10 Tips for Wearing a Strapless Bra

Strapless bras. You know them, you want them, but at the same time, you never seem to know how to wear them properly. This bra is usually used as a bra for strapless dress. However, wearing this bra is like entering a new battle. It is constantly falling down and not holding your breasts just right which forces you to constantly adjust the bra. Moreover, the weary of wardrobe malfunction due to this strapless bra contributes to the level of discomfort in wearing the strapless bra. Those are common problems most women face when wearing this bra. Of course, wearing sticky bras behind it for the sake of ‘making sure your sisters won’t show’ is too much of a hassle. So, let’s go find the reason strapless bras are so hard to wear, and what strapless bra hacks we can follow so our strapless bras can do their job right! Say no more to a wardrobe malfunctions.

Strapless Bra Bands and Cups

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When choosing a strapless bra for strapless dress, you have to know that it can’t hold your breasts the same way a bra with straps can. They heavily rely on the bands at the bottom to keep them from falling. If you choose a strapless bra with a band that is too loose, you will risk the bra falling because it’s too loose to hold. If you choose a bra with a band that is too tight, however, you risk the bra not being able to hold the weight, especially if you have a large chest. When choosing a strapless bra, choose one with a cup size 1 size bigger than your normal size, and a band size 1 size smaller than your normal size.

Bra-dress Connection

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This is one of the oldest tricks in the book but is still usable in this modern era. You only need a needle and thread. Yes, sew your strapless bra to your dress and you’ll have yourself a strapless bra that won’t fail! This might seem not practical as you still need to sew it and basic skill in sewing is required. However, this will be worth the effort since you can just adjust the strapless bra to your preference in one go. In addition, make sure that the stitches are invisible on the outside. You don’t want people to notice, right? And it’ll ruin the aesthetic of your dress.

Like It? Pin It!

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If you don’t have time to sew the bra to the dress, or you just don’t want to, you can use safety pins to pin the bra to the dress. This trick is easy as no skills are required and what you need to do is just ensure that you only pin the inside of the dress to the bra, or people will be able to see the pins. The drawback of following this trick is the safety pins will rub against your skin. Even more, some safety pins are easy to open by themselves and they can cut your skin, causing it to bleed. Hence, if you wanna follow this trick, be sure that your safety pins are really safe to wear.

Crossing the Line

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Maybe the problem you are facing is that there is a protruding ridge on your top caused by the bra. This could be because the material of the bra is too thick or just isn’t suitable. Try an unlined bra, which fits closer to your chest, or a lacey bra to make it look smoother. 

Top Heavy, Bottom Strain

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Your strapless bra is designed to hold your breasts up, but it isn’t sturdy enough to be able to hold your top. If your top is too heavy, it will ultimately pull your bra down. When wearing a strapless bra it is important to note that the clothing you wear has to be fitted through the waist or somewhere around the middle so that the clothing will be supported in the middle and not on top.

Tighten Up

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If you wear a tight-fitting dress or top, it will be easier to keep your bra in place since the tight clothing will give less space for the bra to move. Hence, you might not need another alternative to keep your strapless bra stays put but you will still need to be careful as the dress or top might be able to slip.

A Rubbery Grip

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Some strapless bras have rubber bands instead of cloth bands, and maybe that’s the way to go. Rubber has more friction than cloth does, and in a sense holds better, which in turn will keep it from falling down. If your strapless bra doesn’t have this, you might opt for sewing it yourself. Again, this is a lot of effort so just be sure you choose a bra with a rubbery band.

Straps Underway

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Did you know you can use the removable straps of a bra as support? It’s convenient and you don’t have to go through all the effort of sewing or taping or buying another dress. What you do is take the removable straps from your strapless bra and hook one end to one of the back hooks where you normally hook a strap. After that, you wrap the strap around your front and back, under the bra cups. Make sure it is tight enough to be firm enough to stay put, then hook the other end of the strap to the other back hook, making sure it isn’t too loose or too tight. This will help keep the bra in place and hold your breasts up.

You Bring the Corsets, but Not the Cinches

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If all else fails, you could consider wearing a strapless long-line bra or a corset. These are longer types of bras that reach at least your rib cage, if not full-body. They wrap around your torso and are less likely to fall off because it hugs such a large area of your torso. Just be sure to use them wisely, or you’ll risk getting hurt.

So, what do you think of the tips and tricks on wearing a strapless bra under your dress? Do you think it’s useful? Before you follow one of our tips, it would be advisable to find the bra for a strapless dress in the correct size and comfortable to wear first. Follow our tips if you still encounter problems such as slipping bra and dress for more comfort. Either sewing it to the dress or pinning it with safety pins, make sure that it won’t do harm to yourself. Tell us if these strapless bra hacks help! Cheers!

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