How to Wear Your Bra as a Top


Bras make for excellent supporting actors. They push their castmates to stardom, lift team spirits and are best-known as an ensemble’s foundation— all while asking for little to no recognition. In fact, “invisibility” is often cited as their best quality.

Not anymore. This season on the Spring 16 runway, bras did some of their best work. At Dries Van Noten, a hot pink bustier headlined. Wangdirected underwires for both his own line and Balenciaga. At J.W. Anderson, double-A cups stole the show. (Pass the popcorn, add some Reeces.)

Of course, while catwalk inspiration is well and good and everyone demands designers lean more avant-garde, once the credits roll the audience is left wondering, When will Amelia stop with these cinematic metaphors?

And how am I supposed to wear this bra-thing in my real life?

Anya Ziourova is here to show you.

Yes! That Anya! Street style superhero and professional stylist extraordinaire, standing tall and fearless in the face of convention wearing the very J.W. Anderson top that no one thinks they can pull off! Observe as she does so during the day, the fashion way:

J.W. Anderson SS16 top, bra and skirt, Pierre Hardy boots

Now make no mistake: Anya felt weird wearing this. She told me so. But you know what else she told me? That just because something scares her doesn’t mean she’s not going to wear it. HELLO PINTEREST QUOTES, ARE YOU LISTENING?

But what if you’re like, Amelia, I’m 5’3″  on a good day. I’m on a budget. My boobs are big! And I’m fine as hell, but I’m no model; to be quite honest, I don’t think I can wear this outside of a sleepover and not look insane.

Well guess what, same. I didn’t think I could either. Then Anya showed me the light.Man-Repeller-Bra-Top-as-Real-Top-Outerwear-Anya-Ziourova-12
For Love & Lemons bra, Sophie Theallet shirt, AYR vest, Reformation jeans, Tibi shoes

For my “day look,” she suggested high waist denim jeans to tone everything down. The tighter the shirt, the better. (It keeps everything looking neat.) The bra: black, simple, easy. It’s like…a necklace! Or a watch. As in, it’s your one accessory. Add a vest — for coverage, not hiding.

Now let’s take it to big screen.

Eres bra, Tibi Cape, Céline pants, Eddie Borgo jewelry, Anya Hindmarch clutch,Gianvito Rossi shoes

For Anya’s “night look,” she went with a cape (sa-wing!) and wide leg trousers (ka-ching!) because volume tones down the amount of showing skin.

And for mine:

Eres bra, Alix body suit, Jason Wu skirt, Anya Hindmarch clutch

A simple lace bra (that would normally not hold up the girls under my shirt, so this is a fun way to finally get to do so) plus a structured skirt hitting right at the knee so I don’t feel like the world is seeing too much of me. For free.

On board yet? Really hoping so, because my costars could use a few more fellow divas.

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