The Best Bra Solutions for Every Type of Hard to Wear Dress

Bras to wear with every type of hard to wear dress.

We all have a complicated relationship with bras, especially when it comes to finding one that works with specific types of dresses. Sheer fabrics, daring necklines, and playful silhouettes all have a unique charm but can also present a fair share of bra-related dilemmas. Going backless this summer? Or strapless for New Year’s? We’ve got you covered with our guide to go-to bras, including strapless, wireless, push-up, demi, convertible back, and even bodysuits, to make sure you look and feel your best in every dress.

Bra Solutions for Low-Cut Dresses

Low-cut dresses are a playful and alluring choice, allowing you to flaunt a little extra cleavage and make a bold statement. Yet the challenge often lies in keeping your boobs covered without worrying about straps or the tops of your cups peeking through, finding the perfect bra solution that provides the proper support without compromising the aesthetic of your outfit. 

Now, let’s address the age-old question: “What bra can I wear under a low-cut dress?” If your neckline is pushing the boundaries of traditional plunge styles, fear not. A plunge or demi bra can get you that dip while giving you the support you need. Many demi and plunge bras also have removable pads to give you customizable cleavage and lift that works for you. So if you don’t like extra padding, problem solved.

We all want to feel supported and confident to dance the night away without any accidental reveals. If your neckline is too low-cut for a traditional plunge style, you may want to try a combination of breast tape and nipple covers. Breast tape can be cut and modified to fit your body, so it’s always a custom fit to your dress. Another trick we love, if you have a larger cup size, is to wear a bodysuit with a low scooping neckline. Plus, this lets you sneak some shapewear into any dressy outfit so you don’t spill out. So go ahead and get that low-cut dress you’ve added to your cart. You deserve it!

Bra Solutions for a Backless Dress

Choosing the right bra for a backless dress can be tricky. You want a bra that’s invisible in the back. However, many bras have thicker straps or complicated designs that can be tough to wear with backless dresses. Depending on how low the back of your dress is cut, you might not be able to wear any style of back closure bra. But what type of bra is best for a backless dress, you ask? Well, we recommend an adhesive bra that gives you coverage and lift in the front so you can party in the back. These bras are typically made of silicone and stick directly to your skin. If adhesive bras aren’t your thing, try nipple covers and boob tape, they are a more minimalistic option that can help you go braless altogether. Experiment with different options to find your backless pick that will show off your back and still give the support you need.

Bra Solutions for Sleeveless Dresses

Nothing ruins a good sleeveless outfit like a rogue bra strap. Here’s what not to wear with traditional bra straps: anything strapless, including dresses, halter tops, or too-thin straps like spaghetti straps. When your dress demands a strapless silhouette, the classic strapless bra remains your trusty ally. Opt for wider bands and silicone lining to ensure that the bra does not slip. 

Transparent straps can also help provide the essential support and lift your breasts need while keeping your bra hidden. They seamlessly blend with your skin. So how do you wear a sleeveless dress with a bra? The answer lies in versatility; choose the bra that complements your outfit’s neckline and strap situation. Lots of sleeveless tops have straps. So, you don’t necessarily need to go with a strapless bra. Just make sure the straps on your bra go with your outfit. Hot tip: convertible bras are a lifesaver.

Bra Solutions for Plunging Necklines

When it comes to plunging necklines, the quest for the perfect bra is essential to ensure you shine in any dress. The ideal amount of cleavage can elevate your entire look, and we’ve got the bra solution for just that.

Wondering, “What kind of bra can I wear with a plunging neckline?” Look no further than the balconette or the plunge bra. They’re crafted with lower-cut cups and give your boobs a nice natural lift for the perfect balance between allure and support. The result? A natural lift that enhances your silhouette, allowing you to flaunt your curves with confidence. Try on a few bras you love with your party dress to ensure the style is invisible, and you’re good to go.

Bra Solutions for Sheer Dresses

Sheer dresses are an elegant trend that can create a beautiful and sophisticated look. However, choosing a bra to wear underneath can be challenging. But worry not; a nude bra is a discreet solution. Wearing a bra in your skin tone creates a smooth silhouette under your sheer dress. A nude bra seamlessly blends with your skin tone to create an invisible foundation, letting the delicate fabric take center stage. 

But who says sheer has to be shy? If you want to make a statement with your sheer dress, you can opt for a bra that contrasts with your dress. A bra with a pop of color or a touch of lace peeking through can add intrigue and make your bra an extension of your outfit. Just remember, when showing off a bold bra, keep the rest of your accessories minimal to avoid overwhelming the eye.

Bra Solutions for Halter-Neck Dresses

Halter-neck dresses are all about highlighting those beautiful shoulders and back. However, traditional bras can leave unwanted straps peeking out. But you also want to have enough support and lift. Adhesive bras are your go-to option here, offering invisible support and lift. They can give you a natural shape and cleavage without showing any lines or wires. For a more minimalist approach, try nipple covers. They conceal your nipples and prevent any show-through on your dress. Try a breast tape for a more versatile option for shaping your breasts. It can give you a custom fit and a perkier look without straps or a band. Always look for breast tape that is skin-friendly and waterproof. Remember, proper skin prep goes a long way for optimal adhesive performance.

Bra Solutions for One-Shoulder Dresses

One-shoulder dresses, with their alluring asymmetry, require a bra that adapts. You don’t want to have one strap showing on your shoulder, but you also want to have enough support and balance. 

Consider a multi-way bra that allows you to customize the straps to suit your dress style. Multi-way bras are a bra type that has detachable and adjustable straps that can be worn in different ways. You can configure the bra to disappear under the exposed shoulder, offering support without detracting from the dress’s unique silhouette. 

Alternatively, choose a bra with clear straps. The transparent straps are barely visible, making them a brilliant solution that provides the necessary support without compromising the aesthetic of your one-shoulder ensemble. ThirdLove’s strapless bra offers you all these options in one package. It comes with matching and transparent, detachable straps that can be worn in multiple ways, including on one shoulder.

Bra Solutions for Off-Shoulder Dresses

Ah, the allure of off-shoulder dresses–the epitome of understated glamour; nothing screams of effortless sophistication more. You don’t want any straps showing on your shoulders or arms, but you don’t want to compromise on lift and support. This is where the trusty strapless bra rises to the occasion to provide the needed support while staying hidden beneath your off-shoulder dress. You can showcase your shoulders with confidence while still covering and supporting your breasts. Choose a style with a silicone-lined band to ensure it stays put, allowing you to dance the night away without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction.

But don’t be bound by convention. If you dare to be different, consider experimenting with adhesive bras or nipple covers if you don’t mind minimum support.


When it’s time to wear your favorite dress, you’ve got options. Just ensure the bra you’ve chosen fits you perfectly and makes you feel good. Getting that one-of-a-kind look is all about confidence and style. For more bra tips and tricks, please give us a follow on Instagram and TikTok @ThirdLove and don’t forget to wear that dress!