Some women love to go braless, but for the rest of us, we wouldn’t dare entertain the idea. But a bra strap peeking out of an outfit is not a good look, and with necklines constantly being reinvented with no regard for how a bra could be worn underneath, what’s a girl to do?
Get yourself a sticky bra. They’re a wardrobe game-changer.
But...you need a good one. Because you don’t want to risk your strapless sticky bra falling off.
What is a stick-on bra?
Going one step further than a strapless bra, which allows you to wear spaghetti-strap or strapless tops and dresses, a sticky bra (also known as a stick-on bra or adhesive bra) gives you free rein to wear backless and plunging styles, too. They’re basically self-adhesive bra cups (generally made from silicone) that stick onto each breast.
How sticky bras work
Stick-on bras have a sticky adhesive on the inner lining of the ‘cup’. You place each one onto your breast (ideally it should fit the size of your boobs perfectly - most comes in various cup sizes) and smooth your hand over it to ensure it’s properly stuck on. Some have a clasp in the middle, which can help you create a more lifted look with added cleavage.
How to make sticky bras sticky again
While there are disposable stick-on bras that are only meant to be used once, most of them have a reusable sticky backing. All you have to do is rinse them under water with a little soap after each use (this will get rid of your skin’s natural oils, which can interfere with its stickiness) and leave them to air dry. Most stick-on bras can be re-used
The new and improved sticky bras
We’ve probably all had at least one bad experience with a sticky bra. We’re talking about those nude-coloured silicone stick-on ‘chicken fillets’ you probably wore once or twice in the noughties before giving up on them completely after they lasted little over a few hours (and had you constantly paranoid that they were going to fall off). They simply weren’t sticky enough, and they also created a weird shape that was less than ideal.
Well, things have improved A LOT in the sticky bra department over the last couple of years. Stick on bras now come in so many shapes, sizes and materials. Best of all, they stay put ALL day long and they won’t distort the shape of your breasts.
In fact, forget the original stick-on bras completely, because the latest slew of them are SO much better. And versatile.
Here are five of the best stick-on bras.
- Best stick-on bra for nipple coverage
Our pick: Bristols6 Nippies Skins, $39.32
If your biggest concern is the outline of your nipples peeking through thin fabric, then stick-on nipple covers are a simple option. While they don’t offer any support, these reusable silicone patches (expect at least 25 uses out of them!) will discreetly cover your nipple while giving you the freedom to wear absolutely every kind of top or dress style. The ultra-thin matte material provides seamless coverage, and it’s available in several ‘skin colour’ shades.
Size 1 fits A to D cup sizes; Size 2 fits D-DD cup sizes
- Best stick-on bra for large breasts
Our pick: Bras N Things Full Cup Plunge Silicone Adhesive Cup, $49.99
Unless you opt for just nipple covers (which unfortunately provides zero support), your options are limited if you’re bigger than a DD cup. But this silicone bra is a great supportive option for those with an E cup. It allows you to wear plunging necklines, all while delivering extra support with the help of embedded wire, plus, you can use the clear straps for additional shoulder support if needed. It’s reusable and comes in a nude colour.
Available in E cup
- Best versatile stick-on bra
Our pick: Brassybra, USD$38 (for 3 pairs of single-use tape, plus additional accessories)
Is your wardrobe full of unusual necklines that require a super-versatile bra that caters to all? Well then, you need to own this stick-on invisible boob tape. Brassybra lifts, shapes and, surprisingly, supports breasts, and it stays put - even when swimming! This super sticky breast tape is only for one-time-use, but you can trim each one to perfectly fit any given outfit. We especially love how inclusive the colour range is - with five shades that range from ‘Vanilla’ to ‘Licorice’. Each kit also comes with nipple stickers as well as adhesive removal wipes to ensure you’re not left with sticky boobs (because the adhesive on this stuff is hardcore!).
Suitable for anyone up to G/DDDD cup
- Best stick-on bra for a plunging neckline
Our pick: Cotton On Body Plunge Stick-On Bra, $24.95
Not only can you wear a backless, plunging neckline with this self-adhesive bra; it also allows you to create the perfect lift, which many stick-on bras fail to do. These reusable silicone cups are padded and smooth, with support under the breast and the ability to strategically place them higher so they provide a perky, fuller effect.
Available in A, B, C and D cup sizes
- Best stick-on bra for cleavage
Our pick: Sneaky Vaunt The Original Push-Up, USD$24.50
Meet the Sneaky Vaunt stick-on push-up bra that blew up the Internet. The cleavage-enhancing stick-on backless bra features a lace-up centre that will make even small breast look fuller. The stick-on bra reviews (it has over 2000 five-star reviews on the Sneaky Vaunt website) also rave about how good the adhesive is on this. The Sneaky Vaunt also features a non-sticky centre, which is a big win for anyone with sensitive nipples who cringe at the thought of ripping a sticky bra off at the end of each wear. This stick-on bra comes in a nude, black and pink colour.
Available in A, B, C, D and DD cup sizes
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