THE trend Peekaboo bralets evolved as a trend via the sphere of popular culture rather than the runway, but they’re a hot trend nonetheless. Celebs like Gigi, Kendall and Shanina are now wearing luxe lingerie in a layered-accessory kind of way, especially at formal events where flashing undies in front of the flashing lights was once taboo.

THE BENEFITS Apart from the obvious fashion-forward thing and intrinsic sex appeal, it’s the ideal solution for larger busted ladies who’d otherwise skip an otherwise flattering deep V top. Likewise for those who couldn’t be bothered with tape or pasties or any of those other ‘invisible’ (uncomfortable) bra options. Besides, the world deserves to see your prettiest smalls.

THE PITFALLS Unless carefully executed you run risk of folks assuming you’re a strippergram at worse or have popped a button at best.

THE celeb MASTERS Let’s go in situ. Watch and learn, ladies… 

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Gigi Hadid in Versace at the MTV Awards 2016
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Serial bra-flasher Shanina Shaik at a store event in NYC. She’s been spotted in this deep V dress repeatedly, each time with a different bra
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Kendall Jenner’s hint of black bra adds a much-needed sexy pop to this prison-like jumpsuit
Credit: Instagram @kendalljenner

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Doutzen Kroes in the FROW at the Stella McCartney AW16 runway show
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Track suited: Elle Fanning in head-to-toe Gucci before the recent Gucci Men’s SS17 show
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THE golden RULES

TIP 1 Forgive us for stating the bleeding obvious, but make sure it’s a bra worth seeing. The lacier and luxier the better.

TIP 2 Swap balcony or push-up bras for a flatter bralet instead. Too much cleavage sends you to the other end of the demure-sexy spectrum.

TIP 3 If your bra is lacey or eye-catching in texture, keep the hue or design simple. Very versa, if the shape is low-key then consider some colour.

TIP 4 Keep the garment on top simple, both shape- and palette-wise. Clutter the look with pattern or radical shapes and it starts to look try-hard.

TIP 5 This works especially well with clothes that seem contradictory to sexy underwear, like a sharp tuxedo, collared shirt or zip-up bomber jacket.

TIP 6 No neon (music festivals excepted).

TIP 7 Same goes for nude – it just looks wrong. Go bold or go home.

TIP 8 Lastly, no flashing. If you can see more than a hint of a nip, your V-neck needs nixing.

6 Perfect BRALET top BUYS

Stella McCartney Millie Drawing Soft Cup Bra, $44.98 on The Iconic. SHOP NOW

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Anine Bing, Lace Bra with back detail, $89 US. SHOP NOW

Mimi Holliday, Aqua Hummingbird Shoulder Bra, $65. SHOP NOW

Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Ambition Contour Plunge Bra, $24.98 on The Iconic. SHOP NOW 

Bonds, Triangle Crop in Statue, $15. SHOP NOW
Fleur Du Mal, Lace soft-cupped triangle bra, $141. SHOP NOW

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