Pros and Cons: Strapless Bras

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A strapless bra is a bra without straps. Many convertible bras can also be strapless bras.

Good style for:

  • Strapless tops and dresses.
  • Firm and self-supporting breasts.
  • Breast sizes smaller than a G cup.
  • Necklines where other bra styles won’t work.

Not so good for:

  • Breasts larger than a G cup needing significant support – longline and bustier bras are a better choice.
  • Raising your arms up and down frequently.

Of all bra styles, the strapless bra is the most technically challenging to design. Without straps, this bra style must rely completely on the strength of the fabric, the design of the band, and the shape of the underwires to stay in place and provide support. A strapless bra without underwires is a bandeau and has much less support.

The most successful strapless bras have a wide band; boning under the arms and at the center front; deep underwires; gripper-like silicone strips along the inside to reduce slippage; and special elastic with exposed small elastic loops to help grip. Some strapless bras also put boning in the cups. Such boning gives additional support to larger breasts.

Strapless underwires are different from other underwires. Not only are their wires taller, but they also curve in to encompass the breast more than a normal underwire. When the underwires splay, they actually encircle the breast giving better support as well as reduced slippage. has a wide range of choices when it comes to strapless bras.

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