This past weekend I celebrated my birthday in style, i.e. bowling with friends during Family Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl to the mixings of a man calling himself DJ Uncle Mike (obviously appropriate for a 25th). To this shindig, I was determined to debut one of the three bralets I had picked up for summer but had yet to wear. The winner? A creme Ronny Kobo knit number with cutouts.
In case you're wondering; yes, technically bralets are crop tops but, no, not all crop tops are bralets. Bralets are structured, designed to give support, and, while crop tops are mainly tops... just cropped, bralets look more like, well, bras.
Ahhhh, you might be thinking, I can't leave the house in a glorified undergarment! Yes, you can missy and YOU WILL. Bralets are widely flattering, giving the girls extra oomph (lift and separate!) and tapering in at the waist, highlighting the smallest part of your body.
For the love of Susan B. Anthony, don't be a lily-liver and just try one.
To tone down the sexiness of a lingerie-inspired piece, pair your bralet with a high-waisted skirt and flats. This will up the casual/cool factor and lend an effortless air to an otherwise body-conscious item.
I wore mine with a sporty, high-waisted mini and nude oxfords. The look was standout enough to befit the birthday girl at her party (no heels necessary) and kept its interest even when my funky oxfords were swapped out for the most loathed clothing item of all time... the bowling shoe.