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I was browsing in my local New Look store not looking for anything in particular when I spotted this bralet and thought it would be great for the summer and for taking on holiday with me. I know Bralets are the in thing at the moment, and I have seen them appear in many magazines and have seen them in New Look, TopShop, Republic and other stores. For those of you who don't know what a bralet is, although it sounds like lingerie it is actually a top. The top is fitted around the bust area, some come with padding and some are underwired for a better fit. The top is very cropped so is only suitable if you are comfortable showing a fair bit of your stomach.
The bralet was purchased from my local New Look store for £7.99. The top itself is available in 3 sizes which are Small, Medium & Large. I am normally a size 6/8 on the top so I decided to try on a size S as I thought the size M looked a little too big for me. The bralet is made from 95% cotton and 5% Elastane so it has some stretch to it. The bralet is black in colour and has a lovely floral pattern all over it. The floral pattern is mainly pink flowers but it has some green on it too from the leaves of the flowers. The bust area is sculpted and gathered to ensure a better fit. When trying the top on for the first time I noticed that the top had quite a bit of stretch to it which made it easier to put on. Some bralets are zipped and others have buttons but this one was just a slip on, over the top of your head. The top was easily to put due to it being stretchy and it fitted around my bust area nicely and formed a nice shape. (I am planning on wearing a strapless bra with it!). The top felt comfortable and not too tight, in fact the top fitted me perfectly. The straps to the top aren't too thin but they aren't too thick either. They are just thick enough to see the floral print on the straps which matches the top. I have worn the bralet a number of times with a strapless bra underneath, the gathered front gives the top a lovely shape around the bust area and it fits me perfectly. The top wasn't too tight and it felt comfortable to wear and had some slight stretch to it. I have worn the bralet with white linen trousers which looked great but it also looks great with denim shorts or jeans and some heels for a night out on the town. The great thing about the bralet is that it can either be dressed up or down. The bralet is very cropped and does show a lot of your middle, so I wouldn't recommend others to wear this if you don't like your stomach or lower back areas.
It's suggested that you wash the top inside out with similar colours and to dry the top flat otherwise staining can occur when folding damp garments. I washed the top following the instructions, and left it to dry outside. The top washes really well and came out of the wash feeling soft and looking just as good as it did when I first purchased it. The top dried quite quickly on a warm but windy day and it was now clean, perfect for wearing out again. I have to give this bralet 5 out of 5 stars as it fits really nicely and looks great with a number of different clothing items such as shorts, jeans and other trousers.
(review may also appear on ciao)