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8 best strapless bras: comfortable support to uplift any outfit
No neckline is off limits thanks to our roundup of the most ingenious (and comfortable!) strapless bras, as worn and recommended by Mumsnet users.
By Alice Cruickshank | Last updated May 27, 2022
It’s strapless top weather, which is an underwear nightmare. Sure, strapless bras are great in theory, but does a comfy, supportive option actually exist?
Thankfully, Mumsnetters are here to help, with clear favourites from users dominating the recommendations on the Style & Beauty threads. Gone are the days of strapless bras that feel too tight yet keep falling down at the same time. Instead, these smart bras provide grip, uplift, and comfort under the most complex of necklines. There are even reliable options for bigger busts.
Here are best strapless and multiway bras to buy in 2022.
1. Best overall strapless bra: Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Everyday Bra
Price: £30 | Buy now from Amazon
“I'm a 34G and definitely the Wonderbra one, doesn't move at all” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Pinkywoo
“I second Wonderbra ultimate. Game changer. And mine are generally a G cup (when not pregnant or breastfeeding. Honestly no hoicking or constant adjusting either” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, FuzzyWuzzyWas
The Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless bra dominates the Mumsnet strapless bra threads, with dozens of recommendations. It’s easy to see why: this underwear staple brand is designed to actually support and uplift, with a seamless design to work under any outfit. This strapless bra is also available in a huge range of sizes, supporting everything from an A to G cup. One thing many reviewers agree on is that the under-bust size runs a little small, so you might want to size up with this one.
2. Best budget strapless bra: Matalan Nude Smooth Multiway Bra
Price: £6 | Buy now from Matalan
If you’re someone that only occasionally needs a strapless bra, then this bargain option from Matalan is a reliable choice. It's technically a multiway bra, so the removable straps mean this is a versatile choice, and the option of nude and black options mean there’s a no-show style for any outfit. Matalan’s strapless bra offering is available up to a DD size, so it’s not suitable for bigger busts. However, reviews say this bra fits true to size and is comfortable, even without the straps.
3. Best push-up strapless bra: WingsLove Women’s Full Coverage Underwire Multiway Bra
Price: £21 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’re looking for some extra oomph under strapless tops or dresses, then this moulded and padded bra certainly delivers. While some Amazon products can be hit and miss, the reviews of this bra are glowing. Lightly padded cups and underwire provide shape and uplift. A band of silicone around the bra helps to keep it in place, and there are additional straps that can be worn crossed over too. This bra is also available up to an H cup.
4. Best strapless bra for support: Wacoal Halo Lace Moulded Strapless Bra
Price: £36 | Buy now from John Lewis
“I'm a D cup and have searched for this holy grail for years, I did a Google search last year for best strapless bra and this came up. I got it from John Lewis, total game changer, a touch overpriced but it stays up, no chafing, the lace doesn’t show through silky summer clothes, and its comfortable!” - recommended by Mumsnet user, KL73
“Wacoal Halo is my go to, I've had several now.” - Ohffs66
Another Mumsnet-favourite is the Wacoal Halo, which is as pretty as it is supportive. This lacey strapless bra is underwired to lift the bust, and features shirring at the centre front for definition. The multiway strap makes this bra extra useful, with intermittent strap hook slots. The Wacoal Halo comes in white, nude, and black, and is available up to a size 36E. We like the pretty matching pants to complete the set.
5. Best strapless bra for everyday wear: Marks & Spencer Two-Pack Wired Multiway Push Up Bras
Price: £25 | Buy now from Marks and Spencer
“I really like the M&S 2-pack padded multiway bras. Very comfy, loads of support, defined lift and shape and they are soft to wear. I'm quite fussy about bras so I'm not easily pleased” - DancingFox
A multiway bra with convertible straps is a staple for any lingerie drawer, and this versatile two-pack from Marks and Spencer is comfy enough for everyday wear. Be warned that these are definitely padded: M&S claims this bra can make you look up to two sizes bigger. But provided you’re happy with the extra volume, reviewers say these bras are really comfortable, and work well when worn without straps. There are size options up to an E cup, too.
6. Best Nude Strapless Bra: Marks & Spencer Sumptuously Soft Padded Strapless Bra
Price: £20.00 | Buy now from Marks and Spencer
Nude bras are often only nude on a small number of skin tones, but this range from M&S comes in seven shades that will work for most. It also caters for a broad range of sizes, from a 32 - 42 band and cup size A - E. Style-wise, these soft and smooth bras are subtly padded and wired for ultimate support. Detachable straps add versatility to suit whatever you're wearing.
7. Best backless and strapless Bra: John Lewis & Partners Winged Stick-On Bra
Price: £25 | Buy now from John Lewis
If you have a top or dress that makes you go, ‘crikey, what kind of bra am I going to wear with that?’ then this option from John Lewis is exactly what you need. It’s backless, strapless, and through some miraculous feat of engineering still stays up. The bra features invisible adhesive side wings, which reviewers say even stay sticky on a hot day or throughout sweaty evening events. Seamless moulded cups provide a smooth finish. Fit-wise, this one goes via cup size, but depending on your band you might be a different size than you think. Be sure to check the size guide on the product page for guidance.
8. Best strapless bra for under a wedding dress: Wonderbra Women's Refined Glamour Ultimate Strapless Lace Bra
Price: £26 | Buy now from Amazon
“Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless for uplift” - recommended by Mumsnet user, QuentininQuarantino
Mumsnetters agree that the Wonderbra Ultimate is one of the best strapless bras on the market, and the Refined Glamour version adds some extra pretty detailing that elevates it to wedding lingerie level. Unique silicon dots hold the bra in place (so you won’t need to worry about constantly hoicking it up on your big day!), while the plunge foam cups offer both uplift and support. You’ll find this bra up to a 38FF, but some reviewers find the band size runs small on this style.
How can you stop a strapless bra from falling down?
If you find that your strapless bra constantly falls down, then it’s possible your band size is too big. This is alright when you have straps to take some of the support, but without them all the hold must come from the band. If you’re struggling to keep yours up, try the ‘sister size’ of one band size down and one cup size up, and see if that gives you better hold.
What’s the best material for a strapless bra?
Most strapless bras are made from a combination of polyester and polyamide, with elastane. Strapless bras with silicone dots or bands provide some additional grip.
What’s the best strapless bra to buy?
Our best strapless bra pick is Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Everyday Bra. Mumsnetters say it gives great support even for larger boobs, and stays up without being uncomfortable.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know nothing beats a recommendation from a real parent, first we took to the Mumsnet forums to see which staples bras users found the most effective and comfortable. Then we scanned ‘best buy’ lists across the internet, and read individual product reviews. We then considered which strapless bras best suited specific needs.
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