Yes, You Can Wear Bra Tops as a Chic Adult—Here's How

While we’re of the opinion that you should wear whatever you please, we can also admit some coaxing is required for certain trends or looks. Confidence isn’t always infinite (as much as we’d like it to be), and there's one item that most of us could use some how-to-wear guidance on: the bra top.

Although they've been on the trend agenda for some time and don’t seem to be going anywhere this summer, many understandably have reservations about wearing something akin to their smalls in public—not just on the beach but in the city, too. 

We’re here, however, to quash those fears before you have time to talk yourself out of bra tops for good. Instead, we’ll show you how to wear them in the most grown-up of ways, with a little help from some trailblazing influencers. Keep scrolling to see six bra top outfits so good, you’ll be tempted to never wear a full-length tucked-in top again. 

Bra Top Outfits: @naninvintage wears her bra top with a white suit



Style Notes: One of the sleekest ways to wear a bra top is underneath a suit jacket, as evidenced by Nan Nin Vintage. Just add a gold chain necklace. 

Bra Top Outfits: @monikh wears her orange bra top with a tiger print skirt



Style Notes: Offset the inevitable skin that'll be on show on your top half by balancing it with a midi or maxi skirt on the bottom. Stick to a particular colour palette for the chicest approach. 

Style Notes: Volumised city shorts offer an interesting play on proportions. Give it a Miami Vice spin with oversized sunglasses and a belt in a shade that matches your bracket.

Bra Top Outfits: @ada_oguntodu wears her neon bra top with wide-leg trousers



Style Notes: Neon is big on the style agenda this season, and it looks its classiest when worn with neutral tones, as seen on Ada Oguntodu. Once again, wide-leg trousers will make for an interesting contrast to your fitted top half. Throw a blazer over the top for the perfect city attire. 

Bra Top Outfits: @handinfire wears her bra top with high-waist trousers and a basket bag



Style Notes: Bra tops needn't stick to simple silhouettes—Tiffany Hsu's oversized bow style makes a real statement. Give it a casual spin with a straw tote bag and relaxed-fit, peg-leg trousers. 

Style Notes: If the thought of wearing a bra top on its own proves too daunting, instead layer a mesh long-sleeved top over it and tuck into your favourite denim.  That way, you still get the full effect of the bralet while the transparent top provides the feeling of more coverage. 

Bra Top Outfits: Emily Ratajkowski wears a bra top with cycling shorts in NYC.


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Style Notes: Pay homage to the sporty vibe of a cotton bra top by pairing it with some knee-length cycling shorts, much like Emily Ratajkowski. Open-toe mules and an oversized blazer add polished while an effortless updo finishes the look.