Certain outfits, like sundresses and occasion attire, call for a particular kind of support. In many cases, the best strapless bras are the lingerie solve, no matter your chest size. Though this bra style is a pain point for many women, especially those with a larger chest, the bra market is well-populated with options in various skin tones and neutrals, from padded to plunging, in bandeau or underwire designs that will cater to your particular preferences and needs.
When building a collection, start with the basics, like a black or skin-toned style that will go the distance and serve as the foundation for a range of outfits. Then, consider a bandeau style for the best in comfort or a lacey design for extra style value. A convertible bra is ideal for those with a streamlined lingerie wardrobe—it can go strapless when there’s a need but stay in rotation day-to-day with myriad silhouettes from blouses to T-shirts to halter tops. Plus, so much bang for your buck.
For those tricker-to-navigate silhouettes, like a backless dress or one-shoulder top? It’s all about the most discreet of strapless underpinnings—the adhesive bra. Is it as supportive as a full-on bra? Perhaps not, but it’ll do the trick if you’re not a fan of going braless. Plunging and longline strapless bras are clever ways to support your chest, too—especially for down-to-the-belly button scoops or flimsier fabrics where you’d appreciate extra support and shaping through your waist.
Ready to discover the best strapless bra for you? Scroll on for 36 styles with the Vogue stamp of approval.
For Larger Cup Size Needs
Strapless bras are perhaps the most challenging for larger cup sizes. To ensure support, seek out designs with underwires, high-density foam cups, internal side slings, and power mesh panels. Labels like Curvy Kate, Goddess, and Le Mystere specialize in extra-support designs.
For Smaller Cup Size Needs
When it comes to strapless bras for smaller cup sizes, the most critical factor is a stay-in-place design to avoid slips, whether you like a push-up, light padding, seamless bandeau, or underwire. Because heavy support is less of a requirement, pretty designs can become more of a focus, like Kiki de Montparnasse’s satin underwired cups and Lise Charmel’s lace-adorned convertible bra.
Skin Tones for Everybody
A skin-toned strapless bra will work the hardest for you, no matter your style preference. Wear yours—be it wireless, convertible, or a classic design—with everything from tank tops to sundresses or black-tie attire. Commando’s butter-soft bandeau is one of the comfiest options you won’t feel the need to rip off at the end of the day, while Skims’ modern mesh design lends a touch of modernity with stay-in-place function courtesy of a silicone band grip.
The Little Black Bra
A black strapless bra is the most inconspicuous with dark-colored clothing. If you’re set on the basics, level up your collection with a satin or lace-adorned style. Take things further with styles that can double as a crop top beneath layers, like a blazer or button-down, such as Fleur du Mal’s sweetheart neckline design with boning for shape and support.
Bandeaus Built for Comfort
The most comfortable strapless bra on the market is unquestionably a bandeau style. While specific designs, like lace, are best layered under clothing, others can double as a crop top with high-waisted pants and skirts. Commando, Skims, and Hanky Panky make three of the most popular designs on the market. And if you want to level up from skin-toned and black styles, go for a fun color, like Prism’s soft blush or Free People’s fatigue green style.
A convertible bra is a do-it-all underpinning, whether you’re a lingerie minimalist or the multi-wear type. Opt for this if you rarely find yourself needing a strapless bra but still want to get lots of wear out of a purchase. Wolford, Wacoal, and Intimissimi’s styles offer a versatile, seamless look, while La Perla and DKNY’s designs offer a touch of romanticism with lace touches.
The Adhesive No-Bra Alternative
An adhesive strapless bra is often the solution for those ultra-tricky silhouettes like a backless, cut-out, or asymmetrical design. While it’s not the most supportive, you’ll feel much more secure than you would in pasties or no bra at all. NuBra and Fashion Forms are cult-loved for their near-invisibility, while Stephanie Montes’ Nue is a breast tape option that works just as well, if not harder, than full-coverage adhesive cups.
The Strapless Lace
Lingerie is functional, yes, but there’s no harm in seeking out styles to bring you joy. In the strapless bra department, that means a pretty lace design: black, white, skin-toned, or colorful. Else and Dora Larsen make some of the most romantic and whimsical options with impressive support.
Longline Strapless Silhouettes
A longline strapless bra offers extra support and can help to smooth or shape your waist. They come in various necklines, too, whether you require a plunging, sweetheart, or convertible design, such as On Gossamer’s underwire style with boning, Fashion Forms plunging U-shaped adhesive design, and Natori’s comfy bandeau silhouette with a touch of lace.