By Joi Louviere

Finally, an excuse to walk out the house in just my bra, the bandeau is changing life, as I knew it. The bandeau, otherwise known as a strapless bra, has made its way from underwear to swimwear and is now sitting steadily as outerwear. This tube bra can be found in solids, florals and even sequins.

Paired with anything from harem pants to blue jean shorts, if worn the right way, the bandeau can be a trendy look for the fashionista that wants to show a little skin while still looking classy. You can wear it with a low-cut bottom, showing the most stomach possible or wear it with a high waisted something, creating just a glance of skin above the navel.

Even if they don’t have a completely flat stomach, most can find a way to wear the ‘deau, whether it’s with a low-hanging tank top or a sheer shirt on top. This investment, usually under $10, can upgrade any outfit. And if your twins up top are on the larger side, no worries, bandeaus are typically made of stretchy, supportive material.

Here are three ways to style your bandeaus:

Country Cute

Free People
825 Dulaney Valley Road – #4090 Towson Center
Towson, Md. 21204
(410) 296 7842
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Denim is a great partner for a floral, frilly or paisley bandeau. Sport daisy dukes or 90s high waisted shorts or pants, and you’ll be ready to ride horses through the countryside… or at least a mechanical bull at a local bar. Free People has this look on lock with their patterned and lace options.

Light Layers

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Urban Outfitters
Harborplace Mall- 301 Light St., #2540
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 685 3115
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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Picking a bandeau in a heavier material with a bit more coverage gives you some layering flexibility. You can keep this outfit sophisticated by pairing with a pencil skirt and blazer, cardigan or summer vest. Urban Outfitters’ Grey Antics Bandeau Top sells for $85.00, but similar styles can be found at Forever 21 and Target.

Credit: Joi Louviere

A Night Out

Wet Seal
200 E. Pratt Street, Ste 2070
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 539 8108
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. -6 p.m.
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Bandeaus can be perfect for a night out. The bit of bare midriff is ideal for a night flirt at your favorite lounge or club. Add some black stretch pants, a bold belt and you’re ready to toast to a comfy yet sexy ‘fit for your night in the city. You can find this look or ones similar at Wet Seal.

Simple bandeaus like this one can be found at stores like Wet Seal for a few dollars.

Joi is a recent college graduate and has written for various newspapers and news wire services. She is a writer by day and a scrapbooking reality T.V. enthusiast by night.