How to Tape your Breasts for a Deep V Dress

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Knowing how to tape your breasts for a deep V dress is a skill in itself, especially for those who are blessed in the boob department. Many well-known celebrities like Kim Kardashian, JLo, and Beyoncé, among so many others, have nailed down how to keep theirs perked up every time they appear in public.

I can try their tricks and celebrity-approved ways to tape my breasts for a red carpet-ready look.

​How to Tape Your Breasts for a Deep V Dress

If dresses have a deep plunging neckline, ​even wearing the best push up bra ever or going braless are not always the best options. A normal bra will be visible and can ruin the look.

Graphic image that has drawings showing how to tape breasts for a deep V dress

For women with big breasts, if you don’t have a sticky backless bra that works with your dress, tape may become your new best friend. Tape does more by adding definition to the breasts and even enhancing or creating some cleavage. Tape is a great way for small chested women to create cleavage for their low cut dress.

It entails cutting out an adequate strip of tape which can go from the bottom of your breasts to the back of your shoulder. When you apply it, you’ll start at the bottom of your breast and work your way to behind your shoulder. Need some new boob tape?

Here’s my favorite! I’ve also written a great guide on the best boob tape for different outfits and body types. You can also learn how to use fashion tape for your plunging neckline.

Steps on Taping the Breasts for a Deep V Dress

Step 1Cut 12 to 13 inches of boob tape
Step 2Lift and cup the breasts
Step 3Pull the tape towards the shoulders

Step 1: Cut Up Strips of Boob Tape

​On average, you will need at least 12 to 13 inches of tape. Three pieces are usually enough to cover and lift up your nipples and breasts. You can do more if that would make you more comfortable.

When cutting the tape, try rounding the edges slightly. This way, you don’t have sharp corners from the tape poking and prodding your skin on the sides.

Two rolls of boob tapes with brown and cream colors were placed on a blue-striped surface

Step 2: Cup Your Boob

The process of taping your boobs up is a combination of steps you have to do simultaneously. Cupping your boob is essential because that’s the purpose of taping them in the first place. 

You want to lift it up and give definition, and this is similar to finding the perfect way to put on your push up bra so it works. You will want to cup one boob to start, and then you can work on the second one.

Step 3: Pull the Tape Towards Your Shoulders

As you do this, pull on the tape and stick it on the bottom of your breasts toward your shoulder. Remember to put a cotton pad on your nipple before taping your breasts to make it hurt less when you’re removing the tape and at the same time, to give it another layer. 

Put another strip of tape next with this one going inwards your chest. This will create the cleavage that will show between your plunging neckline.

Doing so will have the same effect as that of using a plunge bra that has a deep center gore for low cut tops, minus the cost!

Put other strips on top of the previous ones until you feel that your breasts are supported and you feel comfortable enough with the tape. Repeat these steps on your other boob and you’re good to go!

What to Do Before Taping Your Breasts

Typically, breast taping is a personal choice, and it’s important to prioritize your comfort and well-being. If you are taping your breast for the first time, it is important to carry out the following things before the procedure: 

Carry Out a Skin Patch Test

Patch testing helps you assess the compatibility of the tape with your skin. It ensures that the glue on the tape adheres properly with your skin without causing excessive skin irritation.

Additionally, it helps you evaluate the tape’s performance in terms of adhesion and longevity, allowing you to make an informed decision on whether to use it on your breast. Cut a small piece of the tape and place it on the inner part of your arm as the skin in this area is almost similar to that on your breast.

Allow the tape to rest on your skin for a few hours and then remove it to see if there is any allergic reaction. If there is an allergic reaction, consider choosing an alternative tape or take precautions to minimize the risk of irritation or discomfort.

Prepare Your Skin

After determining which tape best suits your skin, it is advisable to prepare your skin for taping. Preparing your skin can help ensure better adhesion, reduce the risk of skin irritation, and improve overall comfort. The following are some things you can do to prepare the skin for breast taping:

  • Clean the skin: Start by cleaning the skin around your breasts with a gentle, non-irritating detergent. Use lukewarm water and avoid harsh soaps that could strip away natural oils and irritate the skin.
  • Dry thoroughly: After cleaning, pat the area dry with a clean towel, as moisture can affect the tape’s adhesion.
  • Avoid lotions, oils, or powders: Avoid applying lotions, oils, or powders to the skin in the area where you’ll be taping your breasts as these products can create a barrier between the tape and your skin, reducing its effectiveness.
  • Apply nipple covers or silicone gel petals: To protect your nipples and make the taping process more comfortable, consider applying nipple covers or silicone gel petals before taping your breasts. These can provide an additional layer of protection and minimize friction.

​What to Use for Taping Your Breasts

As a general rule of thumb, avoid using strong types of tape that will likely hurt you in the process of putting them on and especially taking them off.

If you’re not willing to know what “peeling layers of skin off of your body” feels like, be sure to use one of the tape recommended below. With the right type of tape, there’s a way to lessen the suffering.

Unlike sticky bras where you can restore their adhesive, these ones are disposable and good for one-time use only.

Two rolls of black and cream boob tapes were placed on a striped blue background

Fashion Tape

If you can’t use specific boob tape, find a way to use fashion tape for your plunging neckline. Specifically, fashion tape is meant to ward off moisture (sweat), which means it will hold better and for longer.

​Gaffer Tape

​Gaffer tape is what people who work in production use. It’s usually for taping cables and cords in place. This tape is strong enough to hold up your breasts. It is not too sticky to the point of hurting and irritating your skin too much when you use it.

​Athlete’s Tape

​Athlete’s tape is used, well, by athletes to treat injury and muscle strain. These are the bright-colored or black tapes you see professional players, gym trainers, bodybuilders, and the like use.

This is less likely to hurt as it’s specifically made to be put on the skin. ​The upside to athlete’s tape is it is also resistant to sweat.

If you have a night of dancing planned, you might want to consider this. Just the same as men have to be concerned with sweating in their undergarments, you don’t want your tape to fall apart in the middle of your jam session. 

​Medical Tape

​Medical tape is a much subtler tape to use. The compromise with it is, that it doesn’t offer as much support. This would be much better for smaller-breasted women who don’t need much help in carrying boob weight.

They might need it more for the cleavage and for covering the nipples.

​Braza Flash Tape

​Braza flash tape is specifically manufactured to be used on the skin and clothing. It’s usually put in between the buttons of a shirt to close the gap there.

Many women are guilty of putting tape on their clothes and skin as a quick fix to daring outfits. While not the strongest, this will be one of the safest to put on your breasts.

Tips for How to Tape Your Breasts Up

Now that you know the exact steps you can follow to tape your breasts when you are wearing a deep V neck and the types of tapes you can use, it’s important for you to consider some things.

Here are some of the best tips when taping your breasts:

Choose Fabrics that Work Well

Silk or satin usually makes it too obvious that you have the tape on especially if your low cut dress or top is on the thinner side. Try to avoid taping your breasts when you’re wearing these types of clothing.

It could also be obvious when you’re wearing tight clothes or tops that hug your body. With that in mind, the fabric is always something to consider.

On the other hand, you can opt to wear pieces with heavier or thicker fabrics that won’t show you are wearing tape underneath your top.

Cotton dresses work really well, along with textured or printed fabric. For example, if you want to rock a leopard print dress, you likely won’t see the tape marks underneath because of the busy design on your low cut dress!

Portrait of a woman in a maroon dress

Wear Darker-Colored Pieces of Clothing

Besides the fabric, you should consider the color of your top or dress. Taping your breasts is highly recommended when you are wearing darker-colored dresses. They are dark enough to hide the fact that you’re wearing tape.

The color of the tape may also affect how it will be reflected when some clothes are seen in natural light. If your top is almost on the sheer side, the tape will also likely be too obvious.

Beware of Skin Irritations

If you are allergic to adhesives, taping your breast is not recommended at all. All of the tapes mentioned above were skin-friendly and should not irritate or hurt your body.

To make sure you will avoid getting hurt or irritated by wearing and ripping off the tape from your body, do a patch test first.

Practice Putting It On

Try to practice or try this breast taping trick at least once before preparing for an event. This is to make sure that you have ample time to redo it if necessary or see how it works for you.

This is also to say that if it is your first time doing this, it may initially be uncomfortable. Trying it on with the dress or top you’re wearing before the official event or day will definitely help.

Consider the Occasion

The usual complaint of women with sticky bras is that, when they’re wearing them, they are anxious they may fall off suddenly and cause unfortunate incidents such a nip slip.

It is important to consider the event or occasion you are going to. Will it be hotter or colder there? Will you be doing activities that will cause you to sweat? Ask yourself questions like these.

Usually, when it is hot and you get a bit sweaty, especially on your bust, there may be an unexpected tendency for the tape to become loose. In events like this, you can choose to bring some extra gaffer tape along. It’s always better to be prepared!

Woman by a window wearing a black deep v dress

Don’t Tape Too Tightly or Too Loosely

Be wary of how you do the taping. Sometimes, even if you get that cleavage you were aiming for, taping too tightly might make you uncomfortable.

Additionally, doing so can also pose a threat of an internal injury if the tightness leads to a blood flow restriction in that area of your body. The same goes for taping too loosely.

If you have large breasts, then loose tape could somehow make your chest look saggy. The tape may also fall off if you taped them too loosely.

Cut Off Additional Layers of Tape

You don’t want the tape to show under your sleeve, right? In order to avoid instances like that, it is best to face the mirror and make sure the tape is exactly where it needs to be underneath the shape of your V neck top or dress.

How to Remove the Tape

Tape removal should be a slow and gentle process since rushing the process can increase the chances of pulling on the skin and causing irritation. The following is a step-by-step procedure on how you can remove the breast tape safely and comfortably:

  • Use oil or adhesive remover: To ease the removal process, you can apply some oil like baby oil, coconut oil, or adhesive remover around the edges of the tape and allow it to sit for a few minutes to loosen the adhesive.
  • Stand in front of a mirror: Standing in front of a mirror is the preferable position as you can see what you’re doing, giving you better control and visibility while removing the tape.
  • Peel the tape slowly: Starting from one end of the tape, slowly peel it off, and if you feel any resistance or discomfort, pause and apply more oil or adhesive remover to further loosen the adhesive.
  • Support the skin: While removing the tape, it is advisable to support the skin with your other hand or fingers by gently pressing down on the skin near the edge of the tape to help minimize stretching of the skin.
  • Clean the skin: Clean the skin with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to remove any residue from the adhesive or oil. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
  • Moisturize the skin: After removing the tape, moisturize the skin with a gentle, hydrating lotion or cream to replenish the lost moisture and promote skin recovery.

Breast Taping Mistakes to Avoid

When taping your breasts, it’s important to avoid applying tape on dirty or wet skin as this can reduce its adhesion and increase the risk of skin irritation or infection.  

Avoid overusing the breast tape since excessive or prolonged use can cause skin irritation or skin damage. Additionally, avoid taping over broken, irritated skin or inflamed skin as it can worsen the condition, delay healing, and potentially lead to infections.

Related Questions

How to Tape up Breasts for a Strapless Dress?

Place the tape on the bottom of the breasts and pull upwards, just as you would when taping for a deep V dress, to tape the breasts for a strapless dress. However, you won’t reach the shoulders because the tape ends almost beneath the armpits.

How to Tape Large Breasts for a Low Neckline Dress?

Put a strip of tape under the breasts and drag it toward the curvature of your bustline for plunging necklines and broad apertures. You may add more strips to the sides of the breasts and push them inward to accentuate cleavage.

Can I Tape the Breasts for a Wedding Dress?

Yes, you can tape the breasts using the crisscross method for a wedding dress. Make sure to consider the seams and cuts before placing the tape.

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Some women would go to great heights to dismiss a little bit of pain for a good look. Taping your breasts doesn’t have to be as painful as people make it seem to be. Pick your tape option and rock that deep V dress you’d been saving!


Allena is the Founder and Editor of The Better Fit, a platform dedicated to empowering women with practical advice on bras and fitness, inspired by her own revelation of the widespread issue of incorrect bra sizing. Her expertise and tips have been recognized by major publications such as Cosmopolitan, Better Homes & Gardens, Insider, and NBC, making her a trusted voice in women's wellness and lifestyle.