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.
Choose the right pants, and you can control how much midriff you want to bare. This pairing makes legs look extra-long.
This look is all about proportion, from the thigh-grazing mini to the XXL sleeves.
Toughen up the sweetness of a ruffled bra top with some boyfriend jeans and an oversize shirt.
Cinch a roomy sweatshirt with a leather bralette.
Okay, maybe don't try this one out for a board meeting, but for a different kind of dinner-date look? Definitely.
Break up a beachy coordinating set with an ab-baring bra top.
You can't go wrong layering a bralette over a plain white tee, but the flouncy-hemmed skirt takes this outfit to the next level.
Finally, the perfect partner for all those sheer tops you've been trying to figure out how to wear.
A blazer with a sturdy closure—like this D-ring belt—is the ideal excuse to try a barely-there top underneath.
Sheer lace looks especially good over stripes or another print.
Add a wide, corset-style belt to up the rise on some high-waisted trousers, and top it off with an easy bandeau.
Add an unexpected bit of color to an otherwise monochrome nighttime look.
The half-tucked shirt and ruffled shoulders give this an editorial vibe, but the white-on-white layered top is definitely safe to try at home.
Consider this a Cali-girl take on the pantsuit.
While we predict we'll be seeing the fashion set emulating the retailer's bralette outfits in warmer months ahead, this is the Zara-endorsed outfit NYC girls already have hanging in their closets.