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We’ll be the first to admit it: As early bra wearers, many of us deliberately displayed our bra straps because that was (once upon a time) “the look.” And while we fully support your right to sport whatever look makes you feel sexy, some situations just call for the complete concealment of said undergarments.
So: how to pull off this bra strap disappearing act in a pinch?
Whether for professional responsibilities, family functions, or just getting caught in your “last resort” bra on laundry day, dialing it back from coy to conservative is simpler than you’d think. To contribute to the cause, we’ve assembled this foolproof guide to keeping your bra straps out of mind—and, most importantly, well out of sight.
You couldn’t resist locking down that sexy halterneck dress to wear on a highly-anticipated Hinge date. Or, your mother just called, and it’s time to head upstate for the somber occasion of saying goodbye to Hugh, the family hamster.
Whatever the reason, there are many why you may need to keep your bra straps hush-hush. Below, find 7 creative ways how to hide bra straps to pull it off, no matter what tools of concealment you have in your closet.
We firmly believe your girls deserve as many bra choices as you do outfits—and strapless bras make for a clever no-see solution for tops that leave your shoulders bare.
These styles feature a simple hook-and-eye closure and a no-slip band, providing support without causing pinching beneath the arms (or giving you that breathless Bridgerton corset feeling). In our humble opinion, every lady’s closet needs at least one for such occasions.
This is a great trick if you need to hide your bra straps at the office, where paperclips are aplenty, and bra straps need to be nada. Here’s how to do it:
The paperclip method can also be achieved using other handy tools like:
And if you’re really in a bind, you can attempt this trick with almost any piece of tape, fabric, or string to keep those straps together. Try it at home today.
Cross our hearts, this method works equally well as the paperclip method—and requires no special accouterments. Many bras have removable straps, and this method leverages that design secret of rendering them invisible beneath your shirt, like so:
Et voilà! Bra straps, begone.
This method requires some foresight. If you invest in some clear or transparent bra straps ahead of time, you may be able to detach your usual bra straps altogether to switch them out for a transparent solution.
You can find clear transparent bra straps online or in specialty stores. These are usually made from:
Sadly, because they’re made with shiny silicon or synthetic materials, these clear straps aren’t always completely invisible. We don’t recommend wearing them beneath bright lights—so opt for another bra strap hack if ever you need to walk the red carpet. Nevertheless, this strategy gets the green light from us for times when a sleeveless dress puts you in a fashion bind.
If amateur seamstress is one of your hidden talents, sew-in cups provide the support and coverage of a regular bra without including a bra at all.
You can purchase bra cups in your cup size from a specialty store, or swipe them from a bra you already own. Using a sewing machine for best results, sew them into the underlayer of the dress. No underlayer? Not a problem. Simply purchase a pair of adhesive breast pads and use these to stick the cups to the lining of the dress.
It bears mentioning that this may not be the most effective solution if your girls need a touch more support or shaping. However, if you’re looking for simple coverage and a uniform shape, this is one trick that works particularly well for dresses, swimsuits, and onesies.
It’s not the most minimal way to hide your straps, but it’ll do in a pinch! Throw a thin sweater, shawl, or cardigan over your shoulders to hide whichever part of your bra is peeking out. You can tie the sleeves behind your back if you need vertical coverage, or in front if you’re sporting extra décolletage exposure.
The sweater method works especially well in settings for upscale affairs were tossing a sweater over your shoulders is already considered chic (the Hamptons, anyone?). Plus, it also works as a simple styling trick during the cooler seasons—or as a quick beachside outfit transformation, if all you have on hand is a sarong!
When all else fails, you can always try removing your bra entirely.
Now, we recognize that not everyone likes (or feels physically comfortable) swinging free in public, and it can look and feel inappropriate in settings like the office or formal events. So if you find yourself needing to urgently decide between going avec une brassiere or feeling uncomfortable in your skivvies, it may be time to ask:
Am I wearing the right bra for me, full stop?
Ultimately, bras aren’t designed to hurt, cut, or itch—they’re meant to provide support, and make you feel divine while they’re at it. If your bra is causing you pain or leaving you breathless on the regular, this is your sign for finding one you can trust to cradle your curves (and match your outfit) in any situation.
Zeroing in on the perfect bra fit will give you a headstart to feeling comfortable in your bra, regardless of the style of clothes that you put on top. Ill-fitting bras can lead to all kinds of wardrobe headaches, among them:
We all know how a lack of support can lead to a long, hard day of discomfort. If the cup size or band size of your bra is off, you’ll struggle to feel secure no matter what adjustments you make to the band and straps.
Moreover, an ill-fitting bra may not provide all the coverage you’re looking for—especially if the bra is too small. This could create wardrobe malfunctions, particularly if you’re wearing a low-cut top or are trying to get a workout on.
With all that in mind, try these three tips to ensure your bra fits correctly:
If bra sizing and shaping seems like a whole new world, let us be the first to tell you: with a little patience, it can be a wonderful one. When you ensure a beautiful bra fit, you not only ensure your comfort and confidence—you put the possibility of bra straps gone rogue to bed, long before they arise.
Whether you’re headed to a wedding in a backless dress or sipping cocktails poolside in a trendy tube top, it pays to pamper your closet with a variety of different bra styles if you want to keep your bra straps out of sight and out of mind.
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