How to avoid flashing your boobs in a maxi this summer

15 maxis you can wear with your favourite bra underneath

By Andrea Michelle

Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook, used the title of her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, as a metaphor for being more assertive.

Well if a female CEO of a household with little kids were to write a book, I reckon it should be called something like Lean Down: Mothers, Kids, and Being Perpetually Bent Over.

From changing nappies and laying babies into cots, reaching over to scoop spoonfuls of soft mush into gummy mouths, bending forward to pick up toys and wipe noses, pushing swings and buckling baby seats, mums are leaning down so often it seems like it’d make more sense for them to just stay down there, Hunchback-style, indefinitely.

But that’s not the end of the issue. Bending down creates a potentially embarrassing fashion dilemma with certain items of clothing.

If you’ve ever copped an unintended boob or nipple flash from a mother proudly leaning forward to present a lovingly-made birthday cake to her treasured offspring, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And if you’ve ever been the one who’s accidentally done the flashing, you’ll know exactly how I felt at my eldest son’s party when one of the aunties commented, “What lovely little boobs.” *squirm*

Now I just want to say that I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses. I love the way they swish with all that fabric. They make me feel elongated and elegant. But because they’re often spaghetti-strapped, they’re one of the biggest causes of accidental boob flashing. Why? Because like it or not, they look best when the wearer risks going bra-less. And it is a risk. Yet wearing a strapless bra is an uncomfortable option, and if we settle for wearing our usual bra underneath (let’s be honest) it looks pretty average.

So as a dedication to one of our readers Nicole (who suggested this post) and for all the ladies out there who want to be able to bend forward with complete abandon, here are 15 beautiful maxi dresses you actually can wear with your favourite bra.

And just think, with all these fab maxi dress options that we can easily wear with our usual bras, we’ll have completely zapped the possibility of an accidental boob or nipple flash, meaning all our summer happy-snaps will be perfectly fine to upload to Facebook. Sheryl would be pleased.

More Max-piration:

7 easy ways to start wearing your Summer maxi, now

15 ways to style a black maxi, whatever the season

5 tips for wearing a maxi when you’re a mini

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  • What a fabulous topic and love the collection you’ve suggested!! It’s so true – some of those beautiful maxis really do look average with your everyday bras. I love the Betty Basics range. So versatile and comfy. Xo

  • Tota Lee Busee

    perfection! there are even a few on there that could convert nicely to work! THAT is a success, Foxy lady! xx

  • merliyn

    good post and thanks for the inspiration andrea, … not a fan of the maxi either!
    however I do like that wafty feel of them around home! … resort style living! yes! 😉
    like your picks to showcase them and love the black ones especially! have a good day! m:)X

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Love me a maxi dress for the same reason as you I feel taller and I like the floaty feminine feeling xx

  • HomeArtFusionista

    I’m a busty girl. It’s hard to be cool in summer without flashing cleavage left right and centre. My girls have inherited the problem. I get “Thanks Mum !!!!” all the time – especially during clothes shopping when nothing fits … Here are some tips from our corner:
    Sports crop top instead of a bra in a flirty colour or co-ordinated.
    Light summer scarf draped and pinned.
    Hidden safety pins – lots of them at times !!
    Draped necklaces esp. “neck-party” style as found on F.I.F.
    Sheer overlaid higher necked T – prevents the maxi draping as you bend.

    • Melody

      Another answer is to wear a Halftee – it’s not as long as a t-shirt – it offers the coverage of a t-shirt but avoids the extra bulk and heat. Great for mums (like me) who lean over a lot and want to “flash” less! We sell them in Australia here