A bra offers you coverage and support to make your backless dress look better on your body. But there comes a time when you feel you can’t wear a bra with a certain outfit. There is nothing wrong with wearing a dress without a bra. It only takes choosing the right clothes and using some tricks in order to still look good. Some girls can go bra-less (though you’ll still need something to cover your breasts), while others need some kind of cup support.
The following are a few ways to wear a backless dress without a bra.
1. A Stick-On Silicone Bra
Whether you have a small or large chest, everyone wants a bra that will stay hidden, stay in place, and be just plain comfy. There are many types of adhesive bras. Some will stick onto your breasts, while others have sticky wings and no adhesive on the cups. The ones with adhesive wings seem to offer better support. They are hence a better choice for ladies with bigger breasts.
Stick-on silicone bras are perfect for backless dresses. They literally adhere to your breasts and give them a subtle lift as well as a little protection.
2. Dresses with Built-In Support
Some dresses do not necessarily need a bra because they come with built-in support. This can be a shelf bra, elasticized lining, or bra cups. Because of breast size issues, these dresses don’t have specific bra sizes. Particular dress size is meant to fit several breast cup sizes.
Most halter-neck style dresses will fall into the category of dresses with built-in bras. This is because they do not pair well with ordinary bras. Some other varieties of backless dresses have in-built support as well.
If your dress can go well with a tank or camisole, wear a no-bra camisole underneath. The built-in bra of the camisole will keep you well supported and covered. Most of the camisoles/tank tops might not be suitable for you if you have a large bust.
3. Sew Bra Cups into your Dress
If you use an experienced tailor, he or she will have no trouble sewing a support system, bra cups, or extra lining right into your dress. I had this done for my junior cotillion dress, and I didn’t have to worry about a thing all night. You can also cut the cups out of a cheap bra and sew them directly into your dress yourself if you’re particularly handy with a needle and thread, and want to save both time and money.
Take an old bra or buy a cheap one and remove the cups. You can also remove the front and use the cups without separating them. Alternatively, you can buy custom sew-in cups.
If you are good at needlework, this should not be a big challenge. Otherwise, you can take your dress to a seamstress and have the work done. If you do the work yourself, first fix the cups temporarily and try the dress on before securing them.
4. Try a Strapless Body Shaper
Body-shapers and bodysuits come in different styles. Some have straps but do not cover the bust area. The rest have breast support regardless of whether they have straps or not.
A body-shaper with built-in bust support not only smooths your torso but is also ideal if you want to dress without a bra. If your dress is low-cut on the front or back, you will always find a body-shaper that is suited to it.
5. Breast Petals
Breast petals are colored stickers in the shape of a flower that fits right over your nipples. If you’re going completely braless, be sure to wear a bra petal. They’ll prevent your nipples from making any unwanted appearances underneath your fabric if it gets cold, or if the flash of a camera suddenly makes your dress completely see-through. I’ve seen that happen to celebs on red carpets and it is not a pretty sight.
6. Bandeau Bra/Tube Top
A tube top or bandeau is a form of pullover strapless bra which lacks many features of a normal bra. It has no wires, hooks, or straps. Recently, some varieties have been made to include detachable straps.
Like other strapless bras, bandeaus do not give as much support as regular bras. Rather than lifting the breasts, they mostly work by compressing them. Busty women who need more support should look for ones that are longer on the lower side.
While tube tops have their limitations, they do not create embarrassment when they stick out of clothes. You can wear a bandeau with low-cut armholes or a plunging neckline and not worry even if it shows. For better nipple coverage, choose a bandeau with thicker fabric or lining on the bust.
7. Hollywood Fashion Tape
A staple for many celebs and stylists, Hollywood Fashion Tape is skin-safe, double-sided tape that will fasten your fabric directly to your skin, effectively preventing any unwanted slippage or accidents. You can use fashion tape to secure the front part of a strapless dress, a plunging V-neck, or a thin bra strap to a thin dress strap.
8. Body Adhesive
You can apply a body adhesive on your breasts to prevent any movement from your dress or bra cups. This kind of glue is very useful with strapless, low neck, and thin strap halter-neck dresses. It’s a sure way of avoiding any chance of your clothing slipping and showing too much of your bust.
Because fashion glues are meant to be spread directly onto the skin, they will work with almost all skin types with no allergic reactions. A double-sided fashion tape will also work the same way as body adhesive. These types of adhesives work well with clothes that fit well.
9. Wear a Deep-plunge Strapless Bra
Strapless bras have evolved because they’ve needed to as necklines have plunged deeper and deeper. Today, there are deep-plunge strapless bras that give you support but aren’t visible in-between your breasts. They’re perfect for low-cut dresses. One caveat is that they may still be visible in the back.
10. Bra Back Converter
If your dress has a low back, maybe all you need is a bra back converter. These handy things pull the back of your bra down so it’s not visible, but you still get the cup support and breast lift in front.