Once Controversial, This Trend Will Be the Coolest Thing You'll Wear This Spring

Maxine Eggenberger
·3 min read

It's been over a year since Katie Holmes stepped out in her now-iconic Khaite cashmere bra and matching cardigan set. A photograph depicting the actress hailing a cab as her cardigan and strap fell from her shoulder subsequently went viral and put the underwear as outerwear trend back on the fashion map. Fast-forward to 2021 and the look's influence remains palpable—particularly on the designer circuit.

Moda Operandi has reported a 30% increase in the popularity of bras for SS21 and found they were featured in 10% of all trunk shows (new collection previews and pre-sales), compared to 3% in the previous season. Essentially, it's a look that's only gaining momentum, and although it might not be considered a "mainstream" trend, it's certainly one that's providing hard to ignore, on both the high-end and high street shopping circuits.

The big question is, how does one style a bra top? "The easiest way to wear the trend is with the straps and the top of a bra visible under a dress, as seen at Victoria Beckham," encourages editor Emma Spedding. "Or for those who are more experimental, try layering a statement bra over a shirt or shirt dress as seen at Simone Rocha."

So while it does present the opportunity to show some skin, it's refreshing to hear that this isn't the only way to channel the look—especially after being largely confined to our homes in 2020, during which we've played it somewhat sartorially safe.

Scroll below to see the likes of Victoria Beckham, Acne, and Emilia Wickstead's visions for the bra top trend, then proceed to shop our edit of the best tops out there.



Endless Rose Knit Bralette Top ($30)

This cute $30 version is a risk-free way to test-drive the trend.

H&M Ribbed Wool-Blend Cropped Top ($35)

A matching cardigan is never a bad idea.

H&M Cropped Top ($18)

This pastel purple color is so perfect for spring.

Eloquii Cropped Sweater Tank ($45)

Pretty in pink.

Nia Barely There Jersey Bralette ($39)

This looks super cool with faux leather trousers.

Jonathan Simkhai Elsa Open Cable Knit Bra ($165)

Don't overlook the cable-knit detailing on this top.

Staud Bomber Bra Top ($88)

You had me at "Bomber Bra."

Skims Fits Everybody Bandeau Bralette ($28)

Bandeau bras are always a good choice.

Eloquii Cropped Sweater Tank ($45)

This baby blue color is so sweet.

Yanyan Cirrus Knit Bralette ($185)

This colorful bra top really stands out.

Isa Boulder Bra Top ($125)

If you're not feeling bold, this can easily be worn with a cardigan, jacket, or blazer.

Topshop Beige Fluffy Bralet ($28)

The fluffier the better.

Eloquii Cropped Sweater Tank ($45)

You might want to spring for the matching pants as well.

Topshop Black Satin Bralet ($23)

Mixing a satin top with denim is so cool.

H&M Short Top ($13)

A little shimmer is never a bad idea.

Topshop Blue Wide Strap Bralet ($11)

I love the wide straps on this cute bra top.

Next up, 4 very specific colors trending at Zara, H&M, and Mango right now.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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