The topic of what bra to wear under a white top has been hotly debated on both sides of the Atlantic. Since every woman has a different take and comfort level, here are all of your options, ranging from least to most risqué.
No matter what bra you wear under a white or semi-sheer top, there are a few rules every woman should play by. Your bra must fit flawlessly—no bulges, gaps, falling straps or sliding bra bands please! It must be in mint condition (tattered straps to the trash please). Pretty details and fabrics that make you feel beautiful and confident are always a plus.
Here are my Oh So French style-approved tips for what bra to wear under le blanc (a white) top:
Level 1, TOTALLY SAFE: THE INVISIBLE NUDE T-SHIRT BRA
The nude T-shirt bra is undoubtedly the most modest, invisible option under any white top.
HOW TO WEAR IT: Look for a curve-hugging spacer bra that molds to your shape, like the Delice 3D Demi, or for full busts the Revelation 3D Demi Full, both by Simone Perele. For a bra that disappears completely for a barely-there look, try an unlined nude bra.
Level 2, PRETTY SAFE: THE BLUSH T-SHIRT BRA
Pale pinks are a feminine update on the classic nude bra and are just as practical. When worn under white, blush disappears on paler skin tones.
HOW TO WEAR IT: Add stylish details, like the embroidered straps on this Andora 3D Triangle, for a feel-beautiful finish, while still being practical.
Level 3, CURIOUS: THE NUDE LACE BRA
What if your everyday nude bra had a sexy twist? Touches of lace are discreet but also beautiful and chic.
Level 4, ADVENTUROUS: THE RED BRA
Top secret style alert! Here’s a tip that French women have sworn by for years: red is just as invisible as many nudes under white tops. Sultry shades of rouge are discreet under white, yet secretly seductive underneath. (And just imagine the oh-la-la you’ll get when your petite surprise is discovered!)
HOW TO WEAR IT: Any red will do, but the darker your skin tone, the more invisible the red will look under white.
Level 5, READY TO BREAK THE RULES: THE COLORED BRA
Think of your lingerie as the first layer of your look. Try matching the color of your bra to another aspect of your outfit. Or turn up the heat in an obviously bold color. A pop of fuchsia lace under a loose white tee is an edgy yet chic combination in spring and summer. There’s something so thrilling about breaking the rules!
HOW TO WEAR IT: A blue-hued bra gives a chic edge to a classic white shirt and jeans. Also, when going for bold color, pair it with casual, looser fitting clothes and simple accessories to keep the ensemble in balance.
Level 6, DARING: THE BLACK BRA
Whether your inspiration is Carrie Bradshaw or iconic French femme fatales, a black bra under a white top, when done right, is rebelliously chic and fashion-forward.
HOW TO WEAR IT: The black should be noticeable but not distracting (not to be worn under a super-sheer white shirt). Avoid satin finishes and look for feminine touches of lace to soften the look. Or, opt for a ultra-wearable slate gray. Finally, style it so the look appears intentional (such as matched with black pants or pumps), and keep the rest of your look simple.
CAUTION: BLANC SUR BLANC (WHITE UNDER WHITE)
Generally, white under white is a fashion faux pas, however this look can be chic when done right. Because white is the most visible color bra you can wear under a white shirt, style it the way you would a black bra. Look for pretty lace, ultra-feminine details, and wear it with unapologetic confidence.