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Best boob tape for support and lift when you don't want to wear a bra

Fancy ditching the bra? Going backless, strapless or low cut? Boob tape is a great way to keep your breasts supported and secure, whatever you’re wearing.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Oct 24, 2023

Best boob tape

Does the thought of wearing a low-cut top, backless dress or an outfit with delicate straps fill you with dread, wondering how on earth you can keep your breasts accommodated and comfortable without having traditional style bra straps on show? Whilst multi-way bras certainly serve a purpose, boob tape (otherwise known as dress tape, lingerie tape or even tit tape) is a great way to keep your breasts lifted and supported no matter how much skin is on show.

Whether you're wearing a top with a plunging neckline, a strapless or backless dress, or simply want to go braless without your nipples constantly standing to attention, we’ve researched the best boob tape to keep your breasts looking pert and protected, whatever your outfit.

From options tailored for support and shaping to those that promise to create a curve-defining cleavage, here are the best boob tapes you can buy in 2023.

If you’re in need of other wardrobe essentials, don’t forget to check out our guides to the best shapewear, best tights and even the best swimsuits to see what Mumsnetters are recommending right now.

Best boob tape: quick glance

1. Best overall boob tape: Perky Pear Diy Breast Lift Tape

Perky Pear Diy Breast Lift Tape

RRP on writing: £12 | Buy now from Miss Pap

Key specs

Sizing: One size | Material: Waterproof, latex-free, hypoallergenic tape

What we like

  • Available in two shades

  • Sweatproof

What we don’t like

  • Non-reusable so does work out expensive per wear

What Mumsnet users say

“I've worn Perky Pear tapes (I’m a 32F) and they were surprisingly supportive. They're not cheap and you have to be careful to get them on in the right place the first time, but for when you've got a dress that just won't work with a bra they're well worth it. Good lift and they stay put.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Lellochip)

“I would recommend Perky Pear 1000 times over! Super sticky and really holds the girls up.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Jimjamjooney)

Our verdict

Made from soft, stretchy and hypoallergenic cotton, the Perky Pear DIY Breast Lift Tape comes in a 5m roll that can be cut specifically to suit your requirements and applied in a variety of different ways, whether you are wearing a backless, halterneck, deep plunge, sweetheart neck or strapless design.

Unlike many other brands, this boob tape is available in a choice of colours including black, brown and nude and is suitable for a variety of cup sizes from A-DD.

Perky Pear uses ‘Heat Activation Adhesive Technology’ which bonds gently to the skin when activated, helping lift your breasts and ensure they stay put all night long.

Sweatproof, waterproof and motion proof, they can be worn in almost any weather conditions, no matter how much you’re planning to dance the night away. They can even be worn under a plunging swimsuit for clearly defined cleavage whilst chilling around the pool.

2. Best budget boob tape: Ann Summers Breast Lift Tape

Ann Summers Breast Lift Tape

RRP on writing: £6 | Buy now from Ann Summers

Key specs

Sizing: One size | Material: Waterproof, latex-free, hypoallergenic tape

What we like

  • Tester swatch included to check for sensitivity before use

  • Sizing is based on cup sizes

  • Provides lift and support

What we don’t like

  • Instructions are not included

  • Some breast sizes may be too big for these

Our verdict

This breast lift tape by Ann Summers features specially crafted U-shaped cups that are ingeniously designed to provide maximum support and lift. No matter the occasion, whether it’s a glamourous evening gown, a backless dress, or a casual tank top, this tape has you covered, literally!

Moreover, to ensure your comfort and safety is maintained, the breast tape coms with a tester swatch, which allows you to check for any sensitivity before using the tape.

The sizing is based on cup sizes, ensuring a perfect fit for most breast sizes. Although, some buyers on the Ann Summers site had mentioned that they’re breasts were too large. It’s also worth pointing out that no instructions come with the tape, and so if you’re a first time user, you may struggle to figure out how to apply these.

3. Best multi-use body tape: Eylure London Body Tape

Eylure London Body Tape

RRP on writing: £4.50 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Colour: Transparent | Size: One size | Special feature: Double sided | Length: 2m long

What we like

  • Instruction leaflet included

  • Double sided for extra security

  • Budget-friendly price

  • Ideal for the whole body, not just breasts

What we don’t like

  • Pre-cut strips offer less flexibility in positioning

  • Provides less support and lift

What Mumsnet users say

“They sell Eylure Body Tape on Amazon - [it] should do the trick.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Fingermoose)

Our verdict

If you’re concerned about accidentally exposing yourself when wearing a plunging neckline, you may want to consider a slightly different kind of boob tape; one that can stick to your clothing and prevent it from slipping.

The Eylure Body Tape not only comes at an affordable, purse-friendly price, but it also comes as a pack of double-sided pre-cut strips, holding clothing securely in place and ensuring you only expose as much skin as you’re comfortable with.

It’s worth noting that this boob tape is more suited to fixing clothing such as boob tubes and low-cut outfits than supporting or lifting the breasts. However, it could be combined with nipple covers for the perfect support combination.

4. Best nipple covers: XJSGS Invisible Silicone Nipple Covers

XJSGS Invisible Silicone Nipple Covers

RRP on writing: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Silicone | Colour: Multiple available | Washing instructions: Hand wash only

What we like

  • Different shapes to choose from

  • Invisible, and made from medical-grade silicone

  • Small enough to fit in a handbag

  • Reusable

  • Waterproof and washable

What we don’t like

  • Need a wider variety of colours to match different skin tones

  • Some reviewers with smaller cup sizes found that they were still noticeable under clothing

What Mumsnet users say

“These are really good. I never go braless (need the lift of a bra, unfortunately!) but using these means I don't have to use padded bras, my nips permanently stand to attention!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user LifeInAHamsterWheel)

“I have exactly the same ones and  [can] confirm they are very reliable. DD had a set for a few years - still sticky. I bought my own a month ago and used them twice without any issues.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Branster)

Our verdict

If you’re wearing a dress or outfit made from sheer or thin material or simply want to wear unpadded bras or go braless without exposing your nipples, these self-adhesive nipple covers are an effective choice.

Made from medical-grade, hypoallergenic and sustainable silicone, these nipple covers are non-toxic and completely safe to apply to the skin.

They come in a handy carry case too, and reviewers remarked that they fit seamlessly. Mumsnet users also loved the fact they could be reused time and time again and can easily be washed when required.

5. Best boob tape for backless dresses: Udaily Boob Tape

Udaily Boob Tape

RRP on writing: £14 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Colour: Beige | Material: Cotton, Spandex, silicone | Fit type: Skinny | Size: 5m length

What we like

  • Pack includes two nipple covers

  • Suitable for almost all breast sizes

  • Can also be used as a sports tape

What we don’t like

  • Some reviewers found that this strong adhesive can damage the skin, so may be better suited to short-term use

Our verdict

This versatile boob tape can be worn in a number of different ways, enabling you to tape the front of your breasts and leave your back completely bare – a great option for low-backed dresses, strapless tops and scooped necklines where you don’t want unsightly straps on show.

Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex, this highly elastic tape can lift and support even larger breast sizes. Made with a skin-friendly adhesive that allows your body to breathe, it won’t sweat off, even when the temperature rises.

The pack comes with a set of reusable nipple covers included, handy for protecting the more sensitive nipple area when applying tape across the entire breast. Suitable for all breast sizes from an A-G cup, it’s also strong enough to be used as a sports tape for any strains or injuries from the gym.

6. Best inclusive boob tape: Nood Game Changer Lift & Shape Bra

Nood Game Changer Lift & Shape Bra

RRP on writing: £44 | Buy now from Nood

Key specs

Colour: Available in four colours | Sizing: Suitable for all sizes | Material: Sustainable hemp fabric

What we like

  • Brand offers the most inclusive range of shades

  • Suitable for all breast sizes (including DDD/G and F cup sizes)

  • Sweatproof and waterproof

What we don’t like

  • International delivery so planning ahead required

  • Strong hold so remove with caution

  • Costly

What Mumsnet users say

“I haven't tried these but they look a bit more robust for larger boobs than others I've seen.” (Brand suggested by Mumsnet user babyboyHarrison)

Our verdict

Described as a game changer for good reason, this Nood bra can lift, shape and support your breasts and comes as sticky cups which are far easier to use than individual pieces of tape.

Whilst pricey, the pack contains five one-time use adhesive bras made from premium quality hemp fabric which is not only breathable and kind to skin, but is also a more sustainable choice too.

Nood is proud of the sweatproof nature of their Lift & Shape Bra, stating that it’s guaranteed to stay in place no matter what the temperature is outside.

We love the inclusive range of shades too, so you can choose the colour that most closely matches your complexion.

7. Best boob tape set: Bieyoc Boob Tape Kit

Bieyoc Boob Tape Kit

RRP on writing: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Colour: Beige | Material: Spandex, silicon | Fit: Skinny | Size: 8m length

What we like

  • Excellent value for money

  • Versatile choice of products in one set

What we don’t like

  • Reviewers found adhesive wasn’t strong enough for larger breast sizes

Our verdict

If your wardrobe has a wide range of styles and you need breast support that works for them all, this Boob Tape Kit from Bieyoc comes with a variety of boob tape products and offers versatility at an affordable price.

With over 40 pieces in the set, you can choose between silicone nipple covers, cut pieces of the 8m boob tape for supporting and lifting, or use the double-sided tape for holding clothing securely in place.

Made from a hypoallergenic, professional-grade fabric, this stretch tape is latex-free and uses a soft adhesive which is kind on delicate skin.

8. Best alternative to boob tape: Rocktape Kinseology Tape

Rocktape Kinseology Tape

RRP on writing: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Colour: Available in 14 designs | Material: Cotton, nylon | Size: 5cm x 5m

What we like

  • Multi-use tape to add to your first aid box

  • Strong hold

What we don’t like

  • Better suited for short-term use due to the strong hold and pressure

What Mumsnet users say

“I used skin-coloured KT tape from Superdrug. It wasn't cheap but Jesus it held them in place all evening (was maid of honour at a wedding with too much boobs for the dress).  I also found that after 10 or so hours it was a little itchy/irritating, so I'd recommend for a shorter duration if possible.” (Type of product recommended by Mumsnet user Nervousdave)

“My sister did all of my bridesmaids with it – apparently something she was shown by a stylist and has been doing for years. It worked like a dream, I would suggest some practice and perhaps something to cover the actual nipple that you can tape over to make it easier (less painful) to remove.” (Type of tape recommended by Mumsnet user Showgirl109)

Our verdict

Traditionally used by physiotherapists to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation, Mumsnet users raved about the powers of Kinseology Tape (otherwise known as K-Tape), for keeping breasts lifted and supported without a bra.

Ideally used for a short amount of time, strong and sticky K-Tape is a quick and easy way to boost your cleavage when wearing plunging necklines.

What is boob tape?

Boob tapes are adhesive strips of fabric that are designed to keep your breasts in position without the support of a traditional bra. Some are designed for support and lift, whilst others are designed to push and shape for maximum cleavage.

How do I safely apply boob tape?

Many boobs tapes are single-use only, so it’s important to get the position accurate the first time. This does create a bit of pressure, especially given the price, however most brands come with step-by-step visual instructions and guides to suit a variety of outfit styles.

Make sure your skin is clean and dry and free from oil-based product, as this may affect the adhesive on the tape.

Once dressed, you can carefully use scissors to cut away any excess tape that remains on show.

How do I safely remove boob tape?

Boob tape should be removed with care. You should pull it off slowly and carefully and not rip or tear it off like a plaster – this may risk irritating or damaging your skin.

Many brands recommend you use a baby oil or moisturiser to dissolve the adhesive which makes it quicker and easier to peel away.

Whilst some brands will soften when wet, others are waterproof and sweatproof, so contrary to popular belief, attempting to remove them in the shower isn't always the best approach.

Things to be aware of when using boob tape

  • It is recommended that you do a skin test prior to wearing boob tape for the first time, in case of any allergies or irritation.

  • Whilst it may have worked for Kim K, we wouldn’t recommend using gaffer tape on your skin. It may have successfully held her breasts in place for hours, but we dread to think what it was like to get off!

  • If covering your entire breast with boob tape, it is recommended you also use nipple covers, as this makes removing much easier and pain-free.

  • Consider the amount of time you will be wearing boob tape. It is recommended you limit the duration during warmer months as higher temperatures can increase the risk of skin irritation.

  • You should avoid layering multiple tapes as this has the potential to cause friction and skin irritation.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users

First up, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, getting their feedback on their favourite boob tape products, as well as the boob tape they’ve worn personally and would recommend to others.

We also looked out for any negative reviews where Mumsnetters highlighted products that they felt were poor quality, difficult to apply and remove, or simply struggled to stay securely in place when dancing or in warmer temperatures.

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for boob tape products that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those that had won awards or were recommended by fashion experts and stylists.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best boob tape on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, Boots, Boohoo and Superdrug to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

About the author

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in product reviews and round-ups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, as well as several other online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help women make confident purchases.

About the editor

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she brings users content designed to make life easier. Having birthed two DC just 15 months apart, she knows all too well how much a body can change during pregnancy, after and as a mother. So, she’s fully invested in finding wardrobe staples designed to help women feel more confident.

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.