You know the drill: the sun is shining, you’re meeting your mates for an al-fresco dinner/picnic in the park – and you’re dying to wear that backless dress you purchased months ago. The only problem? You don’t feel comfortable going bra-less. No way, Jose.
Or how about scenario number two… You’ve purchased a linen number – ‘cos, you know – linen dresses are a timeless summer staple. But the fabric is (characteristically) thin and flimsy, and your usual go-to underwired bra sticks out like a sore thumb. Again, ditching the bra altogether isn’t really something you feel comfortable doing – so how can you enjoy your post-lockdown summer outfit while avoiding the dreaded #nipslip?
Enter: the stick-on bra. Or invisible bra. Or whatever else you might like the call it. Sure, amidst a global pandemic and a prolonged period of WFS (working from sofa), a stick-on bra might not be very high on your list of priorities. But trust us when we say come 21st June, you’ll thank your past self for investing.
Thanks to the forward-thinking designers behind some of most innovative lingerie brands of the moment, there are a tonne of smart and discrete bra solutions on the market that’ll offer support under pretty much everything. Yep, even a sheer blouse or a dress with a deep, plunging neckline. There are silicone stick on bras, stick on bras with wings, backless bras, flower nipple covers and U-plunge bras. There are even stick on bras with drawstrings for a lace-up, cleavage-enhancing lewk. So, how can you choose the best invisible bra for your bra size, skin tone and outfit requirements? Here’s everything you need to know.
Which invisible bra is the best?
This totally depends on your cup size and what you’re wanting to wear it under. Here’s our speedy guide.
The stick on bra with wings
Best for: Backless or super low-cut tops and dresses if you’ve got larger breasts.
We recommend: Fashion Forms stock a whole plethora of stick on bras with wings that go up to an E cup. The Voluptuous U-Plunge self-adhesive backless strapless bra will remain undetectable under even the lowest of necklines.
The silicone stick on bra
Best for: Backless or super low-cut tops and dresses if your boobs are a bit smaller.
We recommend: MAGIC Bodyfashion Lift Its Nude Silicon Backless & Strapless Stick-On Bra, £33, ASOS.
The nipple covers
Best for: Swimwear, wearing underneath soft-cup bras for extra coverage, sheer tops and plunging necklines.
We recommend: 3pk Floral Nipple Covers, £5, M&S.
The U-Plunge bra
Best for: Plunging necklines that *aren’t* backless, particularly if you prefer more support.
We recommend: Fashion Forms Seamless U-Plunge bra, £32.
The strapless bra
Best for: Strapless tops and dresses or styles with camisole straps.
We recommend: Calvin Klein Underwear Invisibles Stretch-Jersey Underwired Strapless Bra, £40, Net-A-Porter.
The boob tape
Best for: Adding lift exactly where you want it, whatever your cup size.
We recommend: ASOS DESIGN boob & bum multi use lifting tape, £10, ASOS.
Is the stick on bra reusable?
Yes! If you buy one of the best stick on bras as recommended by GLAMOUR editors below, it’ll be reusable. Often upwards of 20 times. For example, the John Lewis & Partners Winged Stick-On Bra can be used up to 20 times if you follow the instructions and clean it after use, while the Fashion Forms Lusion Backless Strapless Stick On Bra can be used up to 25. Plenty of bang for your buck.
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