The Best Problem-Solving Underwear for Tricky Dresses


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Because sometimes even a strapless bra won’t get the job done

Party season is around the corner and we all want to look our best in the hottest summer styles, right? Summer cocktail parties, New Year’s Eve (all that late night dancing). Not to mention wedding season…

Are you dying to wear that low back dress, the top with a plunging neckline and skin-tight dress but don’t know where to find underwear that won’t ride up, fall down or dig in? Sign up for this support group.

1 Low or open back

Wanting to show off in lower back or backless dress but need some support in the front? We have the solutions right here.

H&M problem-solving underwear

Self-adhesive microfibre bra R349, H&M

The bra has no back, which makes it ideal to wear under that hot backless dress. Strapless, self-adhesive microfibre bra with moulded, lightly padded, underwired cups that shape the bust and provide good support. The lower parts of the cups and the sides of the bra are self-adhesive.

angel stick problem-solving underwear

Angel stick on cup R540, PDL Distributors

These literally only covers your breasts and it gives great support.

H&M multi-purpose problem-solving underwear

Multiway microfibre bra R299, H&M

For the not so daring this push-up bra is perfect. It is underwired with padded cups that lift and shape and detachable shoulder straps that can be fastened in various ways. The bra is extra low cut at the front and has a thin, detachable strap at the back which makes it ideal to wear under a garment with a deep neckline front or back.

2 Figure hugging

Whether it is skin tight jeans or a bodycon dress you do not want your underwear to show lines (or create unwanted bumps).

Woolworths problem-solving underwear

Satin fishnet shaper slip R450, Woolworths

Have a few curves you want to smooth out under your bodycon dress? This is perfect. The skin-tight fit will smooth out curves with satin panels to make sure the dress won’t ride up. Bonus – how hot is this!

triumph problem-solving underwear

R350, Triumph

Allow the support and control shapewear to be your little secret this festive season. Perfect for any occasion this high rise briefs will flatten your belly.

wonderbra problem-solving underwear

R130, Wonderbra

Not a fan of skimpy lace thongs? These are perfect to go under those skin tight jeans. It is smooth, clean cut and promises no creep, and no visible panty line.

3. Plunging neckline

Do you have cleavage you want to flaunt? One of these will definitely do the trick

distractions problem-solving underwear

R299, Distraction at Woolworths

This deep V cut is perfectly worked off with rose lace border for an extra feminine touch. And don’t mind if it peeks out.

va bien problem-solving underwear

R2 510, Va Bien at PDL Distributors

For that extra deep neckline you’ll need extra support. This bra has an extended corset like bodice to give just the support you need.

H&M plunge problem-solving underwear

R199, H&M

Not a fan of underwire but needing extra support? Try this wider strap lace bra.

Looking for more on underwear? Follow these handy tips for finding a bra that fits perfectly.

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