How to Dye a White Bra Tan

by Tabitha Harwell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Nude bras are less visible under clothing.

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White bras will show through fabric more easily than a tan one; therefore, you might want to alter your favorite white bra by dyeing it a nude, flesh tone. There is nothing worse than wearing your favorite shirt and walking into the sunlight, only to notice the bra is highly visible through the material. Eliminate the problem by taking an hour to transform the white bra into an invisible bra. The process is simple and only needs a few materials that are found at a craft store.

Soak the bra in a tub of water prior to dyeing. The dye will absorb more easily into wet fibers than dry fibers.

Fill a pot of water and place it on the stove. Turn the heat temperature to simmer and add the dye according to the manufacturer’s directions. There are several different dye varieties and each manufacturer will have a different set of directions. The dye should be mixed thoroughly before adding the bra.

Transfer the bra from the plain water to the pot of water. Stir the bra with a wooden spoon to distribute the dye throughout the bra. Push the bra cups and straps down into the water as you stir.

Check the water temperature. Once it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, allow it to simmer for the allotted time designated by the manufacturer. The temperature must reach 120 degrees because at this temperature the cuticles open on the fibers and allow the dye to fully absorb.

Remove the pot from the stove and use tongs to transfer the bra to the sink. Rinse the bra in cold water until the water runs clear. Hang the bra to dry.


  • If the bra is too light, repeat the steps once the bra dries completely. If the bra is too dark of a nude shade, rinse the bra under hot water to fade the dye. Wear gloves and old clothing because of possible staining.

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About the Author

Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.