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The Best and Most Comfortable Bras for Backless Dresses

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Backless dresses are tricky; do you free-boob it or let your band show? The latter can ruin a look, but the former isn't easy, or comfortable, for many women to pull off. (I'm all about the free boob, but I have a small chest, so anything goes. For those with bigger cup sizes, letting the boob loose might prove to be too cumbersome in public.) Avoid these awkward bra situations by taking a peek at the styling options, ahead. I put together some ensembles with tricky necklines and back designs to try this season and picked the perfect bra, from stick-on pasties to sticky silicone strapless options, to wear with them. These items (make sure to read the customer reviews, too, for accuracy on fit) will support your boobs in that backless summer dress just fine. Go on, leave the house in style and with confidence that your boobs are safe and secure.

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1 The Brunch-With-Friends Outfit
bras for backless dresses
Design by Morgan McMullen

This lightweight silicone bra (it also comes with a set of pasties) will give you full coverage like your regular t-shirt bras, except it's completely strapless. Unlike some adhesive bras, this one can be worn at least 100 times or more (according to one reviewer) and is guaranteed to still be sticky at the end of the day. You can now walk around and sweat without worrying about your bra slipping off.

Shop the pieces: 1. Babton halter neck dress, $228; 2. Madewell straw hat, $40; 3. Mateo earrings, $625; 4. Niidor sticky bra, $18; 5. Marc Jacobs bag, $158; 6. Brother Vellies pumps, $795

2 The Vacation Outfit
bras for backless dresses
Design by Morgan McMullen

These adhesive cups lift and hold everything in the way tiny pasties cannot. Since the bra doesn't have straps across the front or back, it's perfect for wearing with dresses that have a plunging neckline and backless style. As with most silicone bras, a gentle rinse with water and soap after each use will keep this piece in great shape.

Shop the pieces: 1. Ulla Johnson dress, $925; 2. Fashion Forms bra, $54; 3. Le Specs Sunglasses, $59; 4. Lemon earrings, $10; 5. Prada handbag, $2,200; 6. Chloé wedge mule, $695

3 The Weekend Outfit
bras for backless dresses
Design by Morgan McMullen

Since this dress from Maje's capsule collection (it was inspired by Slim Aarons' Photography: California in the '70s) has a back slit and side cutouts, these strapless stick on bras will lift and shape your boobs without causing any visible bra lines or discomfort. This is an effortlessly breezy outfit to wear while going to the farmer's market or picnicking in the park.

Shop the pieces: 1. Maje scarf dress, $415; 2. Banana Republic bucket hat, $24; 3. Cleavage Couture bra, $28; 4. BAGGU bag, $31; 5. Mango leather mules, $56

4 The Fancy Event Outfit
bras for backless dresses
Design by Morgan McMullen

If you're seeking a more traditional bra style and fit for your backless dress, try this bandeau style adhesive option. There are no shoulder straps or band straps, so you don't have to worry about this peeking out underneath your fancy ensemble. Now that you feel set and secure, focus on the accessories to your evening ensemble.

Shop the pieces: 1. Katie May gown, $118; 2. Alighieri earrings, $365; 3. Fashion Forms bra, $28; 4. Chanel wallet on chain bag, $2,500; 5. Alexandre Birman heels, $595

5 The Summer Date-Night Outfit
bras for backless dresses
Design by Morgan McMullen

For small-chested gals like myself, all you need to survive in backless dresses for summer are these reusable pasties. They work especially well with plunging necklines and fabrics that cling close to your body because they don't leave outlines. They stick to your skin all day too, even when you're perspiring hard, and are easy to clean: Just rinse with water and a gentle soap after each wear.

Shop the pieces: 1. Christopher John Rogers dress, $1,025; 2. Guess sunglasses, $88; 3. Mejuri petal drop earrings, $75; 4. Niidor pasties, $18; 5. Louis Vuitton handbag, $2,860; 6. Simon Miller sandal, $231

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