this strange weather encourages combos that both cover and expose – just to stay focused on every opportunity to catch some rays or hide under folds and layers when the rain starts to pour. the air hangs heavy and oozing with warmth leaving pores ready for invigorating winds.
like every summer, at some point i want to give up on bras because my predilection for bikini tops emerges – even though you'll never see me without something on top of the bikini. it must have something to do with being ready to dive into a swimming pool or a lake although i haven't hit the water in years. it's the idea that counts...
seriously speaking, i think it comes down to being able to show the bra-like garment more confidently.
normally i steer clear of wearing only one layer of thin jersey. for me, it requires at least a well-fitting t-shirt bra but i find exposing even that too much to my liking because generally i cannot stand underwear showing from underneath top clothes – especially underwear that was designed not to show.
visible bras are a no-no for me unless the peek-a-boo is intentional, that is, and i do embrace the fashion of wearing a mismatching bra that shows through or peeps from underneath clothes; a black bra under a crisp white shirt can be sultry and a bright neon bra peeking from a sleeve opening or next to a tank top shoulder can add fun and life to an otherwise bland ensemble. needless to say, i also appreciate the underwear on top of outerwear, but can hardly apply it myself.
the thing is, these are styles easily gone awry, they are not for every moment (although what is?) and, without a doubt, as styles they have been stated so many times to feel too obvious, too used, too common. too old, i guess. if they're not put together well, they look hussy. executed perfectly they require a faultless ensemble that hardly ever looks effortless. that is, intentionality shows...
the good old bikini top is just casual, easygoing, and relaxed in a way that a proper bra showing can never be. the biggest perk is the natural expectation of knots which helps with back exposing garments.
bikini top by american apparel, sheer tee by t by alexander wang, jeans by cheap monday, boots vintage, bracelets by h&m and jessica kagan cushman.
how do you deal with hot humidity when it can suddenly turn into chilly? do you agree with the bra exposure? what's your solution?