Trend Watch: Sheer, Underwired Bandeau Bras

by Estelle Puleston

Disclosure: Links with a * are affiliate links.

Remember when I reviewed a Marina V bra back in March and said I’d try to do a round-up of similar pieces, because it was definitely becoming a small but noticeable lingerie trend? Yeah, I forgot. But lately I’m seeing this bra style pop up more and more, so I’ve finally put that list together!

The style I’m talking about is best described as a sheer, underwired bandeau bra. It’s not technically a bandeau bra, but it has that same straight-across cut at the neckline, which may be higher or lower depending on the design, plus a single, flat panel of fabric across the bust that sits away from the body at the sternum.

What sets these bras apart is that they’re underwired and, importantly, sheer to really make a feature out of either the wire channels or the centre gore. As I said in my Marina V review, I love that they show the inner construction of the garment in a really intentional way. The underwires are usually a purely functional component in a bra – often there, but almost never decorative – and yet here they get to take centre stage!

It’s hard to tell from the photos, but I think the following bra has separated cups so it’s a little different to the others. But I’m including it because it’s still the same general look:

And finally, two more that are no longer available:

What do you think of this new bra trend? To me, the large, flat front panel feels like the perfect canvas to show off a really beautiful lace or embroidery. But I equally adore the very minimalist versions done in plain mesh, which literally frame your body. Either way, I’m a fan!

The product recommendations directly above are affiliate links

More on this topic

Leave a Comment


Gabrielle Knudson October 5, 2022 - 11:59 pm

This style is so intriguing, I would love to play with them under plunging necklines. I have not tried one yet but first saw a similar mesh version in this season’s curvy katecollection and am just waiting for a sale so I can try it out.

Estelle Puleston October 6, 2022 - 8:17 am

Oo, I had not seen that Curvy Kate version. Have added it to the list, thanks!