For fuller-figured women, pretty plus size bralettes can sometimes seem like an impossible dream. If, like me, you were taught that your breasts should be carefully pushed and prodded into seriously padded underwire bras for modesty and support, then the idea of wearing a bra that is essentially decorative might seem completely crazy. However, as I've heard more stories of women forgoing traditional bras in favor of lighter options, or just eschewing bras altogether, their arguments have begun to win me over.
As a greater number of plus size retailers and lingerie brands are making colorful, fun bralettes in larger sizes, I'm starting to eye these lightweight designs a little more seriously. Don't get me wrong: I work in a semi-traditional office environment, so going sans-bra in my day-to-day life would be impractical, to say the least. But I'm definitely considering trying out some of these new styles for weekends and downtime.
While a few years ago, I would have been out of luck trying to find fun wire-free and unstructured bralettes in my size, now there are quite a few different options to choose from. Check out these 13 cute and colorful plus size styles for yourself; you just might start considering switching up your lingerie routine.
1. Rosy Glow
With a simple shape and a sexy T-back, this raspberry-colored lace bralette is meant for showing off under bare summer tops. Adjustable straps and a powermesh lining will provide a little extra support without compromising on comfort.
Flirty floral lace and a sweet, cornflower blue shade make this longline bralette a winner. If you're feeling brave, try wearing it as a crop top under a flowy kimono jacket for a romantic, bohemian look.
Go for a more graphic look with a pale pink and black mesh crossover design from Chilean brand Toru & Naoko. If you fall outside of the company's standard size range, or you just want a custom fit, there's also an option to order a piece made to your specific measurements.
Go strap free with a super soft, stretchy tube top designed not to slip or slide, so you can wear it all day without fear. Whether you choose to use this super-simple piece on its own or as part of a layered look, you'll likely love the combination of fabulous comfort and bold color choices.
5. Blue Lagoon
Luxuriate in lace the color of warm, Carribean waters with this pastel design from Addition Elle. The long, scalloped lace band gives it an extra touch of romance.
Amp up your outfit with a dramatically patterned crimson bralette from independent California brand Zelie For She. Lined so that you can wear it alone, this style is designed with extra wide straps so that, if you prefer, you can wear it as a crop top over a more structured bra.
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Show some skin with a chambray bikini-style halter top that will help you look equally good sunbathing by the pool or picnicking in the park. Summer can't come soon enough.
8. Sexy Straps
Red-hot details like diamond-patterned lace and cage straps make this bralette a sexy stunner. Wear it for lazy weekends and date nights alike.
This soft bralette combines a sporty racerback design with a rich, plum lace for a casually romantic look. The wide band will help keep this style from riding up around your ribcage, so you can enjoy fuss-free comfort all day.
10. Marigold Mesh
Brighten up your day with this adorable, sunny yellow mesh bralette. Cage straps and polka dots add even more fun to the mix.
11. Custom Creation
Make all your lingerie dreams come true by designing your own underpinnings in luxurious lace, mesh, and velvet fabrics. Pick from one of four classic bralette shapes, then customize color, pattern, and embellishments to your heart's content.
12. Cool Contrast
Get comfortable in Neon Moon's new super-soft plus size underwear options. This triangle bra is a chic yet simple piece in a classic shape and color combo.
13. Sheer And Sweet
Sorbet-toned lace and embellished straps will make you feel stunning in this pull-on bralette from Cosabella. This style is available in a wide range of pastels, neutrals, and bold brights, so that you can pick the shade that works for you.
If you've been considering trying out a few new plus size bralette designs, these diverse options might make your search a little easier. Get the best of everything with fun details, pretty colors, and comfort to spare; you'll look gorgeous and feel even better.
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