The Best Strapless Bras To Wear Under a Wedding Dress

These styles from Spanx, Skims and more won't pinch or slip

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Whether you are wearing a strapless gown or a backless number, there's a high chance you'll need a strapless bra on your wedding day. 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. With the right bra, you'll have one less thing to worry about.

Meet the Expert

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. Keeping these points in mind, we researched the best strapless bras that come in a range of sizes, shades, and have those special features to keep you secured yet comfortable. We also included different styles to go with different dresses, from backless to a slip.

Double check your measurements and the style's size guide before buying a new bra. Cohen says it's normal for your size to feel a little tighter in a strapless bra, since that helps it stay put.

With it's SmartGrip design and removable, convertible straps, Spanx's Up For Anything Bra will serve you on your wedding day and beyond. And for those dresses that leave little to the imagination, Fashion Forms' Plunge Blackless Bra has got you covered.

Read on for the best strapless bras for all body types and wedding dresses.

Most Comfortable: Spanx Up For Anything Strapless Bra

Spanx Up For Anything Strapless Bra

Size range: 32A-40DD | Material: Nylon, Elastane | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Beige

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 Bustier: Va Bien Strapless Bra

Va Bien Strapless Bra

BHLDN

Size range: 32C-36D | Material: Polyester | Padding: Yes | Colors: Nude

Looking for a little lift? This bustier-style bra will give you a gentle push and lift without digging into your sides or pinching delicate skin. Its subtle lace detail is romantic to boot.

Best for Ball Gown: Parfait Elissa Underwire Strapless Bustier Bra

Parfait Elissa Underwire Strapless Bustier Bra

Amazon

Size range: 32B-44G | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: 4

For those with fuller busts, this style features supportive boning and a thick—but seamless—silicone band that works to keep the cups in place. This bra is the perfect complement to a strapless ball gown.

Best No-Slip Style: ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra

ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra

Size range: 32A-42E | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

"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.

For the Minimalist: Cosabella Evolution Strapless Bra

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Cosabella Evolution Strapless Bra

Size range: 30B-36DD | Material: Polyamide, Elastane | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

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.

Best for a Strapless Gown: Chantelle Absolute Invisible Smooth Strapless

Smooth Strapless Bra

Chantelle

Size range: 32A-40F | Material: Polyamide, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

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

Best Plus-Size: Torrid Strapless Push-Up Lace Sling Straight Back Bra

Torrid Strapless Push-Up Lace Sling Straight Back Bra

Torrid

Size range: 32C-50DDD | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude, White

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 Romantic: Adore Me Kendil Push Up

Adore Me Push Up Bra

Adore Me

Size range: 30A-38DD | Material: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Beige, Brown

You heard it here first: strapless bras can be both fashionable and functional. This style from Adore Me is as sweet as ever for the bride-to-be with a romantic aesthetic and features a rose balconette and delicate, floral lace.

Best for a Deep-V Neckline: Fashion Forms U Plunge Backless Strapless Bra

Fashion Forms U Plunge Backless Strapless Bra

Amazon

Size range: A-D | Material: Nylon, Elastane | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

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 Versatile: Aerie Real Sunnie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra

Aerie Real Sunnie Strapless Lightly Lined Bra

Size range: 32A-40D | Material: Recycled Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: 5

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. Plus it comes in five different shades to match a variety of skin tones.

Best for Larger Busts: Glamorise Goddess Adelaide Strapless Bra

Glamorise Goddess Adelaide Strapless Bra

Amazon

Size range: 32DD-44L | Material: Nylon, Polyester, Elastane | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

The designers behind this bra understand your frustration when it comes to ill-fitting bras. That's why they set out to create this strapless style that not only does the job but is comfortable, too.

Most Breathable: Skims Ulta Fine Mesh Strapless Bra

Skims Ulta Fine Mesh Strapless Bra

Skims

Size range: 32A-40DDD | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: No | Colors: 5

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 Slip Dress: Commando Double Take Bandeau

Commando Double Take Bandeau

Amazon

Size range: S/M-M/L | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: 4

Donning an impossibly chic slip dress on your wedding day? Opt for this virtually undetectable bandeau bralette that will lay flat under any slinky slip or gown with pin-thin straps.

Best Shade Range: Nubian Skin Naked Bandeau

Naked Bandeau

Nubian Skin

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Polyamide, Elastane | Padding: No | Colors: 4

Besides the size, you also want to make sure the bra is the right shade. Wearing a bra that is too light, especially under a dark dress, will be obvious when you are taking a ton of photos. This black-owned brand makes undergarments in a wide range of skin tones, since there isn't just one shade of nude. Made from Italian microfiber, this bandeau bra is the perfect soft and seamless style. Unsure of your correct shade? Use the brand's shade guide to find your ideal match.

Most Seamless Cups: Maidenform Ultimate Stay Put Strapless Underwire Bra

Strapless Bra

Amazon

Size range: 34A-40DD | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude, White

Aptly named the "Stay Put" bra, this strapless style molds to your shape and features a no-slip grip that keeps the bra securely in place. Its beige color makes it perfect for white, ivory and, cream wedding gowns.

Best Budget: All.You. Lively No Wire Strapless Bra

All.You. Lively No Wire Strapless Bra

Target

Size range: 32A-38DD | Material: Nylon, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Almond, Oak

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 Splurge: La Perla Up Date Strapless Contour Bra

La Perla Up Date Strapless Contour Bra

Net A Porter

Size range: 32B-36D | Material: Nylon | Padding: Yes | Colors: Black, Nude

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: Fashion Forms Voluptuous Backless Strapless Bra

Fashion Forms Voluptuous Backless Strapless Bra

Amazon

Size range: B-H | Material: Polyester, Spandex | Padding: Yes | Colors: Nude

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.

What to Look for in a Strapless Bra

Fit

If there's one thing we know, it's that there's nothing more uncomfortable than wearing a strapless bra that doesn't fit properly. And almost 80% percent of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size, according to Cohen. To ensure a perfect fit, it’s important to know your measurements and to refer to a brand’s fit and style guide.

Supportive Features

For a comfortable yet supportive fit, go for bras with gentle boning and an underwire that doesn't pinch, like in Spanx's Up for Anything Strapless Bra. If you're worried about a runaway strapless bra, select styles we a no-slip grip or adhesive cups, like ThirdLove's 24/7® Classic Strapless Bra.

Style

The style of the strapless bra you choose ultimately depends on your dress. Wearing a backless dress? Bras with clear, adhesive bands and seamless cups, like Fashion Forms' Voluptuous Backless Strapless Bra, are perfect for a flawless no-show look. And if you're looking for a no-fuss bra to wear under a slip dress, consider bandeau styles crafted from breathable, butter-soft materials that feel like next-to-nothing when worn, like Commando's Double Take Bandeau.

FAQ
  • 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?

    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."

Why Trust Brides

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, wedding parties, and more.

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