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It’s a tale as old as time: your phone is charged, you’ve picked out your OOTD, and even though you were supposed to be out the door 20 minutes ago, you still can’t settle on the right bra to go with the gorgeous white top you’re heart-set on wearing. What do you reach for?
The answer may not be what you think. Most women rummage through their dressers searching for their reliable neutral-colored option—but did you know it’s also possible to pick your siren-red bras and still have your intimates fly under the radar?
In addition to selecting a complementary bra color, there are a few other essential factors you’ll want to consider when deciding what color bra to wear under white shirt. In this guide, we’ll settle the score on 3 misconceptions women have about styling the different types of lingerie top, go for it. You have our bless for that little white top or white blouse so you can glide out the door with confidence
Let’s play a little round of Mythbusters (pun intended) to set a few things straight about your bra and help you get out the front door.
If you wear a white, ivory, or cream shirt, you’ll need to put your favorite lacy emerald bra back on the shelf and save it for another occasion. Right?
Nope! As it turns out, getting away with colored lingerie has less to do with the actual pigment of the fabric and more to do with its tone or shade:
How does this lesson in color theory translate to your wardrobe? It means you can absolutely pair a colored bra with a white top, so long as its tone or shade veers on the shadier end of the spectrum. Ochres, teals, burgundies, and other duskier colors will all blend in with your skin under a white top.
What about that racy scarlet number you only trot out for special occasions? As it turns out, the darker red undertones stay more invisible under a white tee than a bright pink bra, which has a higher concentration of white.2
See, who says you can’t have both beauty and brains?
When in doubt, your best bet is to pick the bralette or bra color that matches your crisp white shirt. True?
Au contraire, mademoiselle. Next to lime green or neon pink, picking a starch white bra to go with your white top actually runs the most risk of show-through. This is because the white-on-white effect will exaggerate the negative space where your skin tone shows through.
There are, however, two loopholes that can help you make a white bra-white shirt combo work:
As for that white cotton t-shirt bra? Better left for a day when you feel like donning another color.
Common styling knowledge has it that you should never say no to nude. Though hues that compare well with your skin tone can be excellent companions to a white shirt, some neutral numbers may work better than others.
Two golden rules apply when choosing the right neutrals:
It can be tempting to reserve your laciest bras for special occasions like date night, social events, or a fancy dinner party you RSVP’d for 6 months ago, but don’t sleep on your most delicate intimates if you’re just dressing to meet a friend for lunch!
At Gooseberry, we like to think of lingerie design as an art form—and, like any great artwork, gorgeous bras deserve to be seen.
With boudoir-inspired apparel trending out of the bedroom and into the mainstream, there’s no reason why your intimates shouldn’t have a chance to explore their extroverted side.
The moral of the story? If you feel like rocking your favorite neon bra beneath a gossamer white top, go for it. You have our blessing.
Now that we’ve played Mythbusters, it’s time to play matchmaker. How can you be sure to choose the perfect bra for every outfit, in every color?
Aside from getting the color right, choosing the right bra comes down to one other essential factor: style.
One of the most essential elements of bras is the fabric used to create the cup.
When making your daily selection, consider the textiles used in the top you’ll be wearing. Shirts in sheer, thin fabrics are best paired with lace, mesh, or other delicate textiles that rest snugly against your skin and won’t reveal the seam of your bra through your shirt.
Another key factor to consider is that their necklines match up. There are four common types of necklines you’ll come across in the world of lingerie:
Aside from having the neckline of your shirt and bra match up, consider if you need your bra to do any shaping work for you. Push-up bras are one of the most well-known types of functional bras, built to give you some extra sculpting, lift, and cleavage.
There are two types of push-up bras you’ll find on the market:
Whatever design of bra jives with your outfit of the day, you’ll want to ensure you care for your delicates properly to maintain their shape. Tossing your bra in the dryer is a big no-no, which can result in everything from a wonky neckline to misshapen cups—not exactly a great fit for whatever top you’re planning to layer over it.
So, have you picked out the perfect intimate bra for the white top you’ve laid out? If you’re still trying to find the right piece, take a peek inside Gooseberry’s versatile, impossibly delicate collection of bras and undies ready to jet out the door (or swan around the bedroom) with you.
Based in Bali, Indonesia, Gooseberry crafts luxury intimates for women to embrace their sultry side whether they’re spending the day at home or ducking out for a sensual evening. Inspired by timeless French architecture, steamy Bali nights, and the gorgeous women who wear our designs, our artisans hand-dye, cut, and sew each individual garment.
Feel like slipping into something you’ll never want to take off? Shop Gooseberry’s wardrobe now to find your favorite white top’s new best friend. We also provide loungewear lingerie, shorts, sleepwear, and more.