed or around the house but don't want to always wear a bra, this works perfectly

Emer, Bravissimo Girl

Panache Sophie Non-Wired Bra

Lots of Bravissimo girls tell us how much they love Sophie Non-Wired Bra from Panache for both its look and comfort factor – we love Heather’s description that it’s “like trackie bottoms for your boobs!”

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:"It's like trackie bottoms for your boobs!"

I bought this to give me some respite from the unrelenting underwired-ness of life, i.e. for relaxing at home. Well, let me tell you - it's like trackie bottoms for your boobs in the soft feel of it, and I hadn't realised just what a difference it made not to have the ever-present underwire against my ribcage… Surprisingly, it doesn't give a terrible shape either, in fact although it doesn't separate your boobs particularly well, it doesn't leave them squished under your arms and you could certainly wear it to go out.

Heather, Bravissimo Girl

Other non-wired bralette styles designed to work for big boobs and offer a softer fit are Jacqueline and Sugar Candy. You might not feel super-supported in a non-wired bralette if you find yourself sprinting for the bus, but, again, it all depends what you’re looking for and what you feel comfortable wearing.

If you need (or just prefer) the support or shape afforded by wires then Harper does a great job of giving the beautiful bralette look, but with all the uplift of a standard underwired bra.

We’re also seeing that bralettes are starting to influence trends in the design of standard bras in general - Ivy (from our latest collection) gives a nod to the bralette with its beautiful back detail, and many of our longline bras are somewhat bralette-inspired.

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So, should I ditch my bra for a bralette?

Here at Bravissimo we’ve always been about giving you options, so you’re free to choose what style, shape and colour you want. We’d never tell you what you should wear – only you know what works for you and your boobs!

We’re embracing the bralette trend because it means us Bravissimo girls have got a wider range of styles to choose from, and that can never be a bad thing! We’re continuing to source and develop options that work for big boobed women – watch this space, and keep telling us what you think about our bralettes because we can’t do this without you. As always, if you ever need any advice about this style (or others) – contact us using the links below; we’d be super happy to hear from you.

Is there anything we’ve missed? Tell us what you think about bralettes on Twitter!