One of the worst realisations a person can have when shopping for a new outfit is: "Oh no, this is going to need a strapless bra." We don't need to tell you how hard it is to find supportive strapless bras for a large bust, especially when bra shopping online can be a lot trickier.
Trying to find the best strapless bras for that snazzy new dress can be tiring and just plain frustrating, especially when so many of the major bra brands cost an arm and a leg for the most basic styles.
Your go-to strapless bra needs to tick so many boxes that it can become an overwhelming task just to set out shopping for one, especially if you're shopping online. It needs to be comfortable, discreet under clothing and, of course, needs to hold your bust up.
You might want a seamless strapless bra, a stick-on bra or a strapless bra so supportive you can't even feel it.
On top of an already very tall order, your strapless bra needs to be durable, lasting wash after wash and keeping you in strappy or even strapless dresses for years to come.
With that in mind, here are 13 options of the best strapless bras for every style preference, from sleek full cup bras, stick-on strapless bras to cleavage-enhancing plunge strapless bras.
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Summary: Wonderbra is unequivocally the king of the bra world and this strapless number is no exception - perfect for plunging strapless dresses. and provides good support while also enhancing your cleavage. Available in band sizes 30-38 and cup sizes A-F.
Product details: It provides good support, enhances your cleavage and prevents any parts of the bra from peeking through.
Comfort rating: Soft material and comfortable enough for all-day wear despite the supportive metal boning.
Verdict: 68% 4-star plus reviews on Amazon, "I wore it strapless and it just about kept the girls in check without feeling like I was going to completely fall out, the back strap was really comfortable and the fit was just as expected" one reviewer wrote.
Summary: A strapless bra made for big boobs, the seamed cups offer lift and shape, as the band hugs your curves without the worry of slipping. Available in sizes D-J cup.
Pros: A very comfortable and supportive bra that doesn't slip.
Cons: A small percentage found the cups didn't quite fit right, but Curvy Kate offers FREE virtual bra fittings so you can make sure you're buying the correct size. Book yours here.
Verdict: 4.2 out of 5 stars,** "I'm in love with this bra. It sits up like it had straps and is very comfortable" wrote one reviewer.
Summary: If you've got a fuller bust, it can be tricky to find a bra that, quite literally, holds up to expectation. This one from Wacoal is a great multiway option.
Product details: Nylon-Spandex fabric blend with a silicone-lined band for extra support. The cups are lightly lined and rounded, but not pointy. Good size range, too (up to an F cup in John Lewis and an I cup elsewhere).
Comfort rating: "OK for short periods or when you want to give a particular dress or top an outing, but not for all-day wear" wrote one reviewer.
Verdict: 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Summary: Amazon might not be the first place you'd look for a new bra, but this minimising style comes highly recommended. Designed especially for women with a DD cup and over, it promises a seamless look with shaping and support.
Product details: Full cup coverage and a wide range of colours - a big plus. Without the standard v-shaped cleavage gap, but rather a tubey bandeau style, it adds a more modest offering to the strapless bra variety.
Comfort rating: "I have struggled over the years to find a strapless bra that actually fits and offers support, and doesn't leave me looking like a dairy milkmaid, having to constantly pull it up back into place... This bra is a game-changer, comfortable to wear offering a more natural shape, no sliding down. I'm so impressed I'm going to order many more" one reviewer wrote.
Verdict: 74% four-star plus reviews.
Summary: M&S is a classic underwear destination that will never let us down. Their bras last for aeons and this highly-reviewed strapless number is a mid-range staple.
Product details: Polyester blend fabric with a touch of lace, proving that your 'necessary' underwear doesn't have to be bland. The cups are moulded to add "feminine shaping" and, with underwire, too, to prevent the appearance of natural sagging.
Comfort rating: The bust band has added stretch for comfort - "Was advised to go up a size and down a cup. Fits great really holds you. Would definitely recommend." wrote one reviewer.
Verdict: 228 reviews with an average rating of four and a half stars.
Summary: This Boux Avenue classic has almost 200 rave reviews so we had to include it in our round-up. Reviewers praise the high quality for the price and honestly, it sounds like a winner.
Product details: Excellent enhancement of cleavage without going over the top, plus it has a better colour range than most brands. Silicone tape prevents slipping and, unlike some, this one is machine washable.
Comfort rating: Soft seal hook and eye to prevent digging and many a "really comfortable" review.
Verdict: 323 five star reviews, enough said.
Summary: If you're not into padded bras, then this lace strapless style from Wacoal could be the perfect bra for you. Available in band sizes 32 to 36 and cup sizes B-E.
Product details: It's lightly moulded and underwired for a smooth shape, but no padding to be seen here.
Comfort rating: "This is the best strapless bra I have ever had. The fit is great, it provides good support and it's comfortable. It doesn't slip down, stays in place all day as well as looking pretty. Highly recommend this bra along with the matching briefs" wrote one reviewer.
Verdict: 80 John Lewis reviewers have given it 5 stars.
Summary: Another great option from Amazon for smaller-busted people, this bra has countless great reviews and comes in a great range of colours.
Product details: Supportive three-hook clasp and light padding for subtle cleavage and shaping. Some reviewers say this bra comes up a little small, and the size range only goes up to DD.
Comfort rating: "This is a very good basic strapless bra, perfect especially for the price. It seems well made with high quality fabric and stitching. The straps are easy to detach but perfectly functional when they are attached" one reviewer wrote.
Verdict: 76% four star plus reviews.
Summary: For sleek shapewear, we love this Triumph strapless bra with serious padding and shaping wires.
Product details: The seamless edges look great under fitted clothes and the multi-way straps give you great flexibility.
Comfort rating: Super soft on the skin and "Exactly what I was expecting. Very comfortable and the correct size" said one purchaser.
Verdict: Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars overall.
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How do I measure my bra size at home?
If you're going to find the best strapless bra for you, then you'll need to get your bra size right.
Last month a TikTok user went viral for showing people an easy way to measure their bra size accurately at home.
Madison Anne revealed the three simple steps she learned while working at a well-known lingerie company.
She says that you first need to measure under your bust while wearing a sports bra or no bra, using a soft tape measure, and note down that measurement in inches. If it's an odd number, round up to the nearest even number. This is your band size.
Then, measure the fullest part of your bust, looping the tape measure around your back. Note down the measurement in inches.
Then minus your band number from your bust number and the difference will give you your cup size.
1 inch = A cup
2 inch = B cup
3 inch = C cup
4 inch = D cup
5 inch = DD cup
And so on.
Should you go down a size for strapless bras?
The general consensus is that yes, you should go down a size in order to get the most support from your strapless bra but, don't go down a band AND cup size, just the band size.
Usually, you can alternate between two bra sizes, one with a bigger band and smaller cup, for comfort, and one with a smaller band and bigger cup. For example a 34B and a 32C. In this instance, we'd recommend the 32C for a strapless bra.