Wearing the right bra under your evening dress can give you the extra boost of confidence you need to truly rock your outfit. The right bra will offer the support you need while also remaining undetectable underneath your dress, preventing any wardrobe mishaps.

However, with so many dress styles to choose from, how can you know what bra to wear underneath each dress? If you need a bit of guidance, here are the best types of bras to wear with the most popular dress styles.

Strapless and halter-neck dresses

With a strapless dress, you’ll need a strapless bra. Naturally, wearing a strapless or halter-neck dress will mean that your bra straps are visible if you choose one of your usual bras, so if you want to avoid the fashion faux pas of having visible underwear, you should definitely opt for a strapless or bandeau bra.

Some women may choose to wear a regular bra in a nude color because they feel like they don’t get enough support with a strapless bra, especially if they have a larger bust. However, if you choose to do this, bear in mind that your bra will still be quite visible even with the nude fabric. Luckily, many strapless bras nowadays will support all breast sizes.

Plunging necklines

If you’re wearing a dress with a very low, V-shaped neckline, then a plunge bra will be perfect for you. As the name suggests, this bra has a deep plunge in the middle, which means it can show off and enhance your cleavage without the fabric being visible in low-cut dresses and tops. Padded plunge bras will also give your bust some extra volume and lift, so this is a great option for those who want a confidence boost when wearing their evening dress.

Square necklines

If you’re wearing a dress with a square neckline, then you want to make sure that the tops of your bra cups don’t peek out above the top of the dress. If your regular bra is too visible, then it may be best to swap it for a balconette bra. This type of bra has a more horizontal shape at the top of the cups, making it perfect for square necklines.

Bodycon dresses

Bodycon dresses are skin-tight and clingy, which can make it difficult for you to avoid visible underwear and bra lines. Therefore, when wearing a bodycon dress, you may prefer to wear bodysuit shapewear underneath to create a toned, seamless figure. Plenty of bodysuit shapewear styles have built-in bra cups, so they can still give you the support and lift you need.

Backless dresses

The most difficult dresses to work with are definitely backless dresses, as the vast majority of bras will fasten around the back. In this situation, your best option may be to go for a stick-on backless bra, which uses an adhesive to stick to your skin. However, these bras can be tricky to use, so if you’re feeling confident enough, you could always go braless instead.