Strapless bra

Strapless bra
Photo source: Bendon

Strapless bras often come as convertible bras with detachable straps or you can also get bandeau bras. For most cases I would recommend a classic style strapless bra like the one pictured, bandeau bras don’t have underwires to shape them so are tighter across the top of the bust and can cause bulging unless you have a perfect fit or small breasts.

Tips for buying a strapless bra

  • Getting the right fit is more important for a strapless bra than a normal one. All of the support comes from through the band, you have no straps to help so you need to get one that is quite firm around your body. If it’s too tight it will be uncomfortable but if it’s too loose it will keep slipping and you will be pulling it up all the time. Try to get the right balance between the two, having an experienced bra fitter help you is a good idea. The place you want it to feel firm is from underneath the cup, it shouldn’t be tight across the top of the cup as this will cause bulging above the bra.
  • Often strapless bras will have areas of silicone that will help it to grip against your skin and prevent it slipping down.
    A silicone strip is used to help prevent slipping
    A silicone strip is used to help prevent slipping
  • The cups need to be able to stay up without sagging so they should be made of a firm material.
  • The band that goes around you should be quite wide in the sides. Often they will have vertical boning in the side to offer additional support.

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Worried about using a strapless bra with large breasts?

Try one that comes lower in the body under the cups to offer more support from below. Usually there will be more boning through the body too. The one pictured below is from Freya who specialise in lingerie with large cup sizes.

Strapless bra
Photo source: Freya