How To Choose The Perfect Bralette For You

Finding the right bralette can be an intimidating experience. Lingerie is personal and intimate. Often times, it is a way of self-expression. It's the first thing you put on in the morning and the last thing you take off at night. It should make you look good and feel good. 
At Ashley Summer, we dream up and craft modern, quality innerwear that speak to and represent today's passionate, diverse woman. Designed in Singapore and handmade by women artisans across Asia, every piece of lingerie is created to flatter your body shape and make you feel good in your skin. In this article, we will help you figure out What bralette style would be your perfect fit and How you can measure your bra size at home.

Plunge Bralette

If you are new to bralettes, start with a style that makes you feel confident and comfortable wearing them. A plunge bra is a great choice for many women as it is not only beautiful, it is comfy and can be worn on a daily basis. It also offers the right support with a low neckline, so you can easily pair it with low-cut tops and dresses. The slim-fit cut of the plunge bralette is also great for side cut-out designs that you’d love to show a little sexy “side boob”.

If you enjoy classic and timeless designs, our ISLE plunge is the one for you. 

Women wearing black bralettes and underwear at the beach

Racerback Bralette

A racerback bralette is a style of bra in which the straps cross to form a “Y” shape at the center of your back. This gives extra comfort and lift and provides good support to women of all sizes. Racerback bralettes are commonly worn with casual racerback tops to avoid showing the bra straps or having bra straps that constantly slip off the shoulders, and are often the perfect companion under your gym attire or yoga wear.

Delicate and supportive, our BLANC Racerback bralette is handmade using soft elastic lace for added comfort, and paired with an elastic band at the underbust for the right amount of support you deserve. With a scallop lace trim and a unique motif, this bralette is topped with a striking gold front clasp that exudes a chic and stylish vibe. More looks of our Racerback bralette here.

Women wearing racerback white bralettes

Classic/ Midi

A playful twist on the classics, the SANS is made in our signature cut and paired with soft, thick elastic straps to wear with your athleisure outfits, or under a blazer and high waisted pants for that “minimalist luxe” aesthetic. Instead of the usual skin-tone or nude-coloured lingerie, opt for this in Cocoa Brown - our new arrival and favourite colour of the season. Shop the SANS bralette here

Thin Strap/ Low Back Alternatives

The KIM thin strap is another piece that complements your natural shape (without the underwires!). This thin strap bralette is made with our bestseller French eyelash lace and is the perfect companion for your low back tops and dresses. A must-have item for any lingerie enthusiast! Available in black and white. 

Women wearing white bralettes and underwear at the beach

Kimono Robe

Not comfortable with showing too much skin? We’ve got you. Elegant and luxurious, a silk satin kimono robe is a good alternative to pair with your lingerie. In a classic and flattering silhouette, our LOVE kimono provides you the ultimate comfort and gently hugs your curves in all the right ways. 

We pair our black kimono with our KIM bralette for a look that spells romance. If you are shopping for your wedding or a bridal gift, our white kimono is recommended. 

Women wearing silk satin kimono robe with black lingerie

Satin Maxi Dress

A maxi dress in satin silk is what every woman dreams of. Our maxi dress is both flattering and forgiving and is designed to naturally frame your curves in a flattering a-line cut with a high slit.

The YUMI in bronze is our iconic maxi slip dress crafted from lightweight, soft satin silk. Gentle like the morning breeze, we love the way it feels - soft like second skin. The YUMI crossback slip is as versatile as it gets - it can be worn for everyday lounging, dressed up with freshwater pearls for special occasions or even date nights in the bedroom. Find the YUMI in bronze or in blush. 


How To Measure Your Bra Size

How do you know if you’re wearing the wrong size? 

You feel a pinch or chafe at the band, uncomfortable underwires poking into your flesh or rib cage, straps slipping off the shoulder, overspilling of breasts beyond the cups, or cups and bands that ride up when you lift your arms above your shoulders. Here are the 3 simple steps to find your right bra size using a soft measuring tape.

Step 1. Measure Your Band Size 

First, wear a lightly-lined top or non-padded bra and use the measuring tape to determine your band size. Place the measuring tape flat against your skin directly under your bust. The location should be around the same place where your current bra band sits. Meet the end of the tape with the other end to find out the size then choose the next number down on the measuring tape. 

Step 2. Measure Your Bust Size

Starting at the back at the band level, move the tape around the fullest part of your chest to the nipple area to determine your measurement. Do not press the tape too tightly against your skin, instead allow it to softly touch your skin. Take a few deep breaths and measure it at the part it feels most comfortable, but not too loose! If you have saggy breasts, it's best to take this measurement while wearing your current bra.

Step 3. Find out Your Cup Size

The following calculation determines the size of your cup:

Your bust measurement – Your band size = Size of cup

Here’s an example: 37” inch bust – 34” inch band size = 3” inches

In American sizes, a 3” inch cup is equivalent to a size 34 C bra.

The measurement instructions listed in the steps above are the same worldwide. However, if you are located in the United States, make sure you use inches, and if you are in Asia, use centimeters.

We recommend you read our previous article, How To Measure Your Bra Size - Guide for Asian Women, where we provided a complete guide to measuring your size at home. You can also try our Bra Fit Quiz here to find your fit in just 60 seconds!

Ashley Summer is a leading lingerie brand in Singapore. We believe in bettering the lives of women through thoughtful design, quality products, and supporting causes to empower women. Check out our latest collection - ISLE Vol. II