What Is a Bralette?

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Simple answer? It’s you. It’s you not being held up with wires or strapped down for jogging. It’s you without a prefabricated shape or padding that doesn’t move. A bralette is you in all your gorgeous glory.

Technical answer? A bralette is a bra designed with minimal padding, light support, and no wires or cups. Most of us remember them from our tween years when they are called “training bras,” but in the last few years, the bralette has reemerged as a go-to style for all ages and cup sizes.

Offering minimal support, the bralette can be an ideal everyday bra type for those with smaller cup sizes and those who like a more natural look and feel. Can you wear a bralette if you are blessed with a larger than life cup size? Of course. Bralettes can be a great style to wear at times when you want a hint of support from wearing a bra, but nothing more — like bedtime and lounging on the couch.

The TomboyX Upgrade

Ready to begin your very own bralette renaissance? TomboyX bralettes will open your eyes to a whole new world of lightly padded and minimal support bra potential.

Consider our recently redesigned luxury bralette. Made from our super-soft, super-light MicroModal, this best-seller is a super comfy top-drawer staple. With thicker straps and reduced seams, our new design gives you support, coverage, and shape without compromising your comfort.

To Bra or Not to Bra

Sure, a bra can be a wonderful thing. If you’re working with extra volume up top, it can help keep you comfortable while you run that 5K.

 But beyond that, let’s be real –– underwire can pinch, straps can ache, and the padding obscures your natural shape.

In short, traditional bras, underwire bras, and push-up bras often come with a headache of stifling features that we’d rather do away with. That’s where the bralette comes in.

The bralette is an alternative to traditional bras in that it provides light support as well as comfort and simplicity. In a way, the bralette can be defined by what it lacks: no pesky underwire or padding and a less rigid structure — wire-free, stress-free.

Instead, the bralette has soft, stretchy fabric, an elastic underbust band, and lightweight cups.

Let It Be

Some of us have spent years hopelessly rifling through normal bras, confused by sister cup sizes and the pressure of looking a certain way.

Enter: the bralette. Without extra padding, this type of bra allows breasts to take on their more natural, authentic shape. The move towards bralettes in recent years has often been credited to a greater emphasis on body positivity and inclusivity.

More Than Just Undergarments

In recent years, bralettes aren’t just used as undergarments. You can wear bralettes as a key element of an outfit and serve as a fashion statement on their own. This everyday bra is basically the new crop top.

You can rock a bra as a pop of color under an unbuttoned shirt or tank top, or on its own paired with some high-waisted jeans –– there are endless ways to experiment with this style. Pair your favorite bralette styles with some cozy boxer briefs for a mix and match look.

The Full Coverage on How the Bralette Came To Be

The bralette can actually be traced back to the dawn of modern-day brassieres. In the early 1900s, a young Mary Phelps Jacob invented a contraption made of handkerchiefs and ribbon to forgo the rigid structure of her corset.

This lingerie style focused more on covering and flattening the chest than enhancing it. Along with changing fashion landscapes and wartime shortages, this contributed to the spread of the modern bra.

For decades after, bra styles became more rigid and structured, conforming to certain popular silhouettes. The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s symbolically threw out some of these oppressive bra styles, some opting to wear no bra at all.

Rudi Gernreich’s “no-bra” bra of 1964 further stressed acceptance of different bodies. Today, we harken back to the idea of body liberation with bralettes that are soft, comfortable, and adaptable to all body types. It’s athleisure as well as loungewear: It’s so much more than the regular bra.

TomboyX Bralettes

At TomboyX, we strive to provide you with a collection of bralettes that are simple, stylish, and, above all, comfortable. We offer a huge variety of bralettes in nudes as well as funky colors and prints.

Made of sustainable, breathable, and soft fabric, check out our different styles for a range of strap and neckline styles, coverage options, and sizes.

Get ready for the low-intensity and high-comfort factor of our ruched bralette. With center definition, this style of bralette is uni-boob-proof. It’s a basic stretchy cotton style that begs to be worn again and again.

What’s your favorite bralette style?



Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Phoenix Art Museum

The History of the Brassiere | Mary Phelps Jacob

'Sister Size' For Bras: What Are They and Do They Work? | PureWow