The Boob Tape Bra Trick That Really Works

The Boob Tape Bra Trick That Really Works

The Boob Tape Bra Trick That Really Works
This article about boob tape was originally released in November 2017.

Last thirty day period, I was in a family wedding (mostly as a baby wrangler, but however). In some flush of optimism, I picked a strappy gown with a plunging neckline. The only problem is that I’m in the array of a D(+) cup, and right after two pregnancies and two rounds of nursing, my boobs no longer defy gravity. But for some rationale, even however I know greater, I allow myself be seduced by the strategy that adhere-on bras truly work for busty ladies. (Spoiler alert: They don’t genuinely, but boob tape just could. I gotcha covered… additional specifics on that underneath.)

The 7 days right before the marriage ceremony, I kept hunting at the stick-on bra box and feeling panicked. If it did not do the job at the very last minute, THEN WHAT?

But I kept circling again to what happened when I was acquiring prepared for promenade. I’d purchased the ’90s version of a adhere-on bra, and even for my at-the-time B cup, they have been a whole last-minute fail, and I necessary help. So with my theatre kid ingenuity, I dug up some Duct Tape and… Duct Taped my boobs. Old university boob tape, y’all. I experience like the story should conclude right here, with, “And I truly never endorse it,” but it was more or much less great. Not alluring, extremely tin gentleman, but fine.

So final thirty day period, I kept circling all around this thought. Experienced an individual finally manufactured a more manner appropriate—or at minimum in-a-assortment-of-flesh-tones—version of this product? Was this concept entirely bonkers? I work in a vogue adjacent field, WHY Didn’t I KNOW THE Solution?

I’d like to say that I solved the challenge with my in-depth googling capabilities and stylist connections. But I didn’t. I solved it by ordering a pile of stick-on bras and vogue tape from Amazon, and then possessing a monitor pop up that stated, “People who requested these issues also requested flesh-coloured Gaffer tape.” And in 1 2nd, I understood why. (And not just since I’m a theatre key who’s employed Gaff tape to adhere down any variety of cords to the ground and to spike any amount of levels.) A rapid google lookup of Gaffer Tape Bra, lead me to “Kim Kardashian’s boob tape trick,” and I quickly realized it was go-time, and this would be the solution to all my worries. (I necessarily mean, Kim is infamous for rocking whatsoever she wears, anywhere she goes.)

But as it turns out, even though a number of individuals have tested out the Gaffer Tape trick (and Buzzfeed has a fantastic report demonstrating how it operates on a range of cup sizes—as well undesirable the pictures are long gone from that article, now), only Kim Kardashian was keen to present the entire world how it seemed (and labored) on her precise boobs. Perfectly, till now, for the reason that now it’s gonna be Kim and me on the World wide web with boob tape bras… without end (and these photos will keep, mainly because we appreciate you like that).

Just after putting on Gaff Tape at the marriage ceremony (it labored like a charm), and y’all asking me to share far more details, we whipped up a minor examination in the APW laboratories. To start with, we tried out out two of those stick-on bras (I would test additional for you, but it grew to become pretty clear it was pointless). Then we tested out two distinctive tape designs for Gaffer Tape: one particular for a deep-plunge backless dress, and a person for a strapless backless gown. And we also examined to see how variety-fitting a gown could be right before the Gaffer Tape would show. Listed here are our benefits.

WHAT NO BRA Seems to be LIKE

woman in long deep v pink dress

Since we’re scientists (of boobs), we had to start out with a regulate. This is what the dress with no boob aid at all appears to be like. The dress is pulling truly extensive at the best, and the waist is… well, it’s not good.

closeup of deep v neckline in pink dressIn limited, this is not a appear I’d gladly go out in public in. (Though for some purpose I’m high-quality immortalizing it on the Net, in support of all of our boobs.)

The Le Lusion Bra Assessment (For A D+ Cup)

Initial up, the stick-on bras. I attempted two models: the Le Lusion bra, and the deep U-plunge strapless backless bra. There are other types of stick-on bras, like the pull-jointly bra (Buzzfeed reviewed it on unique cup measurements), and other bras that claim to be backless, strapless, and press-up. I didn’t exam them all, since I can tell you conclusively from the assessments that I did, that for a D+ cup (and almost certainly sizes below that), stick-on bras are lots of types of garbage. (Cosmo can give you a whole rundown of all the awful sticky bras on a D cup if you’re into that form of factor.)

But let us start with the Le Lusion bra, which could be the single most unflattering matter I have ever put on my overall body.

4 images of woman upset in stick on bra and pink dress

What is this? Anyone, you should demonstrate. Alternatively of offering any help, the Le Lusion bra pulled my boobs away from my human body, flattened them, and then dragged them ground-wards. Instead of fighting gravity, they helped gravity out. Moreover, at the very least with this neckline, they showed on the side. Possibly these function for a lesser cup size (even though frankly, I have my reservations about that), but evidently they should really never ever have been made for a C-cup or higher than.

In the dress, they offered much more support than nothing, but also made my boobs glimpse pointy and lumpy, so I’m not calling that a gain.

The Verdict: Practically the most unflattering point I’ve at any time put on my entire body. These can go die.

the deep U-plunge strapless backless bra Evaluate (For a D+ Cup)

Upcoming up, is the deep U-plunge strapless backless bra.

stick on bra held over chest of pink dress

Not like the Le Lusion bra, this was not the worst detail I have ever place on my physique, but it was however a small action away from useless.

collage of Strapless stick on bra failing under pink dress

In the five stationary minutes I used in this bra, I used 90 percent of my time wondering about how it felt like it was definitely about to peel off and that I was likely to flash an individual. And in the more five ambulatory minutes I invested in them, they really did begin to slide off my human body, in a way that felt alarming when I wasn’t out in public. It also showed on the side of the dress, which was a great deal more evident in individual.

Did it provide some guidance? Certainly. But specified the reality that it appeared like it was likely to eliminate alone from my human body ahead of I even tried to do everything (like say, dance), and it confirmed underneath my dress? I was not a lover.

The Verdict:

This is much better than no bra, if only marginally so. Even greater would be not donning a costume that necessitated a stick-on bra, that would eat most of my mind space with fears about flashing a crowd.

In brief: Stick-on bras are not produced for gals with a lotta boob, complete quit.

Gaffer boob Tape Bra Evaluation (For a D+ Cup)

Subsequent up, is the Gaffer Tape bra. Not to spoil the plot right here, but this hack is, in fact, almost everything it is cracked up to be. It also signifies that I can last but not least use all people plunging and backless dresses that have been firmly on my no-listing for 20 yrs. Listed here is how it is effective.

closeup of gaffer boob tape bra trick

How To Apply A Gaffer boob Tape Bra:

Lower strips of Gaffer Tape, and affix them to your human body 1 at a time, applying the tape to sculpt the bra (and cleavage) you want. Assume to get truly handsy with yourself, shifting your boobs all around to get them just wherever you want them.

happy woman with gaffer tape lifting and separating D+ cups

Though it is sensible to check out to keep the Gaffer Tape sleek as you place it on, it is never likely to be fully clean. So if you are carrying a dress with a lot less forgiving material, recall that you can put a couple of strips of tape on top to support smooth anything out. (You can also use less tape than I employed in this article, depending on how substantially elevate and security you’re heading for.)

closeup of scissors cutting gaffer tape bra down to size

Subsequent up, test your neckline, and then consider scissors and trim the tape so that very little demonstrates. (Once the bra is sculpted, you can slice a surprising sum of the tape off and however have it do the job properly.)

closeup of fashion tape being put on neckline of pink dress

Finally, use trend tape. You probably really don’t want any individual to see that you have lined your boobs with a product found at Home Depot, so use style tape to affix the costume to your skin to make confident it doesn’t shift close to.

closeup of pink neckline with boob tape bra under it


happy woman in long pink deep v dress

Solutions To All Your Other Urgent Gaffer boob Tape Queries:

woman in deep v pink dress running fingers through brown hair

How Considerably Help Does It Offer you? I’m a D+ Cup. That explained, Kim has a large amount additional boobs than me, and I can very considerably guarantee you that Bey’s write-up-kid boobs are not keeping by themselves up with #Slay energy, so this trick functions for people of us with way more than a handful.

sideview of strapless gaffer tape bra on brunette

What Necklines Can You Wear This With? We examined this out with two necklines: the backless deep V (you can also see me carrying it with a backless plunge V in this article), alongside with generating a strapless backless bra. Both worked shockingly well.

The surprises have been that the tape is so powerful that you don’t will need to use above-the-shoulder support to get it to function. Further than that, the backless strapless bra that I crafted felt extra supportive (and frankly far more cozy) than my common strapless.

woman's bare back with a small piece of tape showing

How Very long Does It Remain In Place? Considering that I’d currently worn a boob tape bra to a daylong wedding day, I realized that without the need of a doubt it would give support and continue to be on even by way of sweat and dancing.

How Comfy Is It? A lot has been penned on the Online about how unpleasant it is to use Gaffer Tape on your boobs, and I feel the buzz is a small overblown. All over again, during a daylong event, I uncovered it entirely fine. But that reported, it does really feel like you’re carrying tape on your boobs. It does not, in any way, experience like slipping into an oversized t-shirt and viewing Netflix. So if what you’re seeking for is cozy and effortless, then for goodness sake decide a gown that will allow you to don a ordinary bra. I located it considerably comforting to experience tape on my boobs all day simply because it allow me know that I was still supported and not flashing anybody.

TLDR: A gaffer tape bra feels like the opposite of a adhere-on bra. Alternatively of the emotion that the bra is slipping off your overall body, you have the feeling that the bra is Pretty Stuck on your body. But all in, absolutely fine for an party.

Will It Harm Your Skin? I have delicate pores and skin and took tape on and off myself 3 periods in 1 afternoon to shoot this, and my pores and skin was not significantly irritated. It feels a bit like ripping off a not-also-sticky Bandaid. That claimed, you are placing GAFF TAPE ON YOUR BOOBS, so if you’re not into heading the more mile for trend, this is not for you.

Should I Try out This If I’m Allergic To Adhesives? No. Make sure you, no. In actuality, if you know that you have any applicable allergic reactions or sensitivities, do a patch exam first. (Note: I have frequently relatively delicate skin and experienced no issues, but I don’t have any particular allergic reactions.)

closeup of woman in silver drop shoulder dress

Will It Present By Your Outfits? I tried this boob tape bra with this sleek Halston Heritage gown due to the fact it’s the sort of costume that likes to spotlight each individual lump and bump on your body. Whilst you could in all probability guess that I experienced a little something below the dress if you appeared at my upper body really carefully (but why are you wanting at my upper body that closely?), no normal non-upper body-starer would have seen something out of the everyday. I wouldn’t use this (or any other) trick less than silk or satin, nevertheless, considering the fact that all those materials demonstrate literally anything. And I would only use it under a darker colored and heavier scuba material.

woman in long silver dress with high slit

The Verdict:

Would I have on this working day-to-working day, just to get a deep plunge shirt to work? Hell no. It’s industrial tape. On my boobs. But for an event, as prolonged as going the excess mile for garments is a thing that you’re down for (and most likely, let’s be frank, made use of to), this trick is a Godsend. Right after 20 a long time, I have recognized that I can at last dress in all all those backless, strapless, plunging neckline dresses and tops, and I am so, so, enthusiastic.

Bonus? It’s low-cost AF. Contrary to those people expensive and worthless adhere-on bras, my roll of Gaffer Tape cost me underneath $20, and it is heading to final me the future decade of boob tape magic (or until eventually I forget about it in a hotel space somewhere).

So, APW… have you attempted the Kim Kardashian Gaffer boob Tape Bra Trick? Tell us, how did it go for you? Have you observed a adhere-on bra that… ahem… in fact will work? Fall that in the remarks, too. Share the information.