From sexy little festival frocks to elegant evening gowns, summer provides ample opportunity to get dolled up, but at the same time, it brings with it a whole host of underwear conundrums – particularly this year, when backless, bandeau and spaghetti-strap dresses are so on-trend.
Going bra-less might work for some people (lucky them), but if you need some support in the boob department, or don’t want your nipples to be visible beneath a light fabric, it’s not an option.
So how do you find a bra that’s discreet but doesn’t let you down – literally?
“When wearing any type of bra – especially one you want to be discreet – it is essential that you get the fit right,” says Debby Duckett, Boux Avenue buying director.
“A correctly fitting bra will not only be more comfortable, but also more supportive, therefore giving you a better shape under clothing. So when looking for a new ‘solution’ bra, it is always worth getting professional help from an expert bra fitter.”
From backless to sheer, here’s what you need to know about choosing a bra for every dress, no matter how skimpy…
Richard Quinn Blue Textured Floral Print Bardot Neck Midi Prom Dress, £100 (was £125), Debenhams
“A plunge, backless, strapless, self-adhesive bra solves all these problems. This bra is the perfect foundation under any summer dress, designed to lift and shape with a deep plunge for ultimate confidence.”
Fashion Forms U Plunge Backless Strapless Bra, £28, Figleaves
Missguided Nude Secret Stick On Strapless Bra, £15
You can also buy converters separately to attach to any bra.
Boux Avenue Ultra Boost Bra, £28
Perfection Beauty Natural Low Back Bra Converter, £6, Debenhams
Magic Bodyfashion Va-Va-Voom Lace, £26.50
“Opting for a strapless or multiway bra will provide the support needed, whatever the neckline of the dress, whether it’s strapless, bardot or one shoulder,” Shelton advises.
Cleo Koko Moulded Strapless Bra, £36, Panache
The Collection Natural Underwired Padded 24 Hour Strapless Silicone Free Multi-Way Bra, £25, Debenhams
“In the summer months you want to feel comfortable in what you are wearing,” says Shelton, recommending a T-shirt bra if your dress has thicker straps because, “it offers support while appearing invisible under clothes – perfect for thin materials worn in the hot weather.”
Another clever alternative is stick-on nipple covers, which create a smooth silhouette under clingy materials and are available in a variety of skin tones.
Gossard Glossies Sheer Bra, £29, Figleaves
Missguided Silicone Nipple Covers, £6
- Press Association