Of all the things you could possibly want (or need) these days, the best nipple covers might not rank high on your wish list. But hot summer days call for clothes with the least amount of fabric (hi, backless dress), and while going braless can be truly freeing, not everyone may feel comfortable with nipples peeking out—or a potential nip slip.
Thanks to the endless possibilities of the internet, we found a ton of smart, affordable solutions that make it possible to wear pretty much anything. So if you need some guidance, keep scrolling for a handy checklist of the best bra alternatives to stock up on. From adhesive bras to silicone nipple covers and reusable pasties, each one can solve a number of tricky top and dress situations—whether you’re going out for dinner or attending a wedding—and are all easy to put on and remove. Temps are only getting hotter, so shop the 18 best nipple covers to wear with all your skin-baring summer outfits.
The adhesive bra
What it’s good for: Backless or super-low-cut dresses and tops.
It’s easy to wear your comfiest bra (or nothing at all) when you’re at home lounging in sweat shorts, but those one-shoulder numbers and open-back dresses require a little extra forethought. Sometimes you can get away with just a strapless bra, but if you want shape and definition without a war against gravity, adhesive styles are the way to go.
Celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson told Glamour she prefers the NuBra (shown below) over a traditional strapless style since it’s so much better at staying hidden. (This invisible bra comes in sizes A to E, and has a wide range of nude colors compared with some other brands on the market.) The proper way to put it on? “Bend over, stick one cup toward the outside of your breast, put the other one on your other breast, and clip them together,” Patrickson says. “It’ll help give you some cleavage and is the best way I’ve found to put it on.”
If you have a fuller bust, consider brands like Fashion Forms and Nordstrom Lingerie that make backless bras and adhesive bras up to G-cup sizes. The last two options in this section stick well to your side and provide lift underneath clothes with low necklines and open backs.
The silicone nipple covers
What they’re good for: Thin or semisheer fabrics, plunging necklines, and swimwear.
Self-adhesive nipple covers (or silicone pasties) are especially great to wear when it’s hot out because they’re lightweight and practically invisible. Breathable and sweatproof, these options are typically circular in shape, stretching beyond the nipple to cover the entire areola. (Some, like the ones from Fashion Forms, are scalloped to look like flowers.) Most brands offer nipple covers in a range of skin tones. And you can even get them in a waterproof style to wear underneath bikinis and one-piece swimsuits.