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It’s true, long gone are the days when your undergarments are only seen inside the bedroom. For decades, the bra has taken a backseat, or for lack of better words, a supporting role in our ever evolving wardrobe. However, this season, it’s time for lingerie, specifically bras, to make their grand stage debut! Thanks to it’s supporting trends of sheer fabrics, crop tops, plunging necklines, and backless designs, bras are no longer an unnoticed staple. We know what you’re thinking, how in the heck does this trend translate into your every day look? Just ask Diane Von Furstenberg, Milly, Ports 1961, or Atuzarra, who have mastered this look by combining the exact amounts of sexiness and sophistication!
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Recently, we sat down with Charleston Magazine‘s Style Editor, Amanda Thiel, to discuss our favorite subject… fashion. As we sipped on our Starbucks lattes, our conversation turned into the topic of upcoming trends for Spring 2015, particularly the “exposed bra” trend. Check out our style expert tips for tastefully achieving this season’s most talked about trend!
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Q: What is your opinion of the trend this season? 
There are three words to describe this trend: Elegant, Confident, and Feminine. The exposed bra trend is one of my favorite trends happening right now because it channels a woman’s inner sexiness and confidence without being distasteful or inappropriately revealing. The alluring sophistication of this trend is what make this look so popular.
Q: What’s the best way to wear or incorporate this trend into everyday life? If/when is it appropriate to show your lingerie? When can we say ‘don’t where that cami let your bra show’?

Successfully incorporating this trend into your everyday life depends on making your exposed bra look intentional as well as balancing the sex appeal of the garment with appropriate support pieces. The best way to achieve this trend is by mixing sheer light weight fabric tops with more conservative and stronger weighted fabric bottoms. It’s important that your lingerie compliments, rather than distracts,  the silhouette of the garment. Correctly achieving this trend requires wearing a bra style that is most flattering for your body type, such as a full coverage bra, non-padded triangle, demi, lace, or bandeau. Color adds dimension and communicates that the style is intentional, so choose darker hues that will make a statement! When styled appropriately, exposed lingerie can be worn just about anywhere at any time. My rule of thumb is the later the time of day, the more exposed your bra can be.
 
Camisole’s are great for two purposes, layering and extra coverage. Another rule of thumb is that if your bellybutton is covered from either a high waisted bottom or semi-sheer top, than let your bra show! There is nothing more beautiful than exposing the flesh color of your skin.
Q: What way should someone NOT wear this trend? Certain sheer weights, certain lingerie styles?

It’s important to realize that this trend isn’t an alternative to wearing a camisole. Instead, it is intended for the wearer to make a feminine statement, a declaration of her confidence and womanhood. When wearing this trend, do NOT wear your basic every day bra, as this trend looks best with lingerie that is decorative and structured. The best way to ease into this trend is to start out by wearing a bandeau style. If you are lacking cup support then include a strapless bra underneath!

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Author: McKenzie Welch (mckenzie@bitsoflace.com)

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