19 Unexpectedly Breathable Bralettes For Every Summer Outfit
If you've been able to go sans bra most of the past year, the idea of having to wear one again probably sounds anything-but-ideal. But as we venture back into the world, a little more support may be required—which is where summer-friendly bralettes come into play. These days, there is a wider variety of underwire-free options for small chests and big busts alike, but parsing through the most breathable, functional fabrics is where things still get a little tricky. For the record, there's a few key materials to look for: Cotton will keep you cool and comfortable, but nylon and polyester blends are best for moisture-wicking (read: when your underboob is extra sweaty). But no need to sweat the details—we've done the work for you and picked out the most breathable bralettes for spring and summer, and we didn't skimp on the style.
Parade Scoop Bralette ($28)
There's a reason all your friends are stocking up on Parade pieces! Their new Re:Play collection was specifically designed for cooling and comfort, and comes in all the bright, fun colors you know the brand for.
Affordable lace bralettes aren't often made with quality materials, but the beloved Lively long-line bralettes are both supportive and breathable, while still having that sexy lace touch.
These mesh bralettes come in an assortment of cute prints and summery colors, like baby blue, lime green, and clay. Stock up with a few styles and you'll be set for the season.
This bralette is so gorgeous, we wouldn't even mind if the bright orange print peeks through our summer dresses and tees. In fact, it might be the perfect accessory for livening up those summer basics.
Knit bra tops can be tricky to find for the warmer months—they're either made of thick wool, or flimsy, see-through fabric. This breathable Good American bra top is the perfect summer find, and it has the cutest pair of (breathable) matching sweater shorts.
You can't go wrong with Breathe bralettes from Gap, which come in a range of styles that are practical (hello, thick side bands!) and have dainty touches (like this lace plunge detail).
Skims' inclusive range of everyday bralettes is hard to beat (and more brands should be taking note!). Their second-skin triangle bralette is a best-seller, so act fast if your size and skin tone match is in stock.
You can always count on Aerie for pretty and inclusive bralette styles. This breathable, lacey option is no exception, and works just as well as a bralette as it does as a bra top!
Urban Outfitters is another great place to find simple and affordable bra tops, like this wardrobe staple. We won't judge if you buy it in a few (or all) colors.
Just because a bralette is practical doesn't mean it can't be gorgeous! Dora Larsen's designs somehow mix form and function, fun colors, and just the right amount of sexiness.
Richer Poorer makes the perfect cotton-blend bralettes for lounging around the house. This cute cut out provides literal breathing room without forgoing the support of a more modest cut.
When it comes to breathable nursing bralettes, over one thousand five-star reviews confirm this simple sleep bra is it.
A precious citrus print and sweet ruffle trim makes this mesh bralette irresistibly cute, even if it's only meant for wearing around the house.
Everlane Cotton Tank Bra ($28)
When it comes to basics, Everlane is the place to turn to, even for underpinnings. Their cotton tank bra can serve as both underwear or outerwear for all your summer escapades.
Anine Bing Cora Bra ($89)
Anine Bing may be known for her celebrity-loved lace bralettes, but we have a feeling her new knit bralette style is about to get a ton of love this summer, too.
It may be hard to find anything more perfect for summer than this striped poplin bralette, which justifies the splurge.
Tried and true, the Out From Under triangle bralette is perfect for small chests in the summer heat, partially because the cut itself is so small. The breathable blend and new neon colors make the case further.
Knickey The Keyhole ($48)
We love this keyhole cut out even if no one can see it. The darted cups will provide lift without added bulkiness and the straps have adjustable sliders, all while looking oh-so-cute.
When in doubt, a classic, cotton Calvin Klein bralette in a seasonal new hue is never a bad investment for summer.
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Lauren is a marketing professional, writer, and the founder of The Eye & The Edit, a weekly style and shopping newsletter. She recently found a home in New York City, where she enjoys endless people-watching and outfit inspiration. There, she can usually be found shopping in Soho, digging through vintage stores in Brooklyn, or trying a new coffee shop or natural wine bar.