9 Bra Tricks Few Girls Know About

Written by , BA Hons Indrani Karmakar BA Hons linkedin_icon Experience: 2.5 years

Every woman has a love-hate relationship with her bras. Even though they give you painful red marks across your back and shoulders, you can’t really abandon them. But it doesn’t have to be all painful, does it? Knowing a few bra hacks can help you enjoy the best of both worlds without having to withstand the pain. Here in this article are some of the lesser-known yet effective hacks you need to know that will help you get the perfect shape without having to invest in expensive bras. Read on to know them all!

1. Adhesive Silicone Bras

Adhesive Silicone Bras
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The bra you choose to wear under your clothes has a lot to do with how your overall look will turn out to be! If you want to add a little bit of oomph to your cute little party dress, then a silicone bra is your best choice. This bra is worth the hype that surrounds it. It is basically comprised of silicone adhesive bra cups that keep everything in place. It is also called a free bra for obvious reasons. It is like wearing a bra but not actually wearing one. It gives lift and a push-up effect, and it also sticks perfectly to your skin. It is ideal for an off-shoulder outfit or if you want to flaunt your cleavage. It’s just a comfortable, free bra that’s a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe.

2. Wear A Strapless Bra Under Your Tube Top

Wear A Strapless Bra Under Your Tube Top
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You must have seen celebs sporting a tube top flawlessly, but when you try wearing it, things don’t always turn out to be in perfect shape. Often, a bandeau loses its shape when worn frequently. If you want your top to look perfect, slip in a strapless bra under your tube top. The strapless bra adds to the support and helps you move about freely.

3. Use Double-Sided-Tape

Use Double-Sided-Tape
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Adhesive tapes come in very handy when it comes to preventing a wardrobe malfunction. If you want to get rid of the bra straps, simply tape them behind your back and flaunt your dress without having to push those straps to the sides. However, the glue will not hold on if you move around a lot, so we suggest looking for plan B, like a safety pin or a paper clip to back the tape!

4. Use Panty Liners

Use Panty Liners
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Did your underwire just pop out of the bra? Thankfully, there is a solution. Cut a part of a panty liner and fasten it around the underwire. The panty liner comes with a little adhesive which is enough to keep the underwire from cutting through your skin. Also, panty liners are not very thick, and it won’t look like you have stuffed something inside the bra.

5. Invest In Bras With Broader Bands

Invest In Bras With Broader Bands
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Strapless bras look amazing, but they are not always as comfortable as they look. It doesn’t always give you the support you need. However, a lot depends on what kind of bra you are choosing. Just ensure you select a strapless bra that comes with a broader band behind. A thin band looks sleek but might not give you the support you are looking for. Also, if this is also not giving you enough support, use some convertible bra straps.

6. Insert Silicone Pads

Insert Silicone Pads
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Silicon pads are life savers when it comes to bras. Insert two fingers under your bra straps. If they slip in easily, you are wearing the right size. If the bra is too tight, you will find it difficult to slip them in. Also, if there’s space for more fingers, you are obviously wearing a loose one. This applies to the band at the back of the bra too. There should be enough space for just two fingers. Once you know your bra is of the right size, you can insert silicone pads to give your outfit the perfect shape without having to invest in expensive padded bras.

7. Get Extension Straps

Get Extension Straps
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If you can’t determine what your exact bra size is, your bra extension straps will help you get the perfect fit. The extensions often come with additional hooks to make them tighter. If you feel the cup size is perfect, but the band is too tight, attach the extension to the farthest hook. You can also use these extensions if you have worn your bra a gazillion times and the elasticity is completely worn out, but you still do not want to discard it  eventually. This hack will only add a few more months to its life.

8. Fix It With A Safety Pin

Fix It With A Safety Pin
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If you are annoyed with your peeping bra straps and don’t have strapless bras, you can save the day with the help of safety pins! Safety pins are life savers, and the ones with double locks can even protect you from accidents. Just take the shoulder straps off and secure them at the back with the help of the pins. But we don’t recommend using this regularly as it may not be the most comfortable trick on our list.

9. Try A Bra Tape

Try A Bra Tape
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There are times when your bra strap will show from everywhere no matter how many times you pin it up or shift it to the side. So, at stubborn times like these, you need to let go of your bra and tape your breasts in bra tape instead. Once you feel comfortable with the fit, you can put on your clothes and have fun without worrying about the straps showing!

Doesn’t life seem easier when you realize that there’s something you can actually do about the never-ending bra woes? Do you have some more hacks to share? Feel free to flood the comments section!

Indrani Karmakar

Indrani KarmakarSenior Social Writer

Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and...read full bio