Masking tape? Check. 

Double-sided tape? Check.

Scissors? Check.

If this sound like the start of an arts and craft post, you are sadly mistaken. These are just a few of the items I used to create a fabulous look for the New Year’s Eve (NYE) party my husband and I attended that evening.   

Busty Girl Dilemmas

I am busty by plunging neckline standards (36 c), and while I don’t mind showing off my assets, I am super conscious about looking classy in every outfit I put together. The word “classy” is subjective, I know, but what it means to me is this – if I am showing a lot of skin on top, I intentionally cover up the bottom half of my body with pants or tights that are opaque. And when I want my legs to be the focal point in anything mini, I show little to no skin up top. This practice keeps things in balance, in my opinion.   

For the evening’s festivities, I chose to wear a red wine-colored lace maxi dress I had bought months earlier from a boutique in Fort Lauderdale (also available here). The beauty caught my eye with its delicate embroidery and deep V neckline, but would its see-through skirt and high slits on either side take sexy over the edge? Not a chance! Each feature worked together beautifully, but I knew I would be in for some crafty maneuvering if I wanted to achieve a runway-worthy look.     

Boho Lace Maxi Dress
Boho Lace Maxi Dress; Available at shipwreckltd.com – $72.95

Since I would be making the top of the dress the center of interest, I decided ahead of time that I would keep my accessories minimal and wear black trousers underneath the skirt. (The trousers would replace the shorts sewn into the waist of the dress.) 

Boho Lace Maxi Dress; Available at shipwreckltd.com $72.95
Boho Lace Maxi Dress; Available at shipwreckltd.com $72.95
Apt. 9 Modern Fit Black Trousers; Available at Kohl's - $48.00
Apt. 9 Modern-Fit Black Trousers; Available at Kohl’s – $48.00

I also knew I would need plenty of masking and fashion tape to keep the neckline in place, create the perfect cleavage, and avoid an embarrassing “wardrobe malfunction” on the dance floor.

Ready for two game-changing fashion hacks? Here you go!

Fashion Hack 1 – A Tape Bra

To start, I used a fashion hack Mrs. Kardashian-West shared with the world last year via her Instagram – using masking tape to lift your breasts and produce envy-worthy cleavage. Though the hack is easy to master and works like a dream, I suggest you stand perfectly straight before applying the first strip of tape to the top of your shoulder. Otherwise, you will feel dragged down and forced to hunch over the whole night until you can remove the bra. Also, it hurts like a b**** to remove each strip at the end of the evening, especially over and around your nipples, so “brace yourselves,” as Kim cautions. If you are not too tired, I recommend loosening up the adhesive by taking a hot shower and gently removing the bra piece-by-piece under the water. 

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Kim Kardashian’s Tape Bra Hack

I want to note that before trying Kim’s fashion hack, I tried a few different adhesive bras and nipple petals from stores like Victoria’s Secret and Macy’s. Sadly, none worked for this well-endowed babe. I was left feeling unsupported and ripped off (those bras are not cheap!).

Fashion Hack 2 – Body Adhesive

Once I had my tape bra in place, I slipped into my dress and applied small strips of double-sided fashion tape along the top and center of the neckline. Unfortunately, after several tries, the fashion tape was a flop. Frustrated and nervous about a possible nip slip, I panicked. I even contemplated changing into something else I knew I would be able to dance in and not look like a girl that had gone wild. Thankfully, like an angel sent from Heaven, my dear friend (and neighbor) saved the night with well-known hack dancers use to keep their costumes in place – Yofi’s Stick It Body Adhesive! I strategically rolled the glue on my chest where the edge of the fabric would lay, pressed the neckline in place, and held my breath. In just a few seconds, the fabric did not budge or pull away from the glue. Success!  

Yofi Stick-It Body Adhesive; Available online $12
Yofi Stick-It Body Adhesive; Available online $12

Accessorizing the Look

If you want to create an unforgettable look, you have to pay attention to detail. But more importantly, your have to feel amazing in what you are wearing – from head to toe. I always say, “Your best accessory is confidence.”    

As I mentioned earlier, I stuck to minimal accessories, finishing off my NYE look with dainty earrings and two delicate necklaces (both given to me as gifts), a crimson velvet jacket and black velvet shoes.  

Simple Accessories

Tahari Cropped Velvet Jacket; Available at Macy's $129
Tahari Cropped Velvet Jacket; Available at Macy’s $129
Steve Madden Black Velvet Platforms; Available at stevemadden.com $99.95
Steve Madden Black Velvet Platforms; Available at stevemadden.com $99.95

And, there you have it!

Happy New Year, Sunset Lovers! Let me know how the hacks I list above work out for you.

Yvette Valencia
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My world is made up of faith, many blessings, and lofty dreams. I'm a wife of twelve years, mother to two amazing boys, and a career woman who owns and runs a content marketing company. Fashion and music move me.

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