Visible bra straps are hardly a crime against nature, but they can look a bit slipshod when you’re getting dressed up — even if “dressing up” just means “looking somewhat nicer for al fresco brunch.” The best bras to wear with tank tops will often either disappear entirely or become part of your outfit. And since your warm-weather tops can take the form of spaghetti strap camisoles to statement party tops, there are many scenarios to plan for, so it’s good to have a few bra options in rotation.
Bras to wear with tank tops
For the ultimate disappearing act, it doesn’t get any easier than a strapless bra. You can pick up a multipack of soft bandeau bras that are comfortable for every day but are particularly nice to have on hand for dressing up when the occasion calls. I’ve also sourced a multiway bra (aka convertible bra) with straps you can configure for halter tops, racerbacks, and so many other styles that it will basically pay for itself for how much you reach for it. And, for an all-purpose bra that won’t cling to drapey knits, the T-shirt bra has smooth edges in slick microfiber that gives a seamless look and feel.
These Wildly Comfortable Bandeau Bras
You don’t have to worry about bra straps showing when they don’t exist, and these lace bandeau bras are comfortable enough to wear all day. They’re unpadded but lined with a soft modal blend for a skin-friendly finish and have small loops inside for attaching your own straps when you need them. The wide band’s elastic bottom wraps around like a hug to stay in place when you’re going through the motions. “Better than expected for sure!” one shopper reported. “I got these to use as a bra kinda on a lazy day or under tank tops or wearing around the house and they’re super cute, soft, and comfortable!”
For a seamless option, try this padded bandeau bra in sizes up to 8X.
One reviewer wrote: “I ordered this two days ago and it came on time and I tried one on to see how it fits and it fits perfect. It’s stretchy and soft and yes, it is true to size. Thank you because I needed this with some of the tank tops that I own.”
Bra type: Bandeau | Padded: No | Available sizes: Small — XX-Large | Available colors: 5 assorted packs.
A Set Of Soft Ribbed Bras With Whisper-Thin Spaghetti Straps
Even if these bralettes happen to show, you might think they’re part of your tank since they blend in so well. Their delicate straps are thinner than most, and the ribbed knit almost looks like a second top. The removable padded inserts are easy to remove and reinsert— just make sure the textured side is facing inward after a wash.
One reviewer wrote: “I had pretty moderate expectations about how these would fit and look when I ordered them, but when I received them and tried one on I was blown away. […] The padding is just enough and the material doesn’t give too much when it stretches. I’ve worn one to sleep and continued to wear it throughout the next day and it’s perfectly in place. Also was comfortable to sleep in. These are great for under tank tops and T-shirts I’m so happy I discovered them. The colors are exactly as advertised.”
Bra type: Bralette | Padded: Yes (removable padded inserts) | Available sizes: Small — X-Large | Available colors: 4 assorted packs.
Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Lightly Lined Memory Touch T-Shirt Bra
Absolutely a staple worth having on-hand, the Calvin Klein T-shirt bra is made from soft microfiber with ultra-thin edges on memory foam cups — yes, really — and seamless bonded edges that will disappear under clingy knit tops. (Just like your go-to seamless thong.) “I also like how petite the straps are,” one shopper described, adding that “they’re very dainty” and “they hide well under most tanks in the summer.” And many reviewers reported having owned theirs for years because they were that well-made.
If you’re shopping on a budget, the Amazon Essentials T-shirt bra is a worthy alternative with a similar invisible finish.
One reviewer wrote: “I really like this bra because it’s adequately lined but not padded, provides full coverage, and is very comfortable. It’s the perfect t-shirt bra for me.”
Bra type: T-shirt bra | Padded: Yes | Available sizes: 30B — 44DD | Available colors: 15
Also available on: Bloomingdale’s,
Plusexy Multiway Push-Up Bra
I’m still counting the number of ways
convertible bra can be worn (at least eight!). From halter tops to one-shoulder pieces, this bra is ready to be reconfigured to disappear underneath the most striking statement tops, no matter how many improbable cutouts they have. Inside the molded cups you’ll find two angled push-up pads with a sturdy underwire, and the band features a border of nonslip mesh (plus three rows of hooks and eyes) for extra support. One shopper summarized: “If you’re looking for the perfect strapless bra, this is the one.”
For even more strap options that work with dramatic necklines, this convertible plunge bra from a different brand has a second band that accommodates backless tops.
One reviewer wrote: “This is exactly what I needed in a strapless bra and the strap options have been an added bonus for tanks and razorbacks. There is no movement when it’s strapless and provided great padding.”
Bra type: Multiway bra | Padded: Yes | Available sizes: 32A — 42B | Available colors: 3
JENNY JEN Mia Lace Bralette
This cute bralette is one you won’t mind showing, and since it comes in 9 beautiful colors, you’ll have no problem finding one that sparks joy. It pairs a V-neckline with extra wide straps and a full-coverage racerback in scalloped lace. Plus, the soft breathable lining feels as light as air. “This is just what I was looking for,” proclaimed one reviewer. “It is very stretchy and soft. It does not bunch up or roll up and is not tight around the elastic. The inside is lightly lined with cotton. This is a perfect bra for wearing with summer dresses, and would even be comfortable enough to sleep in.”
If you’d like the option to completely hide your bra, this convertible lace bralette has thinner straps and Swiss army knife capabilities. For more show-it-off impact, try this strappy bralette with a criss-cross front.
One reviewer wrote: “I like it a lot. It’s comfortable, flattering, the material is soft, it fits well. It’s not padded, though. Just something to keep in mind if you are looking for padding, then this one would not be for you. I don’t mind that it’s not padded, it still works perfect for my needs. I intend to use it with dresses and tops that are too revealing at the bosom. I read some reviews that say it’s too big and to size down, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all. I am 36C and ordered a large. For me, the fit was true to size. I ordered 3 more colors.”
Bra type: Bralette | Padded: No | Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large | Available colors: 9