Looking for how to turn a bra into a strapless bra?
You just finished a two-hour search for what outfit to rock for dinner? Hurrah, you found one- a halter dress!
Sadly, the result leaves you in a greater puzzle because you have to begin another search for matching underwear.
Perhaps you have never purchased a strapless bra that you think would work well with your dress or you simply can’t place where you left it.
Rest, stop the search, I will show you just how to turn a bra into a strapless bra. I mean, your regular push-up bras or demi bras will work perfectly if you will read this piece with me.
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How To Turn A Bra Into A Strapless Bra Using These Four Hacks
Going braless is actually an option you can explore for your halter, strapless, or an off-shoulder dress. However, I know many of you do not like the idea of letting your boobs free.
And it is not a great idea to hit the store at this time. We just have to make do with your regular bras.
Below are four hacks to turn your bra into a strapless bra:
Chop off the straps
I feel this is an option you likely guessed as soon as you saw the heading. Quite relatable and straightforward, right? Yeah, I agree.
It makes enough sense to get rid of the straps of a bra to make it a strapless bra. It is a simple assignment, but I will just add a few more tips so you can get the best results.
First off, you need to get a pair of scissors ready, thread, a needle or a sewing machine if you have one, and the jolly good old bra that is about to save you.
Follow the steps I am about to share to turn your bra into a strapless using this method:
- Select the bra to redesign from your bra closet. I am sure you have a number of them, so pick the one you would not mind modifying. You can check here for how many bras you should own for future purposes.
- Carefully and neatly cut off the straps from the bra such that you do not have remnants of the straps on the bra cups and you do not eat into the bra cups.
- Seal the open ends at the point you chopped off the straps. This is done to prevent the bra from disentangling, and it is the point where you need your needle and thread or sewing machine.
This is where you show off your sewing skills; stitch the openings neatly that the bra looks like you bought it.
- Discard the straps.
- And there you go, the creative one!
Stow away the straps
I present to you a temporary alternative if you would not like to ‘incapacitate’ your bra forever.
Rather than cutting off your bra straps, you can hide them perfectly and still get maximum support as if they were there, in their rightful places.
There are ways to achieve this depending on what works best for your style of dress and is comfortable for you.
Here are two options for you:
- Tuck the straps in: This method works for bras with thin straps, and just as it reads, you are to tuck the straps into your bra cups.
Here is how to go about this- remove the straps, tie them, and insert them all the way from your bands to your bra cups.
Ensure you do this neatly so that the straps can lay flat so as to prevent bulky bulges.
This method does not really go well with body cons or tight-fitting clothes, there could be traces of the bulges on your clothes, especially if you do not hide them well.
- Slip the straps off your shoulders: This option works best for off-shoulder dresses.
Here: put on your bra, as usual, wear your top or dress, and then slip off the straps from your shoulders such that they get hidden by the sleeves of your dress.
Bonus tip: You can put the straps in place with the use of a fashion tape
Grab your convertible bra
If you do not want to go through all of these hassles, grab a convertible bra if you have one. It is the most excellent thing to do in that you can easily convert the bra to a strapless bra.
These bras are multi-way bras that can be styled in different ways due to the flexibility of the bra straps which are sometimes detachable.
In case the straps are detachable, you can remove the bra straps to make the bra strapless. You do not have to worry about the support because the cups are designed to stay in place.
Otherwise, you can follow these steps if you still want to use your bra straps:
- Detach your bra straps from the back of the bra only so that you still have them hanging on to your bra in their full ‘glory’- sorry, I mean length. Therefore, you are not to detach them completely.
- Put on your bra the normal way and ensure everything is in place, well, except your bra straps. Wondering what to do with the straps? Come on, relax!
- Take your right strap, rather than taking it up the usual way, take it down and pass it around your rib cage.
Do this till it reaches the ‘hole’ at the back of your bra on the left side where the left strap should enter normally, then fix it there.
- Do the same for your left strap. You can adjust the strap till it fits, and there you go!
Working with the straps for this method guarantees support that most strapless bras do not promise. And you won’t have to bother about keeping your bra straps up, or your bra cups gaping.
This method is cost-effective and does not take too much of your time. Mind you, it also preserves the integrity of your bra.
Stitch bra cups into the dress
This would also require you to display your sewing skills, so get your needle and thread ready. You will need a pair of scissors, an old bra, and your top itself.
Let’s get busy.
- Get a bra from your closet, one that you do not mind reforming permanently.
- Cut off the straps or detach them from both ends, as the case may be.
- Cut the band off from both sides of the bra, leaving behind the boning of the bra to retain its shape. And this way, the wiring will be intact in case you have plus-size breasts and still want all the support you can get from the underwire.
- Get your top ready, preferably one that comes with lining so you can sew the bra cup onto the lining. This will be the most perfect thing to do because there won’t be any traces of sewing showing on the top/dress.
Otherwise, you can just get a thread of the same color with the top to make your sewing as discreet as possible.
- Place the bra cups on the inner side of the top, and hold them in place with safety pins. This is temporary so that you could try it on to see if it is rightly placed and make necessary adjustments as might be required.
- Once you have gotten that right, you can sew the bra cups onto the top. Note that you have to be meticulous with this, considering the fabric of your top.
- And wham, you have your top with a built-in bra!
The downside of this time is that it takes time, and you will not want to alter all your bras and tops. Therefore, you can opt for any of the other options if this is too expensive for you.
Frequently Asked Questions On How To Turn A Bra Into A Strapless Bra
How do I hold my strapless bra in place?
You can keep your strapless bra in place in several ways. Some of these techniques include using adhesive tape, selecting a quality bra, buying a bra that fits, and strapless corsets are highly recommended too.
Is it OK to show my bra straps?
Yes, it is. However, it is not ideal to show them off in a formal setting or in corporate wear. You can show your bra straps in casual wear to informal settings, but you also do not want to do this every other day.
Here we are! You have seen the four straightforward hacks on how to turn a bra into a strapless bra.
By now, I am sure you know which seems to be the easiest, quickest, and most cost-effective. Also, you have probably made a choice of which one you would try out.
Whichever it is, I hope you find the guide in this article very helpful and I hope you would share your experience with me in the comments section.
Have a wonderful bra adventure!