The Best Bras Out There: Strapless Edition

strapless braThe other day, as I was perusing CC, chuckling to myself (read: snorting loudly to everyone at Starbucks), I came across Katie’s hilarious “I’m Torn” on strapless bras. As I  amen sister-ed and hallelujah-ed my way through the article and comments (I was a very spiritual Southern Baptist in a past life), I came to a disturbing conclusion:

The vast majority of us can’t stand our strapless bras–and that needs to change.

So, being the do-gooder that I am, I decided to go on a hunt for the best strapless bras around and bring them all to you. Trust me, I know all about the woes of the strapless, so I was very discriminating on my search.

These strapless boulder-holders are the best out there; they may even clear things up for our dear friend Katie.

Stays Put– No Matter What:
The number one strapless issue is definitely their inability to stay where they’re freakin’ supposed to. We all dread wriggling around trying to find a discreet way to hike up our slowly slipping bras (and most of us have concluded there is no discreet way to do so). These bras will make sure you never have to do the embarrassing wiggle dance while talking to a cute guy ever again.

Wacoal “Halo Lace”

halo lace

Pretty, lacy and heavy duty underwire? Check, check and check.  A strip of silicone beading all the way around the bra (not just on the back straps) will make sure that no matter how hard you bump, grind or hail a cab, you won’t have to re-adjust.

Frederick’s of Hollywood No Slip Strapless

It’s sleek and simple, and with silicone lined straps and extra adhesive in the cups, Frederick’s promises you it won’t budge.

So that beautiful purple blouse hanging in your closet has been calling your name since you bought it for, like, 30% off. The only problem? You figured out why it was so discounted when you tried it on with your go-to strapless—and saw tacky lines running across the middle of your chest. These bras swear that those lines will disappear, no matter how clingy the material of your top.

Fashion Forms “Infinity”


This backless, strapless, self-adhesive comes in cup sizes A-D, and is available in nude or black. I usually wouldn’t even bother with a sticky bra until I read what makes this particular pick so incredible: the cups are molded foam. And they’re underwire. Goodbye chicken cutlets and tape-bras!

Barely There “Invisible Look”

It’s totally smooth: no visible seams or boning, and the straps are lined with silicone to prevent slippage. To make sure it all but disappears under clothes, it’s lined with soft, sueded fabric. The best part? It’s only $13.

Actually Cute:
Sometimes a slinky, sexy top is so effing cute you just have to buy it. Other times, there’s a reason why you’re showing all that skin (and it might just be called “Josh” or “Brandon”). But what use is all of that skimpy seduction if you actually take him home later and he removes said sexy outfit to find…your nude, super-duper supportive, entirely un-sexy strapless? You can bet he’ll regret his smooth line about “that outfit looking better on his floor.” Well fear not, these bras are here to save the day.

Odille “Angel”

I love how frilly and innocent this strapless is! I feel like this is the bra Cinderella is wearing underneath all that sparkly blue tulle, and, let’s face it, Cinderella had some pretty decent cleavage. Delicate lace and a white satin bow definitely let this angelic bra live up to its name.

Betsey Johnson Molded Strapless

For those nights when you’re feeling less than angelic? Betsey’s got your back (er, um, boobs). I swear by Betsey Johnson bras and alternate the two I have so I pretty much wear them every.single.day. She mixes soft materials with crazy, playful prints and still pays attention to how the bra will make you look (in a word: smokin’!)

Best cleavage creator:
Why oh why does it seem that “push-up” and “strapless” are mortal enemies? Why have the lingerie gods not found a way for us to defy gravity without shoulder straps? The tops and dresses I wear a strapless with are usually those that I want to show the most cleavage in, so why do I always feel so let down (literally) when my strapless fails to give me a boost? Because I don’t have this bra (yet. Give me 3-7 business days for shipping.)

Victoria’s Secret Plunge with Gel Curve


As usual, Victoria’s Secret has done the seemingly impossible: they’ve out-cleavaged themselves. This satin smooth push up bra has extra oomph in the form of silicone pouches you can add or remove (super cleavage and super-duper-traffic-stopping cleavage).

Frederick’s of Hollywood Exxtreme Strapless

They may have left out that third-x but this bra is definitely for adult entertainment. It comes in sizes 32A-38D and promises “incredible cleavage no matter what you wear.”

Best for big busts:
Nothing is more frustrating than being a 20-something  girl stuffed into a 70-something woman’s bra, and if you’ve got tig o’l bitties, the vast majority of lingerie out there is of the grandma variety. Multiply that frustration by 6,000 and you’ve got strapless bra shopping for DD + cup sizes. Not anymore…

Fantasie Smoothing Strapless

This sleek and seamless bra is invisible under clothing and bonus: no more dreaded quadro-boob! The edge of the bra blends seamlessly into skin, instead of cutting across it. That’s right, even those of us of the big boobed persuasion can have a cute strapless bra.

Lilyette “Minimizer” Tailored Strapless

If you’re going for a more demure look, this minimizer will suck you in and lift you up. So you won’t be falling out of the top of your dress, the bra has an elastic band around the top. And so you won’t look like you’re stuffed into a sports bra, the molded cups are sculpted for just enough cleavage. Perfection.

Best  All-around:
This bra takes the best qualities of all the aforementioned bras and combines them into strapless flawlessness. It will stay put, push you up, stay hidden when it needs to, but still look hot when you want it to…

Victoria’s Secret Biofit Strapless


What are your strapless favorites?

We’ve updated out picks for 2015! Check them out below.



    1. Erika says:

      That Odille “Angel” one is soo cute for a strapless. Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to order it.

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    3. Jenna says:

      I was almost surprised you didn't include the BioFit strapless, and not just because I work at Victoria's Secret. I was glad to see you snuck it in at the end.

      As a "big-busted" girl (34DD or 32DDD), the Biofit is still the only one I own that actually stays put (it has a faux suede lining throughout the entire bra). It also has a little bit of lift for cup sizes A-D. The whole company has been on backorder for the past couple of months because of how popular it's been, but we're finally starting to see them back in stock.

      If you're big-busted and not a fan of Victoria's Secret for whatever reason, I'm also a big fan of Bravissimo.com.

      Ok, I'll step down from my soap box now.

    4. Kari- Florida State says:

      The Biofit is my pick for Best All Around…I'm wearing it as we speak = )

    5. Lynn says:

      Which one would be best for those of us with smaller busts? It's so hard for me to find a good one that stays put and that's in a size 32A!!

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    7. Chimaera says:

      I feel I HAVE to disagree with biofit. I am a 36D, and not only does this bra give me the quadroboob, the straps when I do use them just pop right off. I spent around 50 bucks on this bra and was so disappointed – the cheapie bras I bought 2 for 15 at Target were far superior. I hate my biofit. I'm in the market now to find a different bra.

    8. Kam says:

      Warner's This Is Not a Bra Strapless Underwire…$25.00 at JCPenney.

    9. Nicole says:

      I wish you would have included some better options for bigger busted women. I tried the fantasie one, and it is like wearing mediaeval armour, practically made my boobs cry. If you are looking for a strapless that also gives amazing cleavage, lift, and does not budge, go for the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless. Goes from a 30-38 band and a A-G cup. Seriously, it is magical.

    10. Sara says:

      I have to agree with Kam! I got a Warner's This Is Not a Bra Strapless Underwire on Black Friday of 2011 and as soon as I got home I threw my old strapless bra in the trash. My entire life I've never found a strapless bra that could accommodate AND support my 34D 's properly. It was the most frustrating thing because I had so many cute strapless dresses but hesitated to wear them just thinking of pulling up my bra every minute. If you are busty and want to try a strapless bra, get this Warner's bra! Added bonus: it actually has a sexy shape and doesn't look like a granny bra. Who knew that was a thing busty women dared to look for?

    11. erer says:

      the VS gel plunge is a terrible strapless bra- 36C. Yeah, it looks great and seems heavy duty, but this thing wouldn't stay up if you paid it. It comes with a couple kinds of adjustable straps, including clear, but the bra is too industrially-constructed (yet without result) and the straps aren't beefy enough to handle it. I've had this thing for years, trying to make it work, but I am finally going to break up with it.

    12. jen says:

      Ugh, I can't stand the Biofit and I'm 34D – it just doesn't stay put on me and it flattens me if I try to make it tighter – the next size up is too big. I have yet to find a strapless that will work (desperate at this point since I live in TX and summers I love to wear camis & tanks). I'm going to try some of the suggestions in the comments.

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    14. Bianca says:

      I have a DKNY strapless (34D) that stays up like crazy!! It has something on the sides that appears to be key to this – metal supports maybe (?) because it's pretty tight there & hurts a bit at those spots when I wear it, but I don't care b/c that's the feeling of my strapless bra staying up. I wore it out dancing the other night & didn't have to give it one single yank up. It also gives really good push-up, which I don't usually want (too busty looking), so I'm actually looking for one that stays up but doesn't give push-up. The other ones I have all slide down.

    15. Sarah says:

      I DESPISE those foam cup bras! The last thing I want is to add to my 38 Cs. Also, it seems designed to make us feel we need to hide our nipples or conform to the modern fake-is better aesthetic. It's so annoying to have to slog through millions of these to find a nice underwire. Also, it seems designed to make us feel we need to hide our nipples or conform to the modern fake-is better aesthetic.

      Of course, I also hate that it's hard to find a nice cotton or cotton blend underwire, instead of the creepy super-shiny synthetics. And it would be nice if they would only make the non-pokey underwires.

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