No Straps, No Problems

Allyson Mattingly


Clothing can be complicated, especially when it comes to the barely-there clothing of summer days like backless dresses, cool cutouts, and the recent revealing trend of so-called “napkin tops.”  While every respectable lady needs her favorite go-to strapless bra, there are times when a traditional strapless bra just won’t cut it. 

With plenty of innovative undergarments on the market that will actually stay hidden under even the trickiest of clothing, this means less tugging and frustration for you, and more support for your girls! So, follow us on our mission to find the best strapless bras and their alternatives to get the job done, all summer long.



Cosabella Never Say Never Plunge Strapless Bra ($110)

Take the plunge with the plunging neckline of this functional, flexible strapless bra from Cosabella. Thanks to boning and silicone non-slip grips at the top of the cups, this bra actually stays where it belongs. While this is a great choice for tops and dresses with low necklines, we wish the size range was a bit more extensive.


Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra ($70)

For the ladies that are more well endowed, the Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra is a game changer! This full-coverage bra was designed with large busts in mind, with sizes ranging from 28D all the way up to 40L. Though it’s on the higher priced side at $77, we definitely recommend splurging on this pick.


Spanx Up for Anything Strapless Bra ($50)

When searching for a simple strapless bra that offers subtle lift, curve-conforming support, is lightweight, and comes with convertible straps, look no further than the Spanx Up for Anything Bra. Reviews say that this bra fits like it was designed by a woman, so obviously, it has to be fantastic! Though the sizing is a bit limited, we recommend this option for A cups through DDD.


Strapless Alternatives

Breast Tape

This truly impressive tape has the power, when applied correctly, to stay in place all day long and give you the incredible lift same as a bra does. Hypoallergenic, latex free, and waterproof, this product is incredibly versatile, whether your girls are big or small. Simply cut off the amount of tape you need, place it in your desired area, and you’ll be set!


Adhesive Bras

NOOD’s Game Changer Lift & Shape Bra is a ready-to-wear, backless strapless bra that lifts, shapes, and supports tatas of all sizes. Similar to breast tape, this “bra” takes the lift and support that the tape provides and turns it into one large sticker to cover all the bits. Guaranteed to stay on no matter the temperatures, we love that this product comes from female engineers and is ready to use out of the box.

Nubra adhesive bras receive rave reviews from women no matter the style they need, and for good reason. With a ton of options ranging from the feather-lite barely there, everyday bra to the silicone push-up perfect for some extra lift and confidence, Nubra has you covered - literally and figuratively! Many of Nubra’s options come in extensive sizes, colors, and with clear lift straps for a bit of oomph! 



When you decide against a bra but still need a minimal, subtle amount of coverage, pasties are a great option. These little contraptions are often reusable, if not washable, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and some of the designs make me want to purchase a pair, just because! Great for everyday wear or a special occasion, you can wear convenient pasties under sheer fabrics, thin tank tops, satin, v-necks, t-shirts, and more. They come in both silicone and fabric options so you can keep covered at all times.