After 16 hours of research evaluating 110 products, we picked Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra as our top choice.
Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, for those of you not in the know) was quoted as saying, “With small breasts, you don't have to wear a bra with dresses that have some support. It feels sexy without one.” Oh, Sandra… 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 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 cute new summery top. And other times, you’re just tired of the digging and compression and want to feel like you’ve got less to contend with underneath your clothes.
Of course, it’s not as simple a formula as “remove the straps”. When you remove the straps or even backs of bras, the results can sometimes be… Well, not pleasant.
- Droopy breasts.
- Exposed breasts.
- Breasts that require continual readjustment and pulling.
- There are even some strapless bras of the adhesive variety that have resulted in terrible skin reactions.
Clearly there are reasons why women normally have straps on their bras.
That being said, some strapless bras get it right.
Strapless bras, backless bras, adhesive bras, pasties—these can be tricky to perfect. Especially for different bra cup sizes and breast types to factor in. That’s why we’ve taken a close look at what’s currently available on the market 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 speed. (And if you’re planning to go at top speed, don’t forget to check out our rundown of the Best Sports Bras.)