Monday, July 27, 2015

Trend Alert: What Is A Bralette & How To Wear It

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Who has heard of a 'bralette?' I hadn't until recently but now- and seemingly all of a sudden- every brand is hopping on the bandwagon and carrying these! So what exactly is it? It's basically a bra with decorative detailing and straps, which is meant for layering. Last Friday, I featured one from Express in my 'Friday Favorites' top 5 collection.

Most of these bralettes have many straps on the back or racerbacks and are most commonly layered with loose, draped tanks. But new trends often leave us with more questions, so today we're learning all about the bralette! Read on to find out how to wear it and its functionality!

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Here I'm wearing this adorable LC Lauren Conrad floral dress. I absolutely love Lauren Conrad and her line at Kohl's is consistently fabulous! My favorite are her dresses because they have all of my favorite elements: feminine, flattering, and comfortable. This summer dress is made of a soft cotton material, so it's ideal for a summer day but can also be dressed up for the office or a summer occasion. It really fits like a glove! 

How To Wear A Bralette
When deciding what to pair it with, keep in mind that it's meant to be seen. It kind of goes against our normal thought process behind choosing intimates but believe me, you'll want to flaunt yours!

When A Regular Bra Is Tough To Hide
When you can't disguise it, hide it in plain sight! Some summer tops have straps that are really difficult to work with. Spaghetti straps, halters, racerback, strapless, and even off-the-shoulder tops are all tops that I typically avoid for this very reason. I really don't like strapless bras, so a bralette is the perfect fix for this!

To Enhance A Simple Look
That's right- like an accessory, a bralette is a great accent to enhance a minimalistic look! If you're wearing a casual graphic tank, a strappy bralette is the perfect piece to add some style to your look. If you're wearing a pretty summer dress, a lace bralette is a fabulous way to add even more femininity to your look. 

To Layer Under A Sheer or Light Fabric
It's the perfect solution to sheer or light fabrics! This Free People bralette I'm wearing is my very first one. I had purchased a cream colored slip dress and a pretty sheer lace tank from Free People, so I really got this to layer under these pieces. It's a great alternative to a cami if you're looking to add a little more style to your look!

EXTRA TIP:
Remember, just because this piece is considered an 'intimate' doesn't mean you have to bare it all. Add this under a dress with a low back or a simple tank with a racerback and it can actually make your look even more conservative!

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Is It Functional? 
I was hesitant to buy this because I didn't know how supportive it would really be, but the online reviews are what sold me on it! Women that are size d's were raving about how great it was, so I figured it would be just fine for me. It's super comfortable, offers support, and is surprisingly versatile. Now that I have it, I'm literally finding about a million ways to wear it! 

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So all of this being said, I decided to pair the bralette with this floral dress to add an extra- and maybe unexpected- element to an already fabulous piece. The dress already has a cute crisscross and cut-out design on the back, so this lace racerback bralette adds even more fun to the back! It's the perfect feminine accent!

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THE LOOK
LC Lauren Conrad Floral Crisscross-Back Dress  //  Free People Galloon Lace Racerback Bralette in 'Ballet'  //  Mint Envelope Clutch, b-day gift (similar: Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch)  //  Rampage Bow Sandals, Macy's (similar: Simply Vera Wang Bow Flip Flops)  //  kate spade new york bow necklace (similar: Lord & Taylor 18K Gold Bow Pendant, 50% off!)  //  BCBG Reversible Bar Necklace  //  LC Lauren Conrad Crisscross Ring  //  LC Lauren Conrad Teardrop Earrings  //  Movado Bold Luxe Chronograph c/o Movado

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What are your thoughts on the bralette trend? Would you wear it and if so, how would you style it?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites & Link-Up

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone plans to have a fun and relaxing weekend. Last weekend, I was super busy going to the beach and attending the Taylor Swift concert! So, this weekend I plan to lay low and relax a little bit. Now, you know what Friday means for us here at The Closet by Christie- it's time for Friday Favorites! The past few weeks, we've had some pretty fun, themed favorite collections. I hope everyone's been enjoying them as much as I enjoy putting them together! This week I'm going back to the basics with a classic favorites collection. 

Enjoy! And don't forget to link-up with us below!


This is such a cool tank! I love statement pieces and this tank is exactly that- a statement. It's almost like a crop top and a longline vest, all rolled into one! I haven't seen anything quite like this anywhere else, so I'm really digging it.

These pieces go hand in hand. I've really been loving the bralette trend! It gives a really cool vibe to a simple tank and it's the perfect bra to go under a top where it's hard to disguise. I hate when bra straps are exposed when they're not supposed to and I definitely can't go without one, so this is the perfect solution!

I always tend to gravitate towards belts when accessorizing. I'm not sure what it is, but I just love a good belt! Thick belts are making their way back in style and I'm really loving this trend. This particular belt is fabulous because although it's thick and trendy, it has a classic design.

I've been seeing a lot of these lace-up boots and I love it! It's a cute boot with a chunky heel, so they're bound to be comfortable. Plus, it's versatile! 

I'm so obsessed with this graphic tank! I've been pretty into graphic tanks lately and I have yet to see one with this phrase. I love it!

What are your favorites of the moment?

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