Of all the bra styles, the balconette is meant to be seen. Whether you're giving the pantsuit-and-bra trend a whirl, looking for something to show off under a sheer top, or celebrating Valentine's Day with your significant other, this bra is typically purchased with a specific outfit or special occasion in mind.
The balconette's reputation as an ultra-flattering piece dates back to the '50s when iconic movie star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe first popularized the style. With its straight neckline, low-cut cups, and wide straps, the balconette bra is designed to emphasize one's natural shape while offering incredible support.
Today, this bra style comes in every print, size, color, and cut imaginable—designers have even created hybrid balconette-style bras like the plunge balconette and the T-shirt balconette. Below, shop our favorite iterations of this iconic bra style, organized by price.
$100 or Less
Cuup The Balconette ($68)
A balconette bra for everyday wear.
Journelle Anais Low Balconette Bra ($94)
This lacy design from Journelle is the perfect "treat yourself" purchase.
Aerie Real Power Balconette Lightly Lined Bra ($28)
This lightly-lined balconette T-shirt bra is incredibly practical.
Addition Elle Balconette Bra With Lace ($55)
Addition Elle's balconette bra was designed to be soft, supportive, and comfortable.
Chantelle Le Marais Underwired Bra ($85)
Complete the set with Chantelle's matching briefs.
$200 or Less
Agent Provocateur Rozlyn Leavers Underwired Balconette Bra ($190)
This black lace balconette would look amazing under an oversize blazer.
Yasmine Eslami Joanne Ooint D'esprit Underwired Balconette Bra ($150)
We love the barely-there style of this Yasmine Eslami bra.
Journelle Java Demi Cup Bra ($110)
It doesn't get more flattering than this demi-cup balconette bra.
Fleur du Mal Crochet Lace Balconette Bra ($128)
This Fleur du Mal crochet lace bra comes in two more colors.
Chantelle Champs Elysees Lace Demi Bra ($105)
We're here for the floral embroidery on this Chantelle piece.
$300 or Less
La Perla Agnese Balconette Lace Bra ($225)
It doesn't get any better than light-pink silk La Perla.
Kiki de Montparnasse Icon Lace Balconette Bra ($295)
This Kiki de Montparnasse balconette bra may be our favorite.
Parah Kim Bra ($208)
We love the silk floral print on this Parah balconette.
Coco de Mer Eugenia Cutout Lace and Velvet Underwired Balconette Bra ($235)
You can't go wrong with red velvet and lace.
Loveday London Fenella Plunge Bra ($207)
Everyday London knows how to do luxurious lingerie.
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