What to Wear Under a Crop Top?

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Crop tops are a must-have in your wardrobe since they are both cute and sexy. On the other hand, it can be challenging to determine the best bras that work under a crop top without peeking through. So, what can you wear under a crop top? Let’s find out!

What to Wear Under a Crop Top?

The best thing to wear under a crop top is an undergarment that remains undetectable while doing its job, such as a t-shirt bra. If you have a strappy crop top, you can wear a strapless bra, adhesive bra, or nipple covers. It all comes down to the style of your top and the support you require.

A white underwire strapless bra with a ribbon at the center and denim jeans worn by woman standing near a white wall

A crop top is an incredibly beloved piece of clothing. Primarily due to its comfort factor and secondly for its versatility. However, if you do not pair it with the right bra, it can ruin the look of the garment. Thus, check out the following undergarments for a flawless silhouette.

T-Shirt Bra

The quintessential t-shirt bra is designed to be completely camouflaged under a fitted garment like the tee. Moreover, most crop tops are essentially basic t-shirts with a much shorter length. Therefore, it makes sense to combine the two and reap the benefits of a full-coverage, supportive bra.

Graphic image of a blue bra that explains that the best t-shirt bras have smooth cups and adjustable straps

However, a t-shirt bra might not work if your midriff-baring top features:

  • Spaghetti straps
  • Off-the-shoulder style
  • Halter neck
  • Backless design
  • One-shoulder cut

In that case, opt for one of the other options to wear under your crop top.

Strapless Bra

As the name suggests, a strapless bra does not have straps. Therefore, you can wear them under any crop top that allows you to flaunt your shoulders. A quality strapless bra makes up for its lack of straps by reinforcing the other features, even if you have bigger boobs.

Firstly, it often has an adhesive grip on the edges of the cup that sticks to your skin to keep your bra from sliding down. Moreover, most strapless bras have molded cups that simultaneously support and lift your breasts for a fuller-looking bust.

Finally, most strapless bras have robust underwires that provide further stability to your breasts, along with imparting an alluring shape. I advise opting for strapless bras that are one size smaller than your true size.

Adhesive Bra

An adhesive bra is another excellent option for a crop top with a deep back or backless design. The stick-on bra essentially provides you with a well-rounded shape and a decent amount of coverage. However, it may lack the supportive element compared to a classic bra, especially for women with bigger busts.

An adhesive bra has a medical-grade adhesive that allows it to stick to your skin. It is quite competent in staying in place as long as you do you sweat too much. Excessive sweating and body oils can cause the undergarment to detach.

Some adhesive bras are made entirely of silicon while others have an outer covering made from fabric. You can opt for either a clasp or a drawstring front closure. While the clasp one is simple and functional, the drawstrings provide you with more freedom to control the amount of cleavage you can create.

A woman wearing a nude adhesive bra with a front clasp holding her elbow with her right hand

Nipple Covers

According to a study, almost 68% of women feel uncomfortable in their bras. The reasons ranged from displacing straps to tight bands to scratchy tags. If you are one of these women and want to go braless without your nipples sticking, you can embrace the nipple covers.

Nipple covers are adhesive patches that conceal your nipples and areolas, and allow you to exhibit a smooth silhouette. They are mostly round or pateled shaped, made up of silicone, and available in nude colors to camouflage seamlessly with your skin.

However, the pasties do not provide any kind of support or shape to your bust, which is a glaring downside. Therefore, you can use them for special occasions when a bra of any kind will just not work.

Related Questions

Do You Wear a Bra Under a Crop Top?

There is no rule that dictates that you have to wear a bra under a crop top as it all comes down to your personal preference. Many women prefer going braless, especially in recent times, while others feel uncomfortable without the support and coverage.

How to Wear a Crop Top Without a Bra?

If you do not want to wear a bra with your crop top, yet still want some lift and support for your boobs, you can opt for body tape. The robust, comfortable tape provides you with a perky frame while staying hidden under your top.

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While trendy, comfy, and stylish, it can be difficult to determine the most appropriate bras that work with the crop top. Therefore, depending on the cut and fit of the shirt, you can go for the classic t-shirt bra, the barely-there nipple covers, or the in-between strapless and adhesive bras.


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.