No matter your cup size, wearing a traditional bra is not always comfortable or convenient. Having a love for modern styles with trendy deep v's and backless cut outs, wearing your strappy or strapless styles just won't cut it. When searching for solutions, it can be frustrating identifying brands that can fulfill our individual needs for invisible support especially when it comes to trusting that they'll be effective and hassle-free. As technology advances, alternatives for women of all sizes and colors have been introduced to the market and I'm determined to find the perfect fit for all.
Also known as second skin, adhesive bras are created with unique designs and features that make them almost invisible under clothing of all styles. When it comes to breast support that sticks to the skin, it's important to find brands that not only guarantee materials that allow your skin to breathe but most importantly making sure it won't come off unintentionally or even worse worrying about it falling off. From smaller to larger bust sizes, it's important to be secure no matter how much support you need. It's typically assumed women with small breasts are the only ones with the option of ridding themselves of the overly restrictive and painful support of bras, but these brands are proving that braless products can range from size A for a minimal left to DDDD.
Get into these invisible bra alternatives that actually lift while supplying all day comfort and support.
Brassybra is a disposable adhesive boob tape for women cup sizes A-G (DDDD). Beloved by many and known for its support for larger breasts, Brassybra is confident in being the perfect solution for those in desperate search of the right adhesive product. Brassybra is carefully designed and manufactured to work with your body like a second skin with worry-free products that fit, stick and stay on throughout your day.
Wearing the Brassybra
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"What I love most about Brassybra is the freedom and support that comes with it. I don't have perky boobs and for a long time I felt bad about not being able to wear certain outfits that required not wearing a bra. Brassybra has allowed me to have more freedom to wear outfits I've always loved while boosting my confidence." - Taylor 36DD (@tall.tay)
Wearing the Brassybra
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Revolutionizing the conventional bra with the innovative NuBra is a silicone 3D bra cup for women ranging from small to medium breast sizes. This strapless and self-supportive bra has a specially formulated adhesive, which has been clinically tested to be safe and skin-friendly. The unique PSA adhesive can be washed which then regenerates its stickiness and offers its wearer more than 100 times of normal, repeated application. This bra is comfortable, versatile, and extremely easy to apply.
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NuBra is also highly practical and convenient, as it can be used in a pool or in the shower, while remaining secure. Perfect as an additional alternative to a bra-free lifestyle, this product essentially eliminates the adhesive tape currently marketed in the lingerie industry. Make sure to purchase this bra in the correct size or risk the cups being too large with too much access room. I am a B cup but should have gone a size down for a better fit.
With wearing the NuBra
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Pros: The adhesive silicone is a natural lift and super convenient. This braless alternative is a great option for those that want a slight lift.
Cons: Not a great option in the summer. When sweating, the adhesive loses its stick and slips.
Without wearing the NuBra
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MultiNUDE is a Black women-owned company with a range of adhesive products from "lift 'em up" tape to nipple pasties, allowing you to be fashionable and comfortable with less effort. This brand offers shades that have been thoughtfully crafted to embrace the melanated. With complimentary nudes for those in need of darker shades and complexions, MultiNUDE is another great braless alternative.
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This was first evident more than a decade ago when she quit her job as the corporate executive of a Fortune 500 company during a Periscope livestream. “I’m not sure if there’s an alignment of [our] future trajectory. I’m going to work for myself. I'm promoting myself to work for myself,” she said at the time before flashing a smile at the viewing audience. As she resigned on camera, a constant stream of encouraging messages floated upwards on the screen.
By 2021, she’d fashioned her work as a corporate consultant and her personal life with her husband and three adopted daughters into a reality show, She’s The Boss, for USA Network. This year, she released the New York Times bestselling memoir Nothing Is Missing, written as she was in the process of getting a divorce and dealing with her eldest daughter’s struggles with substance use.
Convinced that there’s no way the 39-year-old has achieved all of this without intentional strategic planning, I asked her about it when we spoke less than a week before Christmas. I’d seen videos on social media of her working on 2024 planning for other brands, and I wanted to know what that looked like following her own year of success.
She listed a number of goals, including ensuring that the projects she takes on in the new year align with her identity “as a Black woman, as an African woman, as a mother, as someone who has lived a [rebuilding] season and is now trying to live boldly and entirely as themselves.” But, I was shocked by how much of her business planning also prioritized rest.
Despite the bestselling book, a self-titled podcast, and working with numerous corporations, Walters said she’s been taking Fridays off. This year, she doesn’t want to work on Mondays, either.
“A lot of us think we work hard until retirement hits. I want to progress towards retirement,” she said, noting that she’ll check in with herself around March to see how successful this plan has been. The goal, Walters said, is to only be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays by sometime in 2025. “It is intentionally building out what I know I would like to have happen and not waiting for exhaustion to be the trigger of change.”
"A lot of us think we work hard until retirement hits. I want to progress towards retirement... It is intentionally building out what I know I would like to happen and not waiting for exhaustion to be the trigger of change."
Walters said the decision to progressively work less was partially in response to her previously held notions about her career, especially as an entrepreneur. “When I first started, I thought burnout was a part of it,” she said. “What I didn’t realize is that even if you’re able to bounce out of burnout or get back to it, there’s a cumulative impact on your body. If you think of your body as a tree and every time you go through burnout, you are taking a hack out of your trunk, yes, that trunk will heal over, and the tree will continue to grow, but it doesn't mean that you don’t have a weakened stem.”
But, the desire for increased rest was also in response to the major shifts that occurred three years ago when she was experiencing major changes in her family and realized her metaphorical tree was “bending all the way over.”
“One of the things we have to recognize, especially as Black women, is that there is this engrained, societal, systemic notion that our worth is built around our productivity,” she added. “That is some language that I think is just now starting to really get unpacked.” In recent years, there’s been an increased awareness of achieving balance in life, with Tricia Hersey’s “The Nap Ministry” gaining attention based on the idea that rest, especially for Black women, is a form of resistance. Even online phrases such as “soft life” and “quiet quitting” have hinted at a cultural shift in prioritizing leisure over professional ambition.
"One of the things we have to recognize, especially as Black women, is that there is this engrained, societal, systemic notion that our worth is built around our productivity."
If companies are lining up to consult with Walters about their brands and products, then women have been looking to her for guidance on starting over since she invited them to livestream her resignation 12 years ago. As viewers continue to demand more from content creators in the form of intimate, personal details, Walters has navigated her personal brand with a sense of transparency without oversharing the vulnerable details about her life, especially when it comes to her family.
The entrepreneur said she’d been approached to write a book for several years and was initially convinced she was finally ready to write one about business. “I started to do that, and then I went through my divorce. When that happened, I said, why would I write a book telling people to get the life that I have when I’m not sure about the life that I have,” she said.
Instead, she decided to write Nothing Is Missing and provide a closer look at her life, starting with being born to immigrant Ghanaian parents (“You need to know my childhood to know why I’m passionate about entrepreneurship.”) through the adoption of her three daughters and eventual divorce. Despite her desire to share, however, she said she felt protective of the privacy of her family, including her ex-husband.
When discussing this with me, Walters said she was reminded of a lesson she learned from actress Kerry Washington, who released her own memoir, Thicker Than Water, just a week before Walters’ book release. Washington’s memoir grapples with family secrets, too, specifically the fact that she was conceived using a sperm donor and didn’t learn about it until she was already a successful TV star. While Washington reflects on how the decision and subsequent deception impacted her, she’s also careful to hold space for her parents’ experiences, too. “A lot of things she said was that she had to recognize where she was the supporting character and where she was the main character,” Walter said.
This is something Walter worked to do in Nothing Is Missing when discussing her daughter’s struggles with addiction. “I was very intentional about making sure that I did not reveal more than what was required,” she said. “If I say something about someone’s addiction, I don’t need to go into the list of the substances they used, how they used them, what I found. [I don’t need to] walk into a room and paint a picture of what it looked like for people to understand.”
Walters said some of the most vulnerable moments in the book barely made a ripple once it was released. She was extremely nervous to write about getting an abortion, she said. But no one has asked her about this in the months since the book was released. Instead, people have been more interested in quirkier revelations, such as the fact that she once appeared on Wheel of Fortune.
“I have bared my soul about this thing I went through in my youth that has changed me for people, and people are like, ‘So how heavy was the wheel when you spun it?’” she said, chuckling. “It just goes to show that people never worry about the thing that you worry about.”
With the success of Nothing Is Missing, Walters said she still isn’t planning to release a business book at the moment. But, as she navigates parenting a teenager and two adult children while also navigating a relationship with her new fiancé, Walters said she believes she has at least one or two more books to write about her personal journey. “There is sort of an arc of where my life has gone that I know I’ve got something more to say about this that I think is important, relevant and necessary,” she said.
In just three years, Walters’ life has undergone a major transformation. There’s no telling what the next three years will have in store for her, but it seems likely she’ll retain an inspired audience wherever life takes her.
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MYAVANA is bringing hair love and education to you in the form of an exciting nationwide tour. The Taste of Texture brunch is coming to a city near you, and it boasts real conversations about Black women and our hair while also celebrating what makes our curls unique. MYAVANA's founder Candace Harris, along with brand ambassador Snowfall and P-Valley actress Gail Bean, stopped in Atlanta recently and hosted an elegant brunch full of melanin and style at Buckhead's 5Church. Guests mixed and mingled among one another while sipping flavorful mimosas and choosing from an assortment of delectable brunch food from the buffet. Candace and Gail also conversed with attendees, making everyone feel welcome.
MYAVANA is a beauty tech company "with the aim of revolutionizing personal and professional textured hair care through data driven science and technology." Women can take a hair assessment, backed by AI, to determine which products are best for their hair. If that's not enough, women can also choose from a hair analysis kit or simply get a virtual consultation from one of their hair consultants. However, Taste of Texture brings the conversation about hair to you.
"The mission of Taste of Texture is to create community and connection through intimate, in-person experiences that facilitate deep cultural conversations about our hair journeys and how we evolve to become our authentic selves," Candace shared with xoNecole. "Our hair parties brings a fun, celebratory, safe, supportive platform for deep discussion around our challenges, traumas, and the victories of embracing our textured hair through the lens of our shared cultural experiences."
During the event, many women shared their personal stories about their hair, which undoubtedly resonated with other women in attendance. Gail also shared her own stories about her hair as an actress in Hollywood. She explained how she would take down her braids before going into auditions and wanting to experiment with hair dye, but was afraid. Well, that was until now. "My hair journey, a phrase I would say now is self-love," she beamed.
Candace Harris and Gail Bean
Some women walked away with a free hair consultation, but everyone left feeling a sense of community, knowing that we all have similar experiences with our hair and we also have a safe place to celebrate our textures.