No matter how much you might hate wearing one, a strapless bra is a necessary evil when it comes to that off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress or top with a tricky neckline. And believe it or not, a strapless isn’t supposed to slide down with every movement, even if that might be your previous experience.
“Look for a strapless bra with snug band,” Alicia Miller, director of merchandising and fit specialist at lingerie maker Chantelle tells Glamour. In fact, some experts even say to size down. “A band that’s too big is the most common reason for slipping—no matter your bust size. Make sure your boobs are contained along the top of the cup, particularly near the arm, where you tend to see spillage in a bad fit, which is very obvious under clothing.” If you think a strapless bra is uncomfortable by design, that just means you haven’t found the right one, says Miller. That’s where we come in. All the bras on this list have been worn for full days at a time, and even danced in, and come highly recommended by our editors, stylists, and everyone else with boobs in our network.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a comfy wireless bra for a tube top, a bra for a small chest, a bra for large busts that’s as hardworking as the best push-up bras in your closet for a cocktail dress, or a bra you can snag on Amazon, the right strapless bra is out there. So throw on your most impractical ’fit, and shop our picks for the best strapless bras, according to Glamour’s team of testers.
The types of strapless bras
Each type of strapless bra serves a specific purpose, and they’ve evolved over time to cater to different wardrobe needs and body types. Today, you’ll find several types of strapless bras designed to provide varying levels of support, comfort, and styles. Traditional underwire strapless bras, like the ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra, have reliable support with more structured cups and often come in a wide size range. For those those more focused on comfort, options like the Aerie Sunnie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra provide a softer, lightly padded cup, and Skims’s bandeau is stretchy, wireless, and seamless. Backless, adhesive silicone bras, such as the Gatherall Bra, offer a simple hack for backless and strapless outfits, sticking directly to the skin. Push-up strapless bras, like the Aerie Show Off Strapless Push Up Bra, give you an added lift for a more enhanced bust underneath low-neckline tops and dresses.
Our top picks
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