13 Summer Bras For Your Trickiest Dresses (Because What Do You Even Wear With A Plunging Neckline?)

When I talk about "tricky" dresses, I am referring to basically anything Jenny from the Block has ever worn on the red carpet. You know the ones — the dresses that need special bras. Or special underwear. I'm specifically thinking of Jennifer Lopez's Versace Met Gala dress that featured a whole lot of booty (it was much appreciated). And not only that, but who could forget her ultra-plunging green dress (also Versace) that she donned for the 2000 Grammy Awards? 

I highly doubt J. Lo was wearing anything but pasties under that particular dress, but it is not impossible to find bra options that can work under any dress that you want to wear this summer season. You know the frocks I’m talking about: Ones you wear when it’s too hot to wear anything else. They’re backless, they probably have cutouts, halter necklines will make an appearance, and you know some strapless dresses will come out to play, too.

So I’ve compiled two handfuls and three fingers of options that will get you through the summer. Any dress, any time — these will have your back (pun intended).

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Get Low

“Get low, get low.” Cue Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz lyrics. This bra attachment is perfect for dresses that aren’t backless but sure show a lot of back. 

Low Back Strap 1-Hook Bra Attachment, $8.50, Nordstrom

Try: Fashion Forms Adjustable Low Back Bra Converter, $14, Amazon

Décolleté

That’s French for low-cut, in case you were wondering. When you’re wearing those dresses akin to J. Lo’s green Grammy dress, you’re going to want to strap this baby on. This is also totally backless! Woah. 

Uplunge Backless Strapless Underwire Bra, $36, Nordstrom

Try: Komene Ultralite Backless Strapless Bra, $21, Amazon

Clear Back

This has a back but it’s essentially made invisible with clear material. The pattern on this bra is awfully pretty as well. 

The Bare Bra Pushup, $37, aerie.com

Try: Maidenform Pushup Strapless Bra, $34, Amazon

Barely There

I’m not sure how this bra keeps your puppies up, but somehow it does. My mom actually had this and I borrowed it for a wedding. Success! 

Ultra Light Nubra, $40, Nordstrom

Try: NuBra Feather-Lite Adhesive Bra, $32, Amazon

Multi-Way

Ah, the ever-handy multi-way bra. This bra comes strapless but with detachable straps that you can simply hook on any which way you like to accommodate your dress. 

Cacique Multi-Way Strapless Bra, $45-60, Lane Bryant

Try: Calvin Klein Multiway Pushup Bra, $48, Amazon

Super Plunge

This brazier (I love that word) has a different-shaped plunge than the rest. It’s more of a V-shape that a U, which can be good for many different styles. 

Deep Plunge Bra, $60, lanebryant.com

Try: Fine Lines Deep Plunge Bra, $54, Amazon

Any Way You Want It

“That’s the way you need it!” Journey never gets old. This is another cool multi-way bra from VS that provides a little more lift if you want it. 

Multi-Way Bra, $55, Victoria’s Secret

Sparkle T

This sparkly T-back bra is also super plunging and great for a dress that might be racerback and low-cut. 

Plunge Push-Up Bra, $58, Victoria’s Secret

Try: SPANX Push-Up Plunge Bra, $68, Amazon

Ta Ta T-Back

This is another T-back option, but it’s great because it’s thinner so it’s barely there. 

T-Back Push-Up Bra, $55, Victoria’s Secret

Try: DKNY Intimates Signature T-Back Bra, $42, Amazon

Baby It's Backless

This plunging, backless bra is meant for fuller breasts, so it will be super supportive where you need it. 

Fashion Forms Plus Size Backless Strapless U Plunge Bra, $36, Amazon

The Whole Body

This bodysuit is also backless and would work great with a gown that has an open back

U-Plunge Self-Adhesive Bodysuit, $27, Amazon

Low To The Flow

Here is another low-back bra option that isn’t just an attachment. It also seems to go a bit lower than the first option — but whatever strikes your fancy. 

Low-Back Push-Up Bra, $53, Victoria’s Secret

Racer Girl

This racerback is totally gorgeous and will work great with dresses that come in a bit at the back to reveal some shoulder. 

Lace Racerback Bra, $49, Torrid

Try: Cosabella Lace Racerback Bra, $55, Amazon