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7 of the Best Bra Solutions for Every Kind of Hard-to-Wear Dress

Idk about you, but I’ve got a love-hate relationship with bras—well, the stiff underwire ones, that is (gimme all the comfy bras!). While I love to let the girls be free at home, I hate going in public (while still socially distancing, of course) without a real bra on. See? Love-hate. Because I prefer not to go braless, I always pass on all the cute backless, plunging, or cutout dresses and buy the same old boring silhouettes instead. If you also love complicated, strappy dresses, but need a bra or some sort of coverage to feel comfortable, join the club. With the right bra, we, too, can wear those asymmetrical dresses with all the slits and ties and not be stressed about popping out of ‘em. Got your eye on a couple of dress options? Take the risk and go with the fun one—just make sure to get one of these types of bras to go with it.

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Here, we’ve listed some tricky dress examples and the practical, functional undergarments to wear under each. We’ve got sticky bras for backless dresses, strapless bras for sleeveless ones, push-up bras if you like a little lift, and even some options of bras for larger busts. For all those times when your bralette won’t cut it, try one of these instead.

For a strapless or spaghetti strap dress, try…

A strapless bra, bodysuit, or bustier. A strapless bra is an obvious choice if you don’t want your straps to show, but if you’re larger than a C-cup, try a bodysuit. These full-body bras for strapless dresses will prevent the band from sliding down and offer the kind of support you usually can only find in a bra with straps—super important if you’re gonna be wearing it allll day. But if you’re worried about the going-to-the-bathroom sitch, opt for a longline silhouette or bustier instead that has boning and silicone to keep it up.

Cinched Skirt Square Neck Dress

Eloquii eloquii.com


For a low-back or backless dress, try…

A sticky bra. Strapless and backless adhesive bras that connect in the middle work especially well to provide coverage and a little lift when you can’t have a band in the back. Sometimes these bras for backless dresses can be a little fuller coverage, especially if they have adhesive side wings, so they probs work the best if the open-back dress has a higher neckline and doesn’t show a ton of side boob. And if you like a little cleavage and have a dress with a bit of a lower neckline, go with a lace-up version, which allows you to adjust the drawstring in between the cups to push ’em together.

Dibou Top

A.Au aaushop.com


For a sleeveless or racerback dress, try…

Bra converters, a racerback bra, or a T-back bra. As long as there’s enough material on the back of the dress to cover up the straps, a racerback or T-back style bra is the perfect fix. Don’t have one? You don’t need to buy a whole new bra to make it work with your sleeveless dress. Converters help pinch your bra straps together in the back, while simultaneously giving you a lil’ extra lift and cleavage, too.

Turtleneck Sleeveless Midi Dress

Good American nordstrom.com


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For a plunging neckline dress, try…

A plunge bra or boob tape. Plunge bras are perfect for low-cut dresses—even necklines that extend below your sternum are no match for bras like these that have a deep “U” shape between the cups. And if all else fails, there’s always boob tape. With thick tape like this, you can customize your “bra” any way that you want, but it’s especially perfect for maintaining lift in low-cut dresses that cover your shoulders, and yup, it even works on larger chests. Just make sure to spot-test before committing for the night, and protect your nips from the strong adhesive by placing a circle of tissue between it and the tape.

Women’s VIP Only Mini Dress

Lioness amazon.com


For a strappy dress with cutouts, try…

Adhesive nipple covers and lifting tape. Take all the good things we said about boob tape and condense it down into a smaller version when you’re workin’ with less fabric and showing way more skin. Dresses with lots of slits, holes, cutouts, and straps make bras near impossible, but adhesive nipple covers and boob-shaped lifting tape that you can trim down to fit the shape of your dress are game-changers.

Paloma Dress

Devon Windsor shopbop.com


For a low-cut and low-back dress, try…

Nipple petals. Sometimes all you want is to prevent a nip slip, in which case breast petals will make you feel covered even in the most revealing of dresses. The most minimal of low-back bras, pasties are also painless to take off (i.e., they’re sticky enough to stay on, but won’t leave any red marks) and usually sweat-resistant, so they won’t budge even if they get wet.

Lovesick Dress

Lionne lionneclothing.com


For an asymmetric dress try…

A convertible or adjustable strapless bra. Whether the back of the dress is asymmetrical or it has only one sleeve, you’ll need a bra that can adjust and hide underneath, like one of these. Some convertible bras come with additional elastic bands that you can wrap around the front of your torso to make the back dip lower, while others come with a variety of shoulder straps. Either way, make sure all the straps and bands are adjustable and removable so you can customize your bra exactly how you want it at that very moment.

Sophia One Shoulder Dress Ivory

Re Ona


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