It is always such a pain to try to find a strapless bra that fits. And not only finding one that fits, but that’s comfortable, that doesn’t create weird lumps, that goes with low necklines, that doesn’t need to be pulled up constantly…alllll the things.
There are so many tops/camis/dresses that require (or at least look a whole lot better with) a strapless bra, but finding one that works is…exhausting. So I ordered a ton to try on–all in multiple sizes–to bring you the best strapless bras for every situation. (You’re welcome.)
But first, let’s discuss how to find the strapless bra fit…
Finding The Right Strapless Bra Fit
At first, I was super annoyed by the sizing of these bras. The general consensus when I looked up how to get the right size of a strapless bra was to size down in the band and up in the cup. I don’t know about you, but for me, this was baaaaad advice. Not only did my boobs runneth over the cups, but the bands were so tight they created rolls and bumps on the sides.
I continued to experiment with sizes and found that the exact opposite worked for me–to size UP in the band and down in the cups. So although I normally wear a 32D in a regular bra, a 36C was the best size for most of the strapless bras I tried. This change in size made all the difference in the world for me, so don’t be afraid to try multiple sizes to find the best fit for you.
Now on to the bras!
My Favorite Strapless Bra
The Skarlett Blue Goddess Multi-Way Strapless Bra ended up being my favorite. It’s comfortable and lightweight with a bit of padding that isn’t overly structured. It’s low enough in the middle for v-neck and plunge necklines, and the lace on the sides is soft and comfy, not scratchy. And even though my boobs are two different sizes (#itiswhatitis), I didn’t have any spillage over the top of the cups. I do need to pull it up once in a while, but the comfort is high enough that it’s a small price to pay. (Also in a light beige, also at Nordstrom).
Best Strapless Bra for Large Busts
The Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra has amazing reviews and for good reason…I found this one to be super supportive. It created a smooth shape without spillage. The lightly padded cups gave the most lift out of all the other bras that I tried. (Also in a lighter beige and black, also at Nordstrom.)
The Best Strapless Bra for Nursing
This strapless bra an elastic lining along the entire top so it won’t fall down–and between that and the fact that you don’t have to deal with any padding, this one would be my choice for nursing. The lace is soft and stretchy, and I love how there are multiple places to attach the straps in the front of the bra! (Also in beige, also at Nordstrom.)
The Best Strapless Bra for Hot Weather
Kim Kardashian knows her underwear. The Skims Mesh strapless consists of two layers of power-stretch mesh that wicks sweat for cool comfort, making it the best option for hot sticky weather. I think it would be great for nursing as well–it was really comfortable, stretchy and breathable. Keep in mind, though, that this one also has no padding…if you’re worried about nipple coverage this one probably isn’t for you! (Also in light beige, camel and tan, also at Nordstrom.)
The Best Side-Smoothing Strapless Bra
In this strapless bra, the seamless sides and contour cups kind of blend together to create a smooth shape all around–no lumps and bumps on the sides. I also like how low the middle is for deeper necklines! (This one does run a bit small in the band, so be sure to size up! Also in light beige, also at Nordstrom.)
The Best Plunge Strapless Bra
This is the strapless version of Natori’s highly-rated Feathers Underwire Contour Bra. This one is lightweight and has light flexible padding that isn’t super structured and allows for deeper plunge necklines. (This one has a deeper plunge and is lighter in weight than the Natori bra above. Also in black, also at Nordstrom.)
The Best Full-Coverage Strapless Bra
The Felina Body Luxe Convertible Underwire Contour Bra can be worn strapless, conventionally, with straps crossed, halter-style or over just one shoulder, making it the most versatile one I tried. It created a really smooth silhouette and gave the most coverage of any other bra. If you wear lots of low-cut tops it might not be for you, but if you’re looking for full-coverage versatility this is it!
Shop the Best Strapless Bras
OK! So there are my most recent favorite finds in the strapless bra department. Of course, I often wear bralettes when strapless bras aren’t absolutely necessary, but it’s nice to have options that work! What is your favorite strapless bra? Let us know in the comments!