Strapless Bra Road Test—Do They Really Work?

I’m sick of seeing nip slips, bra straps and that weird chicken-wing dance women do when they’re hoisting up a strapless dress. So I asked a few of the women I know, sizes 34B-32DD, to try on a bevvy of bras that promised special skimpy-top solutions (backless, plunge, etc) to see which ones held up. Results below!


Best for an Event: Le Mystère: Soiree Low Back Bustier

This corset-style bra seemed a little formal to most, but gave great support for boobs of all sizes through jumping jacks and more. The bra itself was fairly thick, so the testers recommended it for dresses in thicker or more structured material. The only complaints were that it was a little tough to get on and squeezed at belly fat. “Highly recommend!” says 32DD*. $79;


Best for a Backless Top: Go Bare Ultimate Boost Backless Strapless Bra

Though there was some nervousness about how long the side adhesive would work, this one was the winner of our backless category. “This one is great! I like that it connects and has the side support, too,” says our 32DD. It took some instruction to get the girls in place, but the bra offered both lift and coverage. $38;


Best Convertible: Fine Lines 6 Way Low Cut Strapless Bra

The one bra that all the testers said they would buy for themselves, this convertible bra offered the usual strapless configuration plus a low-back option with a strap that loops around the front. The 36C like that it gave “lots of cleavage,” and a 34B found it less squishy on the tummy than the bustier style. All felt it gave good support though a couple felt it ran small. $46;


Best for a Backless, Strapless, Midriff-Baring Top: NuBra Ultralight

While the 34Bs found this fairly useful in terms of covering the nipples, “It felt like one step up from wearing tape across my chest,” one offered. The C and DD had no use for it because, though it gave a little bit of cleavage, it offered no lift. “I wouldn’t dare jump in this bra,” said 32DD. $36;

*To preserve the dignity of our testers, we're using their bra sizes instead of their names.

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