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how to keep a strapless bra up

Let’s face it: strapless bras present both a benefit and a burden. Of course, you need them in your arsenal for all those off-the-shoulder tops and strapless dresses. However, finding one that does the job can be quite the struggle. When you settle on a strapless bra that’s ill-fitting or poorly constructed, you could end up pulling up our bra all night long or suffering from boning cutting into your sides. When you do find the right one, though — it’s a godsend, offering a smooth, stunning silhouette and the perfect amount of support under all your strapless ensembles.

So, how are you supposed to separate the styles that will provide you with adequate support sans straps from the ones that won’t? Look for these key features next time you’re shopping for a strapless bra:

An ultra-secure band

First thing’s first: A traditional bra has straps to lend support. In a strapless bra, however, the band plays a crucial role, as it’s doing the majority of that work. For a blend of both support and shaping, look for a strapless contour bra that has a sturdy, specially-engineered band. (Side note: strapless bras with molded cups offer a little more structure and definition, which can be helpful if you’re wearing a dress or top that’s very form-fitting and want to achieve a super smooth, rounded shape). The band should feel rather snug without compromising comfort — a good test is to make sure you can’t slide more than a finger or two beneath the band.

Removable straps

Some strapless bras also include a set of straps that can be hooked on in a variety of ways. Since you likely want to get as much wear as possible out of your bra, this is an ideal feature to look for. With these removable straps, you can make it work for tricky halter, criss-cross, and one-shoulder garments, as well as wear it with no straps or as a traditional bra. Talk about versatility!

Adjustable closure

As previously noted, the band is providing the majority of the support in a strapless bra — so a one-size-fits-all band with no adjustable closures simply isn’t going to cut it for most of us (especially larger busted ladies). Look for a bra that also has at least three rows of hook-and-eye closures on the back of the band. You should be able to comfortably wear it on the loosest or middle hook — that way, as the elastic stretches slightly, you can fasten it on a tighter set of hooks.

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Anti-slip silicone

Slippage is perhaps one of the main issues we face when it comes to strapless bras. If you don’t want to stress about constantly tugging your bra up, consider looking for one with anti-slip silicone tape within the band and/or the sides or cups. Better yet, opt for an underwire strapless bra with silicone tape, which will lend maximum lift and support. The silicone tape helps the bra to adhere your skin, so it stays in place for hours.

A longline bra or strapless bustier style

Full-busted women, listen up: You’ll be amazed at what just a few extra inches of fabric can do. A longline bra, which extends farther down your torso, typically features boning for some extra support. As an added benefit, that extra material and boning also provides shaping for a smoother silhouette (something you’re bound to appreciate under a body-hugging dress). Look for a strapless longline bra with boning throughout, lined cups, and wide elastic at the bottom for the ideal combination of definition and support while staying put the whole time you’re wearing it. If you’re seeking even more shaping power, a wire bustier with foam-lined cups is ultra secure and supportive as well and can do wonders for smoothing out your torso.

Shopping for a strapless bra is no easy task. Still, when you find a high-quality one with the right set of features, you’ll be able to comfortably and confidently wear all your favorite strapless dresses and tops without stressing about it falling down. Since fit is a top priority —  particularly with a strapless bra — you’ll want to first make sure you know your true size (a professional fitting helps in this regard) before making a purchase. Then look for one with these aforementioned elements and you should feel secure all day or night in your new strapless bra.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitterhelp.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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