Adventures in Bandeau Tops

Dress with Bandeau Bra

After having suggested the bandeau bra to clients in the past, I have decided it’s only fair to try this mysterious item myself. Even though my dress is wrinkly, belt all shifty, and hair is looking disheveled. I would have usually skipped posting this outfit, but I have to talk about the bandeau top! Why wear this strange item, you ask? Here’s why:

  • It will look cute when your dress or top’s armholes are roomy. No more nude-bra showing!
  • You can wear them with racer-back tops, of which there are plenty this year. No strapless bra, no bra straps.
  • They aren’t as bulky as wearing a camisole when you have a low-cut top on, and seem like they’d be more comfy than a strapless bra.

Dress with Bandeau Bra

Reasons this particular bandeau top should be only worn as a bikini:

  • Every time I bent over, guess what happened? Oops. This top required tugging aplenty.
  • Every time I walked around, guess what happened? There was so much sliding around, I didn’t even notice my belt was akimbo!
  • The seam on top kept flipping over, which annoyed me. No one wants to look down and see a seam that’s not supposed to be there.

The verdict: maybe bandeau bras are supposed to be made of lace, or have a little rubber seam on the inside to keep them in place. I thought I would be crafty and use the bikini top as a bra and it turned out to be a massive, droopy, fail. However, I didn’t get the uni-boob feeling I thought I would have, and aren’t the stripes cute?

Dress with Bandeau Bra

WEIRD EXPRESSION: me, Dress: Anthro, Bandeau: American Apparel, Shoes: Osborn (Dog&Pony), Belt: UO

Dress with Bandeau Bra

 

June 29, 2011

15 Responses to Adventures in Bandeau Tops

  1. Chelsea says:

    I have an awesome bandeau from American Apparel, but I know what you mean about the slippage!

  2. Maybe it’s because this one is meant to be a bikini top…it’s easier to get away with tugging when it’s not under something else. I was sticking my hands inside my dress all day. Not that cute.

  3. Kate says:

    I don’t think I have the boobies to hold up the bandeau bra. I am pretty sure I would be tugging at it all day . Either that or it would make me look as flat as a board. That being said, I like this outfit a lot. Especially the shoes. They rock.

  4. Senta says:

    Wish I had slightly smaller boobs… I think in a bandeau bra they couldn’t resist gravity. But your post motivated me giving the bandeau a try 😀

  5. Christina says:

    I actually feel like having larger breasts has always meant trouble for bandeau tops. So maybe no one can wear them. Also — razer backed? I always called them racer backed.

  6. Oops again! Racer-back. It’s been a long day already…I felt droopy in this bra (and wrinkled, apparently, even though I didn’t at the time).

  7. I think sticking your hands in your dress all day is super hot. And if you had walked by some construction workers, they would totally agree with me :)

    Love those shoes!

  8. Jamie Rose says:

    I didn’t even realize it was a swimsuit top until the end of those post. It’s a very cute print and looks nice with the denim dress. Too bad it didn’t work out too well – physically, not visually haha. It does look really cute on you!

  9. Michal says:

    Cute dress! I’ve never used a bandeau because I really don’t think they’d hold ’em up. haha

  10. lisa says:

    i LOVE this idea!!!! now i just need to find a bandeau big enough for my “girls”…..

  11. Rlutz says:

    love the stripes peeking out from the top of the dress…I think it would be a great idea if you didn’t have to keep adjusting yourself all day…!

  12. Lyddiegal says:

    I’ve yet to find a bandeau big enough for my girls. Heck, I have trouble with regular bras with band and cup sizes – anything sized s/m/l — forget about it!
    But the stripes are pretty darn cute!

  13. anna marie says:

    see, my problem with bandeaus is that my, uh, ladies are quite small. and i like padding to help hide their lack of size!

    holy cow, do you look cute though! i’ve been dying to find a denim dress. i know it’s out there somewhere!

    xo.anna marie

  14. Yeah my boobs would have none of that at all.

  15. Lydia says:

    Seems like everyone’s ladies are either too big or small for bandeaus! Wonder who they actually work for.
    I’ve given up on strapless bras altogether because of the former. The constant tugging is just too annoying. Maybe it’s time to go for a proper fitting for one – it would open up my closet for summer. The stripes are super-cute with this dress – great idea in theory but too bad it wasn’t in practice!

    Lydia x

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