How Can I Wear a Bra Under My Dress?

Copy Florence Welch's backless style from the GRAMMYs without skimping on support.

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As a fashion fanatic, you know just how many types of dresses there are just waiting to grace your body. You also know that women's bodies come in different shapes and sizes, no one size more beautiful than another. So when it comes to wearing a bra under your hot new dress, take into account the dress style and your body type. Do your research and you can keep your ladies supported under even the skimpiest frock.

Strapless Dress

If your favorite party dress is strapless, shop for a bra that supports your ladies so they don't sag or come peeking out while you're trying to look your most incredible. It's crucial that you wear the right size strapless bra, so if in doubt, visit your nearest department or lingerie store for a professional measuring session. The support in a strapless bra comes from the underwire and under-cup support panels. If you're a well-endowed lady, opt for a corset or bustier, which supports at the waist, so there is no undue pressure on your breasts.

Backless Dress

Your backless dress shows off your uber-toned back, but it can also show off your ratty old bra strap. Choose a bra with a low back, or with an attachment that clips to your bra's clasps and wraps around your body to lower the strap. If your dress back is mega low, go for an adhesive bra that holds you up without the need for a strap. Just remember that adhesive can only do so much if you're big on top.

Halter Dress

Halter dresses are great for showing off svelte shoulders. Match yours with a multiway bra that comes with detachable straps. Remove one strap completely, and remove the second strap from the back of the bra. Attach the strap to the front of the bra on the opposite side. Adjust the strap so it's long enough to go around your neck without digging in. Use your multiway bra for racerback dresses and tops by criss-crossing the straps at the back and reattaching them to the opposite sides.

Low-Cut Dress

Depending on just how low cut your dress is, you might be able to get away with a push-up bra. This bra will lift your breasts and give you enviable cleavage. If your dress is on the daring side and you're worried a bra will be visible, go for a plunge-front bra. Cut lower than regular bras, the plunge-front will provide full support while allowing you to wear a more daring neckline.

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