To Nipple or Not to Nipple? Kendall Jenner Weighs In on the Debate

There are few things that can divide a fashionable crowd so effectively as when you discuss the appropriateness of going braless in the summer. There are many times where the situation is unavoidable (hello, tricksy cold-shoulder dresses and tops!), but there are also times where it's a conscious style choice—something that, for many women, can add a certain je ne sais quoi to the proceedings. It's not 1864, and you'd think we'd have moved way past such controversies, but it's still a topic that generates plenty of discussion.

Some women are entirely pro, others vehemently against, and a few in the middle who kind of, maybe, perhaps, at some point, want to but feel too secure strapped into a nice, reliable bra that it'd be a great risk to do it on any old given day. Only this week did Kendall Jenner throw her hat into the ring, stating on a post featured on her app and website entitled Free The Nipple that she really doesn't "see what the big deal is with going braless!" Her take? "I think it's cool and I really just don't care! It's sexy, it's comfortable and I'm cool with my breasts. That's it!" 

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So when the conversation came up in a meeting, the talk rolled on and on. Just how can it be done in a chic, subtle way? And is it for everyone? Are there bras that hold you in but still reveal a bit of nipple for a slightly non-committal approach?

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Patricia Manfield on the streets of Milan.

Bella Hadid's often at it. Jennifer Aniston's no stranger. Street style star Patricia Manfield went all-out only a few weeks ago during Milan Fashion Week—and looked, as always, rather sassy. It's definitely happening more commonly than you may imagine—even with Instagram's nipple ban in full swing—and continually plastered all over the media.

I'm fairly ambivalent about the topic, and due to the impending doom of gravity, I'd rather just wear a barely-there bra, but a bra nonetheless (see my top pick below). So I got in touch with two girls who I know have really something to say about it. Firstly, Lyst's editorial director, Katherine Ormerod, who has become somewhat of a pro in this department, and Byrdie's editorial director, Amy Lawrenson, who wishes she was bold enough to take the, erm, plunge…

Keep reading to join in on the debate.