Have you been eyeing that stunning backless dress in your closet but find yourself wondering, "Can I wear a normal bra with this?" Well, you are not alone. So how on earth do you wear your normal bra with that plunging open back? For a lot of women, figuring out the bra situation with more daring styles can be a struggle. But with a few tips and tricks, wearing a normal bra with a backless dress is totally possible!
Backless dresses are a great way to show off some skin. We’ve talked about how to wear a backless dress without a bra, but if you don’t want to go braless, the next best thing is to wear your normal bra with it. In this article, we’ll unravel the secrets of rocking a backless dress without sacrificing support. We’ll also answer questions such as "Can I wear a normal bra with a T-back dress?" and "How to wear a bra with a backless top."
So yes, you can wear your normal bra and still turn heads in that backless beauty! Let’s dive right in and find out exactly how, shall we?
What you need to know
Many women find themselves torn between the desire to wear a backless dress and the comfort and support provided by a regular bra. Sure, you can go braless if you know how to wear a dress without a bra, but the good news is that with a bit of creativity and the right accessories, you can indeed achieve the perfect balance between style and practicality with a normal bra.
One of the easiest ways to wear a normal bra with a backless dress is to choose a bra that has a low back band. This means that the band of the bra sits lower than your natural waistline, so it won’t show when you wear a backless dress. You can find bras with low back bands in many styles and colors, such as strapless, convertible, or push-up. Some bras even come with an adjustable hook that lets you lower the band as much as you need.
First up - it's all about finding the right normal bra to pair with your backless dress in the first place. Look for options with low backs, wide straps that can hide more easily, balconette style cups that may work with a lower cut, and even removable straps that can be taken off or criss-crossed to work with different necklines and backs.
The key is looking for bras that offer more coverage in the front to support your ladies, but have an open, backless design or very low-cut back that matches the dress you want to wear. This way you can ensure the bra cups and front straps still provide you enough coverage, lift, and support - while having an open back to match that low draped or crisscross back detail that drew you to the dress!
Once you find the right backless bra for your dress, it’s time to get that puppy on and do a trial run. Try crisscrossing those bra straps into a racerback style for a halter neck or t-back dress, bending those straps in all sorts of funky configurations to follow plunging neck and backlines while still hoisting up your cleave. Remove straps entirely, crisscrossing bare strap holders over open backstyles instead. Read more about this in our guide on how to wear a deep V neck dress without a bra.
Let’s now look at each of these techniques in greater detail:
1. The Classic Cross-Strap Magic
Let's start with the classic move: the cross-strap technique. It's like a fashion hack that's been hiding in plain sight. First, put on your regular bra as you normally would. Then, take a thin, clear or skin-toned elastic band and fasten it around the straps in the back, creating an instant crisscross. Voila! You've just upgraded your normal bra to a backless dress-ready accessory.
2. T-Back Dresses and Normal Bras
Another way to wear a normal bra with a backless dress is to try a T-back or racerback bra. These are bras that have a T-shaped or Y-shaped back, instead of the usual U-shaped back. This means that the straps are closer to your neck, and won’t show when you wear a backless dress. You can find T-back or racerback bras in many styles and colors, such as lace, mesh, or satin. Some bras even have a front closure, which makes them easier to put on and take off.
Ever wondered, "Can I wear a normal bra with a T-back dress?" Absolutely! T-back dresses have a built-in solution for you. The T-shaped back design aligns perfectly with the straps of a normal bra, allowing you to flaunt that open-back allure without compromising on support. Slip into your T-back dress, and let your bra work its magic without stealing the show.
3. Backless Tops
Don't let a backless top intimidate you; your normal bra can be its best friend! Opt for a bra with convertible straps and adjust them to a halter-neck style. Secure the straps behind your neck, and you're ready to showcase your backless elegance without worrying about your bra making an unexpected cameo.
4. The Backless Dress Savior
Another option is to use a bra converter, which is a device that attaches to the hooks of your bra and wraps around your waist, creating a low back. You can buy bra converters online or in lingerie stores, or you can make your own by using some elastic and a sewing machine. Bra converters are easy to use and can work with any bra that has a hook-and-eye closure.
A low-back converter strap is a game-changer for those wanting to wear a backless dress with a normal bra. This ingenious accessory wraps around your waist, allowing you to lower the back of your bra discreetly. It works especially well with dresses that have a lower back or a T-back design.
5. Embrace Stick-On Bras for Maximum Discretion
When all else fails, embrace the stick-on bra solution like this Self Adhesive Push Up Bra from BodySculptorX. These adhesive wonders provide support without the need for visible straps. Opt for silicone stick-on bras for a natural feel and secure coverage. Apply them directly to your breasts, and revel in the freedom to wear any backless dress without a second thought.
Stick-on bras are adhesive and can provide support without the need for a traditional back band. Opt for stick-on bras with minimal back coverage to ensure a seamless and invisible look under your backless dress.
Other tips and tricks
Now that you know exactly what kind of bra to wear with a backless dress, here are a few more tips and tricks.
Hide the straps with a scarf or a jacket
If you don’t mind showing a bit of your bra band, but you want to hide the straps, you can use a scarf or a jacket to cover them up. You can choose a scarf or a jacket that matches or complements your dress, and wrap it around your shoulders or neck. This way, you can still wear a normal bra with a backless dress, and add some flair to your outfit.
Wear a backless top with a normal bra
If you love the look of a backless dress, but you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a bra that works with it, you can opt for a backless top instead. A backless top is a top that has a cutout or a slit in the back, but still covers your bra band. You can wear a backless top with a normal bra, and pair it with a skirt, pants, or shorts. You can find backless tops in many styles and colors, such as halter, off-the-shoulder, or wrap. A backless top is a great way to wear a normal bra with a backless dress.
Opt for a Bra with Removable Straps:
Many bras come with removable straps, offering versatility in how you wear them. For a backless dress, simply unhook the straps or replace them with clear or transparent ones to maintain support while keeping your back bare.
Layer with a Camisole or Tank Top:
For backless tops, layering with a camisole or tank top can provide coverage and support. Choose a camisole with a built-in shelf bra or wear a tank top over your regular bra to maintain the desired level of comfort. We cover more on layering in our article on the types of bras to wear with different dresses.
Bra Clips for Added Security:
Bra clips are small accessories that pull the straps of your bra together, creating a racerback or T-back style. Utilize these clips to customize your bra's back design, ensuring it aligns perfectly with your backless dress or top.
Backless dresses are a great choice for a lot of occasions. The problem is, they can also pose a challenge when it comes to finding the right bra. While there are many types of bras to wear with a backless dress, fortunately, there are also many ways to wear a normal bra with a backless dress. With these creative techniques, you can confidently wear your favorite backless dresses while enjoying the comfort of your regular bras. Experiment, have fun, and step out with confidence!