There are plenty of good things about bras, but to be honest, they mostly just suck – especially in the summer. Sure, they support your breasts, but in the hot weather they also lead to chafing, boob sweat, and a general feeling of discomfort. The only thing worse than feeling sweaty pads against your girls is putting on an adorable backless or cut-out top… only to have it ruined by your visible bra. Most summer tops aren’t made for bras (which is a conversation in itself), and going braless sometimes seems like the best option. For girls with smaller boobs, this is feasible. For girls with larger breasts, it seems impossible. But trust me, it’s not. These tips on how to go braless will change your mind and your summer outfits.
Of course you wouldn’t go braless for a job interview, meeting bae’s parents for the first time, or any other occasion where you’d have to be seen as “professional.” Going braless is for keeping it casual, looking free spirited af, and for an added sexy secret. Everything that summer stands for! So yeah, everything you thought was cute but didn’t buy because you can’t NOT wear a bra? Go back and get it, girl. Honestly, I tried to come up with a style haul and I learned that any look can be braless if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself, truly (unless the circumstance makes it inappropriate to be braless to begin with).
I understand the apprehension to go braless due to fear: people seeing your nipples, it being too obvious, god forbid it rains when you’re out. Yikes. Have no fear, we’ve got you covered. Going braless is going to be your new favorite summer trend and I’m here to help you love it. These are some ways to go braless this summer that’ll keep you feeling confident and cute.
Use Nipple Tape Or Pasties For ProtectionCool breezes and air conditioning be damned, your nips are going to have a mind of their own. There's everything from thin stick-on paper pasties to silicone adhesives for people with larger breasts. In case of emergencies or wardrobe malfunctions, it's best to be ready and wearing some form of nipple tape or pasties. If it feels too bra-like for you, they come in silly prints, too, like these donuts from Nasty Gal. Source: Nasty Gal
Tape Loose Fabric To Your SkinWhen you're wearing a loose boho top or a deep v-cut dress that has some stray fabric around your boob area, it's best to tape your breasts to your body. Yes, really. Hey, even Kim Kardashian does it. You'll still look braless and fierce, only now you can relax knowing that your boobs won't come flying out if you so much as move the wrong way.Source: Nasty Gal
Keep An Outer Layer Ready To GoEven the hottest days might get cold at some point, and your nipples aren't going to like it. Keeping a layering piece on hand, like a chambray shirt, flannel, cardigan, or jean jacket, is going to be a lifesaver when you want to make your look more versatile or cover up your bralessness. This handy extra piece of clothing is going to save your life when you're in an awkward pinch. Source: iStock
Maxi Dresses, Jumpsuits, And Rompers Are Your FriendsLet that free flowing fabric do its thing. I would normally advocate for a tighter fitting piece of clothing for nipple insurance, but *ahem* the natural flow of your body is going to enhance, not hurt, the natural flow of these fabrics. Pick a dress or romper that has tighter straps or even full sleeves to make this look even easier and so flawlessly summer-in-spirit.Source: iStock
Tight Clothes Act Like A Built In BraBodysuits, backless dresses, and deep v-cut anything are usually already pretty tight fitting to begin with. The added support in the fit alone is enough to make going braless more acceptable. And these are usually the styles that bum you out when you can't find the right bra to go with it. Girls, your problem is your solution. You're welcome!Source: iStock
Wear A Cut Off Tank For An Edgy LookSide boob is your new favorite accessory, y'all. A loose fitting cut off tank is the perfect casual top to go braless in. It's loose enough to get away with it and not so tight that you'll see your nipples through the shirt fabric. Just a peek at sideboob makes this look feel edgy and fun. Source: iStock
Don't Double Take Your Own BoobsDon't keep looking down! The goal is for your look to appear effortless and carefree. Self consciously looking down, poking at your boobs, and adjusting your clothes is a dead give away. Check yourself before you leave your house and be done with it. Don't call any extra attention to your braless breats... unless you want to... do you. Hey, girl. Source: iStock
Embrace Your Boobs For What They Are And What They DoThey're going to move around without your bra. I said it. The support system is gone. They might even move different directions! Who knows? Boobs left to their own devices can get up to some wacky shit. Going braless is only going to make you more aware of this. Just embrace it as a fact of life and your body and move on.Source: iStock
Shelf Bras And Bralettes Aren't CheatingY'all, some people are just born with larger busts. #NotAllBoobs can go totally braless and be okay. Some of us need extra support and that's fine. You can still achieve that braless look with a built in shelf bra or a bralette. It's not cheating, you just have to do what works for you, like with anything else.Source: iStock
If You're Overthinking It, Ditch ItHonestly, if this whole ordeal is giving you way too much of a headache, it's not worth it. Just wear your bras and be comfortable. There's nothing wrong with a little bra-showing peeking out of your top. In fact, it's super cute. Bralessness is supposed to be about comfort. If you're uncomfortable, what's the point?Source: iStock
Do you plan on going braless this summer? Are you going to try it for the first time? Tell us about it in the comments!
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