We’ve finally accepted that we do in fact need to wear real bras sometimes. Although we thought we’d never depart from the comfy bralettes that held us down during quarantine, we’re excited to find some great bras to hold our girls up. For most of us, the hardest bra to shop for is usually the strapless one. Some fit too tight, while others make yours look saggy and others create gaping that shows under your tops.
But we won’t settle for that any longer. Even if you can’t shop in person, you deserve a strapless bra that’ll make you feel secure and confident. According to celebrity stylist Erin Noël, the qualities of a good strapless bra are that it’s “seamless for a smooth look under the garment, and there’s underwire for support and lift, and padding to prevent any peekaboo moments.”
With this in mind, we surfed the web, read plenty of reviews and tapped our fashion insider for the best strapless bras to shop right now. From push-up options to sticky backless bras, keep reading to find the strapless bra that will enhance your look.
Push-up strapless bras
Natori Minimal Contour Underwire Strapless Bra ($62; nordstrom.com)
“I love this bra because it’s easy to wear under T-shirts and tank tops, and provides a smooth line,” says Noël, who recommends the Natori Minimal Contour Underwire Strapless Bra. This option is made with soft foam contour cups that are meant to be invisible under clothes while lifting, shaping and supporting your girls. It’s available in sizes 30D to 36DDD.
Curvy Couture Smooth Multi-Way Strapless Bra ($62; barenecessities.com)
“I absolutely love the silicone strap at the bottom of the bra to make sure it stays in place and the wide band that also allows for maximum comfort,” shares model and influencer Gessiqua Pugh. “Also obsessed that Curvy Couture makes the bra in a nude that suits Black women!” This bra comes with a long clear strap and a long colored strap for added versatility, and is available in sizes 34C to 44H.
Calvin Klein Naked Glamour Strapless Push-Up Bra (starting at $15; amazon.com)
The Calvin Klein Naked Glamour Strapless Push-Up Bra is well loved on Amazon, generating nearly 1,200 5-star ratings. If you read some reviews for yourself, you’ll find people shocked at how amazing it is. “The fit is perfect. The bra is comfortable. The shape under clohtes is flattering and not weird,” writes one who is truly obsessed. The bra is available in sizes 30C to 38C in a variety of colors.
Vanity Fair Beauty Back Smoothing Strapless Bra (starting at $14.65; amazon.com)
With nearly 8,000 5-star ratings, the Vanity Fair Beauty Back Smoothing Strapless Bra has earned its spot as an Amazon favorite for sure. Most notably, reviewers with larger busts rave about its fit and support. One reviewer writes, “If you have larger breasts (mine are 40DD) that are saggy and uncooperative, then this bra is for you.” Give this one a go if you’re size 34D to 44DD.
Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra ($75; barenecessities.com)
After purchasing the Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra, one reviewer shares, “I wore it for the first time and literally gasped when I put it on!” They add that “it’s the first strapless that I’ve ever owned that actually does its job. It stays up without needing to be tugged every five minutes, and gives you a nice smooth display.” Delivering added lift due to vertical seamed, foam-lined cups, this is available in sizes 28D to 40J.
Versatile strapless bras
Lively The Smooth Strapless ($35; wearlively.com)
Imagine your everyday T-shirt bra but strapless — that’s the Lively The Smooth Strapless. According to Noël, it’s “another great option to wear under T-shirts that you can also wear with any formal dress.” Better yet: Reviewers say it’s comfortable and stays in place all day, due to the wide band with boning for added security. The bra is available in sizes 32A to 38DD.
Fine Lines Plunge 4-Way Convertible Shortline Bra ($54; bloomingdales.com)
But what do you wear for those super-intricate tops? Noël says that “if you like sexy necklines and revealing backless dresses this is a great bra! It also has straps for your non-strapless moments.” This features matching and clear shoulder straps that you can convert four ways, and even removable push-up padding for the most seamless look yet. This U-neck bra is available in sizes 32A to 38D.
ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra ($65; thirdlove.com)
It should come as a surprise to no one that one of our favorite strapless bras is the 24/7 Classic by ThirdLove, which receives high marks for comfort, versatility and a great fit. One reviewer writes, “This is by far the most comfortable strapless bra I have ever worn,” so much so that they wear it ever day despite being a size 36DD. The bra features multi-way straps (two sets), soft foam cups and a smooth band — available in cups A through I, along with half-cup options, and bands 32 to 48.
Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra ($68; nordstrom.com)
What strapless bra does a celebrity stylist keep in their kit? The Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra is Noël’s favorite. “It’s called the red carpet bra for a reason. It’s convertible and low enough for the lower-cut dresses,” she says. With a near perfect rating at Nordstrom across 1,500 reviews, the converible bra features back and side boning, gripper strips inside and light foam padding for support with a no-show look. This is available in sizes 30DD to 44G.
Savage X Fenty New Strapless Bra ($59.95; savagex.com)
We initially purchased this strapless bra to see what all the Savage X Fenty hype was about, but we would choose it again and again because it’s seriously supportive. It’s made with a high-shine microfiber that’s cool to the touch, along with lightweight molded foam cups. The rose gold hardware and X charm between the busts is an added touch. This is available in sizes 32A to 44DD.
Aerie Real Sunnie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra ($22.47, originally $44.95; ae.com)
What’s so great about the Aerie Real Sunnie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra, you ask? It’s made with the brand’s Real Soft fabric that has 360-degree stretch that’s designed for the comfort, support and movement you want in a T-shirt bra. Reviewers share stories of sporting it everywhere from graduation to prom without hassle. It’s available in sizes 30A to 40D.
Skims Mesh Strapless Bra ($48; nordstrom.com)
“I’ve been searching for the most comfortable strapelss bra for practically my entire life and I’ve finally found it,” writes one reviewer of the Skims Mesh Strapless Bra. “It’s like it melds onto my body like a second skin and still gives me the support I need.” What makes it so comfortable is the power-stretch mesh that’s designed to wick away stretch, and is admittedly see-through. Get your hands on one if you’re sizes 32B to 38C.
Lively The Lace Strapless Bra ($35; wearlively.com)
Leave it to Lively to supply us with a bra that perfectly meshes form with function. Not only is The Lace Strapless Bra beautiful enough to layer as part of your outfit, but it’s designed to support your breasts too. According to one reviewer, “This bra is adorable, comfortable and somehow never falls down. It’s the only brand of strapless bras I will ever buy again.” This is available in size 32A to 38DD, with some DDD cup options as well.
Cosabella Evolution Strapless Bra ($78.50; cosabella.com)
If you’re in the market for a strapless bra that’ll fit seamlessly under your tops, consider Cosabella’s Evolution Strapless Bra. Designed to be the only strapless bra you’ll ever need, this is made with sleek and smooth microfiber along with lightly padded molded cups — making it perfect for daily wear. The bra is available in sizes 30B to 36DD.
Felina Body Luxe Convertible Strapless Underwire Contour Bra ($52; nordstrom.com)
A reviewer calls the Felina Body Luxe Convertible Strapless Underwire Contour Bra “strapless nirvana,” and honestly we don’t feel the need to say more. This satin-finish bra features hidden underwires for reliable support along with removable, convertible straps. Most notably, though, is the cups that fit snug on top of your breasts so that the bra doesn’t poke through your top. This bra is available in sizes 32C to 38DD.
Harper Wilde The Flex ($40; harperwilde.com)
We’ve loved Harper Wilde so much since we were introduced to the brand, so we knew it would have an excellent strapless bra option. The Flex is thoughfully designed with front-adjusting straps, an X-bridge that makes it easy to fold and pack, along with no-slip seams to keep your boobs in place. It’s also made with a super-soft fabric you won’t want to take off. This is available in band sizes 32 to 42 and cup sizes A to F.
Backless strapless bras
Fashion Forms Nubra Ultralite (starting at $26.81; amazon.com)
“I love these bras! I wear them, wear them out and buy another one,” writes one reviewer of the Fashion Forms Nubra Ultralite. “They are nice not only for backless clothing but clothing where you don’t want a bra (or bra bulges) to show.” This is available in cup sizes A to DD.
Sneaky Vaunt The Original Push-Up ($34.40; sneakyvaunt.com)
A push-up bra that’s strapless? Yes, please! Sneaky Vaunt’s The Original Push-Up is designed to give you adjustable cleavage, no matter what you’re wearing — for at least 40 wears. Reviewers say it’s sticky and stays put. This is available in cup sizes A to DD.
Bohong Strapless Backless Sticky Bra (starting at $16.98; amazon.com)
Maybe you need not one but two sticky bras. If that’s you, grab this two-pack on Amazon that’ll run you less than $25 and features a drawstring closure that can easily enhance your cleavage. This is available in cup sizes A to DD.
Fashion Forms U Plunge Backless Strapless Bra ($38; macys.com)
The Fashion Forms U Plunge Backless Strapless Bra is excellent for those deep-cut statement tops and dresses you’re sporting in the summer or on special occasions. It sticks to your body with adhesive cups and wings at your side, and even comes with attachable straps. This is available in cup sizes A to D.
NuBra Demi Underwire Bra ($48; revolve.com)
What sets this backless bra by NuBra apart from the rest is the demi cut that’ll work perfectly with low-neck tops. It’s washable and reusable, and features a front clasp closure for easy wear. This sticky bra is available in cup sizes A to D.