Scroll through fashion archives, and you’ll nearly always spot bralettes on the runways in some capacity. Since Fall/Winter 2019, however, bralettes have cemented their position as an essential “outdoor” item in our wardrobes. We’ll admit it; when we first observed the “underwear as outerwear” trend on the runway, we didn’t think it would be a significant one, let alone survive a pandemic. After going viral as matching pieces to be worn underneath cardigans (courtesy of Khaite and Katie Holmes), the bralette trend has adapted and modified itself over the seasons.
After wearing them as matching sets with cardigans, “It” girls then shifted gears to wear contrast bralettes underneath blazers through summer 2020. While the trend for wearing bralettes with cardigans or blazers has faded, bralettes are still very much en vogue. From cupped crop tops to midriff floss bustiers we have witnessed several adaptations of the bralette trend go in and out of fashion since last year.
In fact, the bralette aesthetic has gotten so popular that dresses with bustiers are piling up on store shelves. There is also a parallel trend towards empire waist dresses and corsets that have influenced the style, but bustier dresses cut out right under the bust to give an effect of two separate pieces – a bralette and a skirt – are increasingly popular this summer, making it evident: one way or another, the bralette aesthetic continues to captivate the fashion crowd.
But it is the latest – and perhaps the sexiest – iteration of the bralette that we can’t get enough of. The cool-girl gang is sporting color-blocked bustier dresses with contrast-colored bustiers popping out from underneath the neckline of the dress.
The best part about color-blocked bustier dresses is that you can nail two trends with one dress. These dresses are a subtle nod to both the color-blocking trend and the bralette trend – “It” girls agree. So far, we’ve seen Kylie Jenner don a stunning black Bottega Veneta dress with a bright green bustier. Jenner styled the look with matching green boots, giving us a lesson in color-blocking. Influencers Tamara Kalinic and Emili Sindlev, on the other hand, sported color-blocked bustier dresses by Versace.
While we have rounded up the sexiest color-blocked bustier dresses of the season, it’s possible to attain the look from your own closet. How? Simply pair up a relaxed dress with a contrasting bralette or bustier and style the sleeves off your shoulders to make the bustier pop.
Ready to loosen the purse strings? Shop Savoir Flair‘s favorite color-blocked bustier dresses below.
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