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Lingerie Trend Alert: 15 Bralette Styles To Lighten Up Any Bra Wardrobe

  |   By Elisabeth Dale

You know it's an official lingerie fashion trend when Victoria's Secret gets in on the action. They're making headlines by moving beyond padded cups and offering new bralette styles.

But bralette styles aren't really "new." (They look more like one of the first modern bra prototypes.) It's a style that has gone in and out of fashion, depending on the decade.

Why so much hype about bralettes today? It might be because, in some cases, they are less complicated and expensive to make than cup-sized bras. They don't usually require hooks, wires, and cups. And there's no need for band and cup sizing either.

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What is different about today's bralette styles is an expansion beyond core sizes and the usual stretch lace fabrics. It's more of a "bralettes for all" mentality, with materials that turn them into outerwear fashion statements or casual, at-home loungewear pieces. Price points are all over the place, too.

So why buy into the trend? It's fun, flirty, and different. It adds a more relaxed aspect to your bra wardrobe. (Casual bra Fridays, anyone?) Besides, dressing your breasts should be about expanding the possibilities. You can choose from bralettes that are simple, padded, racerback, seamless, longline, supportive, and---yes---even wired.

With that in mind, here are 15 fabulous bralette styles you may want to try this season (plus one that's not technically a bralette but gives the illusion). 

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Victoria's Secret High Neck Bralette
Available in 3 colors and Sizes XS-XL
Retail price $34.50
Image via Victoria's Secret

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Gossard Super Boost Deep V Racerback Bralette 
Available in Bands 32-38, and Cups B-DDD/F
Retail Price $52
via ASOS
Free People Racerback Galloon Racerback Bralette
Available in 7 colors and Sizes S. M, L (fits A & B cups)
Retail Price $38
via Nordstrom
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Hips & Curves Lace Bralette w/Ruffle
Available in 3 colors and Sizes Large, 1X-6X (C-F cups)
Retail Price $36.95
via Hips & Curves
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Lilipiache Summer Rose Bralette
Available in Sizes XS-L
Retail Price $81
via Anthropologie
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Freya Fancies Full Bust Bralette
Available in 3 colors and Sizes XS-XL (Cups B-HH)
Retail Price $38
via Bare Necessities
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True & Co. Willow Pullover Bralette
Available in 2 colors and Sizes S-XL (up to DD cups)
Retail Price $48
via True & Co
 bralette styles
Free People Seamless Strappy Bralette
Available in 6 colors and Sizes XS/S and M/L
Retail Price $20
via Nordstrom
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Fortnight Willow Longline Bralette
Available in Bands 30-36, Cups A-F
Retail Price $110
via Bloomingdales
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Aerie Romantic Lace Longline Bralette
Available in 5 colors and Sizes XS-XL
Retail Price $26.95
via Aerie
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Samantha Chang Nava Bra w/Lace Racerback
Available in 5 colors and Sizes S, M, L
Retail Price $60
via Anthropologie
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Tia Lyn Core Bralette
Avaialble in 3 colors and Sizes S-L, 1X-3X
Retail Price $51
via Tia Lyn
Wacoal Embrace Lace Bralette
Wacoal Embrace Lace Convertible Bralette
Available in 3 Colors, Fitting Bands 32-38
Retail Price: $38
via Bare Necessities
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Natori Chantilly Lace Underwire Plunge Bra (NOT bralette)
Available in Bands 30-36, Cups B-DD
Retail Price $90
via Nordstrom
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For Love & Lemons Lucia Halter Bralette
Available in 2 colors and Sizes S-L (D cups and smaller)
Retail Price $128
via Nordstrom

What do you think of these bralette styles? Would you wear any? Why or why not?

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