A Comprehensive Guide to Invisible Bras, Nipple Covers, and More
The everyday, standard bra is a wonderful thing, but certain tricky tops and dresses can require something extra to handle the particular challenges provided by a clingy material or daredevil cut. Thankfully, a range of smart options make it possible to wear pretty much anything these days. Get familiar with the underpinning arsenal rounded up below and never again skip out on a major fashion moment for fear of how to pull it off.
What it's good for: Backless or super-low dresses and tops
This backless style relies on a gentle adhesive to do the impossible: providing coverage and a little bit of lift while being totally backless. Celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson told us she prefers the style to a traditional strapless since it's so much better at staying hidden, though they're not as good for bustier women who require more support. The proper way to put one on? "Bend over, stick one cup of the Nu bra toward the outside of your breast, put the other one on your other breast, and clip them together," she explained. "It'll help give you some cleavage and is the best way I've found to put it on."
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The non-bra: Silicone nipple concealers
What it's good for: Thin or semi-sheer fabrics
Going braless can be a freeing fashion moment, but certain thinner fabrics run the risk of being a little indecent. Hard or visible nipples are typically impossible to control; instead, totally negate the risk of anything happening. These flesh-colored circular discs cover the nipple and areola, masking shape and color, and make skipping your undergarment feel a lot less dicey. Soap up after each use and store to re-wear.
The non-bra: Pasties
What it's good for: Sheer fabrics
Similar to the silicone covers, these bandage-like stickers offer some decency when wearing a filmy blouse or dress. They're much thinner and don't provide a ton of help with masking erect nipples; as such, rely on them when you're only after a little bit of coverage.