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5 Reasons Why Your Strapless Bra is Letting You Down

It's summer, oh happy days.  Not so happy though when all the gorgeous strappy/strapless/one-shouldered tops hit the stores and my strapless bra is not doing its job properly. I HATE seeing bra straps under strappy camisole tops, it doesn't matter how pretty the bra is, it does not scream "classy" to me.

Finding the right strapless bra is most definitely trial and error, but there are a few tips that can help make sure the one you choose does its job as well as possible.  Before I share my tips, I'll just temper your expectations - a strapless bra will never perform as well as a regular one, no matter what the salesperson tells you. However, follow these few simple tips and you'll be swanning around in your bandeau dresses in no time.


This is such an obvious one and so easy to fix, too.  Get down to your local bra shop and get those bad boys measured.  Target, Myer, and David Jones will all fit you for free.  Speciality shops such as The Bra Bar at Ocean Keys will give you that personalised service that helps make bra buying a breeze.

If you absolutely can't face standing half naked in front of a stranger (don't fret, I know lots of women who just can't entertain the idea of this), then you need to try on LOTS of different strapless bras.  The official advice is to get a strapless bra to stay where it should be is to go down a size on the back.  So if you're usually a 12, try a 10 and so on.  The downside of this is you may end up with a bit of back fat, so it's worth taking the dress with you that you want to wear with the bra.

When you try it on, do a little jiggling around and see if it stays put.  Nothing round with a little changing room boogie!


Yes, there are different styles of strapless bra!  This is my advice for getting the right one.

Bigger boobs - will benefit from a longer line bra as it gives a little more support.  You can see on the two below that the band below the boobs is deep and will help to hold everything in place.

Smooth Operator strapless bra, $49.99

Triumph strapless bra, $49.99
Fayreform Enchant Convertible Bra, reduced to $38.97*

Smaller boobs - can go with pretty much any band width, but sometimes benefit from a little padding.

Heidi Klum Lara Strapless Bra, $59.95*

Stella McCartney Smooth and Lace Bra, $79.99*

Tiny boobs - if you're super petite, then stick on cups will give your outfit a little modesty and reduce any nipple-age. You could also try a bandeau style, but beware that these tend to give a "monoboob" effect.

Bendon Bandeau, $14.95*

If you want to wear the bra under a variety of outfits, then a moulded cup is better than a lace cup, but sometimes you can see the line of the cups under your outfit.  If you can find a strapless bra with a moulded cup and a bit of lace along the top, then you've achieved bra nirvana.


As revolting as that sounds, strapless bras usually have a line of silicone along the band to help it stay put.  The only way for it to work is for your skin to be clean and free of products.  That means you need to skip the body moisturiser in this area as it'll completely ruin the "stickiness" of the bra band.


If you've had a bra for a while and it has been well washed (in the washing machine?!!!  You terrible person, you!) it may not fit as well as it did.  The band of all bras will stretch over time (TOP TIP: when you buy any bra, make sure you it fits when fastened on the largest clip, then as it stretches you can move down the strap). Did you know that bras are really only meant to last between 6 and 12 months and that's with hand washing!

Not use a washing machine? Argghhh!


Some strapless tops, particularly tight, bandeau styles are guilty of dragging the bra down the torso.  It's a fact of life that strapless bras are not as supportive as bras with straps and you have to face it that you may have to go and "re-adjust" every hour or so to keep everything in its place.

Hopefully you now have all the information you need to get your hands on the perfect strapless bra, and wear it with aplomb.

What are your bra-buying tips?

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  1. These are great tips! :) I gave up on strapless bras a while ago as I could never find the perfect one...I decided to tackle the problem but not buying strapless tops or dresses instead, haha! Just never felt very supported in a strapless bra!

  2. Thank you for tackling the big issues. Bra straps with strappy/off the shoulder/strapless tops are the worse, I don't care what colour you choose and clear straps aren't fooling anyone. I do have a good strapless bra at home but at a 12DD/E, it's such an effort to wear it, I almost always just go for something with sleeves/wide straps. Which means I am excluded from a high percentage of summer stuff.

  3. I've never worn a strapless bra because I always wear sleeves (and I need the straps to support my double D's, too). I'm glad you confirmed my suspicions by saying a strapless will never perform as well as a regular bra. At least I've been doing something right all these years! :)

  4. Fantastic tips thank you. I've been thinking of getting a new strapless bra so I will follow all your advice. So true about the monoboob from the bandeau ones!! xox

  5. I don't think I've had a strapless bra since the 1990s (early 1990s!). I'm very overweight so don't wear sleeveless or strapless things...

  6. I've actually never tried a strapless bra on! I just wear my normal one and let the straps show because I hate bra shopping.

  7. I am the same as Beth. Aint nothing holding these E cups up without a little angst so i just avoid strapless. I think if i was set on wearing a strapless i would go for a strapless bodysuit with built in bra. Bron x


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