How to Wear Spring's Most Confusing Trend, According to Zara's Stylists

Hilary George-Parkin
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Back in September, when we saw the parade of bra tops sent down the runway at New York Fashion Week for Spring '17—at Tory Burch, Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, and beyond—we were intrigued. Pretty soon afterward, we started seeing the look all over the street style scene, as some of our favorite It girls started wearing the designer "2017 crop tops." But then, inevitably, the trickle-down to fast-fashion retailers begun, and now, suddenly, rib-revealing bandeaus and ruffle-trim bralettes seem like they may have a mainstream moment after all. The culprit: Zara, whose Jedi-level styling often makes us reconsider looks we never thought we'd wear IRL. The retailer has rolled out more than a dozen takes on the bra top in recent weeks, even going so far as to create a #bralettes landing page to reinforce its commitment to the trend. There are faux-leather styles with lace and studs, versions in red jacquard and silver lurex, and black and white options in a variety of fabrics and silhouettes.

Most important, however, is how they're styled: under button-downs, over T-shirts, with high-waisted pants—generally, in ways that even non-models can totally pull off.

Read on for 15 Zara-approved styling tricks for wearing bra tops out of the house this season.

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