Spoiler: I found the strapless bra dreams are made of.
It’s officially summer (or some muggy, humid, sweaty version of it), which means less layers, which, in turn, means thinking about which bra you're wearing in a way the cooler seasons never require. I went bra-first for an entire week, challenging myself to wear necklines and cuts that would require a bra other than my trusty t-shirt style.
If the last-summer version of me was paper-clipping straps into a DIY racerback—or deciding against buying something cute because I had no idea what I'd wear under it—the 2018-summer version is reigning over an entire wardrobe of bras meant to work with whatever I'm wearing. So, join me: Stop trying to hack it, and check out the five outfits I wore this week, some version of which I'll be repeating all season.
Behold: A strapless bra that doesn’t pinch, squeeze, or slide down, yet still manages to make your breasts look like, well, breasts. I layered it under a shoulder-baring maxi dress and a simple cardigan for battling office A.C. Basic white sneakers kept it simple and casual.
Banana Republic Cropped Cardigan, $78, bananarepublic.com; Wilfred Dress, $175, aritzia.com; Wacoal Strapless Bra, $65, wacoal-america.com; Superga Sneakers, $70, amazon.com
My requirements for an everyday bra: comfortable, comfortable, and more comfortable, like this simple t-shirt bra. It looks invisible under thin cotton tops, like this ruched one, which I paired with white jeans for a bright, thoroughly summer look. I'd recreate the same look on the weekend with sandals, but heels made it work for the office.
Wacoal T-Shirt Bra, $60, wacoal-america.com; COS Shirt, $69, cosstores.com; Madewell Jeans, $128, madewell.com; Stuart Weitzman Mules, $455, stuartweitzman.com
A sports bra by any other name is still a sports bra—except when it’s a sleek charcoal shade and works for work. Then you’ve got yourself a (very comfy) lewk. Bonus points: The hidden underwire in this style avoids the dreaded uni-boob look, making this piece easy to wear under a clingy top without screaming, "I'm wearing a sports bra!"
I styled this for a middle-of-the-week day when I had plans to run immediately from the office to a workout class. Not having to switch my bra made the change that much quicker.
Madewell Tank, $19, madewell.com; Wacoal Sport Bra, $72, wacoal-america.com; Gap Linen Pants, $48 on sale, gap.com; Cocobelle Sandals, $99, everythingbutwater.com
Old-me would have thought, "Oh, this is a cute dress, but shoot, that neckline is too weird." New-me realized that the stars (and straps) could align perfectly with a racerback bra. And hey, if they happen to peek out, the coral color makes it okay. Having your bra straps show is one thing, but having your hot-pink bra straps show is a fun thing.
Wacoal Convertible Bra, $48, wacoal-america.com; Marysia Dress, $620, matchesfashion.com; Topshop Cuff Bracelet, $22, topshop.com; Schutz Mules, $170, shopbop.com
Listen, it’s 2018, and showing off your bra is officially cool again (so feel free to ignore your mother). This lacy beige bralette is cute and unassuming, so having the edges peak out of a flowy maxi dress feels fresh, not sloppy, especially worn with flat sandals and cheeky earrings.
Amber Sceats Earrings, similar: ambersceats.com; H&M Conscious Dress, $199, hm.com; Wacoal Wire-Free Bra, $30, wacoal-america.com; Cocobelle Sandals, $99, everythingbutwater.com