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6 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A STRAPLESS BRA

FIT EXPERTS

While straps are a vital feature on most bras, there are certain clothing pieces (think strapless dresses and tube tops) where the straps from traditional bras can stick out like a sore thumb. If you want to look put together and fabulous, you might want to consider a strapless bra. That’s why we believe the strapless bra should be a staple in every woman’s top drawer. 

We know there will inevitably come a time in every woman’s life when she’ll need her trusty strapless. But finding the right strapless bra that fits you perfectly, is comfortable, and doesn’t slide down is no easy task. So to help you find one that works for you, we’ve listed our top 6 tips.


But first, what is a strapless bra?

A strapless bra is exactly as it sounds: It’s a bra that doesn’t have straps. They are perfect for wearing under your favourite strapless dress or other clothing items that look best when your bra straps are hidden. While that sounds great, you might be thinking: If there are no straps, how will strapless bras support my breasts? Strapless bras support your bust from the backband, which is why they often feature a wider band than traditional bras.

6 tips for finding the perfect strapless bra

1. Non-slip grip

 The first step in finding your perfect strapless bra is choosing a style  that features a non-slip grip. What’s that, you ask? It’s essentially the holy grail feature for any strapless bra. A no-slip (or non-slip) grip is the line of tape in a bra that is designed to keep it in its rightful place. It’s often made from silicone or another clear adhesive that sticks gently to the skin and helps keep everything in place. 

Most of the strapless bra solutions at Bendon have been designed with this feature. So if you’re hunting for a strapless bra, be sure to check that it comes with a non-slip grip. However, if you find a bra that doesn’t have a no-slip grip, you can always add double-sided dressing tape to the inside of your bra to create an adhesive grip.

2. Multiway strap options

 Who doesn’t love a versatile bra? You can get the most out of your bra by choosing a multiway option. Multiway bras or convertible bras are those that can be worn in multiple ways. They often come with straps that can be removed if needed and positioned in several different ways. This strapless bra design is ideal for those who want versatile lingerie pieces they can wear any day (not just on special occasions). 

 Who doesn’t love a versatile bra? You can get the most out of your bra by choosing a multiway option. Multiway bras or convertible bras are those that can be worn in multiple ways. They often come with straps that can be removed if needed and positioned in several different ways. This strapless bra design is ideal for those who want versatile lingerie pieces they can wear any day (not just on special occasions). 

Stripe Elastic & Papertouch Strapless Bra

A customer-favourite multiway strapless bra with a soft, wide strip elastic for extra support. Padded cups with wires and a power mesh back lining also add to the support, while the removable, adjustable multi-use straps let you adjust the bra as you see fit.

A customer-favourite multiway strapless bra with a soft, wide strip elastic for extra support. Padded cups with wires and a power mesh back lining also add to the support, while the removable, adjustable multi-use straps let you adjust the bra as you see fit.

3. The right size cup and band size

To find your perfect strapless bra, pick one with your correct cup and band size. Simple enough, right? But choosing the correct cup and band size is a must when shopping for strapless bras because that’s where all your comfort, support, and staying power will come from. 

To ensure you buy the correct size, we recommend you pop into your local Bendon store to get professionally fitted. (Find a store near you.) Our bra experts will take care to find you a strapless bra that fits and flatters by measuring your correct band and cup size and helping find bra options that are ideal for your bust shape, size and preferences. If you’re shopping online, take our fit finder quiz.

4. Hooks for larger sizes

Similarly to shopping for any bra style, consider if the strapless bra you’re looking at will give you the support you need. We’ve mentioned how a larger bra band width will offer more support, and typically the wider the band, the more bra hooks it will have. Usually, smaller bra sizes will have 2 hooks while larger sizes have 4 hooks. 

Larger bust sizes need more support (especially when the straps are missing), so if you’re shopping for a larger size, you should check to see how many hooks there are. The more hooks there are, the more supportive the bra will be.

Fayreform Magic Makeover Strapless Bra

This supportive strapless bra is designed to fit you like a glove with padded cups that give a natural rounded effect, silky smooth fabric that is invisible beneath fabrics, and power mesh lining that gives this strapless style optimum support. A wide silicone-free elastic runs along the wing to anchor the bra to the body, providing non-slip coverage. Meanwhile, its adjustable 4 hook closure offers support that’s ideal for larger bust sizes.

5. Boning on the side panels

This bra shopping tip is an important one that can easily get overlooked. The general rule of thumb is that a strapless bra with side boning provides extra support and is more likely to stay in place. While boning on the bra’s band helps provide the support you need in a strapless bra, it’s worth noting that it can cause discomfort. For optimum comfort, go for a bra with a slightly padded boning or boning encased in a soft, silky fabric.

6. A colour that vanishes under your clothing

When it comes to strapless bras, the aim of the game is for them to be invisible under clothing. So, when shopping for a strapless bra, it’s important to consider the colour. Opt for a black strapless bra like our Bendon Verity Strapless Bra in black if you need something to wear under your strapless little black dress. Likewise, choose a colour based on your skin tone if you need something more neutral. Adhesive Silicone Bras can also be a good option for concealing your bra underneath a variety of clothing options.

Answering your frequently asked questions about strapless bras

Below, we’re answering some of your most frequently asked questions about strapless bras to make your shopping experience easier.

Should you size down a band size for a strapless bra?

It depends! It’s not uncommon for people to size down one band size when buying a strapless bra (even some bra-fitting experts recommend this tip). This is because the support of a strapless bra comes from the band, and you want it to fit firmly around your body so you get the maximum lift and support. The band should fit snugly around your body, but you don’t want it to hurt. When in doubt, a professional bra fitter can help you find the best band size for your body.

How do you know if a strapless bra fits you?

While this might sound like a silly question, it’s really not. Most women aren’t sure if their strapless bra fits them properly or what signs they should look for to spot an ill-fitting strapless bra. Every bust is different, and you may need to book a fitting where a professional can help you find the perfect fit. 

Start with your normal bra size and adjust from there, depending on the fit. The best way to know if a strapless bra fits you is to ensure your strapless bra fits firmly around your body. To get that firm, supportive fit, you might have to size down from your usual size.

Why do strapless bras fall down?

The idea of strapless bras falling down is why many women hesitate to try them (no one wants their breasts spilling out). But the truth is that strapless bras aren’t meant to fall down. So if your strapless bra is slipping down, it doesn’t fit. Remember, a proper fitting strapless bra will fit snugly around your body. If it’s not, this could be a sign that the cup or band size is too big.

How do I keep my strapless bra from falling down?

Like shopping for other bra types, sizing is everything. The best way to prevent your strapless bra from falling is to ensure you buy the correct size. You want the cup size to support you and stay put, and you want the band size to fit snugly around your body, so it doesn’t budge.


Strapless bra solutions available at Bendon

We hope we’ve answered all your questions on strapless bras and given you all the tips and tricks you need to find your perfect fit. Ready to discover your go-to strapless bra? Shop the strapless bra collection available at Bendon.

Sculptress Strapless Bra in Latte

Discover the Sculptress in a latte colour, it will be your go to strapless bra when support and great fit are key.

The Bra features a firm and supportive padded cup which offers a natural and rounded profile. The Silky outer fabric on the cups create a smooth and tailored finish that works perfectly under fitted clothes, ideal for any party dress, strapless dress or wedding attire.

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