Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - STYLE NOTEBOOK -

Ri­hanna and Topshop have a lot to an­swer for. Chief among RiRi’s fash­ion crimes is the dis­sem­i­na­tion of the idea that the bralet, or demi bra, is ac­cept­able day­wear. It’s most pop­u­larly seen at fes­ti­vals, con­certs, or on any day the sun makes even the briefest of ap­pear­ances. It’s es­sen­tially a bra, with about two inches of fab­ric at­tached, most of­ten worn, for ul­ti­mate of­fen­sive­ness, with denim hot pants. Most of­ten seen on — wouldn’t you know it — those who can least af­ford to let it all hang out. Tulisa has worn one, which should be enough to put any­one off. A bralet is the kind of thing that is only ac­cept­able in the sort of cli­mate where it’s so hot that wear­ing clothes is ac­tu­ally un­com­fort­able. In Ire­land, it’s just plain non­sense, un­less you have sim­i­lar abs to those pos­sessed by Ire­land’s top model, Roz Pur­cell, right. And, even then . . .

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