Nordstrom Summer Lingerie Essentials



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Summer tops can leave you staring at your lingerie drawer a little puzzled.

You’ve got tops that are backless, strapless and everything in between.

“Do I wear a bralette?” “Wait, you see the strap!” “Is that tacky?!”

Lately, I’ve been getting so many e-mails from readers about cute summer tops and the struggle of not knowing what exact undergarments to pair with! I feel ya, girlfriend. I feel ya. I thought it would be fun to do a post sharing what summer essentials I keep in my drawer and what types of tops they pair well with!

First things first, I’m a bit finicky in the lingerie department. I actually swore off “real” bras for awhile and was going the bralette route because I thought they interfered with my clothing. You know what I mean. You get the perfect boyfriend button-up blouse and then one wrong push up bra has the whole look going south real quick. I’d stare in the mirror thinking, “I was going for the whole Kate Moss off duty look and I look like a case of dress up in dad’s wardrobe gone wrong.”

A girlfriend told me about the Natori ‘Feathers’ Contour Bra and life has never been the same. Or at least my wardrobe hasn’t…

Think T-Shirt bra gone feminine with coverage, contour and comfort. You honestly don’t know you’re wearing it and neither do your tops. Your bra shouldn’t interfere with your wardrobe, it should just be something that does its job while allowing you to feel beautiful.

I picked up three Natori bras at Nordstrom and I actually went home to order more online. Then I got into a downward spiral because #freeshipping. Nordstrom actually has a really incredible collection of summer staples that pair well with whatever top or dress you’re styling for the day.

Let’s break down the sheet!

Backless or strapless? Go for #2 for a backless top and #8 for strapless. I honestly buy #2 in bulk and #8 is from Natori so you know it’s good. You can wear #2 for months over and over, I just like to buy multiple in case I feel the “stickiness” is fading. If you need more support for a backless bra, go with this! If you want shaping, here’s my favorite!

Racerback or plunging v-neck? Go with #10. These are my favorite bralettes that come in a ton of colors! The lace is thick enough so that if it shows in a tank it looks planned and can make a look much more modest! If you have an extreme plunging neckline with a dress or romper I suggest this bra!

Weekend Bra? #1 and #9 are my favorite picks for casual looks that don’t require much effort, while still providing the support you need.

Work Bra? #3 and #4 are my BFF Natori bras that I wear daily! TMI but I honestly asked my girlfriends if they wanted my other bras because these make my other daily bras seem awful.

Feeling Flirty? Calvin Klein is another favorite brand of mine for providing bras that are beautiful but far from aggressive. This pink shade on #6 is so dreamy and is a fun pop under a pastel top!

Quick Fix? If you aren’t ready to invest in a racerback bra but need something to go with tops, I love these Nordstrom Lingerie Bra Clips. #5 is only $8 and you get three colors!

Best Undie? Hanky Panky sells my favorite undies! #7 is their original thong but you can get low rise or boyshorts if you prefer!

What to get ready in? #11 was my wedding robe and I still wear it every week! It’s really sentimental, but honestly it beats my other robes because of the breathable lace. If we were all honest, we’d admit to sweating in the bathroom while blow drying our hair and this robe keeps you feeling pretty while leaving your skin breathable.

The other great part about Nordstrom is they provide really accurate sizing in their description bar. You’ll know if you need to size up or down and I’ve had no issues ordering online with that! I’ll share these essentials and a few more favorites below! Let me know if you have any other questions for me regarding summer lingerie!


In partnership with Nordstrom. All opinions are my own!

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  1. Kelly K wrote:

    Thank you for posting about the Flora Nikrooz robe! I’m getting married next year and I immediately ordered it when I saw your post! It’s perfection!

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  2. Your wedding was/is absolutely beautiful! So perfect for a bride to be – great find gal

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  3. This post was so helpful!! Thank you so much for doing this!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering what to wear under things haha!

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  4. Bunny wrote:

    Love this post! I am a huge fan of Natori bras! Those little bralettes are adorable.

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  5. Wow this post is perfect!! I was just trying on a dress this morning and my bra showed under my arms and in the back!! I am like.. well I have to wear a strapless, I can’t not wear a bra! I have been hesitant to try “sticky” but you sold me. I am going to be getting that sticky bra soon. Thanks so much for sharing! This is a post I really needed!


    Published 18 May 16Reply
  6. Gretchen wrote:

    Thank you for tackling a topic that I think so many women struggle with! Nothing is more of a pain than finding not only an appropriate fitting bra, but also a bra that works with difficult necklines & such!

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  7. Jade Newman wrote:

    Dangit the robe is sold out!! 🙁

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  8. I use those bra strap clips! Amazing how useful they can be. There are so many tops I love that show bra straps, and then I can just pull one of those out 🙂

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  9. I just bought #2 for a backless dress and it’s awesome!!


    Published 18 May 16Reply
  10. Lindsey wrote:

    I use those bra strap clips so much during the Spring and Summer. They’re a for sure life-saver!

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  11. Sierra wrote:

    A lot of comments on the nordstrom site say that it’s wise to go up a cup size in the Natori contour bra. What do you think? Also, how would style bralettes? I love them but was always raised not to show bra straps so I have no idea how to let the bralettes shine! Would love your thoughts.

    Published 18 May 16Reply
  12. Such a helpful post! This is definitely something I struggle with as well!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

    Published 19 May 16Reply