What to Wear under Lace, Crochet, & Sheer Tops

Forever 21 top, Banana Republic shorts (love these and these), Zara flats (old, love these), Rebecca Minkoff love bag, H&M hat (old, similar), Ray-Ban aviators, David Yurman ring

Rebecca Minkoff black on black love crossbody     Forever 21 lace top crystalin marie

Crystalin Marie wearing lace and crochet top

Portland Fashion blog Crystalin Marie     Banana Republic black Drape shorts

High waisted drape shorts

David Yurman cordelia ring Crystalin Marie     Forever 21 lace and crochet mock neck

H&M Panama hat

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what kind of bras I wear under my lace-up, crochet, and sheer tops. So today, I’m dedicating a full post to fill you in on what works for me. For this outfit, I’m actually wearing a nude bralette similar to this one and molded cups under. When a top tends to hug my body, I don’t like to wear just a bralette because it doesn’t provide enough support. I liked the color (matches my skin tone really well) and smoothness of my bralette, so instead of using my strapless bra, I added the cups.

For my lace-up tops I’ve been wearing any bra and simply ignoring the fact that when I moved a certain way, you could see my bra. I’m one of those people who don’t care. But, when this Asos top arrived I noticed the laces were laced-up strategically. I’m not sure if you can tell in this photo, but the part right where my bra would show, the laces are strung on the inside of the shirt, blocking my bra. I’m not 100% sure of it’s just this top, but I’m going to re-lace all my other tops to see if this is actually a thing (stay tuned). I’ve also tried using double stick fabric tape to keep the shirt closed. It didn’t work as great as I’d like, but it’s worth a shot.

Some of my tops are too sheer for just a bra. For instance, this Asos top. I’m wearing a white tee shirt underneath, although I would recommend a cami (I couldn’t find one that day lol). Sometimes you need more than just a bra. Or if it fits the vibe of the outfit, I like to go completely obvious and wear a black lace bralette (seen here). This isn’t for everyone, which I totally understand.

At the end of the day, go nude. 99% of the time I’m wearing something nude, that way if your bra shows, it won’t be as noticeable. I also noticed myself wearing these molded cups a lot more lately. I used to only wear them with dresses, but I actually wear them a lot more with everyday outfits. They’re comfortable and you don’t have to worry about your bra straps showing at all. These are especially great for those of you small chested ladies. No bra straps, but still a little coverage. Lastly, I would recommend buying a handful of cute lace bralettes and smooth, simple, full coverage bras, and alternating between them. If your bra is going to peek out, it’s nice to have something pretty. But, when you want your top to do the talking, keep it simple underneath.

I’d love to hear any of your thoughts on favorite and must-have bras.

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