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A good strapless bra can be hard to find. Whether you’ve found your perfect fit or you’re still searching, here are a few necklines that work perfectly with strapless bras:

Off the shoulder

No one wants their bra straps to show when they’re wearing an off the shoulder top or dress. Off the shoulder necklines pair beautifully with strapless bras. A strapless bra with seamless molded cups, like the Deco Strapless Bra, is almost invisible under an off the shoulder top. If you’re wearing a looser fitting top, elevate your look with a stunning strapless bra with lace cups instead.


Struggling with finding a bra to wear under your halter top? A plunging strapless bra may be the best solution. Halter tops require special considerations. Look for a strapless bra with a plunging neckline, low center gore, and push-up padding for maximum lift.

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We couldn’t leave out a strapless neckline, of course! Strapless bras are the perfect match for strapless tops. Take note of the neckline (plunging, cut straight across, sweetheart, etc.) and choose a style accordingly to wear underneath.

One shoulder

Just like halter necklines, one shoulder necklines benefit from a supportive strapless bra. Depending on the fabric and fit of your top or dress.


Looking for a versatile strapless that can be worn a few different ways? A multi-way bra is just what you need. We have two favorite multi-way bras: the Nouveau Padded Strapless Bra and the Deco Strapless Bra. Both styles come with removable straps, so you can wear the bras with your favorite t-shirts too!

Related: 7 Things You Should Know About Strapless Bras

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Nouveau Strapless Bra A15312 | Nouveau Brazilian Thong A1534 in Black

How To Find The Perfect Fit

Still searching for a strapless bra? You might have stumbled upon this article without your dream strapless bra in hand. Don’t worry, with these pro tips you’ll find a supportive strapless bra in no time.

Here’s what to look for in a supportive strapless bra:

1.  A wide bra band

Do your strapless bras let you down? Check the bra band. A wide bra band is key to a supportive strapless bra. Though they may be more comfortable, stretchy bra bands won’t provide the same support that a sturdy bra band with side boning will. Bonus points if the bra band is lined with power mesh (which provides extra stability for large cup sizes)!

2.  Side boning

Boning isn’t only for corsets and bustiers! The most supportive strapless bras are designed with plastic boning in the band. The boning helps to keep the bra in place and prevents it from rolling up throughout the day.

3.  Contour cups

As much as we love the look of lacy three-part cups, molded cups tend to provide a more flattering fit in strapless bras. Look for a strapless bra with seamless molded cups – you’ll get a rounded shape under clothing (similar to the shape you’d see with a t-shirt bra) and it will work under both fitted and flowy clothing.

Pro tip

Ideally, you want a strapless bra with a bra band that stays in place when you move around. Stretch, jump, and move around in the fitting room (or at home if you ordered the bras online) to test the dependability of the bra. Nothing is worse than a strapless bra that makes its way down your back throughout the day. Remember: A strapless bra’s support mainly comes from a strong, sturdy band, so don’t be afraid to size down in the band and up in the cup (your bra sister size) if you’re not getting the snug fit you need.

Related: Does Your Strapless Bra Fall Down? Here’s How To Fix It

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Nouveau Strapless Bra A15312 | Nouveau Brazilian Thong A1534 in Nude

We Highly Recommend

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 fitter help.

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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Deco Wire-Free Strapless Bra A15412 | Deco Hipster A1545 in Black

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Nouveau Strapless Bra A15312 | Nouveau Brazilian Thong A1534 in Black
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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