Ask the Edit: Strapless Bra Solutions
Jun 13, 2017
I’ve been out shopping for summer clothes recently, and bought a silk cami that will be great for dressing up outfits a bit. However, regular bras and bralettes look weird under it; I think my best bet will be nipple covers (I don’t really have the money to replace my strapless bra right now, and haven’t been able to find one that’s supportive without the wire digging in and driving me mad).
Any suggestions? Thanks! Meghan
First, let me answer your question, then we’ll talk about strapless bras a bit.
Nipple covers are a good strapless solution for women who can live unsupported. I understand that not everyone has this option, but for those who do, the easiest solution is a pair of breast petals ($6). If your nipple can’t be concealed by what is essentially a glorified band-aid, try a reusable silicone pair ($15).
Like many women, my breasts need a bit of lift to look their best. If I need as little coverage as possible, I use Fashion Forms Ultimate Boost Adhesive Bra ($15). They lift a little, shape a little, and can be reused six times. They claim they can be used on women up to DD, I can only testify that they work for a small C.
Adhesive Bras. Another option, if you wear a lot of backless styles, is Fashion Forms Go Bare Ultimate Bra ($40). It looks like a regular strapless bra in the front, but adhesive in the cups and on the sides holds it in place. I own one, and I’ve worn it four or five times with no difficulty. Though I will admit, even though it is secure (you can dance at a wedding in it), it does not feel that secure.
The leader in the adhesive bra business is NuBra. They were the first, and some will attest, are still the best. Their UltraLite Bra ($40) and Silicone Adhesive Bra ($75) are still very popular. I used to wear the UltraLite, and it works well. I just prefer the Fashion Forms because it better complements the natural shape of my breasts.
Strapless Bras. This is a conversation we have had several times on the blog, and one bra almost always comes up the winner in the comments, the Wacoal Red Carpet Bra ($65). The second place finisher is the Chantelle Intimates Vous et Moi bra ($78). Both of these bras are very highly rated on Nordstrom, and beloved by The Work Edit commenters.
As for my choice, I recently bought the Natori Truly Smooth Strapless Bra ($64), and I am loving it. I can’t tell you how many times a silk dress has shown the over-sized wire of a strapless bra, so the wide, smooth band is great. I also love the internal silicone grippers to keep it up.
Good strapless bras are expensive. The idea being that you buy one and wear it for years. However, if you need something under-$50, the Felina Body Luxe Bra ($44) is the highest rated one on Nordstrom.com.
For plus-size ladies, I have little to offer you in the way of help, because this is an area where you need first hand experience. Hopefully your fellow commenters can jump in. As for petite ladies, several friends (and readers) rave about the Little Bra Company for all your strapless needs. Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.
Update. Someone asked in the comments about those “cinch bras” you see on Facebook (video). I bought one last month, and I can honestly say, a bigger waste of $25 has never been made. First, the bra portion is a flimsy cheap polyester. It has almost no shape or support to it. Second, the adhesive is about as sticky as Elmer’s Glue. Third, and most importantly, the cinching cord that is supposed to give you lift is a shoelace. A shoelace!!! Not only is it uncomfortable, it will show through any top you are wearing it under. Learn from my mistake, save yourself, pass on this social media darling.