As ball season fast approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what outfit you are going to wear. But are you also thinking about what bra you are going to wear? We absolutely love working with our customers to find the best bra to suit their outfits but sometimes, it’s tough to make it work. We are often asked for backless, frontless or sideless bras- essentially just the cups. But just wearing cups will not give you any lift or support as all of this comes from the back band and the straps. You can buy ‘stick on’ bras from other stores, but these tend to only go up to a D cup and they never specify ‘which’ D (i.e. a 12D or a 16D) and we all know from our blog post on bra fitting that these are both different volumes!
I think the problem stems from us being bombarded with pictures of celebrities wearing gravity defying outfits which can often be misleading. What you don’t see are the lengths they go to to achieve that look…and it doesn’t involve lingerie! It involves a team of stylists, glue, tape and wizardry that is not always available to us mere mortals.
So this blog post is dedicated to helping you find the best lingerie to wear under the outfit of your dreams!
Last year the Avo Girls attended a black tie awards ceremony where we were finalists in the Excellence in Customer Service category. We were all dressed to the nines and every single one of us was wearing a bra which fit perfectly. We didn’t win the award but we were certainly winning in the lingerie stakes!
So to breakdown what we wore, let’s start with Selena.
Selena wore a gorgeous strapless gown and she chose the Smoothing Strapless bra by Fantasie for underneath. We have a fantastic range of strapless bras in store ranging from band sizes 6-18 and cup sizes D-GG. The Luxe Strapless bra by Curvy Kate even goes up to a J cup in some band sizes.
A lot of people feel like they will not get the same level of support in a strapless bra, but as long as it fits you well it will still hold you in place. If you feel like you would prefer the additional lift that the straps give, then a pair of Clear Bra Straps will solve the problem.
I wore a super sparkly gown with an extremely plunging neckline. The bra I chose was Deco by Freya as it has very low wires at the front and also gave me a nice rounded shape. The nude colour also worked perfectly under my dress. If you prefer a non-moulded cup, the Tango Plunge by Panache is a fantastic alternative.
Plunge bras will not work for everyone, especially if your bust is not as firm as it once was, so they are always worth trying on before you choose to buy a low cut dress.
Smooth cup bras
Claire wore a foxy form fitting dress so chose to wear the Moulded T Shirt bra by Fantasie. Moulded cup bras or T-Shirt bras are a fantastic choice when wearing something sheer or form fitting because they give a sleek, clean line and offer great lift and support.
There are lots of misconceptions around T-Shirt bras and different T-Shirt bras will suit different shapes, so to make it all a bit easier to choose which one will be the best for you, we have put together a really handy guide on our website.
Breanne wore a funky jumpsuit which plunged at the front and also came in slightly at the back, meaning that had she been wearing a regular bra, her bra straps may have shown. To solve this problem she chose to wear the Jana Moulded by Fantasie (no longer available) which has a ‘J hook’ on the straps which allows you to connect them together to create a ‘racer back’ look.
Not all bras come with a ‘J hook’ attached but you can create the look by using a ‘Racer Back Clip‘.
Forward Projection bras
Breanne (yes we have 2 Breanne’s at Avokado!) wore a one of a kind dress that was tailor made to fit her. When wearing tailored dresses or tops it is important that your boobs sit in the right place, otherwise the whole shape will be compromised. Breanne chose to wear Marcie by Cleo which gives incredible lift and forward projection. If ‘Marcie’ is not for you, there are plenty of bras at Avokado that will make sure the ‘ladies’ are pointing in the right direction.
When having an outfit tailor made, make sure you are wearing the bra that you will be wearing with the outfit so the tailor can get the shape just right.
Low Backed bras
Although we do not specifically sell any ‘low backed’ bras, we do sell a ‘Low Back Bra Converter‘ which can be attached onto a bra to take it a few inches lower in the back. The converter requires the bra to have straps so this technically will not work on a strapless bra- although I did once solve a backless/strapless problem by using a strapless bra with clear bra straps attached and a low back bra converter!
When wearing a low back bra converter, some of the support will be diminished as you are essentially wearing your bra undone so it is not advised for long periods of time.
And sometimes you just need to concede defeat and appreciate that in some outfits you just cannot wear a bra! In this case, if you are worried about nipple show, we do sell ‘Nipple Covers‘ which are made of silicon and have a gentle stick which allows them to be reused.
These are just a few examples of lingerie options so hopefully this post has provided some inspiration! If you already have an outfit and need to buy the lingerie for underneath, pop in to see us and bring your outfit along so we can try some different options.
As always, our team of fitters are happy to help you out and guide you through the many different styles we offer! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or leave us a question in the comments below.