The 'exposed bra' trend is anything but a fashion faux pas—here's how to nail the red-carpet look IRL

The exposed bra trend was a big hitter at Cannes, but how can we incorporate it into our daily summer styling?

Sydney Sweeney is seen at the Hotel Martinez during the 76th Cannes film festival on May 21, 2023 in Cannes, France.
(Image credit: Arnold Jerocki/GC Images)

It seems 2023 is the year of underwear on parade, as the 'exposed bra' trend joins the ranks of sheer dresses and 'no pants' fits as the must-have, celebrity-endorsed look.

Yes, much like the 'exposed thong' vibe—which has also had a revival in recent months— the Y2K visible bra look is also making a comeback with everyone from Sydney Sweeney to Scarlett Johansson having a peekaboo bra moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. 

This marks the latest underwear-baring trend to enter the fashion zeitgeist, and naturally—we want in. So, here's how celebs are wearing it and how to incorporate the style into your own capsule wardrobe...

What is the 'exposed bra' look?

Remember the days of trying to conceal your bra straps and the frustration of having the lace of your bra creeping out from under a low-cut tank or dress? Well, those days are over and instead, what was once cruelly dubbed a 'wardrobe malfunction,' is now the height of fashion.

As the name would suggest, outfits that leave your bra exposed are in—according to the likes of Sydney Sweeney anyway.

Now this trend can be approached in a number of ways—by wearing a sheer top or dress with your bra visible underneath or, with the top of your bra showing out from under a dress and so on. Take these looks from Sydney and Scarlett for instance...

Sydney Sweeney wearing a white silk dress with an exposed bra detail at the 76th Cannes Film festival

(Image credit: Getty Images: Arnold Jerocki/GC Images)

Sydney wore a white satin dress, with a blue lace bra framing the neckline of her gown at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Similarly, Scarlett Johansson wore a pink satin, strapless dress, with a white 'bra' like detailing creating the rest of the bodice. The look is very reminiscent of 2000s fashion—where sporting a tank top with a brightly colored bra underneath was all the rage. Basically, Mean Girls predicted the future with that Regina George, holes in her tank top prank.

Scarlett Johansson wearing a pink satin dress with an exposed bra detailing at Cannes Film Festival 2023. Red carpet Asteroid City. Cannes (France), May 23rd, 2023

(Image credit: Getty Images/ Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio)

MIL's edit of 'exposed bra' outfits

To channel this look there are a few avenues you can go down:

  • A: wear a sheer item with a bra underneath, creating that visible bra aesthetic
  • B: wear a dress with a deliberate bra element
  • C: layer a cute lacey or statement bra underneath a low-cut top or dress, to create your own exposed bra ensemble

Basically, as long as a bit of your bra is showing, you've nailed the trend but we've rounded up a few staples to make your styling easier...

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.