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Bra Styles to Wear Under Summer Necklines and Outfits

  |   By Estelle Puleston

As the days get warmer and our clothes get smaller, it becomes harder to avoid having your bra on show. For some people, the solution is finding bras with beautiful straps. But others loathe the idea of their bra being visible. That's where shopping for different bra styles helps.

Whatever look you’re going for this summer, from halters to open backs, there is a lingerie solution. You don’t have to go braless! Here’s a guide to which bra styles will work best under everyone’s favorite hot-weather outfits:

Strapless and Halter Necklines

Strapless bras are, naturally, the ideal choice for strapless tops and dresses. But they pair great with shoulder-baring halter necklines too.

If you prefer the support of a strap, however, look for a ‘convertible’ bra. With detachable straps, you can wear these in a myriad of different ways. Whether it's a halter, strapless, one shoulder, or crossover back; this bra style can do it. Plus, convertible bras are easier to find than ones with built-in halter necklines.

bra styles

Halo Convertible Underwire Bra by Wacoal
Available in sizes 32B-38DDD
via Nordstrom

bra to wear with summer outfits

Strapless Sensation Multi-Way Push Up Bra
Available in sizes 34C-44H
via Curvy Couture

strapless bras

Sexy Illusions Strapless Push-Up Bra
Available in sizes 32A-38D
via Victoria’s Secret

Tank Tops and Camisoles

Does your top have a racerback or T-back? There’s a bra for that. Bras with similarly shaped straps are easy to find and can stay completely hidden under your outfit. Or they can look cute paired with a straight-strapped cami. There are plenty of decorative racerback bras in my recent round-up.

For added versatility, you may prefer a bra like the Elomi one below. The J-hook means you can wear the straps regular or racerback, as required.

racerback bras

Amena Lace Padded Front-Fastening Racerback Triangle Bra
Available in US sizes 0-14
via ASOS

racerback bras

Non-Wired Racerback Coolness Bra
Available in sizes 32B-40D
via Satami

bra styles

Lydia Underwire Convertible Bra by Elomi
Available in sizes 34G-44FF
via Nordstrom

Plunging V-Necks

Goodbye polo necks, hello plunge necklines! We typically flaunt more décolletage when the weather’s sunny. Which means a plunge bra is a total must-have. The center-panel on these bras sits unusually low so that it won’t show beneath V-shaped necklines.

Usually, a regular plunge bra is enough. However, for ultra-plunging necklines, you may need a ‘solution plunge’ such as the Wonderbra style below. These incorporate a longline band to scoop down even lower.

bra styles

Everyday Lace Plunge Bra
Available in sizes 30B-44B
via Third Love

bra styles

Ultimate Plunge Bra by Wonderbra
Available in sizes 30DD-38F
via Next

bra to wear under plunging necklines

Superboost Lace Bra by Gossard
Available in sizes 30D-38G
via Bravissimo

Backless Tops and Dresses

Pretty, lacy racerbacks look great under an open-backed outfit. However, if you prefer to have no bra showing, you’ll need a low-back or stick-on bra.

Low-backed bras tend to be hard to find. If you do not see one you like, you can buy converter straps that make your regular bras fasten a little lower.

Adhesive bras are completely band-less. So they’re a better option if you’re wearing something entirely backless. There is, however, a limit to the support that they can offer.

bra styles
 
Dos Nu II Low-Back Convertible Bra by Le Mystère
Available in sizes 32B-38D
via Bloomingdale’s

bras to wear under backless tops and dresses

Backless Stick-On Bra by Maidenform
Available in sizes 1-6 (covering 32A-38D)
via Figleaves

bra styles

Sexy Padded Low Plunge U Bra
Available in sizes 1-6 (covering 30C-38D)
via Boux Avenue

Sheer Tops

Sheer tops are trending, but what to wear under them? Anything, really, but my favorite bra style choices are bralettes and longlines.

A simple, opaque bralette lets the top do all the talking. Perfect when the what you're wearing is made from lace or embroidered mesh. Conversely, an everyday mesh piece allows you to show off a fancy bra below. Longlines provide maximum space for those fancy details. And they offer added coverage when you don’t want your look to be so revealing.

bra styles

Mortimer Bra
Available in sizes 30B-36DD
via Bluebella

summer bra styles

Luxe Triangle Bra
Available in sizes XS-L
via Fleur du Mal

summer bras

Lucie Triangle Bralette
Available in sizes 38A-36F
via Boux Avenue

Do you find yourself wearing different bras in the summer than in the winter? If so, what are your go-to summer bra styles?

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Estelle is a twenty-something mum who recently emigrated from the UK to sunny Spain. She launched her online boutique, Esty Lingerie, in 2009 while at university, and after adding a blog to the site realized that writing is really where her passion lies. She now spends her days waxing lyrical about bras and knickers for a living, as a full-time blogger and a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie industry.
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