Backless dresses are tricky to wear for summer: do you free-boob it or not free-boob it? Most of us may go with the latter, though not without some worrying over one's pasties falling off or losing a nipple to that industrial-strength adhesive. You can avoid these situations altogether, if you take a peek at the bra options ahead. From nipple covers to bra strap extensions, these items will support your boobs in that backless dress just fine. In case you need to envision how the whole outfit will look with said bras, I styled out some ensembles to try this season.
For small-chested gals like myself, all you need to survive in backless dresses for summer are these $8 reuseable pasties. They work especially well with slip dresses and other fabrics that cling closer 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 off with water and a gentle soap after each wear.
Shop the pieces: 1. Reinhard Plank bucket hats, $215; 2. Rixo midi slip dress, $348; 3. Mango resin hoop earrings, $26; 4. Muqu silicon pasties, $8; 5. Loeffler Randall clutch, $295; 6. Zara blue heels, $100
This bra lifts and holds 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 wearable shape.
You can easily convert your favorite bra into one suitable for a low back dress with these add-on straps from Aerie. They attach to the ends of your bra hooks, so you can extend the bra band to your desired lower height. Since the bras shoulder straps will still show, this trick only works nicely if your dress has thick straps too.
If you're seeking a more traditional bra style and fit for your backless dress, try this self-adhesive option. The bra has an underwire for support and side wings that make sure it doesn't just fall off. Whether you have a big or small chest, the foam cups will be there to mold to your shape.
Shop the pieces: 1. Mejuri zodiac necklace, $79, Mejuri curb necklace, $295, Brinker & Eliza necklace, $168; 2. Reformation snake print dress, $218; 3. Lulus backless strap bra, $21; 4. Furla pouchette bag, $278; 5. Zara buckle sandals, $60
This lightweight silicone bra 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 dance and shimmy at that wedding without worrying about your bra falling off.
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