Perfect for Summer Layering: Crop Tops and Bralettes by Elma


Agon Cross Back Bra Top

Ive been eyeing Elma Lingerie for weeks now. It started with their mesh and lace longline bra (which I like to visit on a weekly basis just to say hello) then progressed to their lace crop top with adjustable straps (because wow, the lines of this thing are amazing). And now, like the irretrievable lingerie junkie that I am, I want it all. And I mean all.

Ive been thinking a little while about androgynous lingerie and what this whole concept of androgyny might look like. And though I wrote a blog post about androgynous lingerie last year, I dont know if Im quite thinking about it in the right way. After all, theres no reason a feminine aesthetic should exclude pared-down or minimalist lingerie. I like to lounge around the house in boyshorts and tank tops, that doesnt necessarily make me androgynous when I do so.

That said, Im wondering if theres such a thing as a more androgynous silhouette in lingerie. The Agon crop top, for example, strikes me as something that could work for a variety of gender expressions, but again, I dont know if Im approaching this in the wrong way. Anyway, enough thinking out loud from me (now you all know what I like to contemplate while drinking cups of tea).

The other reason I like these bras is because I think they make awesome summer layering pieces. Though its not my personal style, you could throw the opaque bralettes on with a high-waist maxi skirt or pair of overalls and be done for the day. Even the sheer, lacey bralettes would look beautiful under a light or semi-sheer tank.

I know Elmas aesthetic isnt for everyone, but I love seeing new designers doing fresh and interesting things (and this is a nice departure from the bondage/strappy aesthetic thats so popular right now). I sincerely hope she doesnt abandon the crop top/bralette concept. Id like to see it pushed further, and perhaps into the realm of knickers or chemises, in coming seasons.

What do you think of these pieces? Do you see anything you like?


Odile Lace and Mesh Longline Bra


Kitri Lace Crop Top


Odette Jersey Crop Bra Top


Corsaire Longline Bra


Aurora Stretch Lace Cami

Author: Cora Harrington