Tips for Wearing a Backless Dress

How to wear this style while getting the support you need

Backless dresses, back cut outs and backwards low Vs are super popular formal dress trends that aren't going anywhere any time soon. While the bare skin trend is sexy, I can't help but think that the designers forgot one little thing... how can you wear a dress without a bra? We still need some breast support!
When you're wearing a backless or low back dress, a regular bra just won't cut it — that's an absolute fashion fact. I know that fashion rules are often made to be broken, but you don't want to be caught with an unsightly bra band going across your back, or a clasp peeking between your cleavage. So, to pull off that back cut-out dress, you're going to need to purchase a new bra solution to go along with your outfit.
Luckily, there are many solutions that don't include straps, clasps or thick bands. Since different breast sizes require different levels of support, be sure to experiment with the one that works best for you... before your big night, of course!

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Stick on an Adhesive Bra

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An adhesive bra consists of just the front cups of the bra — there is no band, clasp or straps to this devise. You literally remove the sticky protectant and fasten the bra directly to your breasts. An adhesive bra provides lift, support and protection... and stays invisible to everyone. If you need a backless dress solution and some support, try one of these.

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Stick on Bra Cups

Similar to an adhesive bra... stick on bra cups are just the cups of a bra, and they're not connected. The best choice for you will depend on the size of your breasts and the level of support and lift you want to achieve. I suggest experimenting with both before you go to your big dance.

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Breast Petals

If you're relatively small breasted, if your dress already has some support but you need an extra layer of protection, or if you're wearing a super sexy number that is backless and has a deep front V, go for bra petals. These nifty little stickers are shaped like a flower, are nude colored, and have a gentle skin safe adhesive that will fix over your nipples. These cute little stickers will prevent your nipples from showing through your dress, and give you the extra assurance you need that you won't have a wardrobe malfunction.

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Hollywood Fashion Tape

When you're wearing a backless dress, keeping the straps in place is key. One fallen strap on the dance floor and you could be revealing way more than you ever wanted to! One way that celebs and their wardrobe stylists deal with backless dresses is with Hollywood Fashion Tape (or a similar product.) It's basically a skin-safe double-sided tape strip that will fasten your dress fabric directly to your skin. It's a favorite of girls going to formals because it provides the extra assurance that your dress isn't going anywhere. It's also great for closing any gaps between fabric and skin, and for securing drapey dresses. My one gripe with Hollywood Fashion Tape is that it sometimes leaves a read mark on my skin after I use it. It goes away after a day or two, but if your skin is extra sensitive, just be aware.

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Glide on the Boob Glue

Boob Glue is a new product that was designed to hold breasts in place inside bra cups and dresses. It comes with a roll-on applicator that spreads a thin, sticky adhesive all over your breast. After it's applied, just hold your breast in place inside your dress or cup, and let it dry. It “glues” your boob in place, so you won't have to worry about it going anywhere. Even though it's called glue, it's pretty gentle and it didn't stain my dress when I used it.

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Ask a Tailor for Help

Tailors aren't just for hemming and taking dresses in. They can also sew cups or supportive lining into your dress.