A low-back bra allows women to wear backless or low-back clothing without having to worry about visible bra straps. The low-back bra has specially designed straps that cross lower on the back and then wrap around in front. This allows women to have the support and coverage of a bra without ruining the effect of a backless dress, bridal gown, or prom dress. Other low-back alternatives include adapters as well as backless bras.
Bras are an indispensable part of a woman's wardrobe. In addition to providing her with comfort and support, a bra is essential to obtaining a proper fit from a person's clothing. Unfortunately, not all clothing styles accommodate bras easily. Strapless bras can make it easy for women to wear strapless or spaghetti-strap dresses, but the back of the bra may still be too high for some low-back clothing. For that reason, bra makers have designed numerous types of bras that allow women to wear a wide range of clothing, even clothing that is low-cut, strapless, or backless. The low-back bra is one of many specialty bras on the market intended to meet the needs of women who frequently or occasionally need to wear backless garments.
Many women only need to wear a low-back bra occasionally because most backless garments are intended as special occasion or club wear. Some bra manufacturers address this by offering a convertible bra with detachable straps that can be adjusted as necessary to accommodate all types of clothing styles. Some of these convertible bras are convertible to a backless bra and even provide matte, transparent straps that are attached to the top of each cup and either worn traditionally or behind a woman's neck so they are covered by her hair. This provides additional support when the bra is worn in the low-back style.
Other alternatives to a low-back bra are low-back adapters, which can be attached to any bra to pull down the band strap and harness the bra in front. Another innovation is the backless bra, which consists of two cups that attach at the front. The inside sides of the cups are lined with an adhesive that sticks to the woman's skin and holds the bra in place. The backless bra provides coverage and some support while not requiring any straps at all, allowing a woman to wear dresses with extremely low backs or tops that simply tie in back.