But you can happily whip those backless tops and dresses out of the wardrobe because we've found the top reviewed sticky bras when it comes to both shape and support for all breast sizes, whether you're an AA or DD.
Below, everything you need to know before you shop.
Sticky bras vs adhesive bras vs silicone bras
With so many different names, it's easy to get confused about what you're actually buying. But never fear: sticky, adhesive, silicone, they all mean the same thing. An adhesive bra is just the more formal term for a sticky bra and silicone is the material used. People tend to nickname sticky bras 'chicken fillets' because of how much they look like literal fillets of chicken... style, but make it edible.
How do they actually work?
Sticky bras consist of two bra cups that have a layer of adhesive (to stick to skin) and are applied directly onto the breasts.
What are they made from?
Sticky bras are usually made of silicone, polyurethane, or a similar material.
What different types can you get?
Sticky bras can come in various styles. The most common is two separate fillets with a clip in the middle or with a drawstring in the middle, which you can tighten depending on how much cleavage you want. They also come as one bra with underwire and sticky bits on the side and in a low cut design for V-neck fronts.
Do they work for all breast sizes?
Yes, however, it's worth doing your research as some brands are better than others. If you're needing more support and have a bigger bust size, it's a bit harder, but definitely possible to find one that works for you. Take a look at the five we recommend below.
Can you reuse them?
Yes! By rinsing your sticky bra with water and leaving it to dry overnight, the stick should be as good as new. It's recommended to wash after every use to get rid of residue.
How do you wash sticky bras?
Do not machine wash or soak your sticky bras in water, as this can permanently damage the adhesive - as can using a brush or fingernails to scratch the surface of the cups. Instead, run the sticky bra under running water and use the palm of your hand to clean them in a circular motion. It's fine to use a few drops of hand soap, too. Shake off excess water and leave with the sticky side up to air dry.
What are the best sticky bras?
Below, we've rounded up the best adhesive bras, based on real people's reviews.
5. Invisibra Sofia Plunge Bra
The one for low cut necklines
All of Invisibras creations have star reviews (none more so than the Ava push up), but if you're after a bra that allows for both a strapless back and a V-neck front, this is your new best friend.
Price: $61, Invisibra.com
4. AVIGOR Womens Adhesive Silicone Strapless Bra
The one with nothing but 5-star reviews
We stumbled across this sticky bra on Amazon, after noticing 100+ 5-star reviews and low price point. It promises to be soft and fit to the body. An Amazon reviewer wrote: "This is great. Much more comfy than a strapless bra. Stays in place even on sweaty days. I have d cup breasts and I can wear the largest size fine."
Sizes: A-D cup (some reviewers say to go up a size)
Price: Approx $25 AUD, Amazon.com
3. Nudwear Silicone Backless Push Up Bra
The ones that also look good
This sticky bra doesn't just work well, it looks great too. There are rave reviews on the Nudwear website and according to an editor at The Cut, who tried 15 different sticky and strapless bras, it was the best of the bunch. "The further apart I applied the cups, the more cleavage and lift I saw. It’s all the functionality of a push-up bra, without the straps. I loved the way they felt - soft and natural - and the adhesive was so strong."
Price: $52 from Shopbop.com
2. Nippies Skin ORIGINAL Hypoallergenic Nipple Covers Pasties
The one the fashion girls love
Sold everywhere from Reformation to Revolve, Nippies Skin adhesive pasties are super sticky and virtually invisible. They work for bigger busts and you can adjust them for extra lift.
Sizes: Size 1 (A-D cup) or size 2 (DD+ cup)
Price: Approx $35 AUD, Shopbop.com
1. Sneaky Vaunt Vaunt It Push Up
The one that went viral
The gamechanger of all sticky bras, Sneaky Vaunt has it all: non-sticky patches to save your nipples, invisibility and a drawstring to create incredible cleavage. The amount of rave reviews, plus the celebrity fans, may or may not have just convinced us to buy two (ps. they're currently on sale.)
Price: Approx $68 AUD (plus $15 shipping), Sneakyvaunt.com