Sometimes, bras just get in the way — it’s frustrating when your bra sticks out of your clothes, but going without one isn’t always an option. If you still want some support and lift but can’t or don’t want to wear a bra, you may find a friend in boob tape. Boob tape is a fabric strip with a strong adhesive back that is strategically applied to the breasts for coverage and support. It’s easily concealed under all types of garments, making it perfect to wear under everything from wedding dresses to low-cut or backless tops and even swimsuits. Plus, you apply the tape directly to your body, so you won’t have to worry about it fitting poorly or falling off if you’re moving around a lot. And most boob tapes claim to be waterproof, so you can wear them even if you plan on working up a sweat or swimming.
At the Good Housekeeping Institute, we test out all sorts of bras, including sports bras, strapless bras and bras for large busts for factors including support, comfort and durability. We used this expertise, plus our many years of testing textiles, to select boob tapes we believe will perform best. For additional insight, we worked with Allison Eisenberg, PAC at Mandel Dermatology who shared tips about patch testing and how to safely remove the tape.
Best tape for boobs
Boob tape does exactly what you think it does: It helps your breasts stay in place when you can’t (or don’t) want to wear a bra. It’s supposed to help you “defy gravity,” says Dr. Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. And, in order to literally defy the laws of physics, the tape has to be pretty strong—no matter what your bra or boob size may be.
Meet our expert: Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC
Many people use boob tape in place of a traditional bra for nights out, especially when wearing backless tops or deep V-cut clothing, but you can also wear it under your bathing suit because many boob tapes are actually made to be waterproof. So, yep, thaaaat’s why everyone’s boobs on Love Island look so good.
There’s a reason this boob tape has nearly 8,000 positive reviews. The strong-hold adhesive is sweat-proof, and in addition to using this to lift your breasts, you can even use it to protect your ankles from cuts while you’re breaking in new shoes. Sounds like a win-win!
Rave review: “I was looking for something I could wear with a low-cut and backless dress and this is perfect! Sticky enough to last all night even when I am sweating. The included nipple covers are an awesome plus, too! I love this tape, get it!”
Breast Lift Tape Strips
These one-time strips are great for travel, or those of you who just don’t want to mess with a roll and tape. Place several strips in any format you’d like to achieve the hold you’re looking for.Rave review: “Wonderful product! Provides great coverage and lift. Stays on ALL day!! Unlike other tape it doesn’t hurt at all when removing. Will definitely purchase again!”
The Nue breast tape comes in a 16.5-foot roll to keep you stocked up for the backless summer you’re about to have. It’s latex-free, waterproof, and sweat-proof. And, according to the reviews, it works for all chest sizes.Rave review: “It’s so easy apply, as also to remove, and didn’t hurt or irritate my skin. I do have a larger chest for reference—34 DD. The tape held up nicely.”
It can be difficult to find the right shade that matches your skin tone or seamlessly hides beneath your top. Nippies’ boob tape has the most color options of the bunch with cream, black, caramel, coco, and white.
Rave review: “Bought this to wear under a lower cut gown. I am 38DDD. This stuff held them in place, and made them look perky.”
3-Pack Adhesive Bra
Look, I get it: The tape can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Luckily, Brassybra takes the lift and support that using strips of tape provides and turns it into one large sticker. You can just scoop up your boob and the Brassybra sticker will hold it in place.Rave review: “This actually works! With a size D cup, I was surprised by the level of support these stickies had. I was able to wear my backless dress and I felt confident.”
It’s hard to find the right bra. But it’s even harder to find the right bra for your outfit. The endless dress-then-undress cycle—trying on a push-up bra with a v-neck, a strapless bra with a low back, the bralette, the sports bra, the stick-on bra—can be exhausting. Sometimes you do need the lift, but maybe just without uncomfortable underwires and constraining straps. Enter the solution: Boob tape.
Boob tape does exactly what it sounds like — they’re fabric strips with strong adhesive to lift and shape the breasts into a fixed position. For those who don’t go braless, boob tape is a total savior. “Boob tape allows people to wear certain styles they may not feel comfortable wearing without a bra,” Charlotte Ryder, Director of Marketing Perky Pear tells InStyle, “It not only can create the look and cleavage they want in their outfits whilst being completely braless. It also gives people confidence in their clothes and helps them feel good.”
But, if you’ve never used boob tape before, admittedly, it can seem a little intimidating. Booby Tape is a great catchall for every boob shape, cup size, and occasion. But we spoke to experts to find other just-as-good options.
The best boob tape is like a magic trick. These adhesive fabric strips that cover and support breasts in even the trickiest silhouettes (swimwear included!) work wonders. Sometimes, they’re even better than the best sticky bras. But breast tape does more than conceal in your most plunging, cutout, strapless, and backless attire. It can lift and shape, all while serving as an undetectable second skin—something the best strapless bras, bras for large busts, and most comfortable bras aren’t always capable of doing. So, if you’re not into the braless look or feel, keep scrolling to shop seven of the best boob tape options on the market—seriously, they’re gravity-defying.
Even if you’re a bra-lover, sometimes those don’t cut it when you have to wear strapless tops, backless dresses, or anything with a deep v-neck. That’s where boob tape comes in. For the uninitiated, boob tape is pretty much what it sounds like: tape used to shape breasts into whatever form you need.
The adhesive on this tape is strong — as it should be, since boob tape does have the task of defying gravity to hold up busts — so there are some precautions you should take to ensure the adhesive won’t damage your skin.