Summer dressing comes with it’s own set of wardrobe challenges – specifically, what to wear UNDERNEATH all of the gorgeous, light-weight, strappy tops and dresses the warm weather brings.
Wardrobe Solutions #1: Bralettes
For each strappy dress or top I own – there is a bralette or bra solution, that corresponds with it. History has shown, if I don’t have the correct foundation piece to wear underneath, I won’t wear the item. Today’s dress was a ThredUp find, worn with the ‘Fence Side’ Bralette by Seams Lovely. Pop on over to the Seams Lovely Website to browse similar styles (HERE). It’s important to mention that this bralette has very little support. As an option, you could wear a strapless bra under the bralette (but who really wants to do that?) or check options that offer more support like COOBIE |Amazon (HERE) (HERE) or SPANX (HERE)…or try a bra with a decorative back. Scroll on down to Wardrobe Solution #2 for more supportive options, and to the bottom of today’s post for 24 fab pieces to browse.
ASB Style Tip: When shopping for a bralette, look for straps that do not “look” like bra straps like THIS one. $4.99 at Amazon | HERE (I haven’t tried this brand, but at $4.99, I had to give it a mention!)
Wardrobe Solutions #2: Lace Trim Bras
If you know where to look, there are many lace back bras available – but some can be pricey! And if you need a few colors, the bill can add up! I recently discovered a great line of fashion-back bras now available at Target! The line is called Auden and it’s worth taking a second look.
I am wearing the “Ace” Demi Racerback Bra in Burgundy Mist. I would say it runs TTS and for $14.99, these bras are a Big Bang for your buck! The “Ace” Bra is available in 4 colors and sizes 32A too 38DDD. Shop | HERE.
Browse the entire Auden line of bras, bralettes and panties by visiting this link (HERE).
To shop my exact look, visit What I Wore This Week: 5 Days of Summer Style | HERE.
Wardrobe Solutions #3: No Muffin Top Underwear | HERE
There is nothing more annoying than underwear that twists and moves around under summer dresses. I’m not a fan of thong underwear; my go-to panty for under summertime dresses has always been Natori Bliss Panties (FLAT elastic edges – great for no panty lines, HERE) and Commando Hipsters (mold to your body with no panty line (HERE). While browsing the aisles at Target a few weeks ago, I came across an underwear display that shouted out in bold; NO MUFFIN TOP!! Into the cart, a box of bikini’s and briefs went, if not for a fun story to share with my girlfriends at a later date.
Simply Perfect by Warners 3 pack No Muffin Top Micro Briefs | $14.99 | Target | HERE
My Two Cents:
- I found these to run a size small, so I sized up
- These are NOT compression panties, so don’t expect them to replace Spanx or even Yummie Tummy panties.They are regular panties with a bit of holding power at the muffin area – genius!
- Surprisingly, I liked the brief over the bikini
- I did not find them to be seamless around the leg, so best worn with dresses or loose bottoms.
- The bikini is fine, but IMO it does not ride up high enough to hold in any muffin. That said, I like the bikini on its own – with lower expectations.
- The microfiber brief is exactly what I was looking for.
- At 3 for $14.99, I would consider these a great value!
- Try ’em, you might love them!
Wait! There is more!
BROWSE BRALETTES AND BRAS by clicking on any image below. If you are on a mobile device, swipe left to view all 24 picks.
What do you wear under your strappy summer style pieces? Do you have a favorite bralette, bra, shape wear or panty solution you’d like to share? Drop us a line down below, we’d all love to hear!
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I’m still Searching! I tried a maxi dress without a bra Yesterday! Not a good idea at 52!
I agree! It is so tricky! There are so many dresses I would love to wear, but if I cannot find a bra to wear under it – I know I won’t wear it! Please let me know if you find a solution! xx Suzanne
I loved the warner underwear from target. Bought two packs before my trip and find them super comfortable!
Aren’t they the best! I did not have good luck with the hipster – which is interesting as I usually only wear hipsters. But the high rise style was perfect! Glad you found them as well! xx Suzanne
Julie Augustyn says
Great post Suzanne! I sure wish i could find a bralette that had some support! Someone is missing the boat by not creating it!
Maybe we should invent one, whatcha say? You’d think it would be so easy to come up with fun bralettes WITH support! Now what is so hard about that? xx Suzanne