We Tested Tons of Strapless Bras and These Are Our Top 5 Favorites
Dammit, if we spend one more minute of our lives scooching up a slouchy strapless bra that keeps slowly migrating to our waistline, so help us. That’s why we decided to put the best strapless bras on the market to the test. We wore them to work, to press events, to PureWow’s own holiday (dance) party. Here, the results of our research.
Best Fit: ThirdLove’s 24/7 Classic
What It Promises: Made with a soft micro-jersey fabric (aka it’s ultra-soft), this bra—available in whole and half sizes and a size range that goes from AA to G—is designed with versatility, comfort and a perfect fit in mind.
What We Loved About It: “The tight fit of the cups to my boobs—quite possibly due to the sizing options—meant the bra didn’t budge all day,” says one tester (a 36C).” Others loved the no-slip “sticky” grip in the band and the coverage provided by the cup sizes. “The fit of this bra was smooth enough under clothing that I could wear it with a strapless dress—or a blouse.”
Buy it here ($72)
Best for Bigger Boobs: Wacoal Red Carpet Classic
What It Promises: Complete with molded underwire cups and a bit of light foam padding, this strapless bra is designed to provide shaping, structure and support while still staying in place.
What We Loved About It: One of our bigger-busted testers was thrilled at the cup size and subtle padding. “It’s great for big boobs and the boning meant that the cups didn’t fold or get misshapen as the day went on,” she said. Another tester loved the look of it, too. “It stayed in place and the sheer sides gave it a hint of sexiness.” A win-win.
Buy it here ($68)
Best Lift: Aerie Happy
What It Promises: This lightly lined convertible style provides underwire support with natural, gentle shaping (aka it comes with a bit of padding). The soft and stretchy fabric also provides maximum support and comfort.
What We Loved About It: “This was by far the most comfortable when I first put it on,” one of our testers—a 32D—said. “It wasn’t too tight and felt a lot like a normal everyday bra. The push-up material in the cups also didn’t push the ‘girls’ over the limit.” Another tester added: “I was really impressed by the level of support it provided. I almost always prefer to de-accentuate my boobs, so it’s a little too padded for my taste. But if I wanted to go for a boobs-out look, I would absolutely wear it.”
Buy it here ($45)
Best for Nursing: The Harper Wilde Flex
What It Promises: This strapless offers breathable microfiber fabric that’s seamless, plus no-slip seams and light padding to give you lift and comfort at the same time. It also has an “x-bridge” at the center for easy folding in your dresser drawer or travel.
What We Loved About It: In addition to loving the crisscross detail on the front (“it’s functional, but also super cute”), one of our testers who’s nursing—and fluctuating between a 34B and 36C—found it to be the best in the bunch to accommodate that fact. “The full-coverage cups meant I wasn’t spilling out, but thanks to the padding and stretch of the material, I still had life and support at every size.” Other testers also noted the fabric: “The stretch made it comfortable—and not something I was dying to rip off the second I got home.”
Buy it here ($35)
Best Overall: Lively Lace Strapless
What It Promises: A fresh design, plus an ultra-feminine look. It also comes with an active-inspired band, so it’s supposed to stay put.
What We Loved About It: One of our testers (who wears a size DD) hate, hate, hates strapless bras, and she proclaimed this her new favorite. Why? “I love that it isn’t padded, but still feels supportive. The thin, sort of sticky material that prevents it from falling is effective without being burdensome,” she said. Across the board, all our testers had similar praise to give. (“It was comfortable.” “It didn’t budge for the 12 hours I wore it.”) And one had this to add: “Since it’s all black lace, it looks super chic. I would totally wear this as a peekaboo moment under a deep-V or sheer shirt.”
Buy it here ($35)