How to Wear a Dress Without a Bra

Tips for Strapless, One-Shoulder and Low-Back Formal Dresses

You've found the perfect dress! It looks awesome on the mannequin. You've even seen your favorite celeb rock a similar style on the red carpet. So you try it on and it looks super flattering until you get to your chest and shoulder area. Your bra is totally visible underneath your armpit! Your bra straps are showing! Or maybe your dress is so low in the back that there's no way you can wear a bra at all.

Some girls can go bra-less (though you'll still need something to cover your breasts), while other girls need some kind of cup support. Whatever your boob situation, here are the best ways to wear a dress without a bra and look your best:

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Sew Bra Cups Into Your Dress.

Designer making adjustments to wedding gown
Designer making adjustments to gown. Michael Blann / Getty Images

An experienced tailor can sew 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 anything 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.

Stick-on silicone bras are perfect for backless dresses. They literally adhere to your breasts and give them a subtle lift and a little protection.

A body shaper can smooth out any pudgey or "problem" spots you may have, while still giving your breasts the support they need. They can be great for low cut or backless dresses, and come in all shapes and sizes, from full thigh and back coverage to more minimal coverage like this one.

Yes, you can just buy the bra cup! They stick onto your skin underneath each breast, giving it a lift and providing support. These are great for girls who are a B-cup and above.

Breast petals are nude colored stickers in the shape of a flower that fit 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 pretty.

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 (or anything else), 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.

It Stays Body Adhesive can be spread all over your breast, and literally fashions it right inside your bra cup or dress. It's a gentle adhesive that's skin and fabric safe.

Strapless bras have evolved, and now there are deep-plunge strapless bras that give you support but aren't visible in-between your breasts because it dips so low. They're perfect for low-cut dresses, but may still be visible in the back.

A corset may sound old-fashioned, but they've been around for years for a reason! Corsets will suck everything in and give your breasts a lift, which can be flattering and supportive.

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.