Hacks For Avoiding A Strapless Bra

Raise your hand if you've ever relegated a gorgeous dress to the back of your closet because you didn't want to wear a strapless bra. Is that everyone? Generally, they can be a real buzz kill, so what are some hacks for wearing strapless dresses without a strapless bra? For most traditional looks, they're tough to avoid, but if you get a little creative and/or gutsy and/or crafty, you'll actually find that there are a lot of ways to circumvent the infamously uncomfortable undergarment.

Honestly, if you're not hoisting it up every six seconds, it's cutting off your circulation. If it's not causing accidental wardrobe malfunctions, it's making your breasts look a weird shape. They're basically hell in lingerie form, so it's worth doing a little extra leg work if it means avoiding them altogether — and there are a lot of ways to dodge the strapless bra bullet, from DIYing a built-in bra, to getting a little high-fashion with your bra selection, to straight-up pasties. So, read on for a few helpful hacks for avoiding strapless bras — and if all else fails, just remember: There are ways to make a strapless bra more comfortable, so not all hope in the world is lost.

1. Go Braless

Structured Bardot Dress, $35, Topshop

Not everyone is comfortable with going braless (myself included), but if you're up for it, it might save you some serious hassle and discomfort.

2. Wear Pasties

Pinky Petals Women's Reusable Silicone Nipple Covers Set, $14, Amazon

You may laugh, but for gals who don't mind less support, they can be quite a boon when it comes to strapless dresses.

3. Wear A Stick-On Bra

Fashion Forms Women's Ultralite Backless Bra, $27, Amazon

Look, stick-on bras are arguably even worse than strapless bras — but in some situations (especially formal and/or backless situations) they can be a real lifesaver.

4. Sew Bra Cups Into Your Dress

Just Intimates Bras for Women (Pack of 6), $29, Amazon

This one takes a little more effort, but it's definitely worth it in the long run. With a little DIY magic, you can add a built-in bra to pretty much anything — all you have to do is buy a budget bra in your size, and sew the cups into your favorite dress.

5. Wear A Statement Bra

PINK Unlined Floral Lace Halter Bralette, $48, Amazon

Go bold and make it really clear that your bra is supposed to be showing. Carrie Bradshaw would totally do it, so why shouldn't you?

6. Wear A Delicate Bralette

Honeydew Intimates Camellia Lace Bralette, $36, A mazon

Or, you could always go the slightly more subtle route and go for a delicate and filmy bralette — still pretty and still meant to be showing, but a little less in your face.

7. Wear A Lacy Bandeau

Basic Lace Bandeau Bra, $10, Urban Outfitters

OK, so maybe technically a lacy bandeau is just a type of strapless bra, but still: they're a lot more comfortable and chic.

8. Wear A Shirt Underneath

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If you're feeling extra sassy, you can always find a fun way to layer something like a T-shirt or a button down underneath your strapless dress, thus rendering a strapless bra irrelevant.

9. Look for Styles With More Support

Ella Moss Striped Strapless Dress, $121, B loomingdales

If you can find a corset-style strapless dress, chances are you'll be able to get away without wearing a bra, even if you generally like more support. I have one sundress from H&M with boning in the bodice for structure, and it doesn't require a strapless bra, thank god.

10. Find One That Fits

Natori Truly Smooth Strapless Bra, $64, Amazon

Look, if all else fails, and you absolutely have to wear a strapless bra, do your best to find one that really fits. Getting correctly sized will make a world of difference, both in terms of comfort and convenience.

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