Taping the “girls” in lieu of a bra

posted 7 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Don’t do it.  Tape might work for an hour or two, but if you’re involved in a wedding + reception, you’ll be needing support for several hours.  From my experience, over time it will become very uncomfortable, and I have heard of some VERY ugly stories when it comes time to remove it (skin ripped off, etc.).  Keep looking until you find the perfect bra.  You’ll be happy you did!

Post # 4
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Newbee

Duct tape absolutely works! I had to wear a dress with an exposed back like that as a bridesmaid a couple of years ago, and I have D cups too, so I totally feel your pain on the boob support/bra solution. I experimented with everything. I tried the u-plunge from victoria’s secret, the vs convertible low-back bra (not low enough), those stick-on chicken cutlets, and then finally, good old-fashioned duct tape. The duct tape was the ONLY thing that worked. It stayed all night for me, even through some serious dancing, and it was really not at all painful to remove. There’s kind of a technique to it (my college roommate was big into pageants, so she taught me), and I can try to explain it, but once the girls were locked in, they were secure for the night!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Fantabulous: ditto to redbirds comments. I am a D cup as well and wore something similar during a huge NYE bash, duct tape was the only way to go !! it definitely takes some skill but once they are locked in they are there to stay .  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

What about buying a lowered-back bra? Or one with a clear back?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

wow, that is a very tough dress to wear any kind of bra with.  🙁

I also vote for duct tape.  there’s nothing that stuff can’t do!

Post # 9
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Newbee

@futuremrse: Ha ha, yeah, I’ve seen it hold a person to a wall at a party, so yeah, I figured it could hold my boobs up for a night!

@tinylittlebird: Ok, before you try it, don’t get a spray tan or use lotion, because then the tape won’t stick to your skin (learned that one the hard way, lol). First, put band-aids over your nips. The larger ones work best. Cut a piece of duct tape about 12-18 inches, enough to make a “U” shape from the top of one boob, all the way under and around then back to the top of the other one. Then, and this is the hard part, you bend over a little bit, squish the girls together, and then push them up with one hand, stick the tape in the U shape with the other. Next, cut a strip, about a foot long, that will go horizontally. Keep your boobs together as much as possible, and this piece as high as you can, depending on how low-cut your dress or top is. Then, use smaller strips (like 6-8 inches or so) diagonally for more support underneath. That should be most of your support, then just play it by ear and add extra pieces as you see fit.

I hope that makes sense! Its kinda hard to explain without showing how to do it, lol! 

Post # 10
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27 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Another thought is to do something “temporary,” such as an adhesive bra, for the ceremony, then use a more standard bra, covered by a jacket, sweater, etc. for the reception.  That way you can be more comfortable and feel more supported, especially if there will be dancing.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

And I would definitely try the options that Gingersnap posted.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Gingersnap: I second these options, much better than duct taping your poor girls!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@FutureMrsSitler: LOL anyone that was a former pageant girl can tell you – you duct tape the boobs and vaseline the teeth 🙂

AND LOTS OF HAIRSPRAY LOL

Post # 14
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Worker bee

That is a difficult dress to be sure, but I would be on the side of using a bra if at all possible.  Tape should be a VERY last resort sort of thing.

If you haven’t done so already, check with a specialty lingerie store in your area.  You can also look online…just search for low back bra or backless bra.  You may have to order several alternatives and return those that don’t work for you.

In addition, when you do try ons, take the dress and have a friend assist you.  Some low back bras have multiple hooks and require assistance.  And you will want someone to double-check to make sure no part of the undergarment is showing through the dress.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Ow, doesn’t duct tape hurt when you take it off? If you’re a Bridesmaid or Best Man, what are the other BMs doing?

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