There is no article of clothing that’s worse to shop for than a strapless bra. Jeans? Nope. Bikini? Close, but not quite. Because not only is finding the right fit in the store hard enough on its own, half the time you end up cursing the strapless bra—for falling down, for digging into your ribs, for unexplainable itchiness—when you finally end up wearing it out.
But when women complain, brands listen (thank g). The best strapless bras of today are designed with superior materials, advanced technical features, and expanded bra sizes in mind, providing support to all types of ladies’ ladies.
When shopping for a strapless bra, “make sure the band is snug—perhaps even a bit tighter than usual,” says Journelle CEO Lyn Lewis. “Sometimes I even go down a band size.” Lewis adds that you should look for a bra with a wider band around the rib cage and three or four closure hooks for maximum support. “While a thinner band around the side and back can look delicate, this bra needs to be a highly functional garment,” she says.
These are the best strapless bras for every shape, size, and outfit:
- Best overall: Le Mystere Women’s Sculptural Strapless Bra
- Best for smaller chests: Calvin Klein Naked Glamour Convertible Strapless Push-Up Bra
- Best for larger busts: Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra
- Best for backless dresses: Nubra Feather Lite Strapless Bra
- Best convertible bra: Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra
- Best for people who hate strapless bras: ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra
- Best for people who heart style: Natori Feathers Strapless Bra
- Best for those who want contouring: Spanx Up For Anything Strapless Bra
- Best for minimalists: Halogen Seamless Bandeau
- Best wireless bra: Lively Wirefree Strapless Bra
Best overall: Le Mystere Women’s Sculptural Strapless Bra
Sleek, microfiber cups and graduated padding lift your boobs comfortably (and naturally), while a silicone lining on the top and bottom rims ensure they stay there, right where they belong. Take that, gravity!
Women’s Sculptural Strapless Bra Le Mystere amazon.com $65.00
Best for smaller chests: Calvin Klein Naked Glamour Convertible Strapless Push-Up Bra
Women’s Naked Glamour Strapless Push Up Bra Calvin Klein amazon.com
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.
Best for larger busts: Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra
Women’s Luxe Strapless Bra Curvy Kate amazon.com $75.00 $56.25 (25% off)
You can grab this style in band sizes 28 to 40 and cups from D to J—so you’re guaranteed to find a fit. The underwire keeps you supported, while the foam-lined cups prevent any nipping, even when you wear white (hallelujah).
Best for backless dresses: Nubra Feather Lite Strapless Bra
Feather Lite Adhesive Strapless Bra NuBra amazon.com $32.00
Although probably not ideal for sizes larger than a D (but they do come in a D cup!), Lewis loves Nubra because it “has two separate cup pieces—no band, no straps—with a sticky silicone on the inside that helps each cup adhere to each of your breasts.” The two cups then clip together so you can create whatever amount of cleavage you want. The bra can be worn as many as 50 times with the same sticking power.
Best convertible bra: Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra
Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra Wacoal nordstrom.com $68.00
This bra has hundreds and hundreds of five-star reviews, and with just one wear, it’s easy to see why. The bra stays up, maintains the shape of your breasts, and keeps you lifted. Plus, it comes with straps so it’s useful for day-to-day wear beyond your strapless needs. It’s also designed for larger breasts and features minor adjustments to make it even more comfortable and effective as the sizes go up (like wider straps and additional hooks).
Best for people who hate strapless bras: ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra
24/7™ Classic Strapless Bra Thirdlove thirdlove.com $2,020.00
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.
Best for people who heart style: Natori Feathers Strapless Bra
Feathers Strapless Bra Natori amazon.com $66.00
Emily Schuman, founder of the Cupcakes & Cashmere fashion brand and lifestyle blog, swears by this strapless bra, which features a plunge neckline that works with any top or dress. The lace band gives the bra an elevated, feminine look in a highly functional package.
Best for those who want contouring: Spanx Up For Anything Strapless Bra
Women’s Up for Anything Strapless Bra SPANX amazon.com $136.95
Leave it to Spanx to create the best most flattering strapless bra. Memory foam cups mold to your body for a natural shape and custom fit, and the elastane-nylon band lies flat against your skin, nixing any bra bulge. The fabric also feels luxe—not at all suffocating.
Best for minimalists: Halogen Seamless Bandeau
Seamless Bandeau Halogen nordstrom.com $19.00
This stretchy guy is so light and comfy, you’ll never want to take it off. It’s made from a breathable nylon-spandex blend, comes with optional straps (most bandeaus don’t), and has an actual band to stay put around your rib cage. Plus, it’s under $20!
Best wireless bra: Lively Wirefree Strapless Bra
The No-Wire Strapless Lively wearlively.com $35.00
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 all those stifling summer weddings.