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bra style

Rosalyn Solomon, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:59 PM ET

While the B-word can rub some women the wrong way, it can completely lift other women up – literally.

We’re talking bras – it’s one of the first articles of clothing that goes on in the morning and one of the last we take off. Hate them or love them, there is no shortage of availability or style. Lace, push-up, underwire or stretch, there is a bra for anytime and any activity, and with some summer weather left, it’s the best season to show off a little more.

“I love this season’s relaxed tank,” says style blogger of DaintyGirl.ca, Nicole Wilson.

“The arm openings are a little lower and more loose than your average tank so you run the risk of overexposing yourself on the sides. I like to wear mine with a lacy bralet in a contrasting yet complementary colour to keep my lady bits covered and my look on-trend.”

Here are some ways you can rock n’ roll this trend so it not only feels good, but looks good to.

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While style is personal, and totally customizable to one’s taste, health and fit are of utmost importance. According to research done by Nike, 80% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra and 46% of Canadian women don’t realize that an ill-fitting bra can have a negative impact on their health.

“Get sized by a professional. I neglected doing this for years and as it turns out, I was wearing the wrong size for years too,” Wilson said.

“An ill-fitting bra can look unsightly under clothing and cause discomfort over time; know your size and don’t be afraid to try different styles until you find the one that makes you feel and look your best.”

Once fit is figured out, make sure to flatter. Vancouver-based style expert Nadia Albano suggests mixing and matching your bras and tops.

“I love the look of layered lace peeking through a sheer silk cami or dress. I also like a bright sports bra under a bomber jacket, sheer blouse or mesh top,” Albano said.

BRA vs. BRALET

While both items have their health and style benefits, there is a time and an outfit for both. We asked the style experts for their tips.

Nadia Albano: “Bras provide support and structure. It’s an underpinning that will boost or minimize your bust size, while bralets are designed for layering and seem to work best on women with smaller breasts.”

TIP: Wear the bralet under a flowy summer dresses, sheer blouses and/or under a tuxedo suit for an evening look.

Nicole Wilson: “I think there’s a time and place for both and every woman should own both in their bra collection. It really depends on what type of top or dress you’re wearing and of course, the fabric.”

TIP: If wearing a lighter fabric, choose a full-bra to avoid any “peek-a-boo moments,” if the fabric is thicker, Wilson says she’s comfortable going with a light and lacy bralet.


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