The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (2024)

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Bra shopping can sometimes feel like a marathon. And trying to find a strapless bra? Even harder. As with shopping for swim, those blessed with larger boobs may find the process tiresome, given the longer checklist of design elements they need to consider, from cup and band size availability to padding, support, and grip. However, with a little guidance, the best strapless bras for big busts can actually be found.

For Komar Intimates president Jessica Pfister, it’s all about the construction. “A good strapless bra should be designed from the inside out,” she says. “You could say that they are somewhat of a feat of engineering, especially to be able to fit and support up to an H cup or beyond.” Her musts to consider include firm foam cups, power mesh wings, and a stable underwire, to keep everything in place through a full day of activities and on to a night out, where dancing may be on the menu. (Hello, wedding season!)

“Optimum comfort, extra support, and skin-toned color options are the main features I look for in a strapless bra,” content creator Jasmine Monroe tells Bazaar. Her nonnegotiables are multi-row hooks and comfortable underwire, with minimal padding, as well as ample support around the sides. “I look for strapless bras that provide side support, as this helps to keep my bra up around my chest and not moving or sliding down throughout the day,” she says, recommending a supportive grip element.

Between Monroe’s extensive personal research and Pfister’s extensive knowledge of lingerie and underpinnings, we’ve got you fully covered. Our list of the nine best strapless bras for big busts will leave you feeling supported and comfortable, no matter the situation or your personal style preferences. Read on to find everything from balconette cuts to seamless bandeaus and plenty of convertible options.

Best Plunge

Skims Strapless Push-Up Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (10)Diverse range of colors
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (11)Nice range of band sizes
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (12)Some reviewers mention size discrepancies
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Content creator Jasmine Monroe recommends the Skims strapless push-up bra for DD+ cups, when a little bit of lift is needed. The customer-favorite style features lightweight foam pads, which give the bosom a natural-looking enhancement, while its cushioned underwire won’t pinch or irritate the under-bust. Removable straps are included, in case you want to convert the shape.

Sizes: 30–44, A–F

Colors: Clay, sand, sienna, and four more

What customers are saying: “I have tried for years to find a push up strapless for a large bust and finally this is it! I ordered it in another color! Finally, I can wear strapless dresses this summer.”

Best Overall

Le Mystère Soiree Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (15)Convertible straps
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (16)Reviewers say it stays put, without sliding
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (17)Band runs small, according to some reviewers

Pfister recommends this simple strapless option from Le Mystère as her best overall pick. “The Soiree offers full coverage and features firm foam cups, power mesh wings, and a stabilizing center gore, all designed to give you the ultimate support without slippage or discomfort,” she says. Decorative straps are also included, should you need them.

Sizes: 32–40, B–G

Colors: Natural, black

What customers are saying: “If you have a large to very large bosom and thought having a strapless bra was not in your future, think again. This product is nothing short of AMAZING. NOTHING gets by this bra.......the ‘girls’ stay high, perky and secure. I never worry when wearing this and let me tell you...my wardrobe has expanded tremendously!”

Best Lace

Wacoal Halo Lace Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (19)Lace isn’t scratchy
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (20)Silicone edging keeps it from sliding
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (21)Sheerness might not be for everyone

If plain cups are not your thing, try a lace version, like Wacoal’s Halo bra. Pfister highlights design features such as the lace molded cups and the underwire for added support, complete with medical-grade silicone at the top, which helps keep the bra in place despite wear and movement. The cups are unlined, and the lace offers a sheer effect, for something on the sexier end of the lingerie spectrum.

Sizes: 32–40, B–DD

Colors: Sand, black

What customers are saying: “I don't normally write reviews but this bra is fantastic. I am a 38DDD and I have three strapless bras that I hate and avoid because they are so uncomfortable. I usually avoid all my tops and dresses that require a strapless bra and if I do wear one of them, I usually take the bra off the minute I get in the car heading home. Last night I wore my new strapless bra and I forgot I had it on. There was no fidgeting with it all night, trying to fix it and make it comfortable. It was so comfortable and there was no spillage.”

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Best Longline

Felina Body Veil Longline Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (23)Well made
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (24)Supportive
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (25)Longline cuts might not be comfortable to wear for long periods

The low back, seamless contour cups, and fully adjustable convertible straps are all high on Pfister’s list of elements that make Felina’s longline bra worth investing in. The underwire and boning give this style a corsetlike effect that “you can wear as a bra or bustier,” she says. We love a versatile option that can be worn in a variety of ways, that offers plenty of support as well.

Sizes: 32–38, C–H

Colors: Black, warm neutral

What customers are saying: “Excellent bra and support. I love how supportive it is even with my full bust. I am really excited to wear it with strapless outfits. Like other reviewers I ordered a cup size down. Typically I wear a 38DD and a 38D fits perfectly.”

Best Convertible

Elomi Strapless Seamless T-Shirt Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (27)Large range of cup sizes
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (28)Molds to breast shape without gapping
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (29)Some reviewers note it runs small

If you’re bigger than a DD cup and looking for a strapless option, look no further. Elomi’s seamless bra is designed for breasts that are an E cup or larger. Pfister likes that the molded cups on this style offer firmer support, and that it goes up to a J cup. Available in both sahara and black, it has a simple hook-and-eye design and will become an easy mainstay in your underpinnings drawer.

Sizes: 32–44, E–J

Colors: Sahara, black

What customers are saying: “I have been professionally fitted and comfortably wear a 40GG (40J US) for the past year. After trying several other strapless bras, I broke down and ordered this one. As soon as I put it on, I wished I had just ordered it first! I have other Elomi bras and love them. My breasts are relaxed shape and less full at the top. Other strapless bras I have tried have gaping issues or add too much bulk, but this one seems to mold more to my shape. I know it might not work for everyone, but if you have had issues with gaping around the top and underarms, try this.”

Best Comfortable

Shapermint Convertible Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (31)No hook-and-eye closure
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (32)Comes with clear bonus straps
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (33)Sizing is numerical, rather than using traditional cup and band ranges

If you like the feeling of a smooth bandeau shape, this Shapermint option is worth taking for a spin. The secret to this bra's success, says Pfister, is the wireless anti-slip silicone grip. The soft side boning along the seams keeps things structured, without underwire. Since this is a seamless design, you can slip it on over your head—no fidgeting with hook-and-eye closures necessary!

Sizes: S–4XL

Colors: White, latte, black, chocolate, beige

What customers are saying: “I have a larger chest, a 38G usually in most brands. I steer clear of strapless or anything without structured support because they always fall down and I have a serious sensory issue if the girls aren't being held in place correctly. But I felt the need to branch out and try because this summer I wanted to wear cute dresses and tops that show shoulder without straps being in the way. This bra is AMAZING. Absolutely amazing! I didn’t have high hopes but was pleasantly blown away and pleased by the support, durability, and fit of this bra!!”

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Best Full Coverage

Vanity Fair Beauty Back-Smoothing Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (36)Has actual bra cups, not just padding
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (37)Silicone lining is comfortable
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (38)Some reviewers say it runs small

"[The] Vanity Fair Beauty Back strapless bra is my favorite for full coverage if you have a bigger bust and need additional support," Monroe says. Made from a four-way stretch fabric, the style provides coverage and smoothing at the back, where needed. A non-slip silicone placed smartly along the sides, back, and underwire keeps everything in place, eliminating concerns about slipping. The affordable price point is also a plus.

Sizes: 34–44, B–H

Colors: Midnight black, rose beige, star white

What customers are saying: “This product is now my go to for strapless, quality bra! The sizing was spot on, the adhesive on bra was wonderful for a secure fit. I also could have sized down in band size, but it fit perfectly according to the size chart and my measurements. Other strapless bras have either needed to keep tugging/readjusting or the other extreme of creating a uni-boob smashed down look. Not this bra, the girls sat up nicely, but did not create an overly pointy look either! Great product and I am ordering another color.”

Best Affordable

Maidenform Stay Put Strapless Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (40)Comfortable, like a T-shirt bra
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (41)Very affordable
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (42)Reviewers say it runs small

“I find the Maidenform Self Expressions detachable bra is an overall fan favorite because of the price point and the accessibility,” Monroe says. Priced at under $25, this Self Expressions style is the most affordable bra on our list, but doesn’t skip on design details. The brand’ Stay Put power band keeps everything from shifting when it shouldn’t, while SmartZone cup technology hugs every curve beautifully. Adjustable straps are also included, for alternate ways to wear it.

Sizes: 34–40, A–DD

Colors: Beige, black

What customers are saying: “I've tried so many strapless options over the years - this is a winner! Comfort, comfort, comfort! No pinching, slipping and great shape. Perfect addition to my summer wardrobe!”

Best Padded

Chantelle Norah Padded Strapless Underwire Bra

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Pros
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (44)Most reviewers agree fit and sizing run accurate
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (45)Reviewers say it is very soft and comfortable
Cons
  • The Best Strapless Bras for Big Busts (46)Not many color options

Chantelle’s bras are known to be great for larger busts in general, and this strapless bra is no exception. Made with comfort in mind, the incredibly supportive band and the smooth cups, which are lightly lined, feel extremely good. The brand guarantees you can wear this style all day without discomfort. Bands of silicone and Lycra lining keep breasts held up without sagging, and the materials used are Oeko-Tex Standard 100–certified, meaning it’s better for the planet, as well. All wins in our book.

Sizes: 32–40, B–G

Colors: Rose, black

What customers are saying: “This bra is a dream come true for DD+ sizes. It’s comfortable, stays up, and allows me to wear so many additional options.”

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  • Ensure you are wearing the correct bra size
  • Look for no-slip grip of some sort on the inside perimeter
  • Always air-dry bras, do not use a dryer on high heat

How do you measure yourself at home?

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  • To measure your band size, place the measuring tape around your upper torso, above the bust and under the arms, and take a snug measurement.
  • To determine your cup size, measure at the fullest part of the bust, with the tape parallel to the floor.
  • To determine what bra size you are, subtract the band measurement number from the cup measurement number.

Meet the Experts

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  • Jessica Pfister is president of Komar Intimates, a lingerie-focused group that includes brands such as Le Mystère and On Gossamer.
  • Jasmine Monroe is a content creator who focuses on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle.

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