A deep neckline can be incredibly sultry and is a great opportunity to show some cleavage, but having a bra peeking out tends diminish the sexiness of the look. Going braless is often the easiest way to go with styles that would show portions of an average bra but some women don’t feel comfortable doing so for fear of possible wardrobe malfunctions or they like the lift that a bra offers. Luckily, there are many bra retailers that offer longline plunge bras that are perfect for many of these situations and because there are styles with and without straps, this option is suitable for women of all bra sizes. If you’re going out dancing in your Ravish Dress, try a strapless plunge bra with a transparent plastic band to keep the focus on your fabulous outfit without the distraction of a bra poking out!
If you have trouble finding a plunge bra in your area and don’t want to risk ordering the wrong size from online clothing stores, make your bra a part of the look. If the center of your bra shows, choose a bra with smooth, moulded cups in a great colour or fun print. You could even wear something with rhinestones to add some bling! This is a simple solution that is comfortable and cute.
Racerbacks are common in tank tops and sportier dresses and, as cute as they can be, the shape of the back fully reveals the straps of typical bras. This is an easy fix though, and there’s no need to go strapless! The first option is to wear a bra with convertible straps. Unhook the straps from the back, cross them over, and hook each onto the opposite side. This X shape will be hidden under the center portion of the racerback garment. If you don’t have a convertible bra, you can use special clips to hold the straps of an average bra in the same X shape. These are available at most lingerie stores but many people DIY their own using paperclips, hair elastics, or similar materials to pull their straps together.
Some low-back clothes are trickier than others. For those that simply dip below the average bra band, there are a few different kinds of bras with bands that sit lower. Longline bras and bustiers come in a wide variety of style and some dip down far enough in the back to be hidden by low-back styles. Another popular option is a bra that criss-crosses in the back. Instead of hooking in the centre back, the band is extended to that each side crosses over to the other and wraps around the front of the body. The front part of the strap sits lower on the torso and pulls the back band down as well. You can purchase a bra in this style or just an adjuster strap so that any bra can be converted.
If the back of your garment dips right down to your lower back it’s essentially backless and a different kind of bra will be needed. For a bra with absolutely no band across the back, a stick-on bra is one of the only suitable styles available. These are usually made from a rubbery material like silicone and have adhesive cups that stick directly to your skin. Unfortunately, reviews on these products vary—some people feel that they don’t offer any support at all or that they are uncomfortable while other women find them to be the perfect solution. Also, this style is most effective for smaller cup sizes which leaves many ladies in a bind.
As mentioned in the section above on plunging necklines, some bras are available with a clear plastic band. Though this band means there’s still something there, it’s a good option for larger-chested women and is definitely better than a standard bra!
There’s always the option of a camisole, but sometimes a sexier look is called for! For nights out on the town, wearing just a bra under a sheer top is chic and fashion-forward. Consider what kind of bra will be best though as not just any bra will do the look justice—this is no time for a worn-in t-shirt bra. A bra with moulded cups is the best style for this look since it’s got the smoothest and simplest appearance available; styles with lace or trim will look too busy and the texture can look odd. For colour, consider the colour of your clothing and how sheer it is. For example, the Dreamy Backdrop Top in black looks best with a black bra underneath to keep the look dark and posh. For colourful garments that are semi-sheer, it’s often best to match your bra to the piece of clothing. White is the most flexible—it looks fabulous with a matching white bra but a printed bra would be fun too!
Sometimes there’s a perfect bra to suit your outfit and other times it feels like the only feasible way to pull off the look is to go braless. This is where bra alternatives come in! These are certainly not for everyone though; women who wear very large cup sizes may find they don’t offer enough support and those with sensitive skin might react to the adhesive. If these aren’t concerns for you, sticker products may do the trick. Some come in a U-shape, others are ovals. These stick-on pieces are applied directly to the skin at the bottom first and then the breast is pulled up and the rest is stuck in place. The idea is that the nipple is concealed and the breast is lifted and essentially taped into a lifted position. You could even use actual tape—it was revealed recently that Kim Kardashian uses gaffer’s tape! These stick-on bra products are perfect for clothing like the Allure Top that has both an open back and a deep neckline. You’ll get the lift you’re looking for and some coverage where it counts. If you're not concerned about lift, there are stick on "petals" in the shape of flowers that will offer just coverage.