Nipple pasties are no longer exclusive to burlesque dancers and ravers — they’re actually a great way for those who still want (albeit, very) slight coverage when going braless in outfits that expose skin. The best nipple pasties actually come in tons of forms, but are usually akin to stick-on bras that eliminate the discomfort (and visibility) of straps.
Offering full nipple coverage, self-adhesive pasties are a go-to for wearing under backless or deep-plunge dresses and shirts, and anything strapless or with spaghetti straps. Since they’re relatively affordable, you may be tempted to grab the first pair you see, but they're not all made equally — you don't want to realize, halfway through your sister's wedding, that the adhesive is starting to wear off, for example.
Pasties are obviously not known for giving full support, but these days, people with larger busts wear them too, since so many now offer more coverage (and in some cases, even frontal support). These bra alternatives are designed to give you the freedom to wear whatever you want, without exposing lines and straps, but they should also be comfy. A good pair of nipple pasties should adhere to your skin gently and give you long-lasting wear, without having to constantly adjust them. They come in a variety of different shapes, colors, and materials, but once you’ve found a pair that works for you, it’ll be hard to resist filling up your wardrobe with all the backless, strapless garments you could possibly desire. Check out our top picks, below.
1Disposable Pasties Made Of Breathable Satin For Large Nipples
Made with breathable satin, these disposable pasties are excellent at providing coverage for large nipples. They offer more coverage than most other pasties, and since they're made of a breathable satin material, they're both gentle and comfortable. This set comes with 10 pasties backed with a strong, medical-grade adhesive that firmly places each one onto the nipple without causing any irritation. Choose between black and ivory (or a set that includes both) in two shapes: stars and flowers. Since they're disposable, they won't last as long as others, but for the price, you're getting an incredible bargain.
2Super-Thin Reusable Silicone Pasties That Come In Three Nude Shades
If you’re looking for a pair of ultra-thin pasties, these reusable nipple covers are virtually invisible. Made of matte silicone and self-adhering, these are a great pair of pasties for tops that are slightly transparent or have sheer cutouts. They come in three different nudes — deep chocolate, beige, and caramel — and the round shape is versatile enough to fit over a variety of nipple sizes. The gel material provides breasts with a slightly contoured shape, and the best part? One pair will get you up to 25 uses.
3Reusable Petal-Shaped Nipple Pasties Made With Comfortable Polyester
Made of a soft, knitted, 100% polyester material, these petal top nipple covers are extremely comfortable. They’re designed with a high-quality adhesive that has a soft absorbent center, so your nipples won't feel suffocated. One pair will serve you with long-lasting coverage for up to ten wears, and they’re totally waterproof, so they’ll hold up no matter if it's raining or you're sweating. Though these are one-size-fits-all, they claim to stretch and conform to the breast, and they come in two different colors: beige and cocoa.
4Nipple Pasties With Adhesive Cream For Sensitive Skin
These nipple pasties are designed to last ten times longer than conventional breast adhesives and have super-thin tapered edges to blend seamlessly into the skin. One of the few brands to offer multiple colors and sizes (choose from A-D cups or D-cups and up), they're reusable, though they don't specify exactly how many wears you should expect. They're also matte and light-reflective, so they won't show up in photos if you're wearing a sheer top.
5Sweat-Resistant Nipple Pasties With Option For Dark Skin
Engineered and tested to adhere safely to the skin even when immersed in water, these hypoallergenic nipple pasties are perfect for hot summer days and dance battles. They also come in medium and light, have a matte finish, and claim to fit all breast sizes. The incredible thing is, for only $10, you'll get up to 40 wears (!!!) with one pair. They're super strong, but not sticky, and are made of an eco-friendly material, as a bonus.
6Skin Friendly Daisies With Invisible Edges For Seamless Coverage
For those looking for minimal coverage and maximum comfort, Daisies' hypoallergenic nipple pasties are made from an advanced silicone adhesive that’s proven to be extremely long-lasting, even in particularly hot or humid temperatures. Ultra-thin with invisible edges that blend into the skin, they have a matte finish that doesn’t reflect against light, so it's safe to wear them on occasions where you might be photographed. They come in two shades — brown and ivory — and even include a handy traveling case, so the adhesive won't get dirty in your bag.
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