After 16 hours of research evaluating 110 products, we picked Thirdlove 24/7 Classic 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. And that's why we chose the best strapless bras out there.
Sometimes you have a special occasion which 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.
If you look through this article and feel like, ugh, a strapless bra is just not for me and is never going to happen, that’s totally fine too! We’ve compiled the Best Bras and Best Push-Up Bras if those are more your thing (and if you’re planning to workout, don’t forget to check out our list of the Best Sports Bras).
You’ve no doubt seen this new style of bra all over Instagram, with everyone from fashion bloggers to celebrity endorsers showing off how these bras work. Well, according to customers, this is the brand to get if you want an adhesive that looks great and works just as well as the ones you see on social media.
There are a number of users who’ve reported problems with the adhesive only working for a few hours, but that’s a common problem with most adhesive bras, and, if you have any issues, the company is more than happy to provide a refund or exchange. Also, you'll need to order a size up if you want this bra to fit as pictured on Amazon.
Comfort: If you're looking for a self-adhesive bra that stays put and feels great, look no further. Everyone that's tried this bra cannot get over how comfortable it is. Not only does it feel great to wear, but there are no issues with the adhesive causing any skin irritation. In addition, there is a spot inside the cups that does not have any adhesive for your nipples, which is a nice feature in terms of comfort.
Do be aware that the cups seem to run slightly small, so, if you want the bra to fit as pictured, consider ordering a size up from what you typically wear.
Security: Aside from some customer complaints about the inability of the bra to adhere on occasion (keep in mind these complaints are few and far between), most customers have been very happy with the stickiness of this bra. While this bra is sticky enough to stay put all day (and even overnight if you forget to remove it after a long night out...can you tell we're speaking from experience here?), but comes off easily when you're ready to take it off.
Also, expect to get a lot of wears from this bra before the adhesive no longer sticks. Seriously, it’s that strong.
With the tie-and-pull feature, this bra will lift your breasts and hold them in place for hours. And, as an added bonus, this bra comes in both black and nude!
Price: Surprisingly, this is the cheapest bra on this list. For the level of support and adhesive you get from this bra, and the fact that you will get a number of wears from this bar before needing to replace, consider the $12.99 price a steal!
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.
There are two reasons customers and reviewers like Bratag and Bustle 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.
Comfort: 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.
Security: 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.
Price: 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.
Glamour named this the “best bra for strapless dresses”. Health magazine also gave this one a special shout-out as well. 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.
When Victoria's Secret says their bra will make your breasts appear 2 sizes larger, they mean it. Not only will the Victoria's Secret Multi-Way Push-Up Bra provide strapless security all day long, but will also make you look incredibly sexy while doing so. Can be worn classic, crossback, strapless, halter or one-strap, and 5 ways to wear it gives you just so many reasons to love it!
Runs slightly larger than other brands, and the cups may begin to stretch out over time.
Honestly, we almost ranked this bra the most comfortable on our list, but it's just so stand out in the push-up category we couldn't resist highlighting that feature.
Still, the Victoria's Secret Multi-Way Push-Up bra is so comfortable it will feel like you're not wearing anything at all! Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but we guarantee you will be able to wear this bra from day to night (and even to bed on occasion) without any digging or discomfort, partly because the soft padding which instantly adds 2 cup sizes will also create maximum comfort that you just can't get enough of.
The fully adjustable and removable straps, triple row of hook and eye back closures, and 4 settings to ensure a perfect fit really take this bra to the top of the security category. Additionally, the no slip sides along the inside of the strap will prevent any slipping, so you can rest assured knowing you'll have the perfect amount of both lift and support.
Although the strap will stay in place without you having to feel the need to pull it up every so often, we must make you aware that the cups might begin to stretch out over time. Now we're talking years here (yes, that is how long Victoria's Secret bras will last - the quality is out of this world), but over time you may start to notice that the cups no longer hug your breasts as snuggly as you may like.
Now, unfortunately the Victoria's Secret Multi-Way Push-Up bra is one of the priciest on our list, but we promise, you get what you pay for. Like we mentioned above, Victoria's Secret bras will last for years and years - even through machine washing - and will continue to provide the perfect amount of hold and lift day after day. Plus, the sexy plunge front with crisscross strap detail is an added bonus.
We must warn you though, most purchasers find they love the look and fit of this bra so much that they end up replacing every bra they own with something from Victoria's Secret. Just be aware, you've been warned.
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.
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, 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 style 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 simply 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.
Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Strapless Bra:
Fit it before you get it
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.
Find that perfect hold
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.
‘A’ for accuracy
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”.
Value for money
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!
Look for an extra hook
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.
Stick ‘em up
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.
Take the longline
There are instances when a wide band 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 inch above the belly button.
This style can also highlight your shape; making you look slimmer, giving you a sexier look.
Small yet stylish
If you have small bust and worry that this type won’t support you, fear not. Truth is, it is actually 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 plunging neck line, or a backless jumpsuit, a strapless bra is a must. But always remember that the right strapless bra should never feel uncomfortable.