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How to Survive Strapless Season

Whatever your size, these three strapless bra options won't let you down.

By Sara Samora June 1, 2017

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Summertime events often mean showing some skin with a strapless dress or spaghetti strap top, whether you're partying in the Bayou City or the Bahamas. Add to that fashion's current love for everything off the shoulder, and you've got a season full of events where you want to look fabulous, but you need to leave the bra straps at home. 

Lingerie experts love to say that the right bra will transform your wardrobe. Never is this more true than with strapless bras. The right one will offer support, play nice with your neckline and basically keep everything above the waist in place comfortably. Yes, this is possible, even for those whose cups runneth over.

To find the ultimate strapless foundation layer, I turned to Top Drawer Lingerie's bra fitter and buyer Heather Skonberg, who has seen them all. Her favorites come in various colors, price points and extended sizes, so huzzah! Strapless dresses for everyone.

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1. Fantasie Smoothing Molded Strapless Bra

This strapless bra is not only seamless, but it’s also great for the fuller bust, with cup sizes that go up to G and bands up to 40. The molded cups give a great shape and will not fold over, though Skonberg says to be careful when packing it or putting it away in a drawer so as not to compromise the molded cups.

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2. Simone Perele Celeste Strapless

Skonberg said this French brand’s strapless bra is perfect for a sweetheart or otherwise plunging neckline. “It’s smooth, it’s pretty, so it has a little bit of lace, so [customers] like that,” Skonberg says, adding that the main reason it’s been so popular is the deep plunge. "Not many strapless options have that plunge, or have done it well.”

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3. Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Full-Busted Underwire Bra

Wacoal loudly proclaims that this was the highest-selling strapless underwire bra in 2016, and it lives up to its title. The bra is full coverage, the cups are contoured and molded and lined with a silicone edge to keep the bra in place. The wide bands add support for bustier gals, as well as smoothes out the infamous back bra bulge we try to hide, making it a miracle worker from every angle.

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