Bombshell: Rita Ora at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Remember the opening credits to Miami Vice? One scene is forever etched in my mind: a set of breasts bobbing along to the drumbeat, boom-ba-doom, boom-boom-boom-boom, they went, barely covered by a flimsy scrap of fabric. They must have left quite the impression, because I can never go bra-less. It's that jiggle, the very same one that was so appealing in the theme song, which I can't stand. It makes me feel like I'm shouting "Hey! Look at me and my breasts bouncing all over the place! Aren't they hypnotising?" Call me crazy but that's not what I'm going for when I get dressed.
Of course, hypnotising breasts are a celebrity's dream, so it's only natural they've embraced this look recently. Yes, going without a bra has become a "thing", much like leather leggings or plain white trainers, and more celebrities are learning what Jennifer Aniston and supermodel Gisele Bundchen have known for years: breasts don't have to be huge to get attention.
Think Kate Hudson, the LA bohemian, Sienna Miller in a hippie outfit or Kate Moss, in, well, anything (even her wedding dress or to meet the Queen). They swan through town without the constraints of a bra, which is more a reflection of their lifestyle than about showing off their bosom. The implication being they live a life as loosely restricted as their nipples.
Celebrities go braless
Rihanna attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France.
The key to this look, then, is the overall nonchalance as they go about it. They'll lose the bra under a plain T-shirt and go without under a simple slip dress. No bra even works to downplay a tailored white shirt, making their whole persona more casual and laid-back. It's a look that thousands of women try to emulate, but the secret is that these girls are dressing to a feeling, rather than simply putting pieces of clothing together like a difficult jigsaw puzzle. Only once you embrace that vibe, will you ever be successful in copying their look.
But, as with every fashion trend, there are winners and losers. Some women make a grab for the no-bra lifestyle but their bodies don't play ball. Repeat offenders include Lindsay Lohan, Susan Sarandon and Lara Bingle. 'Cos here's the thing: you generally can't get away without a bra if you're bigger than a B cup. Women who are larger than a C tend to bound heavily, rather than bounce lightly, which can end up being cheap instead of chic. There are exceptions to this rule. Rita Ora is one. She's at least a C and looks amazing with no bra, her embodiment of a relaxed lifestyle overshadowing the size of her breasts. And Gwyneth Paltrow, who is the opposite: small breasted, but clearly not a part of the free and easy gang, so going bra-less just doesn't suit her and feels quite contrived.
Most well-endowed celebrities, however, know when to don a bra. "I know [my breasts] have opened doors for me, let's be real," says the beautiful Sofia Vergara. "But I so hate when I see Gisele and she is wearing a tiny little tank top with no bra, like, 'Oh, I just threw this on, I look so cute'. If I wore that I would look like I was pregnant or a fat stripper."
Boho queen: Kate Moss arrives for a dinner at Windsor Castle in May.
Aha. Leave it to Sofia to be brutally honest about a matter so close to her heart.
Odour repellant underwear
It's one of those things that sounds bad, but is so good. Let's start with the basics: how on earth can underwear be odour repellant? Well, if you're in the know about merino wool (which I am totally not, that's why I had to ask the good folks at Icebreaker: Why are you making underwear out of wool?), turns out that merino wool is lightweight, breathable, keeps you cool in the hot and warm in the cool, while naturally repelling odours. Are we clear on that? Merino wool is naturally odour repellant. So all the sweat and buildup of body odour we get while being active and hiking up mountains, going for long bushwalks and cycling across valleys (you could at least pretend for a moment) is whisked away before it sticks to the wool. This brightly-coloured underwear collection, is not only functional but funky, and available at Icebreaker.com from $34.95.
But of course. The biggest headturners at London Fashion Week earlier this year were off the catwalk. Burberry gave celebrities and models their very own monogrammed poncho. And while it was assumed they were a "money can't buy" gift, they caused such a hoo-ha that six months later Burberry is allowing the public to get in on the action. Choose up to three initials on either the poncho or their classic and heritage scarf collections, and rest easy knowing that you do, indeed, have everything. Ponchos start from $1050 and monogramming the scarves is $140. The scarf service will be available in Australia from September, though there is a bit of a wait on the coveted ponchos, which you'll be able to nab from October. Line up ladies, this one is going to be popular.
The traditional label whose biggest claim to fame is having dressed 39 out of 44 presidents of the United States, is opening their flagship store at Martin Place. On offer will be the tailored suits Brooks Brothers is known for, as well as their non-iron button down shirts for men and women (excuse me? Did you say non-iron button down shirts? Yes, they have been "specially treated to remain virtually wrinkle-free") which are enough of a reason to buy at least 10! Especially if you're reading this first thing in the morning and haven't bought a Father's Day gift yet. Run, don't walk.
Ginger & Smart
Ginger & Smart will open their warehouse doors at 8am, Friday September 12 and welcome the influx of women obsessed with their designs to flick through racks of dresses, jackets, tops, skirts and accessories at up to 80 per cent off. Head to 55 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery. Sale ends September 13.
The classic, all-American label is having an online sale to rival the best of them, and now there is an extra 40 per cent off to be had by entering the code SHOPNOW at the checkout. Score end-of-summer bargains including swimwear, shoes and clothing, right as we are about to enter our warm season.
Shop up to 70 per cent off surfwear labels like Roxy, Volcom, O'Neill, plus street labels such as Mink Pink and Angel Biba and Mooloola on citybeach.com.au for a range of clothing, footwear and accessories.
IN SHORT FASHION GOSS
Former supermodel Agyness Deyn has launched a new fashion line called Title A, which debuted on net-a-porter.com. The androgynous-inspired collection is for women like me, Deyn explains, who want less bells and whistles and a muted colour palette … Style icon Olivia Palermo has collaborated with Aquazzura and unveiled a shoe collection, also on net-a-porter.com. The seriously covetable high heels should be on every gal's Christmas wish list … Kendall Jenner (the model of the Kardashian clan) has dropped her surname and will now be known just as Kendall. "What I have has almost worked against me. I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn't take me seriously as a model," she said.