If Kim, Kendall and Kylie can do it, so can you — go braless, that is. Summer is a time for backless dresses, jaw-dropping cutouts anddaringly low-plunge necklines, but these swoon-worthy warm-weather style staples aren’t exactly bra friendly. Keep reading for 5 tips for ditching that over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder and pulling off these tricky tops and dresses like a pro.
1. Genuine People Open Back Tank: Wanna know the quickest way to put a damper on a top or dress that’s all about the party in the back? Pair it with an everyday bra. Luckily, backless silhouettes are fairly easy to navigate when it comes to going braless, especially when balanced out by a not-so-revealing neckline. Girls with smaller busts can likely get away with rockin’ nothing but a pair of pasties, but if you’re in need of a solution that provides actual support, a stick-on or adhesive bra, like the Invisibra Deidra Stick-On Bra, is your best bet. They’ll provide you with the coverage you need and a bit of support without a tacky strap showing in the back. Breast lift tape will also work like a charm.
2. Out from Under All Muscle Bodysuit: When it comes to bodysuits, tops and dresses with sassy side boob, like this striped number, garment tape, body glue and pasties are your best friends if you’re not diggin’ the idea of a bandeau. Stick with fitted silhouettes to keep the girls in place, and secure clothing with glue or tape. If you’re really worried about a potential fashion fiasco, you can use tape, applied in a crisscross or crosshatch fashion, to lift and hold breasts in place. Just make sure to keep tape far enough away from the cutouts so your styling trick stays on the DL.
3. Free People Easy on the Eyes Jumpsuit : This sweet one-piece is anything but drama-free with its open back and revealing side and front cutouts. So what’s a girl to do? Obviously classic, strapless and even stick-on backless bras are out of the question. If you’re looking to keep the girls covered, Bring It Up Breast Shapers or a similar product are a pretty good bet. In addition to providing a smoothing effect under clothes, they also offer lift and support , plus they can be adjusted to create cleavage in case you’re ready to embrace your inner Kardashian.
4. Reformation Seville Top: Avoid wardrobe malfunctions this summer when you strut your stuff in an OMG-worthy plunge crop top, like this tie-front stunner, by enlisting the help of good ol’ athletic tape. Start by popping on a pair of pasties, like Nippies Skin Adhesive Covers, or even shaped foam cups, depending on how much fabric you have to work with. To add lift, hold breasts in place to create the look you want. Then place the tape low on the breast, pull upwards and secure on the chest. For an extra busty look, take an additional piece of tape or two and secure next to the breast, then pull up and across the breast to lift. Smooth out gaps in fabric and keep clothes in place with double-sided tape, like Inner Mate Garment & Body Adhesive or body glue, which washes off clothing with water or wet wipes. Simple breast lift tape will work too — just make sure your top is able to cover it completely.
5. Mara Hoffman Cross Front Mini Dress: What makes this tropical frock so tricky? That cute midriff-bearing cutout. Working with a strapless neckline is typically easy, but this peek-a-boo detailing is another story entirely. The best way to approach the conundrum is to enlist the help of your trusty breast lift tape, applying as usual to keep the girls perfectly in place. If you don’t have breast lift tape on hand, you can use surgical or athletic tape. Cut pieces to the shape of breast lift tape, and apply to the breast in a similar fashion. Because this dress features a halter neckline, avoid positioning the tape too high. In either case, use double-sided tape or fashion tape to keep the edge of the fabric from moving.