Well folks, this is something that I don't say often, but it's all Katie Holmes' fault. In September 2019, Holmes shocked the world by stepping out in NYC in this sweater-on-sweater ensemble, and everyone collectively went, "Wait, is she wearing a sweater as a bra?!??" That was the beginning of the strange, questionable trend of sweater bralettes, and we just can't help but shake our damn heads.
Katie, I've always supported you, but this time you've gone too far.
Now, I will say that this isn't all Katie's fault. The first knit intimate set debuted earlier that year, in a spring 2019 collection by designer Khaite. It was originally seen as a boudoir set, but after interest piqued, they began selling it with a matching cardigan intended for outerwear.
Fast forward to today, and we've seen designers like Jacquemus feature it on their runways (Katie is actually wearing one by Jacquemus), solidifying the trend as a lewk we all aspire to.
These celebrities, I tell ya. Always giving us unattainable standards. Thanks, Hailey.
While I will say that this sweater bralette look is absolutely fabulous on both Katie Holmes and Hailey Bieber, I can't help but take issue with the idea of wearing this in real life as real common folk. First of all, isn't it itchy?! I mean, I love cashmere as much as the next girl, but thinking of it on bare skin in that fairly sensitive area does not sound like a sustainable wardrobe choice.
Also, I truly cannot think of anything that would offer less support than wearing a cardigan as a bra and going out into the world. So, my flat-chested ladies, I salute you and wish you good luck. Because those of us who have literally anything going on up top would likely have the cops called on us if we wore this in public. Live your truth, girls, but keep a weather eye on that fabric placement.
Unless you're Kylie Jenner. But she isn't even human, so that is a moot point.
Would I absolutely love to be able to pull off this look? Yes.
Would I wear this more as a cami and less as a bra, aka wear an actual bra underneath? 10000 percent yes.