Best strapless bras for comfort and full support

We’ve tried and tested the best strapless bras on the high street.

best strapless bras: Model wearing Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra
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If finding the best bras for everyday wear is tricky, then finding the best strapless bras feels like winning the lingerie lottery, especially if you’ve got a bigger bust. Not only do you want it to fit well under clothes and provide the right shape, but it also has to stay in place, strap-free, for the duration of the day or night. 

Designing a strapless bra that combines the golden triangle of lingerie – lift, support and comfort – is a challenge. But high-street brands have met that challenge with gumption, offering an array of strapless options that not only look discreet under clothes, but also offer a variety of other clever features – detachable straps, lifting mechanisms, supportive fabrics and pillow-soft foam cups to name just a few. 

Gone are the days when a strapless bra was merely simple and functional, with so many styles now on offer on the high street, from the gravity-defying Wonderbra number to M&S’s pretty and natural bandeau design. We’ve tested countless strapless bras to work out which ones are worth parting with your hard-earned cash. These are the best strapless bras to buy now. 

How to find the right strapless bra

Paula Skarratt, technical manager at Bravissimo, told w&h, “You may want to experiment with a different size, as we hear from some of our customers that they like to go for a size smaller in the back and up one cup to keep it feeling super secure, but the most important thing is that the bra feels comfortable.

“When wearing a strapless bra, you want to make sure the backband is firm, but comfortable. As there aren’t any straps to keep you in place, the backband needs to be firm enough to keep you lifted, so you feel confident and amazing!”

Look for:

1. A firm supportive underband, as all the support is coming from here

2. Foam/moulded cups with good coverage to fully encase the bust

3. Balcony-shaped neckline to avoid showing under clothing

4. Wide elastic on the underband with a silicone trim to give good support where minimum adjustment is needed

5. For bigger busts, look for a firm wire and strong supportive fabrics for maximum support

Best strapless bras: wonderbra ultimate strapless bra

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1. Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra

The best strapless push-up bra

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 30-38, cup size A-G
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes
Price: £40
Reasons to buy
+Stays in place well+Creates impressive cleavage
Reasons to avoid
-Feels slightly restrictive-Comes up small on the band

Each cup of the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra looks roughly the same size as my head when I take the bra out of its packaging. But while Wonderbra’s iconic strapless number may look pretty huge at a first glance, the majority of the bra’s extra bulk is in the band, making for a supportive and budge-free fit. The inside of this band, and under the bust, is peppered with tiny silicone dots to ensure it won’t inch down during the day.

The Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra’s real selling point is its “hand-shaped system”, which is moulded into the cups, lifting and boosting your bust from the inside. While you can see the outline of this from inside the cups, no one would be any wiser from the outside. Full marks for lift and support, but it’s not the most comfortable of bras if worn for a long stretch of time. However, those with bigger busts will appreciate this high level of spill-proof security. 

See our full Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra review

best strapless bras: Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

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2. Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

The best strapless bra for DD+ boobs

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 28-40, cup size D-J
Best suited to: Bigger busts who favour a natural look
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Machine Washable: No
RRP: £35
Reasons to buy
+Fully Adjustable non-slip straps  +Inside sling support  +Changes from 2 to 3 hooks from an F cup 
Reasons to avoid
- Bridge may be visible with some necklines 

The Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless bra is a joy to wear – the fit is perfect and its silky satin feels luxurious against the skin. The cups have a smooth shape that will work underneath dresses and T-shirts alike. 

Balconette bras are designed with the cup cut horizontally, which creates a lift upwards, rather than inwards. This works well for a strapless style. The classic balconette style moves away from a deep cleavage towards a natural lift, with sturdy, adjustable straps, a three-part seamed cup and light padding. 

The brand has a great range for bigger busts sized D-KK, designed to lift and support with design features tailored specifically for bigger busts, such as extra hook-and-eye fastenings and more supportive straps. 

best strapless bras: Intimissimi Gioia Lady Sheer Bandeau Bra

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3. Intimissimi Gioia Lady Sheer Bandeau Bra

The best strapless bra for a small bust

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 32-38, cup size B-C
Best suited to: Smaller boobs
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: £36
Reasons to buy
+The prettiest strapless bra we’ve ever seen  +Great uplift and shape for small boobs 
Reasons to avoid
-Perhaps too much padding for big boobs -Shallow cups

This pretty bra just screams bridal. With delicate eyelash lace and an elegant curve shape, it’s certainly easy on the eye. And it offers plenty of support, with a firm underwire and graduated padding in the cups – perfect for cleavage boosting. 

For those larger in the bust department, however, this may not be the best choice. I found the cups to be quite shallow in my usual size and the hefty padding results in a much deeper cleavage than most padded bras. 

Victoria’s Secret Lightly Lined Strapless Bra

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4. Victoria’s Secret Sexy Illusions Lightly Lined Strapless Bra

The best multiway strapless bra

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 32-38, cup size A-F
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP : £45
Reasons to buy
+Firm but comfortable fit+Can be worn in five different ways 
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t offer a fully inclusive shade range -Sizing is a little confusing 

Functional and sexy, The Victoria’s Secret Lightly Lined Strapless Bra is the multiway solution to all your wardrobe dilemmas. 

This multiway bra can be worn in five different ways, accommodating for strapless, asymmetric and halter necklines, as well as traditional and racer backs. If you’re going to invest in just one bra, this will have you covered for any outfit. It’s silky soft, with a raw edge along the wings that create smooth, barely detectable lines, no matter how fitted your outfit may be. 

This clever style also boasts patented non-slip bands and cups, using a sticky coating to gently adhere to skin – cue a bra that will stay firmly in place, day and night. 

See our full Victoria’s Secret Lightly Lined Strapless Bra review

best strapless bras: Boux Avenue strapless padded plunge bra

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5. Boux Avenue Strapless Padded Plunge Bra

The best seamless strapless bra

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 30-38, cup size A-DD
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: £28
Reasons to buy
+Diverse nude shades+Soft material+Comes with attachable straps
Reasons to avoid
-May crease after a few wears-Digs in under the arms

It’s refreshing to see so many different variations of the classic “nude” shade catering to different skin tones. Reviewers agree, with multiple shoppers praising Boux Avenue’s inclusive approach to colourways, happily expressing how it feels good to find a bra that works for their skin tone, at a reasonable price.

The bra itself is super streamlined, with a minimal design, supportive waistband and smooth seamless cups. The plunge style results in a natural cleavage. We rate the simplicity of this failsafe strapless bra, which is so comfortable that you may just forget you’re wearing it! 

best strapless bras: M&S Lace Bandeau Strapless Bra

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6. M&S Lace Bandeau Strapless Bra

The best bandeau strapless bra

Specifications
Sizes: S-XL
Best suited to: Smaller boobs (or bigger, if for sleeping or lounging)
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: £12.50
Reasons to buy
+Easy pull on design+Doesn't stick out underneath garments+Removable straps
Reasons to avoid
-Not as durable-Better support for small busts-Runs small

I was initially a little reluctant to include this in the guide because, naturally as a bandeau style, it’s far less sturdy than other options. However, the double lining and light padding does offer something in the way of support in comparison to other bandeau styles. For a relaxed afternoon at home, this pretty bra did the job nicely, and I’d be tempted to wear it with a strappy summer dress and floppy hat on holiday, but when it comes to providing enough support day to day underneath my usual outfits, I’d say this is a no-go.

For those with smaller boobs, the light padding may provide enough support, but for those looking for a reliable strapless bra in anything above a C, I’d consider one of the other options in this guide. 

best strapless bras: Figleaves Smoothing Strapless Underwired Balcony Bra

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7. Figleaves Smoothing Strapless Underwired Balcony Bra

The best budget strapless bra

Specifications
Sizes: Back size 30-40, cup size B-GG
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: No
RRP: £26
Reasons to buy
+Second-skin fit+Versatile+No rubbing or bulging
Reasons to avoid
-Better support for smaller sizes-May roll over over clothes after long-time wear

This bra provides a fantastic, clean shape, with plenty of support – a winner if you’re wearing a fitted shirt, dress or T-shirt. The cups are padded and full; there’s no danger of spillage. I comfortably wore this bra all evening and, to be honest, forgot I even had it on. The material is soft and malleable, so the bra adjusts to your shape, rather than the other way round. 

This clever bra is also multiway, with handy detachable straps for that extra bit of support, if needed – and at £26, it’s a steal compared with some of its multiway rivals on the high street.