You spot the perfect dress at your local boutique. It’s a bewitching color, a flattering cut, the price is right…and it’s backless with a neckline that plunges down to there. You have push up bras, T-shirt bras, camisoles and convertibles. You even have a strapless bra. But, you have nothing that won’t show around the edges of that dress. If you can find the hardware section at a discount store, you can buy a $3 solution.

Things You'll Need


Purchase a sturdy roll of extra-sticky duct tape. Black is best for black fashions, however tan or nude works for almost any color regardless of your complexion.

Clean the skin on your chest. You must thoroughly remove skin oils and lotion so that the bra will adhere properly. Dry the area.

Tear eight strips of duct tape, each approximately 4 to 7 inches long, depending on your bust size. It is easier to work with strips than to cut as you go.

Hold your breast up, positioning it exactly where you want it lifted. Place the first piece of tape at the base of the breast under the apex of the curve and up over the nipple extending up to your collarbone. This is the lift strip. Tape the other side making sure that both sides are even. Leave the tape untrimmed.

Place the next strip on the outside and under the breast meeting the lift strip at the top and bottom. Press in as you apply the tape to build cleavage. This is the cleavage tape. The shape will resemble a crescent. Place another strip of tape on the other side. Again, make sure your breasts are still even.

Place the next strip on the outside and under the breast meeting the lift strip at the top and bottom. Press in as you apply the tape to build cleavage. This is the cleavage tape. The shape will resemble a crescent. Place another strip of tape on the other side. Again, make sure your breasts are still even.

Try on your dress. Gently pull the edges of the tape away from the chest where it shows above the dress. Use small cosmetic scissors to trim the excess. Move your arms up and down to ensure that the tape won’t make an unexpected appearance.

Remove the bra in the shower. Alternatively, use baby or vegetable oil to peel it gently away.

References and Resources

Style on a Shoestring; Andy Paige; 2009