Review: Backless, Strapless "Nud Bra" by Nüdwear
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Review: Backless, Strapless "Nud Bra" by Nüdwear

Disclosure: I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Nud Bra by Nudwear

Nud Bra by Nudwear

I've been having some 90s nostalgia lately. Not like middle school was my glory days or anything like that, but even then I had a pretty well-defined sense of style. I pioneered backless tops at my middle school before they were explicitly banned in our dress code. I probably would've continued to rock them all the more if bust support weren't a concern. (Let's face it, those clear straps and bands of the 90s were a bit awkward.) Enter the Nud Bra by Nüdwear ($48.50), an adhesive bra that is both strapless and backless, ostensibly ideal for backless tops and dresses. Actually, the bra is not only backless but completely bandless.

Nud Bra by Nudwear

Nud Bra by Nudwear

First off, how does the sizing on this bra work? Since there is no band, band size isn't an issue --- it is sized only by cup. However, cup size without the context of band is really odd to me --- my 30D is certainly going to have a very different volume than a 38D. At the time that Nudwear sent me the sample, I was still thinking of myself as a 30C, and so a C I was sent. Oh, and I definitely wouldn't go off of the bra sizing method they describe on their website. By their math, I'd be a 34AA or thereabouts.

My Nudbra did not come in this type of box.  Maybe this packaging has care and placement directions?

My Nudbra did not come in this type of box. Maybe this packaging has care and placement directions?

When the package arrived for me at work, I was excited and intrigued... then immediately confused. No instructions for care or placement were included with my Nud bra, though it does come with a lightweight plastic egg case to keep the gel cups from being crushed or deformed, as well as a hot pink organza bag in which the case can be kept. (Sadly, my cat decided to eat said bag as I sat down to write this review.) The good news is that information is on their website, but I really wish it had come with the bra itself, or at least been made clear on the packaging that I should be looking to their site for answers. Imagine if I had taken the bra with me on an out of town trip and was at a hotel with no Wi-Fi?
Edited to add: Apparently the standard retail packaging does include instructions.

So the first time I tried this bra on, I was pretty confused and had to reposition it several times. On that first occasion, I determined this was a good bra for adding volume and camouflaging nipples, but not necessarily much (or any) lift. Since I don't buy into nipple-denial but do enjoy having my breasts in the bust area of my tops and dresses, I was a little disappointed. The second time around, with the help of the online directions, I did a little better, but I still had to play with placement a few times. The directions do not explicitly advise you to separate the two bra halves, only that you should join them later. (The design is essentially two separate cups with a front clasp.) They also don't confirm which direction is "up" on the cups, though I assumed the rounded side fits against the lower curve of the breast. Getting even placement with an asymmetrical bust is definitely challenging. Following their placement directions, I would also add "cleavage" to the list of positive features. I do feel like I got better lift the second time around, and while it's not exactly supportive, the Nud Bra did feel surprisingly secure (minimal bounce factor).

Nud Bra by Nudwear

The Nud Bra has a front clasp, which helps you place the cups individually.

As for the comfort level of wearing the Nud Bra, I would advise anyone with dry or sensitive skin to proceed with caution and consider covering your nipples with bandaids to help minimize itching. Taking the bra off is totally painless, but the itch factor can drive you up the wall. I'm not sure if it's from the gentle adhesive or the lack of fresh air or my own deep need for a better moisturizing routine, but it was pretty much the first thing I noticed the first time I tried it on. The adhesive is supposed to be sweat/moisture resistant, which would be totally handy if I weren't the perpetually cold sort and also the dancing-at-sweaty-nightclubs sort.

All in all, this wasn't exactly the magic backless bra support I had been hoping for. I could see it working better with more practice, or if I were more patient with trying and re-trying and adjusting the placement. Nudwear also makes a Feather-lite Nud Bra, which is available in black and beige.

Have you tried the Nud Bra? What foundations (if any) do you wear with backless tops and dresses?

Marianne Faulkner

Marianne Faulkner is the designer of Pop Antique, a clothing and corsetry line specializing in sustainable materials and comfortable curves. She is based in San Francisco where she earned her MFA in fashion design at the Academy of Art University, and has been a columnist at The Lingerie Addict since 2011.

10 Comments on this post

  1. Rose says:

    I’m sort of embarrassed to admit I bought this style bra at walmart YEARS ago! I had a smaller busy then (bought the A cup) so it would basically just cover my nipples now- haha! But for $20 it did give me a nice cleavage look with no nipples and no straps. I loved it a and my only gripe was that it moved around when I got sweaty. Would purchase again, just haven’t gotten around to it!

  2. Hilary says:

    I bought a pair off of amazon this past year to wear under a backless dress, and while I’ll admit they are a challenge to figure out the first time, it really is a great product. I’m a size B, so they provided the necessary support and more cleavage than I could have hoped for. The trick is to place the cups on each breast separately and then hook them together. They even managed to hold up for an entire night of dancing, running around and sweating, which is pretty impressive. I’d definitely recommend them for small bust sizes, although I’m not sure how well they would hold up for anyone over a C.

    • Marianne Marianne says:

      I’m glad to hear they worked well for you. Even when I tried placing the cups separately I found myself adjusting a few times – with one boob in place, I found it hard to keep a mental frame of reference for how I’d gotten it there! So symmetry was a challenge for me, personally.

  3. sarah says:

    I have a pretty big bust (european 70F), so I assume these things wouldn’t work for me. I love the way backless dresses look, but I never wear them because I have no idea what I should do with my boobs. I do need some support but I don’t want any straps to show. Does anyone have an idea how to handle this?

  4. Catherine says:

    I haven’t tried this one but I’ve tried others – never had the itchies in spite of sensitive skin. At a smaller cup size they worked well for creating a bit of cleavage and a small lift under slinky dresses, though I was loth to do anything vigorous in them, but now I’m bigger I think I’ll have to go for a Faveo instead :) Or those things that are basically a giant bust shaped piece of sticky tape!

    • Marianne Marianne says:

      That’s great to hear! I have a feeling it may have been dry skin more than sensitive skin in my case – nothing a regular application of coconut oil couldn’t fix eventually, but absolutely maddening in the moment. Thanks for the additional suggestions. :)

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