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    Q:Tips to find the right strapless bras to avoid slippage in a one-shoulder dress

    How to find strapless bras with stay-put action

    I’ve become mesmerized with one-shoulder dresses but fear the inevitable; my girls will be out of control. I am not overly busty, but do need to wear a bra.

    How can I tell if a strapless bra will stay in place? (Toledo, OH)


    Love it or leave it, The First Lady’s inaugural gown has created quite a buzz about a top spring trend- the strapless dress.

    Whilst most of us don’t have the opportunity to wear a lavish one-shoulder gown, like the Naheen Kahn one pictured here, there are certainly plenty of short day to evening styles that will have our closets calling out for them.

    So hot question for today is, how to avoid, errr, slippage in a one-shoulder dress without going braless. Carefully.

    When selecting a strapless bra– you can keep most of the convertible bras, as they only convert to confusion and strange bulges– be sure it has enough grip around the lower band to stay in place and not transform itself into a belt the next time you race to catch a taxi. You also need to be sure that the bra fits well and does not cause discomfort.

    Before you spend good money on a strapless bra, do a little dance in the fitting room and see if it stays in place and doesn’t drop down creating the double-decker boob look. See if it doesn’t create any weird outlines under your top. Keep moving around a bit to be sure. You will probably need to try on a few as everyone is built differently. If you have V-like torso narrowing to a small waist, longline bras have a better chance to stay in place.

    If your dress has a structured or gathered bodice, try a little double-stick carpet (yes, that’s what a stylist uses) tapeto secure your dress to your bra. Don’t forget that you can always try one of the glue-on bra tapes, like the Pick-Me-Up, if you are game enough, but not the most practical for everyday wear.

    Finding the right strapless bra may be tricky, but the right is magic under a stunning and flirty strapless dress.

    –January 23, 2009

    Anna Sui at ShopStyle

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