The wireless bra top known as the bralet was seen repeatedly on the runway for next spring with labels like Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and Prada as forerunners.
“You see the bralet worn a lot outside a tee or a shirt now, but I think that in the future we will see it worn alone, as a single piece of clothes, even more,” said Singing Lee, a styling and production student at London College of Fashion.
Celebrities and street style darlings are already picking up on the trend, which we all know means that it will be all over fashion soon.
But the bralet is no new invention. In fact the earliest bras seen in the 1920s and 1930s were a lot similar to what we today know as bralets.
Up until the First World War the bra did exist but it was overshadowed by norm of the corset. During the war many women took over working as the men went to war, and with the women’s new roles came the need for more practical undergarments.
After the war no one was planning on going back to the old corset, which from the beginning of the twentieth century had been under the accusations of damaging the health of their victims. So in 1914 the American Mary Phelps Jacob, known under the alias Caresse Croby, invented the modern bra, which was soft, short and divided the breasts naturally. The modern bra started a new trend with a much more straight-lined, liberated and androgynous look for women known as the boyish look.
The trend of the bralet has developed in the younger generation for some years, and is now taken to the runway. But we do not have to look far back in history to find a time where a trend like that was seen as completely inappropriate. Bralets and lingerie in general has always been associated with nudity, sexuality and seduction.
“We have more freedom in the way we dress now than before. And feminism is becoming really popular in fashion, so girls wants to show more of themselves instead being restricting in what they wear,” Lee said.
However, the bralet is actually not the first lingerie item to be turned in to common daywear, and accepted as a part of the visible wardrobe. In the 1990s the corset had its comeback on the catwalk. Designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s corset became exceptionally famous after Madonna wore it on her tour, and by the end of the decade almost every big design house had the corset included in its collection.
When the modern bra was invented in 1914 it told the story of women’s struggle for comfort and freedom. Today, a century later, it tells a story of a new rebellious form of freedom where women just want to be able to wear what they want.