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Case Study: Will Bras Double Up as Tops for Spring?

It could be a feminist statement or it could be just you wanting to look really cute for Spring or well, both!
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Long before the photograph of Katie Holmes in a cashmere bra and barely buttoned cardigan from Khaite broke the internet late last year, there was Madonna and her iconic cone bra from 1990. And in the years in between, we’ve seen the Kardashians, the Hadids and Hailey Bieber step out the door in little else than an itty bitty bra top. A pretty bold move, if you ask us.

And that’s exactly what wearing little else than a bra is meant to have you feel – bold and empowered in your own skin. Bras have long been a signpost of feminism – women throughout history have taken it off as a pledge for freedom, burnt it in protest and even made art out of it to prove a point. Madonna donning a Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra as a top in the ‘90s was a middle finger to the conservative dress codes pinned onto women of that time. Walking in the footsteps of Gaultier, many after the radical designer have politicised bras. Case in point: Miuccia Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Wearing a bra as a top is no headliner, per say. In hindsight, its comeback of late bears little surprise given that #girlpower finds itself at an all-time high. The autonomy to dress as one may please is a given. Bra, no bra, just a bra and nothing else? Girl, you do you.

For the body conscious amongst us – no, not all of are blessed with a Kendall Jenner or Bella Hadid physique – stepping out in barely there lingerie can be rather daunting. Consider layering the bra underneath a knit cardigan ala Holmes or a tailored suit like Bieber at her wedding for a little show of skin without baring it all.

There are plenty of cuts, too, to consider when finding the bra slash top that works for you. We’d say an entire spectrum from the ones that might be two centimetres shy from a nip slip to conservative options that leave little or no cleavage on show. Whichever end of the spectrum you may be, keep scrolling for our selections of bra tops that scream Spring!


Alaïa cotton-gabardine bustier top


Leset Lori brushed stretch-jersey soft-cup bra


Miguelina crochet-trimmed two-tone linen-chambray bralette


Morgan Lane Noelle lace-trimmed stretch-silk charmeuse soft-cup bralette


Orseund Iris Cha Cha pleated poplin bra top


Tom Ford strapless stretch silk satin bralette


Miguelina Tilly crochet-trimmed linen bralette

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