A bralette is a lightweight bra without an underwire, designed primarily for comfort.[1][2] Bralettes are also sometimes worn as outerwear top,[1] and are also designed as undershirts for girls developing breasts.[3] The size of the bralette also differs from that of a bra: Instead of band width and cup size, normal clothing sizes are commonly used (S-XL or even larger).[4]

A black satin bralette
A bralette by Victoria’s Secret

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In the 2010s and early 2020s, bralettes and soft bras started gaining in popularity, at the expense of underwired and padded bras.[5][1] Some brands such as Victoria's Secret failed to follow this trend and adjust; as a result of which their sales decreased significantly.[6] In 2017, the sales of cleavage-enhancing bras fell by 45% while, at Marks & Spencer, sales of wireless bras grew by 40%.[7] Some have attributed the rising popularity of bralettes to a new focus on the "athletic body, health and wellbeing", more than "about the male gaze,"[8] while others suggest a connection to the #MeToo movement.[1]

Bralettes also became popular during the COVID-19 lockdowns due to a focus on comfort while remote working.[9]

Kathryn Newton wore a two piece midriff baring school girl bralette style outfit with a low rise skirt exposing her belly button at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2022.[10]

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