Good strapless bras are hard to come by. Like, really hard to come by. They're so hard to come by that I've become accustomed to letting it all hang out, which is a bold move for a 32DD girl. But while underwire bras aren't always the most comfy (or trendy) at times, the reality is that we still might need (or simply prefer) some extra support. And if you want your off-the-shoulder wardrobe to work, it's time to bring the strapless bra back.
- Courtney Killpack, Courtney Killpack is the founder of BraFittings by Court and a bra fitting expert based in Utah.
What makes a strapless bra good
But what makes a good strapless bra? In a perfect world, we love something that isn't dancing on our torso after 15 minutes. Comfort and fit is also a high priority as well. That said, it's important to get the right size cup (or even a tad smaller) to help securely hold your breasts in and prevent the bra from sliding down below. Additionally, you want to make sure that the gore (aka, that tiny part where the cups meet together) is sturdy, and that the bra's brand is thick and fits firmly, says Utah-based bra fitting expert Courtney Killpack.
How to get a strapless bra to stay up
This is a large part of how you get the bra to stay up. "Your band has to be snug around fitting correctly," says Killpack. "Because you're not wearing straps, you're going to be relying on 100% of your strapless band to support you. You want it to be a comfortable snug." Also, it pays to seek out bras with lots of hooks and eyes on the back. These help to give more support and stability where straps normally would.
If you're still having difficulty keeping the bra from sliding down, look for something that has convertible straps or silicone strips in the band. The silicone helps hold the bra in place and provides additional support and comfort throughout the day.
But construction aside, I wonder if it possible to find a strapless bra that isn't neutral-toned and snooze-worthy? Don't worry, we investigated this from all different angles. Keep reading to find out the most noteworthy styles to add to your wardrobe.
Best strapless bras
Best strapless bra for bigger busts
What helps makes this bra a win for bigger busts is its killer support. It has a multi-part underwire cup and boning on the sides to really secure your boobs in place. There’s also silicone along the top and bottom edges of the seams to give you additional support. Plus, it even has with removable straps in case you want to switch up your style underneath your tee. Sizes are available in 34E to 46GG.
Best strapless bra for smaller busts
Made of nylon and spandex, this bra is all about making sure your boobs sit comfortably no matter what the dress code is. The side panels have silicone strips and sturdy mesh-like fabric to enhance breathability and give your boobs the perfect Goldilocks fit.
Best strapless bra for coverage
For a slightly longline look we adore this lightly lifting multiway bra by Natori. It features a brush liner and stretch lace, so it’ll look charming and stay effortlessly put.
Best minimizing strapless bra
“If you want to make your breasts look more narrow and not as wide and round, opt for a strapless that has seams in the cups,” says Killpack. “These will shape the breasts the best giving you a more narrow/slimmer look in the front.” And that’s exactly what stands out about this Curvy Kate strapless bra. Additionally, it has silicone lining and an underwire construction to keep your boobs lifted and sitting up.
Best formal strapless bra
Let this Wacoal Halo Lace Strapless Underwire Bra be the support beneath your tee. Not only is it super comfy, but it also has silicone along the neckline to help secure the bra in place as you bust a move on the dance floor. Additionally, the adjustable straps give you the option to pair the bra with a halter or crossback top, and the dainty lace material gives the bra an airy feeling.
Best underwire strapless bra
A beloved convertible bra for buxom girls, this rave-dense Amazon fave has a solid 4.5 stars. Thanks to its cushioned wire, the Red Carpet Strapless is comfy for all occasions.
Best lace strapless bra
We know, we know, all these bras are in “blah” tones of black and beige. Leave it to Rihanna to spice things up—her size-inclusive strapless bras have their own sensible options, but we love this bold tie dye for a fun summertime flavor.
Most versatile strapless bra
I’ve actually taken to these chic backless bras by Baxxe. The glamor strap is designed for low-back or backless dresses; if they play peekaboo, it’s a really cute look. But even the finely molded cups are worth raving about—while this truly may not be enough support for everyone, I’ve had a lot of success throwing this under slip dresses and halter minis alike.
Most comfortable strapless bra
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