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9 Strapless Bras That Actually Work

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Harper Wilde
Sep 9, 2022

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To say it’s tough to find a comfortable strapless bra that fits well may be the understatement of the year. That’s why we did the work for ya and rounded up some options for every outfit. Whether you’re wearing a low-cut neckline and need a plunge strapless bra, or you’re rocking a backless dress and need some dependable support, we’ve pulled together our recs for the ones that’ll have you covered no matter what.

Psst…this is part of our Relatable Fashion Week series. For more recs on what to wear over your strapless bra, click here.

A bandeau bralette from a fan-favorite brand…

This Skims option stretches across like a seamless second skin and comes in a bunch of colors — plus a range of inclusive nude tones. It’s also available in sizes XXS–4X. Customers rec sizing up and love how comfy the material is. BRB, adding to cart. ($28, Nordstrom)

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A wireless strapless bra that’ll stay where it's meant to…

This one comes in two colors — a nude and a black — and sizes up to 44DD. It’s  made with a super-soft brushed fabric and lined with spandex to help secure its place. It also comes with removable, adjustable straps so you can wear it five ways, including crisscross and halter. Customers say that it’s comfy, stays put, and keeps their breasts lifted. ($62, Soma)

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A wire-free strapless bra that’s practically designed for wedding szn…

Or more specifically, tearing up the dance floor. This lightweight, flexible bra is extremely comfy. And it’s got no-slip silicone strips (say that five times fast) at the top of each lightly padded cup. So you can pop, lock, and drop it — without any yanking or readjusting. Psst…it tends to sell out fast, so don’t wait. ($45, LIVELY)*

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An underwire strapless bra that won’t dig into your sides by EOD…

And comes inclusive sizing — up to I44. One HQ’r said she can wear this bra all day without having to adjust. It's got a thick bust strap with three columns, three row hooks, and an eye back closure. Plus, it has great built-in boning and foam lined cups for added comfort. ($72, Bare Necessities

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A lacy strapless bra perfect for nights out…

Aka you won’t mind if this one peeks out from under an oversized top. It comes in three neutral colors and has a wide band for active support. Sizing goes up to a 38DD, and it’s recommended to size up if you’re in between band sizes. Pro tip: Take advantage of the brand’s mix-and-match deal for a major discount — three bras for $90? Count us in. ($45, Lively)

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A mesh bra that comes with removable straps…

It’s the perfect sexy everyday bra — comfortable enough to wear all day, and cute enough to want to show it off. The cups are sewn instead of molded, and it's got a lightweight but flexible underwire. It comes in seven core colors and seven seasonal ones to match whatever look you’ve got going on. Customers note that you’ll have to hand-wash if you want to maintain its quality but rave about its design and fit. ($68, Cuup)

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Sticky strapless cups to accommodate even the trickiest outfit…

Soft foam cups have entered the chat. These are made with a sticky inner adhesive that’ll stay put all day. They’re perfect for wearing under sheer fabrics or tops with unforgiving cuts. Don’t worry about washing and drying, as the brand says that the adhesive rejuvenates every time. But you’ll probably want to size up: Reviewers rec going up one or two for bigger-breasted folks. ($44, Soma)

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A smooth strapless duo that won’t catch on your clothes…

These have a balconette shape and smooth cups for ultimate comfort. We love the wide band that offers extra slippage protection and the breathable mesh fabric that makes being active in ’em (hi, running errands) a breeze. Psst…if you’re in between band sizes, size up. ($70, Lively)

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A strapless bra that won’t let you (or your boobs) down…

This one has no-slip seams and extra boning that’ll keep your bra in place. It comes with removable straps that you clip in the front (so you don’t need a friend to help you take it off). And it has a special gore that makes it easy to pack and fold for your next trip. Available in four colors, it runs from 32A–42F. Your move now. ($45, Harper Wilde)

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And a plunge strapless meant for low necklines… 

So you won't have to worry about anything peeking out. It’s got underwire and lacy detailing along the bottom for style. While it does come with removable straps, its silicone gripping ensures it’ll stay in place without them. Customers love that it provides security and shaping without adding to their bust. Let’s get low. ($72, Nordstrom)

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