5 Chic Ways to Wear a Bra Top

Paired with polished, colorful separates, the midriff-baring style can be sophisticated enough to work for Washington.

Play off the tiny top with an A-line skirt. Avoid looking too ’90s teenager by opting for a hemline that hits at your knees or below, then top things off with a bold necklace.

Lace corset crop top, $45 at Topshop; Sofie D’Hoore skirt, $511 at Farfetch; Luna Orbit sandals, $59.99 at Clarks; and Bellissima color-block necklace, $95 at Max & Chloe.

Balance out a whimsical pair of long shorts with a structured boyfriend vest. Keeping it the same color as your top is a fun way to play with texture. Lace slingbacks add a dose of girly sexiness.

Lace corset crop top, $45 at Topshop; lace slingback, $89.90 at Zara; Jil Sander vest, $333.75 at the Outnet; American Vintage shorts, $95 at Stylebop.

Flowy pants are the perfect solution for this hot and sticky summer. And a midriff-baring top balances out the volume. Tote a structured camel bag for a quirky take on uptown sophistication.

Blue scallop pants, $67 at Wallis Fashion; Candy Duo collar necklace, $120 at Bauble Bar; Carmen satchel, $138 at Danielle Nicole handbags; and lace corset crop top, $45 at Topshop.

A slim-fitting, high-waisted skirt is anything but staid when worn with a little white top. Pair a brightly colored scarf with a statement bangle and sexy two-strap heels for a sassy take on the silhouette.

Clover Canyon pencil skirt, $170 at Net-a-Porter; Lookglobal sandals, $89 at Nine West; faceted bracelet, $10.80 at Forever 21; and lace corset crop top, $45 at Topshop.

For creative offices only: a super-modern twist on the traditional power suit, complete with kelly green pants and color-blocked heels.

Apricot drape jacket, $69 at Dorothy Perkins; Café capri, $69.50 at J.Crew; matchstick necklace, $14.80 at Forever 21; lace corset crop top, $45 at Topshop; and Kalla heel, $328 at Kate Spade.