I bought this black scuba gear inspired dress from Zara when it went on sale a few months ago. I bought it not only because of the fabulous reduced price but also because it was very different from anything that I own. I’ve got to take fashion risks, right? It also looked really dope on the online model who was tall, slim and flat chested .
My issue with this dress was the dramatic low cut back of the dress. I would honestly think that if a company is going to sell a dress with such a dramatic back that it would come with a built in bra or something. My industrial strength everyday bras was not an option so I went for the only option that I know, the pastie.
Pasties are for small chested folks and teenagers. I outgrew those long ago, as I discovered. At my last bra fitting, the girls sized up to be 36 DD’s. I also have saucer size areolas sitting at the base of some pretty cold nipples . It was time to explore options.
Option 1: Victoria Secrets sells a Deep V Low-Back Multi-way push up bra for $55 – $62 . This is a great option, but I am not really sure if this bra is low enough for this dress.
Option 2: Maidenform has a Low Back Bra Converter which sells for $9.50 at Kohls. The straps fits into the hook-and-eye closure in the back of the bra and wrap around to the front to create a low-back design. I love the price of this and I am honestly going to buy this one because it would work with some of my other low-back dresses/tops. However, I don’t think this is low enough for this dress.
Option 3: Maidenform combo wing bra. This bra sells for around $32 on various sites around the web. I guess this is more of a pumped up pastie than a bra. It would certainly hide the areolas and prevent nipplegate. This just might work, but I wonder how it would hold up after a night of dancing and sweating.
Option 4: This bra sticks onto your clothes and not onto your body. Great option, but I am not sure if it would provide enough lift for women who are heavy chested like me.
I am glad to know that there are all of these options out there though. Unfortunately, because of the fabric of this dress (velvet), I will not be able to show you the option that I end up with until later this year. In the meantime, this is me wearing the dress with the standard issue pastie.
Ossie took these photos!