Sunday, February 2, 2014

lil' lovlies - Bralettes

Its fun to ogle at all the pretties.

I'm pretty new to the idea of bralettes. I was, and still am, small chested to an extant, so you would think that I own and wear lots of this style. But when I was younger I disliked wearing the unstructured and notably unpadded bras my mother would buy me.  My mother doesn't like underwire bras and didn't think I should either.  She has always struggled with bra comfort and figured my sister and I would as well. I was restricted to wearing non-wired bras until I could afford to purchase bras on my own. I liked the look of a wired bra and I liked the padding that could come with it. Additionally, a wired bra was, at least when I was 13 years old made me feel I had a more mature body. To me a unwired bralette screamed small chested (oh the horror!) or even worse, uni-boob. Through college when I was a dance major I wore a VS bralette instead of a sports bra. It pretty much looked like one of those tank tops with the shelf bra, except without the tank top part. Also not very figure flattering. Ten years after my early college break-up with bralettes I am coming back around to non-wired bras as the styles have become more appealing and even sexier than I recall.
La Perla Vertigo Bralette $208

I like how the sheer beige cups are nicely contrasted by the black macramé lace. The way the lace extends down and playfully covers the breasts is simple yet elegant. This is far beyond my price range, but it is nice to pretend. The Vertigo bralette from La Perla is available here on sale and here in all black as well. 

Silvia Lace Bra  £42.75 (currently on sale)
I found this little bralette over at the Lingerie Lesbian's blog a few days ago. I like the square bow detail and the attention to detail in the small collection. While the company focuses on the smallest of the bust range, cups ranging from AA/A/B, I could see women with a larger yet more shallow shape finding their bralettes could work nicely for them (including myself). This lovely is currently on sale. 
Sophiehines Purple Strappy Cut-out Bra $45
This strappy color block gem is hand-made to order here in the states. The cut-outs on the chest really highlight your décolletage and draw your eye toward the center of your chest versus the projection. I like the color contrast between the band and straps.

luvahuva  Sweet Juliet Chantilly Lace Soft Bra and Panty Lingerie set $98
This chantilly lace set makes my heart pound.  The gentle gathers, the contrast elastic, the way the lace edging is used at the center front. I can only imagine how wonderful this bamboo and cotton set feels to wear.  Put a silk robe over it and I'm done. Did I mention it also comes in purple! Hand crafted in England, so its too late for V-day but a nice set for spring.

How do you feel about bralettes?