What Kind of Bra Do I Wear With a Low-Cut-Back Dress?

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Whether you're heading out dancing with the girls or you're dressing for a formal occasion like a wedding, matching a low-back dress to the perfect bra is essential. Low-cut or backless dresses are sexy and revealing, but they pose a problem for a woman who needs to wear a bra. Regular bra straps show when your dress is cut low, so it's important to explore alternative bra options. You need a bra that will hide away and won't ruin the look of your dress.

Low-Back Bra

Invest in a bra specifically designed for pairing with low-cut and backless dresses. You can adjust a low-back bra to fit as low as you need it to. The straps wrap around the small of your back instead of your ribcage and they hook up at the front. Head to your local lingerie store and browse the low-back options to find one that is comfortable for you.

Convertible Bra

High-end lingerie stores always carry a few varieties of convertible bras. These handy bras converted into multiple styles including strapless, racer-back, single-strap and low-back. For the low-back style, you'll need to loosen both bra straps completely, then hook them onto the bra. Throw the bra on, then bring the straps to your back, crisscrossing them; then bring them back to the front and fasten them. This bra is perfect for women with a variety of tops and dresses that need different types of bras.

Adhesive Bra Cups

If you don't want or need to use a full bra but still want some coverage in your low-back dress, try adhesive bra cups. These cups are generally made of soft fabric or silicone. Find them at your local drugstore or lingerie shop. Lean forward and let your girls fall into the cups, then lean back and press them to your skin. Adhesive cups give light support and shape without the hassle of a full bra.

Low-Cut Corset

A low-cut corset gives full support, not only to the bust but also to your tummy. A quality corset will lift and support while compressing and smoothing out your stomach area. Make sure you get a corset that fits you to a tee and has a deep V or low-cut back. Check the bridal section of lingerie stores, as many brides choose to wear this style of corset under their gowns.

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