What is a bandeau bra?
A bandeau bra is a strapless strip of stretchy fabric with a thick band on top and bottom for better hold. It is similar to a strapless bra but does not have any closure. A bandeau bra is an easy-to-wear slip on bra. Most of the bandeau comes with pockets to insert pads. This converts such a bra into a padded bra or a strapless padded bra and makes it versatile enough to be worn under body-hugging outfits for no nipple-show.
Now this article of clothing might technically be a bra, but years of wearing lace slips as dresses and boyshorts as strategic pieces for theme parties in college have taught us the multi-tasking ability of undergarments.
Bandeau bra is our brief love affair and here a few ways to style it inside and out:
1. Take the plunge
One of the most popular ways to wear a bandeau is to pair it with any shirt with a plunging neckline. Forget about camis. Slip on a bandeau and you’ll be covered. Try using a color or pattern that contrasts with your shirt to really make a statement.
2. Go lacy
A lace bandeau in a fun color that pops looks lovely when layered underneath a romantic ruffled dress. Tie the look together with another layer in a complementing color for a unique twist on a flirty, feminine style.
3. Overalls with a twist
Pair your favorite bandeau with a pair of baggy overalls. Baggy clothes are making a major comeback. Why not pair the two for a trendy duo? A bright bandeau with faded overalls makes you look both relaxed and sexy. It’s an effortless look that’s comfortable.
4. Edgy Formals
Grab a fitted jacket and slide it over your bandeau. If you’re feeling a little reserved, close the jacket and leave just the top of the bandeau showing. If you don’t mind being a little more risque, leave the jacket completely open. The jacket helps frame your upper half and provides you with extra coverage. The contrast is incredibly sexy.
5. Skirt Duo
Remember the 90’s and all the crop tops? Basically, bandeaus can also work as a cute crop top, but without the sleeves. Find a funky, skirt and pair it with a solid color bandeau. The high waist skirts only leaves a few inches of mid-riff showing. It’s great for walking along the beach or just hanging out with friends on a warm summer day or maybe slaying the red carpet… You never know!
6. Chic Tee
You can either buy a shirt full of holes or take an old, baggy shirt and play with the scissors for a little bit. Either way, a bandeau under a holey tee is cute and comfortable. It gives you a vintage, punk look that doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard. The combo works great for staying in, shopping or going out with friends. It looks trendy and it’s easy for anyone to pull off.
7. Sporty Leisure
With the athleisure trend still prominent, you can get away with wearing your sports bra all day!
The perfect summer looks are right here. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!