Finding the perfect dress is often the top consideration, but once that dress is off the rack and in your arms, don’t forget about the other pieces that make your outfit a dazzling success. You’ve probably got the obvious accessories – shoes, purse, jewelry – but have you considered your undergarments? Make sure you select the right bra for your dress so you complete your look.
Depending on your bust size and the style of dress or gown you’ve selected, you may find an appropriate bra easily or your search may be a little more complicated. Strapless gowns, halter dresses, and other daring styles of dresses may require a more creative bra than gowns with sleeves or thicker straps.
Julia Hampton, CEO of NYC-based Nu-U Image Consulting, offers a number of tips for selecting the right bra for a dress as well as tips on going bra-less.
How do you select the right bra for a dress, and should you ever go bra-less?
“Choosing the right bra is very important and can really make a difference in how your prom dress will fit,” says Hampton. “If you are small busted, you may be able to get away without wearing a bra if your dress is not sheer or light in color. However, you should look into nipple covers or silicon pasties if you choose to go without, you can never be too careful.
“If you are wearing a strapless or spaghetti strap dress, then opt for a strapless or bandeau bra. Look for one with boning in the cup to support your breasts and help keep it from falling down to your waist. Another thing that may be helpful if you buy some double-sided adhesive tape, which can help keep your bra and your dress in place.”
Hampton notes that a sexy backless dress may pose a more difficult situation. For a backless dress, Hampton suggests a strapless, bandless bra.
“You may also be able to get a bra extender strap that you can attach to your own bra and wrap around your waist (if your dress is not completely backless),” she says.
“A halter style dress will require a halter bra,” Hampton adds. “These are very easy to find and may be the most comfortable out of the ones mentioned above. Look for a bra with adjustable straps that will extend around your neck, leaving your shoulders bare.”
A convertible style bra may be a great fit for a halter dress or many other dress styles. You can remove the bra straps or reposition the bra straps for a better fit with the dress or shirt you are wearing. Once you’ve selected your prom dress, wedding gown, cocktail dress, or other style of dress or gown, finding the right bra for the dress becomes easier.
If your prom gown or wedding gown requires alterations, consider getting the bra cups sewn directly into your dress so that you don’t have to worry about bras at all. An experienced seamstress can easily sew bra cups into strapless gowns, backless gowns, and other exquisite dress styles to eliminate the bra dilemma.
Another Option: Show off Your Bra Straps!
For a fun and flirty or sexy and elegant option, you can also show off your bra straps by picking out a set of designer bra straps to go with your favorite convertible bras. Designer bra straps offer a fashion statement that is as functional as it is fashionable.
BraStraps.com offers a wide variety of fashion and designer bra straps that are interchangeable with your favorite convertible bras. Bra straps from the Elite™ Jewelry Collection feature impressive materials such as 150-344 genuine Swarovski Austrian crystals or 50 freshwater pearls adorned on adjustable silver jewelry that is hypoallergenic and nickel free. BraStraps.com designer bra straps are compared to “jewelry for your shoulders.”
The BraStraps.com Adorned Collection offers a variety of adjustable bra straps in brown, black, red, pink, white and clear straps with rhinestone accents while the fashion straps offer a fun and casual fashion statement for tops and eveningwear.
BraStraps.com designer bra straps and fashion bra straps are available at $15.99 to $45 per pair. For more information, visit www.brastraps.com.