How to wear a tube top without a strapless bra

Method 1 Choosing What to Wear

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    Pick something that makes you feel good. The most important thing to consider when choosing how to dress without a bra is how an outfit will make you feel. Don’t wear anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. Choose something that flatters your body, suits your style, and makes you feel great when you put it on.
    • For example, if wearing low cut tops makes you feel self-conscious, then this is probably not the best braless clothing choice for you. You might consider a low-back top or spaghetti strap dress instead.
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    Try a classic no-bra top or dress. There are some types of tops and dresses that don’t look as good with a bra, so wearing these when you go braless might be a good idea. Try wearing low back and backless tops, or go for a strapless or spaghetti strap dress or top. Some other items that might look better without a bra include:
    • Dresses and tops with plunging necklines.
    • Tops with laced-up fronts, backs, or sides.
    • Tops and dresses with keyholes in the back.
    • Halter tops and tube tops.
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    Look for items with built-in bras and support. Some items of clothing have built-in bras, breast cups, or elastic bands that eliminate the need for a bra. Try looking for clothes that have some built-in support to make going braless a little easier.
    • A tank top with a built-in bra may make a convenient undershirt while you’re transitioning into bralessness. Even once you’re accustomed to not wearing a bra, a shelf tank can make a great undershirt when you need one (with a thin, vintage T-shirt, for example).[1]
    • A bodysuit or leotard makes a cute addition to a braless outfit. Wear a thin button-down top or lacy sweater over it for a breezy, classic look. Bonus: bodysuits and leotards provide some built-in support for your breasts.
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    Consider starting with a layered braless look. Layers are great without a bra because they can hide your bralessness. This wardrobe technique is especially useful in the wintertime. For this reason, winter might even be the best time to try going braless, if you’re nervous about the transition.[2]
    • A thick sweater will hide your nipples, so this might be a good braless clothing choice if you are worried about your nipples showing.
    • A T-shirt over or under a long-sleeve shirt is also a great braless combo.
    • A jacket or cardigan is also a great option for layering your braless look. These can be a lifesaver when it gets cold or windy, or when it rains unexpectedly.[3]

Method 2 Hiding Your Nipples When You Go Braless

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    Wear nipple covers or tape to hide your nipples. One way to prevent your nipples from being visible through your clothing is to cover them up with nipple tape or pasties.[4][5] You can find these in the lingerie section of most department stores or in lingerie specialty stores.
    • To use pasties, remove the adhesive from the pasty and apply it over your nipple.
    • To use nipple tape, apply a couple of strips over your nipples in the form of an X.
    • You can also try silicone nipple covers. These are reusable and they will stick to your body without adhesive or glue. These work with just about every kind of fabric and every cut of clothing.
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    Wear thick fabric tops. Avoid clothing that is made with thin or sheer fabric. Thin fabric could expose your nipples, especially if the fabric is a light color. If you want to wear a top or dress like this without a bra, try wearing it over an undershirt or slip.[6]
    • Silk or satin tops might not be a good choice when you go braless because the material is thin and it may be too revealing.
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    Choose dark colors. Dark colors are less likely to become see through in bright light or if your shirt becomes wet. If you will be outside on a sunny day or there’s a chance of rain, wear tops that are made with dark fabric. Otherwise, your nipples may be visible through the fabric.[7]
    • Fabric with patterns, especially small patterns, may also help to conceal your nipples.
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    Use toupee tape to keep your neckline in place. You may feel more confident if you tape the neckline of a low cut top or dress to your chest. This will help to prevent the fabric from slipping and showing your nipples. Toupee tape is ideal for keeping your neckline in place.[8]
    • Place the tape along the edges of your neckline and then press the other side of the tape against your skin to hold it in place.
    • Tape can’t make up for clothing that just doesn’t fit right. If you’re going to go without a bra, it’s essential that you make sure your clothes fit properly.[9]
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    Use tape to keep your breasts in place. Surgical tape is a heavy-duty tape made to stick to skin, so it works well for taping over your nipples and keeping your breasts in place when you go braless. You can find surgical tape in drug stores. To properly apply surgical tape:
    • Lean over slightly to lift your breasts. Apply a strip of tape 12 to 16 inches long from the side of one breast (near the armpit) to the other side, with the middle of the tape running along the underside of your breasts and pulling them together.
    • Stand up straight and apply another strip of tape horizontally across your breasts, pulling them together, so that the tape covers your nipples. Each end of the second piece of tape should touch the ends of the first strip of tape.
    • Taping is uncomfortable, so it is best to save this for special occasions. However, for some types of clothing, occasional taping may be worth the discomfort.[10]

Method 3 Considering Going Braless

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    Consider your clothes. You may want to consider going braless in tops or dresses which your bra would peek out of if you wore one. Deep plunging necklines, large keyholes in the back, and backless tops or dresses are all items of clothing that look better when worn without a bra.
    • Tops or dresses with thin or no straps can usually be worn with a strapless bra.
    • Not all fabrics are suitable for bralessness. Thin or lacy fabrics will leave your nipples exposed, and some fabrics, like wool or stiff cotton, may irritate your skin. Synthetic fabrics like Lycra or nylon tend to work well without a bra.
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    Examine the situation. There are some situations where you might be expected to wear a bra. Job interviews, court appearances, or meeting your partner’s parents for the first time might not be the best times to go braless. If you decide not to wear a bra, think about the situation first and decide if you will feel comfortable going braless.[11]
    • Remember that you can dress your body however you like. If going braless makes you feel more comfortable, then you should do it. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your body—ever.[12]
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    Don’t worry about sagging. There is no evidence that going without a bra makes your breasts sag earlier, and no evidence that wearing a bra keeps them from sagging. Several recent studies have even found that going braless regularly may actually help your breasts to become perkier.[13]
    • Keep in mind that it is still important to wear a sports bra when you exercise. Sports bras help to keep your breasts in place, which is important when you are moving and jumping a lot.
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    Ease into bralessness. If you want to start going without a bra more often, you may experience some discomfort since your breasts aren’t used to being free to move. To ease into bralessness, try trading in your padded underwire for one without pads or underwires. Or, you can go braless at night and around the house until you feel comfortable without your bra on.[14]

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  • Can you wear a bra with a strapless dress?

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    Sometimes, if the bra straps are pretty, not tatty and you don't mind the odd match between the bra and the dress. Most times it's easier to just get a strapless bra for a strapless dress as it will look more attractive as a whole.

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  • What are some tips about going braless with a tiny chest?

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    If your chest is tiny, you might not have to worry. If you are still worried, you could wear a tank top, camisole or tube top.

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  • I have one breast from a single mastectomy. What should I wear to go bra-less?

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    Wear a nipple cover. It will add support to the area, and you will not feel self-conscious.

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  • I have a very light colored top without straps. Every bra I own shows through the top of it, what can I do?

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    If you feel comfortable, you can wear this top without a bra. If you're worried about your nipples showing through, you can try wearing pasties or nipple covers underneath instead of a bra.

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  • Do men find this look sexy?

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    Yes, some men find this look sexy.

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  • What can I do when I can't find something the right color for my skin tone?

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    You can buy nipple covers in a variety of colors, although you may have to search online. You can also get creative and buy various colored tape at an art supply store, then cut your own to suit your needs.

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  • I have a white see-through shirt. When I wear a bra, it shows the outline of it and it kind of bothers me. How do I dress with no bra?

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    Try pasties, they'll cover your nipples and since they're the color of the skin, you won't see anything. You can also just wear a white or nude bra, which is what most people do. Or you could wear a white/nude tank top underneath the shirt. It's really not a big deal if you can see the outline of your bra; that's what is expected with a see-through shirt.

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  • Should I worry if I'm 12 and don't wear bras yet?

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    You shouldn't worry at all! Not everyone needs or wants to wear a bra! Bras are completely optional at your age. If you have a larger bust, you might want to consider trying out a real bra, but if your boobs haven't started growing yet or have grown just a little bit and you want to start wearing a bra, go with a cute training bra, which you can get basically anywhere!

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  • How do I dress with no bra if my breasts hang low?

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    It can help to wear a more structured top instead of a flowy one for this; try thick/heavy materials in the winter, and structured tops in the summer (like bustiers). You'll know that the top or dress has a structured shape when on the hanger it has a shape of it's own (without you wearing it), or most of the time, by just feeling the material of the shirt.

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  • Is it okay if in the age 14 with breast size A, I don't wear a bra at all? How should I hide that while changing into a T-shirt for PE, or should I just not care at all?

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    You might want to wear a training bra or a sports bra if you feel uncomfortable, but otherwise, don't sweat it. You don't have to hide while changing. You've all got the same parts.

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