How To Style Your Black Bandeau

replicating the explosive kardashian-jenner trend

Last week, Kim Kardashian West basically broke the Internet (not for the first time), sparking much controversy when she posted a completely naked selfie with strategically placed black censor bars. From praise to criticism, it certainly had everyone, and I mean everyone, talking.

However, her selfie caused something else that’s a bit more unexpected: Lyst, the fashion-forward e-tailer, reported that they saw a 406 percent increase in global searches for "black bandeau" within 48 hours of Kim K’s post. We’re sure this also had something to do with the fact that both Kendall and Kylie were seen in similar fashions (bandeaus, not censor bars, of course), immediately following their big sister’s post. Kylie even posted the below, which is strikingly similar to Kim’s infamous snapshot.

Why this has caused such a spark in black bandeau searches, we don’t fully understand, but then again, what else would one expect when the Kardashian-Jenners are involved? If you jumped on the bandwagon and decided to buy one for yourself, here are a few tips on better ways to style them (you know, with actual clothes).

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Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

1. Under Something Sheer

Throw on a black bandeau under your favorite sheer top or dress, so you can show a little skin and still look appropriate.

NICHOLAS, Dot Lace Sheath Dress, $675, available at Nordstrom.

Photo courtesy of Forever 21.

Forever 21, Embroidered Mesh Tank, $22.80, available at Forever 21.

Photo courtesy of ASOS.

Puma, Tank Top in Sheer Mesh, $34, available at ASOS; Fashion Forms, Basic Bandeau Bra, $25, available at ASOS.

Photo courtesy of BCBG.

2. Under plunging necklines and armholes

Avoid nip slips and sideboob exposure, by wearing a black bandeau under those tops and dresses with tricky armholes and super low-cut necklines.

BCBG, Devyn Plunging V-Neck Bandeau Detail Gown, $184, available at BCBG.

Photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.

Rag & Bone, Clementine Bandeau-Trim Shift Dress, $425, available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo courtesy of ByGeorge.

T by Alexander Wang, Crepe Low V Dress, $450, available at ByGeorge.   

Photo courtesy of Free People.

3. Under an open jacket

For those of you that want to bare a little midriff but still want to be somewhat covered up, try pairing your bandeau under your favorite denim or leather jacket.

Free People, Basic Seamless Bandeau, $20, available at Free People.

Photo courtesy of Zara.

Zara, Lace Bandeau, $19.90, available at Zara.   

Photo courtesy of Farfetch.

Alexander McQueen, Bow Bandeau Top, $1,545, available at Farfetch.

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

4. Rock it on its own

This is a more daring way to wear the revealing trend. We suggest finding a bandeau with a bit of texture or shape and pairing it with something high-waisted to avoid looking like you left the house in your lingerie.

Out From Under, Strapless Bra Top, $39, available at Urban Outfitters.

Photo courtesy of Opening Ceremony,

Opening Ceremony, Knit Bandeau, $95, available at Opening Ceremony.   

Photo courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

Cushnie et Ochs, Cropped Crepe Top, $595, available at Net-a-Porter.