While shopping for any sort of bra can be tricky, finding a strapless bra that's functional and comfortable is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. “The strapless bra is truly the enigma of the bra world," says Jené Luciani Sena, author of The Bra Book. "It’s so hard to find one that actually works." Hear! Hear! The physics alone are challenging. A flattering fit? So hard to make that happen. "You obviously want to look for [a strapless] that will support you without flattening or causing a uniboob,” says Sena.
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Finding a great strapless for your body might seem like an insurmountable task, but don't fret. We're here to help. We grilled bra experts, fashion designers and our own team of shopping experts to find the absolute best strapless bras on the market for every figure and every occasion. Scroll for the 14 best strapless bras of 2024.
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Strapless Bra FAQs
How did Yahoo choose the best strapless bras?
To figure out which strapless bras were the best of the best, we talked to bra experts, fashion designers and our own team of shopping experts. This team weighed in on what to look for when picking the right strapless bra for different needs. We also polled this crew to find out which strapless bras are in their lingerie drawers — because there's nothing like a firsthand recommendation.
What should you look for when shopping for a strapless bra?
According to Jaime King, fashion designer and SVP of design and Trend with Maurices, there are three key components: material, boning and padding. “You want to look for a strapless bra made from a supportive and stretchy material, like a blend of nylon and spandex. This ensures comfort and flexibility,” she said. Jaime recommends opting for strapless bras that have boning, which prevents the bra from slipping down and helps maintain its shape. As for padding, that's really a matter of personal preference: “Some people like a lightly padded strapless bra for a natural look, while others prefer more padding for extra shaping.”
Jené Luciani Sena, author of The Bra Book, suggests looking for options that have special features like “silicone lining (aka nonslip grip) all the way around the perimeter of the bra, so it doesn’t go south. You also may want to look for molded cups for some shaping and an elastic band plus an underwire, especially if you’re busty. And remember: More hooks provide more adjustability.”
How should you measure to come up with an accurate bra size?
It's easy to figure out your correct size, and you can do this in just a few minutes at home. “First, you'll need a soft tape measure (measuring unit should be inches) to take your rib and bust measurements,” explained Noemi Diaz-Justino, senior design director of lingerie brand True & Co. “Wrap the tape measure snugly (but not tightly) around your rib cage. If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. If the measurement is an even number, add 4 inches.”
“Next, wrap the tape loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Now subtract the rib measurement (with the added inches) from the bust measurement. The difference will determine your cup size. The guide for cup sizes goes like this: 1 inch = A cup, 2 inches = B cup, 3 inches = C cup, 4 inches = D cup, 5 inches = DD, 6 inches = DDD.”
How should a strapless bra fit?
“A strapless bra should hug the body with a slightly snug fit, so try a band that's smaller and a cup that's smaller until you feel the bra is holding you up without the straps,” Dora Lau, founder of Dora L International, a global design, development and sourcing company told us. “The front pads should have a bit of stretch for comfort. When there’s no stretch, you can’t wait to take it off. A good strapless bra should be able to be worn for at least eight hours without digging in or slipping down.”
Jené agrees: “It should be snug but not pinching or squeezing any flesh. Even though the straps only provide 10% of a bra’s support, they mean a lot when they’re gone!"
Different bras have different fits, but it’s smart idea to start with the band and cup size you normally wear and go from there. You definitely want it to fit more snugly; Jené says it might be a good idea to go down a band size, as long as it’s not digging in or hurting you.
How can you stop a strapless bra from sliding down?
“A strapless bra slips down when the back is not fitting properly, or when the bra doesn’t grip the body,” said Dora. “Choose a strapless that has a nonslip wing liner and a firm-fitting band with strong elastic for support. Also, look for firmer cups with lightly padded contour at the bottom. That gives some lift to fill in the top cup.” Jaime recommends opting for a wider band but tightening that band for added security. “Most of the support comes from the band, so it needs to be secure,” she said.
Even if your bra’s band fits properly and has nonslip grips along the perimeter, Jené suggests “not wearing lotions or oils, so you don’t negate the grip.” And if you need even more security, she said “you can also add double-stick tape to the inside of the bra, or even have it sewn into a dress!”
Our team of experts:
Noemi Diaz-Justino, senior design director of lingerie brand True & Co
Dora Lau, founder of Dora L International, a global design, development and sourcing company
Jaime King, fashion designer and SVP of design and trend at Maurices