11 Great Excuses To Wear a Rainbow Bralette

We can all use a bit of extra color in our life. Actually, scratch that –– we can use all the extra color in our lives that we can get! Sometimes, you even want your undergarments to reflect some color. That’s where the rainbow bralette comes in.

This ruched bralette from TomboyX features lightweight support in the form of colorful pride stripes, adjustable straps, a comfortable chest band, and a mix of OEKO-TEX certified cotton and stretchy spandex.

Do you really need an excuse to wear a rainbow bralette? Technically, no. But we don’t get tired of gushing about styles we love, so we’re going to give you some, anyway.

We present to you 11 wonderful excuses to wear a rainbow bralette: 

1. Celebrate Your Pride

Although Pride Month is over, you can show your LGBTQ+ pride year-round. Some may choose to wave a flag, wear a pin, or paint their nails in all the colors of the rainbow; there are endless ways to express your love and support for different identities.

Wearing a rainbow bralette is one way to keep your pride near your heart — literally! So whether you’re marching in a parade or just hanging around, a rainbow bralette is a go-to garment.

2. Flaunt a Colorful Outfit at the Club

The lights are dim, the sun is down, and the music is loud; it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of a busy nightclub. Some of us don’t mind blending in. But if you love color, you may just want to stand out.

A rainbow bralette is an adorable way to make yourself known. Paired with high-waisted jeans, a sequin jacket, or any other host of garments and accessories, a bralette can make for a perfect club outfit.

3. Going to the Beach

Sure, there are occasions where wearing a bralette as a top would be seen as not quite appropriate. But one occasion where everything goes? The beach!

Though not a swimsuit, you can walk up and down the boardwalk in a rainbow bralette and flaunt an easy breezy hippie style. A pair of sunglasses and a big straw hat are a great way to turn this loungewear into something totally beach chic.

4. Rock Out at a Music Festival

Rainbows, sparkles, glitter, feathers… When it comes to music festivals, the motto is: go big or go home! If you’ve been to one of these events before, you’re likely familiar with the bralette as a music festival fashion staple.

The last thing you want when you’re bopping along to music is feeling weighed down by heavy fabrics. And let’s face it; you can’t wait to see how great you look in all your disposable camera pics! Bring a little extra flair with a bralette that’s as beautiful as your favorite songs.

5. Add a Pop of Color

A rainbow bralette can be a great way to add a bit of color to any outfit. Maybe you’re wearing a long-sleeved white button-down and thinking, “Hmm… This could use a little extra fun!”

That’s when you loosen up the top few buttons to reveal your colorful bralette underneath. It can also peak through see-through tops or loose muscle tanks. Turn an outfit from bland to boring with just a little peek of the rainbow!

6. If You Don’t Want To Wear a Bra…

We’ve been talking a lot about the rainbow here, but let’s take a moment to focus on the bralette. It’s an alternative to the bra that many find less restricting and more comfortable. It’s also a more versatile garment, popularly being worn both as underwear and outerwear.

If you would rather not deal with underwire or padding, a bralette is a soft, stretchy solution that nevertheless can provide some support.

7. ….But You Don’t Want To Go Braless

And here’s the other side to the bralette coin. While some of us may avoid bras, we still feel more at ease with some kind of security around the chestal region. An extra layer of fabric is often all you need for some extra confidence and comfort. Wearing a bralette instead of going braless can prevent wardrobe malfunctions, add some extra warmth, lift, and even make you sit up a bit straighter.

8. Throw a Rainbow Party

Who doesn’t love a theme party? Those who love to dress up get to go all out, and the more subtle people among us can try out some new styles.

One simple yet fun theme party idea is a Rainbow Party. Vague yet inspiring at the same time, it’s a theme that everybody can get behind. The idea is to make everything as colorful as possible. And how better to do that than to rock rainbows all the way down to your undergarments?

9. Your Undergarments Don’t Bring You Joy

You look through your wardrobe and see a lot of this: black, brown, gray, beige, white, nudes, nudes, and some more nudes. Having undergarments that blend in and get the job done is all well and good, but sometimes you want to have a little fun.

If you want to break up the monotony of your underwear drawer, a rainbow bralette is a perfect way to shake things up. It doesn’t get more colorful than this!

10. Work Out in Style

You want to get active, but sometimes you need a little extra motivation. Why not get that motivation in the form of a great outfit? Sporting a rainbow bralette at the gym or while working out at home can help lift your spirits and get into the right headspace.

But take heed, if you’ve got a lot to support and you’re planning on doing a lot of heavy movement, you may want to go for a sports bra instead. 

11. Because You Feel Like It

We get it: When you get a new item of clothing, sometimes we’re not sure where to wear it. For whatever reason, we often balk at the idea that “because I feel like it” is a valid reason.

But we’re here to let you know: it is! The choice to wear any piece of clothing is yours to make. Whether anybody sees it or not, wanting to wear a rainbow bralette is as good a reason as any to do so!

Final Thoughts

Rainbows in fashion actually have a long and storied history. While today we most often assume that rainbow print is a modern phenomenon, rainbow textiles go back centuries.

Poorly preserved fabrics, underrepresentation in paintings, and primitive photography are to blame for more colorful styles fading from the cultural consciousness until fairly recently.

That’s part of the reason why it’s never a bad idea to wear rainbows when you can. By now, you’ve hopefully gathered enough excuses to throw on that rainbow bralette and go about your day. Wearing the rainbow stripes as undergarments is an exciting way to show off your pride.

It’s also a joyful look that you can rock year-round, whether it’s part of an outfit or a little private touch of color that’s just for you. Dance parties, beaches, festivals, even the gym — the list of occasions where you can sport this look goes on and on.


About | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month | Library of Congress


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