Sheer bras seem to be making a lot of noise lately. Just as in fashion, trends occur in intimates. Lately I’ve seen retailers’ email blasts, blog posts, manufacturers’ new additions, all on this great look.
Bras in sheer fabrics first gained popularity in the 60’s. The bra burning of that decade and young women’s desire for a more modern approach to underwear led manufacturers to make bras in newer, thinner fabrics with less construction. Most notably was the ‘No-Bra” from revolutionary designer Rudi Gernreich, a sheer triangle bra with one dart. Sheer bras certainly existed prior to that, mostly for 1950’s burlesque, but always as a costume, not as a foundation.
In the glorious 1970’s came the Glossies bra from Gossard. These bras used Glissenette, a sheer fabric with a sparkle to it, like the lead photo. It came in a variety of colors, from confections to nudes, and was certainly not your mother’s bra. A minimalist approach, more body than bra. Recently this collection was reintroduced.
Sheer bras are adorable and can be very sexy. But bear in mind, in most cases, it is one thin layer of stretch fabric. If support is important for you, best to consider a lined or half-lined version. And if privacy is important to you, definitely consider a lined version, as no protection is offered against high beams.
Best not to wear a sheer bra with a sheer blouse, unless there is a pole nearby and extra money is needed. For thoughts on sheer blouses, click here.
There is a reason women's underwear are called intimates. It is the closest thing to you.