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The tricky summer dress bra guide

Chrissy Callahan is the Contributing Beauty Editor for SheKnows and helps manage the Beauty & Love sites' content. Before joining SheKnows, Chrissy freelanced for a variety of different websites and covered everything from NY Fashion Wee...

Find your perfect bra

Summertime and the living is easy. But dressing? Yeah, things just got a little bit complicated. All those easy breezy sundresses we love so much come in a variety of skin-baring styles, and finding the perfect bra to cover up with isn't always easy. Lucky for you, we feel your plight and are offering some bra solutions for some of the trickiest dress styles!
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Backless dress

These back-baring styles are oh so sexy, but also a pain in the butt when it comes to wearing a dress. So what's a stylish gal looking for support to do? Invest in a bra that gives you plenty of options, says Kristen Supulski, director of merchandising of Vanity Fair Brands: "We recommend a bra that offers a little extra boost and straps that can adjust in whatever way you need!"

Backless dress

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Crisscross/cutouts

Cutouts and crisscross styles are one of the hottest rising trends in fashion, and while they're visually appealing, they can also make finding a bra somewhat tricky. “When wearing a dress with a crisscross back, the best style bra is a convertible like the Bali Comfort Revolution Convertible Wirefree Bra. Simply remove the straps from back hooks and swap the straps in the back to create a crisscross," says Jodi Sisley, senior merchandising manager for Bali and Playtex brands.

Criss cross/cutouts

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Halter dress

Oh halter dresses, what a classic style. Marilyn Monroe, anyone? They're sure pretty, but halters can make bra shopping tricky, for sure. Sisley suggests pairing these sexy styles with a multiway bra that'll give you plenty of options depending on the shape of your halter. "The best style bra to wear with a halter dress is a convertible because they can be adjusted to be worn so many different ways," she says.

Halter dress

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Normal dress

OK, so normally-shaped dresses aren't exactly difficult to pair with the perfect bra, but we had to give you a cute bra choice anyway! Pair this bright-hued bra with any of your fave sundresses this summer for easy dressing.

Normal dress

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Strapless dress

I'll never forget my strapless prom dress. It was elegant, sparkly and oh so grown up. The problem? It required extra support in the bra department. Had I had this bra at the time, things might've been a bit easier!

Strapless dress

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Keiko Lynn as SheKnows Guest Style Editor

Guest Editor picks:

Our guest style editor and popular fashion blogger Keiko Lynn picked three dresses she can't wait to wear this summer.

You can read more from our guest style editor and fashion blogger here >>

Zara white lace dress
Zara white lace dress
"The loose top of this romantic lace dress is perfect for higher temperatures."
ASOS Denim Pinafore
ASOS Denim Pinafore
"A pinafore can be layered over virtually any top, making it as versatile as a pair of jeans."
Madewell Hazy Dot dress
Madewell Hazy Dot dress
"This breathable cotton dress nips in at the waist for a flattering silhouette."

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