There are very few bras out there that we’re actually excited to wear (but here are a few of our faves!), but strapless bras have always ranked pretty low on our list. Alas, they’re a necessary evil and an intimates staple that comes in pretty handy when you’re wearing a top or dress with a tricky neckline.
If you’re tired of striking out every time you go shopping for a strapless bra, you’ve come to the right place. Shop TODAY consulted several bra-fitting experts to get some tips for finding a comfy style that doesn’t suck — and we’ve also rounded up a few options we think you’ll love. You can thank us later!
Most comfortable strapless bra
Have you ever wondered why strapless bras are so unpleasant to wear? They never seem to fit quite right, for starters, and they have an annoying way of suffocating our boobs. But why exactly are they more challenging than typical bras?
“A strapless bra has to provide support without the benefit of straps to aid in lifting and supporting the cups,” Dora Lau, founder and president of Dora L International, told us. “The lack of bra straps presents the challenge of how to hold the cup up while still having it close to the body. There is also the challenge of gapping between your body and the cup, and of cups that can slide down.”
Lively The No-Wire Strapless
When you want all the lift-you-up benefits of an underwire (without its stabbing-you-in-the-ribs downsides), this ultra-comfy style with shaped cups does the trick. Another bonus: The breathable mesh will keep you cool and sweat-free, perfect for wearing at all those stifling summer weddings.
Calvin Klein Women’s Naked Glamour Strapless Push Up Bra
At last: A strapless push-up bra that creates serious cleavage without looking like you stuffed your cups. The ultra-smooth fabric feels like satin on your skin, while grippy rubber piping around the silhouette ensures that fabric isn’t going anywhere.
Thirdlove 24/7™ Classic Strapless Bra
This ThirdLove bra might change the mind of any die-hard, strapless bra haters. The cups are made with memory foam to give you a lightweight lift, the band is padded to prevent the bra hooks from digging in, and there’s silicone at the top and bottom edges of the bra to keep it from slipping—making it super comfortable, flattering, and all-around amazing.
FITS EVERYBODY BANDEAU BRA
If you’re aiming for comfort in your strapless bra choice, a bandeau is the way to go. This one from Skims is seamless, which means nothing is going to dig into your skin and annoy you all night. Plus, its smooth design means you’ll have a smooth back in any top. Oh, and did I mention it’s super soft? Well, it is. What more you could ask for in a guaranteed-to-be staple item?
139 Reviews All Over Me Lace Bandeau Bralette
I mean, can you believe this color? Besides the”green tea” shade, which is more like a fun neon green, this bra has tiger stripe stretch lace, a sweetheart neckline, and flexible boning. Its stretch is perfect for a more comfy fit than any usual lace bra. Try pairing it with just a blazer for a sexy night out!