After 16 hours of research evaluating 110 products, we picked Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra as our top choice.
Going without a bra is a luxury many women can’t afford. That’s why we have the strapless bra.
Sometimes you have a special occasion that lends itself well to a strapless or backless look. Sometimes you don’t feel like having your straps show when you break out that new summer top. And other times, you’re just tired of the digging and want to feel like you’ve got less to deal with underneath your clothes.
The truth is:
Strapless bras, backless bras, adhesive bras, pasties—these can be tricky to perfect. Especially with different bra cup sizes and breast types to factor in.
That’s why we’ve taken a close look at all bras and tried to find the very best strapless bras for every shape, size, and occasion.
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A full-coverage bra for larger busts, with structured cups and optional straps.
Protruding seams may be detectable under a fitted tee or thin fabric.
Once you get the right size, this is a comfy bra as it holds up larger breasts for that “secure” feeling. The underwire does have the potential to dig into you, so be sure to get the right band size.
This bra does run slightly small in the band and cups, so it might pay to size up. The cups give decent coverage and provide flattering breast separation.
The price depends on your sizing, from the mid-to-high range.
A bandeau-style strapless bra with structured cups and under-wiring.
Not ideal for larger sizes, but perfect for smaller busts
If you have a smaller bust, this is a very comfortable bra, without the pinching of hook-and-eye closures or thin back straps. The smooth bandeau sits neatly against the skin and feels like a casual crop, but with the benefit of shape-giving support.
Very full busts may find this to be a little lacking in support, and heavy on the slippage. Otherwise, the fit is snug yet comfortable, with decent separation of “the girls”.
A mid-to-high price range, certainly not a cheapie.
A structured strapless bra with a sweetheart neckline, floral lace, and supportive underwire.
Band size runs small, so get a larger size.
The soft-touch lining, structure, and underwire make this a reasonably comfortable and secure bra, provided you get the right size. It’s secure and “holds in” even larger sizes, giving you that all-important security when wearing a strapless bra.
Once you get the right size, the fit is very flattering. A slightly longer cup gives extra coverage below the bust, while the sweetheart neckline flatters the decolletage. It holds you up and gives a great-looking cleavage without the risk of slips.
At under $35 (depending on the size), this isn’t an ultra-cheap bra, but the quality and design features are worth a few extra bucks.
Not only will this strapless bra enhance your shape, but it also makes sure you'll never have to worry about falling bra straps. It is made of medical-grade silicone that is comfortable on the skin and doesn’t cause irritation or a sticky feeling after use.
This strapless bra is not recommended for super active occasions or hot climates; sweat will cause it to slip.
We love how comfortabl this strapless bra feels, even with the silicone material it's made from. The silicone is purely medical-grade, meaning it's irritation-free and won't trigger skin allergies. The adhesive used is also gentle on the skin.
This reusable self-silicone push-up bra doesn’t require any straps to secure and will still hold everything in place for as long as you need. No need to worry about the bra slipping, unless you're in a hot climate. Then you might run into a bit of difficulty.
Wingslove strapless bra is currently priced at $10. It is a great deal for a push-up bra that you can reuse 4 times or more.
The NuBra Ultralite is a wonderful alternative to basic nipple covers. These pasties do a fantastic job of creating a seamless profile when you want to go braless, while still providing some shape and support. Additionally, the front closure provides the option to create cleavage and lift as needed. If you’re looking for something that will stay put and that you can use over and over again, these adhesive pasties will do the trick.
Much more effective for women with smaller breasts. Also, the adhesive may not be completely waterproof, so be prepared to experience some slippage on hot days. Finally, be aware of knock offs on Amazon.
Unlike typical pasties that only cover the nipple, these provide ample coverage which contribute to the seamless, invisible blending beneath your clothing. And unlike traditional adhesive bras, there’s no need to pull up the bra; everything stays in place perfectly.
If all you need is nipple coverage beneath your light, summery outfits or fancy eveningwear, these pasties will definitely get the job done. Also, if you're in need of a little lift, the front closure can provide you that as well. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the sizes run slightly small, so these will not work for much more than pasties if you're anything above a C cup.
The strong adhesive will keep the pasties in place wear after wear, but, the adhesive is also easy to remove when you're finished wearing.
Between $25 and $40 for a pair of adhesive pasties seems a bit steep, but these really are top of the line. Customers say the adhesive lasts a long time, which makes the slightly expensive price of these pasties worth it if you have a need for braless styling.
A well-structured bra with padded cups and underwires for a spill-free fit, and optional straps for versatile wear.
The sizing runs a little small, so get a larger size to ensure the back strap fits
If you’re looking for a casual, lounge-about bra, this may not be the one. But if you want a secure, structured bra to support you during a night out or busy day, this could be perfect. The soft fabric is comfortable against the skin, and the high-strength support leaves you feeling confident and secure.
The bra runs a little small so has the potential to fit a little tight and restrictive. When sized correctly, the fit is snug, offering decent coverage.
Depending on the size, this is a mid-to-high range bra but it's definitely worth it.
A structured bra with optional straps, with structured cups to comfortably lift and support larger busts.
The non-slip strips can rub against the skin after a long day if the band is too tight.
Because this bra is so well structured, it supports the bust while remaining comfortable. The cups are wide enough so they don’t poke into you, and the underwire holds you in without slipping down. It has that “secure yet comfy” feeling larger-busted women look for.
The large cup sizes with underwire support ensure larger busts are held in and supported without uncomfortable spillage. Expect slightly wider, larger cups (as they’re designed for fuller busts).
At under $30 (depending on the size), the price is mid-range.
A seam-free strapless bra with “hands” sewn into the cups to provide unwavering support and a flattering shape.
The band can be a little tight, especially after a long evening, (but that’s to be expected from strapless bras!)
The supportive “hands” and wire-free structure make this a comfortable bra as long as the band isn’t too tight around the ribs. The seam-free design sits smoothly against the body while the cups hold everything in place for stress-free wear.
The band will be a little snug to ensure the bra stays up, with further help from the slip-resistant silicone strip. The cups are structured enough to safely support larger breasts but do expect a fair bit of exposure thanks to the very low-cut line.
A rather expensive bra at close to $50.
There are two reasons customers love this bra so much: it minimizes the bust line for large breasts and it stays put (which isn’t something you find a lot of when you’re larger chested).
There are two complaints. Larger breasted customers complain that the fabric is too thin, which can result in nipple show through. Smaller breasted customers claim that the bra is just way too much fabric.
This super soft bra was clearly made for women with larger breasts and it does a fantastic job of comfort and support. It’s actually so well made that it provides more than enough support so you don’t feel like you’re flopping around all over the place or about to bust loose at any moment.
There’s a silicone layer on the inside of the bra that helps keep the bra up. In addition, the thick band that goes around the torso helps keep the bra in place.
It’s expensive, but that shouldn’t matter if it does the job it’s meant to do.
Want a bra that feels just as good as a regular bra? The Spanx Pillow Cup strapless bra provides women with good coverage, supreme comfort, and the ability to focus on other things besides pulling their bra up every five seconds.
Some customers find this bra to run slightly large.
Despite having a wider band, which on some other bras can lead to chafing, this one does nothing but provide a nice amount of support. With extra coverage, users of this bra also won’t have to worry about their strapless bra falling down and causing an embarrassing situation.
Leah, an editor at Elle magazine, said, “I’ve always been much more likely to go braless than suffer through an ill-fitting strapless bra I’d constantly have to pull at. But I could see that changing with this Spanx pick, which felt as secure as a normal style.” It also comes with straps if you want to give the bra a break every now and again.
Unfortunately, this is about $20 over the price of most strapless bras you’ll encounter.
For ladies with smaller breasts, you won’t find a more comfortable or attractive strapless bra to wear underneath your clothes. It also comes with straps (which customers really seem to love), so it’s a pretty versatile bra that's perfect for every occassion.
The biggest complaint about this bra is that it doesn’t actually work as a push-up bra as the name claims.
So long as you get the right size (which some customers have had problems with), you’ll have no problems with comfort--with or without the straps. The bra comes padded as well, so that adds to the comfort of wearing it and knowing that your nipples won’t show through. It also creates a flattering shape.
As long as customers heed the warning that this bra wasn’t really designed for larger breasts, security won’t be a problem. And if it does become a problem, you can always switch to halter tops, use the straps, and still be able to go backless.
Not terribly expensive for a bra as well made as this.
New to the bra market, ThirdLove may be a name you're not yet familiar with. Well, not for long. Just over 4 years ago, ThirdLove set out on a mission to build a better bra, and boy have they done it. The ThidLove 24/7 Strapless bra will stay firmly in place while providing the perfect amount of support and comfort and also comes with two sets of removeable straps, allowing you to wear the bra a variety of different ways.
But, our favorite part? The gold hardware used for the hook closure and straps. A small detail that adds such an air of class. We promise, you'll love it just as much as we do!
Runs slightly small and fits a bit snug (but that's not necessarily a bad thing when the goal is to keep the girls in place, right?).
The 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra from ThirdLove will not only create great lift, but will form to your body for a perfectly smooth edge. The incredibly soft micro jersey fabric is knitted for maximum durability, and the breathable nylon/spandex blend of fabric will keep the girls in place with minimal sweating.
Additionally, ThidLove's online Fit Finder Quiz will help you select the perfect fit for your breast size and shape, ensuring maximum comfort.
This bra is designed with silicone at the top and bottom edge to help keep the bra firmly in place. Most strapless bras include some sort of no-slip silicone on the inside of the strap, but the addition to the inside of the cups is what helps create that perfect smooth edge that ThirdLove is so proud of.
Depending on what size you order, your bra will include either a 2, 3, or 4 hook back closure, with more hooks included as the bra goes up in band and cup size. The hook and eye is also foam-padded with a tag-less label, so no more tag itching or scratching—yay!
The 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra also comes with two sets of removable straps, one tonal and one clear, which can both be worn five different ways: strapless, halter, one-shoulder, straight, or crossed in the back. Regardless of the occasion, ThirdLove has got you covered.
Ouch, $72 for a bra is pretty pricey. However, ThirdLove offers the option to try a bra—free—before buying.
How does it work? Just pay for shipping and ThirdLove will send you the bra of your choice. Wear it, wash it, live in the bra for 30 days. Love it? Keep it and ThirdLove will charge the card you provided at checkout. You’ll love it, we promise.
The best part of this program? Returned bras are donated to our Bras for All program; we've given over $1 million worth of bras to women in need. Bravo, ThirdLove, bravo.
This regularly lauded bra is definitely deserving of your attention if you have large breasts, but want to be able to enjoy all the pretty strapless, backless, and halter outfits just like everyone else.
Some customers complain that there’s not enough pushup while others say that it’s too bulky and lifting. It probably all depends on your breast size and malleability. Additionally, the sizes run small so make sure to factor that in when selecting your size.
Wacoal, in general, does a fantastic job of making bras that feel and look nice for women with large breasts. This one is no exception. While not the most comfortable on our list, the Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra will keep everything firmly in place without too much digging.
The majority of compliments this bra receives are related to stability. Women who wear this don’t ever feel like it’s about to fall down on them or slide around. It just stays put. The detachable straps are a nice addition, too, as they enable users to wear multiple strapless and backless styles however they please.
This is definitely “luxury” level pricing, but you pay for what you get—especially if you need the added support, padding, and lift of a bra designed specifically for large cup sizes.
Your complete guide in searching for the bra that won’t ruin your style
While there are some women who can pull-off a bra-less day, the majority are still not used to the idea of leaving the house without a little something for their breasts.
Just like your many pairs of jeans, there are different styles and functions of bras. In fact, there are more than 18 different types of bras out there — push-up, padded, t-shirt bra, convertible, longline, balconette, bandeau, bralette, sports bra, plunge, mastectomy, maternity, and strapless (to name a few).
One of the most useful, stylish, and popular styles of bras is the strapless bra.
What is a strapless bra?
A strapless bra is basically a bra, minus the strap. It's honestly the most versatile type of bra out there.
From tops, dresses, and even gowns that require you to show more skin, strapless bras go perfectly without the fear of that strap showing and ruining your look.
A strapless bra is not like your “normal” bra. It was built strategically — its construction was purposely designed to keep you lifted and supported without the help of any straps.
How can you achieve that perfect fit?
A strapless bra might feel a little tighter compared to your everyday bra. The reason is, strapless bras should snug a little more so that it stays in place better.
One wise, but simple strategy, is to start with your size and adjust from there. Some prefer it a little bigger than their normal size, while some like the snug tighter to maximize the hold. Truth is, as long as comfort is not compromised, we leave the decision up to you.
When you buy a shirt you only have to choose between small, medium or large. However, it would be really risky to buy a strapless bra without trying it on.
Like we mentioned above, this type of bra doesn't fit like the normal, everyday bra. So an extra effort of trying it on before giving it a “go”, would do you more good than harm.
One important thing: don’t let it go south. Have you ever experienced wearing a bra that slips off every five minutes? So annoying, right?
You don't want that to happen as it can steal your confidence. So look for a bra with a good silicone elastic at the edge of the cup, all the way to the back.
Your outfit being on-point is useless when your bra size is inaccurate. A strapless bra should provide you enough support and comfort.
Finding your exact bra size might be simple with the use of a tape measure, but it would be best to ask for assistance from experts. Keep in mind that there are women who are “half-size”.
Not all women have the same budget. If you are on a tight budget, look for a strapless bra that comes with detachable straps. That way, you can also use them under your everyday shirt!
The bigger the breast, the more support it needs. Pay attention to the back closure.
The right strapless bra for larger breasts must have a wider band and more hooks at the back. This allows you to adjust the snug until it is comfortable enough to hold everything in place. It is also worth it to consider buying from a brand that specializes in large bust sizes.
If your skin does not have an allergic reaction to silicone, it's a great added feature to your strapless bra — it sticks slightly to the skin and it holds everything in place, saving you from constantly worrying about it falling off.
Additional tip: to get the best fit, lean forward while you are putting the bra on to make sure you are able to get your breast properly into the cup.
Caution: do not use powder, deodorant, lotion, or oil where the adhesive is placed to prevent the bra from slipping. Follow the washing instructions properly to make it last longer.
There are instances when a wideband does not work. In this situation, you have the longline style to choose from. A longline bra is both stylish and functional; it gives you extended support and coverage from below the bust to a few more inches above the belly button.
This style can also highlight your shape, making you look slimmer, giving you a sexier look.
If you have a small bust and worry that this type won’t support you, fear not. The truth is, it is easier for you to find a perfect fit.
Consider having a lace bandeau bra, or you may try a padded or molded bra to make your chest look fuller. Whatever your goal is, comfort should be the most important.
Whether you are wearing a tube top, an off-shoulder dress, a spaghetti strap that has a plunging neckline, or a backless jumpsuit, a strapless bra is a must. But always remember that the right strapless bra should never feel uncomfortable.