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On your wedding day, the very last thing you should have to worry about is an ill-fitting strapless bra. But finding one that doesn’t cut in and pinch your skin, or, worse, slide down, can be challenging, to say the least. Luckily there are tons of reliable (and stylish) options out there once you know what to look for.
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Ra’el Cohen is the co-founder and COO of ThirdLove, a lifestyle brand that creates undergarments for all body types.
"Some of the key elements you should look for when shopping for a strapless bra are: the right cup size, multiway straps, a no-slip grip, and comfortable boning on the sides," says Ra’el Cohen, co-founder, and COO of ThirdLove, who notes that almost 80% percent of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size. To ensure a perfect fit, it’s important to know your measurements and to refer to a brand’s fit and style guide. And since there is nothing more frustrating than a bra that ends up around your torso, Cohen suggests always opting for a strapless style with a silicone-lined band that will secure your bra (and wedding dress) in place.
Read on for the best strapless bras for all body types and wedding dresses.
Best No-Slip Style: ThirdLove 24/7™ Classic Strapless Bra
"A comfortable strapless bra that stays up is key and this one will exceed your expectations," says Cohen. "It's made with soft-support foam that's outfitted with a smooth band and silicone along the edges to stay in place without digging in." This strapless bra is destined to become the MVP on your wedding day.
Best for a Strapless Gown: Chantelle Lingerie Absolute Invisible Smooth Underwire Strapless Bra
Supportive and smooth, this strapless bra was designed to enhance your natural shape and sit seamlessly under your wedding dress. It also features a silicone grip inside of the band for a stay-put fit that will take you confidently from the aisle to the after-party.
Most Comfortable: Spanx Up For Anything Strapless™ Bra
Say goodbye to pesky bras that pinch, squeeze and, slip because Spanx has designed the ultimate strapless bra that won't let you down—literally. Its SmartGrip™ technology promises to stay put all day and its elastic-free design means it won't dig in.
Best Budget: All.You. LIVELY No Wire Strapless Bra
Investing in a high-quality strapless bra doesn't mean you have to break the bank. This lightly lined style comes in at a great budget price and features soft boning at the sides for added structure and a band that lays smoothly under clothing. This style can easily be worn with a body-hugging dress or a loose-fitting gown.
Best for Plus-Size: Torrid Microfiber Lace Push-Up Bra
Designed specifically for plus size figures, this curve-celebrating bra is available in sizes 38C to 40DDD and has a comfortable wide band for a super supportive fit—even without the straps. Wear yours under anything from a strapless wedding dress to your favorite tank top.
Most Breathable: SKIMS Mesh Strapless Bra
Looking for a bra that's comfortable and breathable? This popular SKIMS style is crafted from lightweight and supportive mesh and promises a seamless and easy fit. For added versatility, this style comes with detachable straps so that you can wear it beyond your wedding day.
Best for a Deep-V Neckline: Fashion Forms U-Plunge Backless Strapless Bra
If you’re opting for a wedding dress with a plunging neckline and an open back, this backless strapless bra is a smart choice. Adhesive, clear straps work to secure the bra in place while a deep-v silhouette ensures a flawless fit.
Most Splurge-Worthy: La Perla Second Skin U-Plunge Bra
There’s no denying that a strapless bra is an essential undergarment to have in your bridal wardrobe, so, why not invest in a high-quality one that will last for years? This La Perla style is surprisingly elegant for a strapless bra and feels like next to nothing on.
Best for Backless Dresses: Victoria's Secret Invisible Push-Up Bra With Wings
Rocking a backless gown? This revolutionary undergarment from Victoria's Secret features a virtually invisible adhesive band and seamless cups for a flawless no-show look. Its push-up design gives you an extra lift and its soft beige color works under white and blush gowns.
Most Versatile: Aerie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra
For a strapless bra that can easily be worn under your wedding dress and your favorite white tee, opt for this lightly lined style from Aerie. Removable straps give you the freedom to wear this versatile bra with a number of different outfit choices from your bridal shower to rehearsal dinner, and beyond.
For the Minimalist: Cosabella Evolution Bra
For the minimalist bride who appreciates clean and unfussy silhouettes, this simple and smooth bra from Cosabella will be right up your alley. Soft microfiber and a gentle underwire instantly mold to your shape and provide seamless coverage.
Most Sexy: Agent Provocateur Balconette Strapless Underwired Bra
This lovely lace silhouette is functional yet sexy and is the perfect hybrid of shapewear and lingerie. We love it for your wedding day, wedding night, honeymoon, and beyond.
Torrid's Microfiber Lace Push-Up Bra is great for brides-to-be with fuller busts as it's not only exceptionally supportive but comfortable, too. Wearing a backless dress? We love Victoria's Secret Invisible Bra that features an adhesive band and seamless cups for a flawless no-show look. And for a breathable style that won't let you down, SKIMS's Mesh Strapless Bra feels like next-to-nothing on.
How do you know if your strapless bra fits properly?
"Keep in mind that your usual size may feel tighter than normal when trying on a strapless bra," says Cohen. "In order to do its job, without the help of straps, the bra needs to fit snug on the body. Some women prefer to size up in this style of bra while others like the maximum support."
What are the best strapless bras to wear under a wedding dress?
First and foremost, the best strapless bra to wear under your wedding dress is one that fits you perfectly and makes you feel comfortable and confident. Brides with fuller busts might want to opt for bustier-style bras or silhouettes that have supportive boning and underwire. For those with smaller busts, seamless bandeau bralettes or push-up styles will enhance your natural shape and lay smoothly under clothing.
What color strapless bra should you wear under a wedding dress?
"A neutral option is great underneath white gowns or dresses, but, on the contrary, a black bra would be best for a dark-colored evening gown," explains Cohen. "Remember: if you’re wearing dark hues, always wear a black bra underneath—a lighter shade will show through, especially when flash photography is involved."
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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridesmaids, and more.