Have you ever bought a dress or top that doesn’t really work with any of your standard bras? Or it’s just something that doesn’t allow you to go braless no matter how perky your boobs are? Nipple covers don’t always cut it. And it can be a struggle with strapless or weird sticky backless bras. Finding the perfect bra to go with every single unique neckline or backless top or dress in your closet can be a challenge. We’d need a million different options!
There are super plunge bras to sticky backless ones and everything in between. And some tops just don’t allow any kind of bra option that exists! It’s too much. When you want or need to go braless, but can’t for whatever reason it may be, there’s an alternative. One that lifts the girls and allows you to feel your best. It’s called boob tape friends, and it is game changer.
Boob tape is basically wide sticky tape that helps to support and contour your breasts. Celebrities have been using it for years and even Kim Kardashian is notorious for using duct tape as a solution before it existed. But times have changed, and now breast tape is an option to the masses that can help you look your best in any top or dress. No matter how large, or saggy, your boobs might be. So you can toss all those weird bras, sticky bras that slide right off in the humidity and swap it out for boob tape.
How To Use Boob Tape
If you’ve never heard of this product, I’m about to blow your mind. Boob tape is an adhesive strip of fabric that is designed to hold your breasts exactly where you want them. You have full control over how high, or how far or close your chest is with boob tape.
Do A Test Patch
Before you try boob tape out, you’ll want to do a patch test. Some brands even come with a little swatch. If not, just cut a tiny piece, like a 2 inch square, and place it on or around your chest. Leave it on for 24 hours. If you have thin, delicate and sensitive skin, or are lactating, or are pregnant, you will not want to use this product. After 24 hours, remove with baby oil (details below). If you’re not irritated by the product, you’re good to go!
Start With Clean And Dry Skin
Before we apply the tape, you’ll want to start with clean and dry skin. No moisturizers! Period!
Apply Nipple Covers
Before you apply a single bit of adhesive, you’ll want to apply nipple covers. These are great and I always have them in my lingerie drawer. This is ESSENTIAL. Do not forget this step!
Figure Out What Your Outfit Needs Are
Before you do anything, you want to think about the item you’re wearing and what goals you have for your chest. Yes, your boobs have goals today. If you’re wearing a deep plunging dress, you’ll want to make sure you’re applying tape in such a place that you won’t see it with the dress. Or if you’re wearing a dress with little coverage on the sides (this dress is what made me need boob tape!) you’ll want to make sure you’re placing tape in such a spot that it helps support but doesn’t show. Maybe you are wearing long sleeves with a plunging neckline, you can put the tape all the way up to your clavicle allowing additional support. So put on whatever you’re wearing and take note of where you need your breasts to be and where tape will need to go.
Pick The Right Amount Of Tape
Now that you have an idea of where tape will need to go on your chest, pick the right amount. Before taking off any adhesive, pull some of the roll of tape out and place it in the spots that you’ll need. Then cut your strips. You can always cut a little of it when it’s on your skin, but having a general length for each will be helpful. Obviously, the size of your breast is going to determine how many strips you need. If you have heavy breasts that are larger, you’ll need a little more tape, and maybe an extra strip or two going in another direction for additional support.
Remove The Adhesive And Apply
When applying your strips, you will want to look in a mirror. This will allow you to see how things are shaping up. You only get one shot with boob tape, so when applying, be very mindful of where you’re placing it. I would only remove half of the adhesive and start in one section before removing the rest and applying it.
Lift, Stick and Pull
The tape can be stretched to lift and pull your breast to help shape and create cleavage where you want it. So you’ll typically start by placing the strip at the base of your breast and with the other hand pull to lift up your breast. While you’re pulling and lifting, you can slowly place the boob tape on your breast as you go upwards. Smoothing it out and removing the backing. Depending on what you’re wearing, you may need a few strips going upwards across your chest. Some situations may require a strip as well going across to create cleavage. There are so many ways to use it!
How To Apply Boob Tape
How To Use Boob Tape For Backless Dresses
For a backless dress where your side boob isn’t an issue, you can simply do a few vertical strips going upward from the base of your breast up to your collar bone or however high you can go with your dress. You’ll be creating a triangle shape basically.
How To Use Boob Tape For Strapless Dresses
For a strapless dress, we likely can’t go as high on the chest with tape. For this process, you’ll want to use shorter strips that don’t go as high. And for additional support. you can do one to two strips across the chest from left to right horizontally. This will help create more support and lift.
How To Use Boob Tape For Cleavage
This depends on how much cleavage is showing. So if you’re doing low-cut or plunge necklines, you’ll want to do vertical strips and push your breasts inward to create more cleavage. If your neckline isn’t plunging, you can do the horizontal strips and pull the tape to create cleavage across your chest.
How To Tape Boobs For Low Cut Dresses
For low-cut dresses, you’ll apply vertical strips on the outermost part of your chest to bring your chest inward for cleavage and lift where you need it. There’s this famous photo of Kim Kardashian to give you an idea of how this looks.
Different Ways To Tape
This illustration is from Good Lines and shows you exactly how you can tape your chest for all sorts of clothing scenarios.
How To Remove Boob Tape
Use Oil And Let It Soak
The removal process of boob tape is straightforward, but you can not skimp on this. Before removing the tape, make sure you check the brand you’re using and their instructions as some may vary. But typically, you’ll need to use oil to dissolve the adhesive. This can be any kind of oil. Baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil. Whatever you do, make sure you really soak and drench the tape. It’s the only way to dissolve the adhesive and make the removal process as pain-free as possible. Let it soak for 15 minutes, set a timer! And then gently peel it off.
I recommend doing this in the bathroom as it makes a total mess. Put on a towel around your waist and soak the tape (you can do this while standing in the shower too to avoid making an even bigger mess). Set a timer, listen to an audiobook, then peel it off and rinse off.
Best Boob Tape Brands
While I haven’t tried all of these, I did buy two different brands based off recommendations from fellow Indigoers. I think there may not be a ton of variation from brand to brand as the concept and product is pretty straight forward. It’s more about colors, sizes and any pre-cut options you may like. Also, many of these brands also make nipple covers as well.
I bought the roll of these to try and they come in lots of color options.
This brand came highly recommended to me by a friend. I specifically purchased these for their Classic Cut Boob Tape. They’re pre-cut and shaped like a teardrop. You can use these under your bathing suit too (yes these can be worn in the water!). Since this was the brand I used first, I ended up watching a lot of their tutorials on YouTube and found it super helpful.
Nippies by B-Six
Hollywood Fashion Secrets
This is the brand that I’ve had their fashion tape for years. Which I think everyone should also have in their wardrobe. Perfect for securing any weird wrap tops, or those plunging necklines so your top stays exactly where you want it.
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