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Generally speaking, undergarments are rather fraught territory for the average woman. I grew up under the impression that Victoria’s Secret ultra push-up bras and uncomfortably minimal G-strings were the precipice of "adult" intimates. Luckily, a mixture of the internet and eventual body acceptance brought a wider expanse of options (underwire-free cups, seamless panties, and the like) into my purview.
I’m a longtime fan of the slightly-exposed bra trend: It’s sexy, requires no effort, and best of all, it renders the forever-awful strapless bra obsolete. I first discovered this perfect criss-cross bralette from the brand Nikibiki through a friend’s Instagram and bought it in the beginning of summer; by season’s end, it had become a wardrobe staple.
I wore it all the time: on vacation, on warm weekends, at music festivals, and even on New Year's Eve. The material itself is super soft, stretchy, and thin without being see-through. I will add that it’s not so great in the support department, though; I usually slip it on over a regular bra to instantly add a bit of strappy sexiness to a tank top, low-cut dress, or even a sheer shirt without veering into daytime-bondage gear territory.
I’ve worn (and washed) this bralette pretty regularly since 2015 and, unlike other cheap or fast fashion items I've purchased, it’s held up nicely and is still going strong. Snag your own in one (or all) of eight colors offered, then prepare for the comments on your Instagram photos asking "Hey, where did you get that cute bra?"