The idea of using a bra as a defining feature of a dress could either be considered subversively provocative or perhaps just a clever way of having one less item of clothing to wear. Either way, it’s a sexy style that has been around for years. Most commonly seen in evening or formal wear, modern bra-topped dress with bare midriffs can easily transition from day to evening and from retro to nouveau.
It’s not exactly clear from our research when this style first emerged on the fashion scene. But we were able to find out that Yves St. Laurent was renowned for this style in the 60s. And American designer James Galanos followed suit in 1965 with an evening dress featuring bra top with fake diamonds, rubies and emeralds over a voluminous skirt of ombre chiffon. Fast forward to the current decade and designers such as Einar Holiloekk (Geoffrey Beene) and Nanette Lepore are still featuring the bra-topped dress in their collections. Clearly this style has its place amongst the fashionistas.
But what about the rest of us? Is a dress featuring a bra top and potentially bare midriff the right fashion statement for the bedroom or the fetish club? We say yes! That’s where a clever style comes in. The bra top will put your boobs on display, front and center, and we all know what wonders a good fitting bra can do for a woman’s shape. The rest of the dress can then be form fitting or loose, covering or revealing. It can be whatever best suits your body type and makes you feel most comfortable. With a bra-topped dress, your boobs are definitely the center of attention. Everything else is just the supporting cast.
The bra-topped dress is an elegant outfit that works well in a variety of situations, as long as those situations are seriously sexy. For a bra-topped variation on the ‘little black dress’, take a look at the Angel Short Black Dress by Patrice Catanzaro. This racy number has a flattering design in the midriff area that works well with a variety of body types. It’s an excellent outfit choice if you’re feeling like showing off what you’ve got!