Shoulder-baring designs are a summer fashion staple, and this year I've been seeing a lot of plus size bras for off-the-shoulder styles on sale that are finally taking advantage of the seasonal trend. Since the logistics of bare-shouldered clothing can be challenging (especially if you're amply busted), finding the right full figure strapless bra is important. For a long time, I thought off-the-shoulder styles were out of the question for me. I had a hard time finding any well-fitting, supportive strapless bras in a 40H, and all the styles I tried on either seemed to slip down to my waist after a few minutes, or molded my breasts into unimaginably weird shapes.
Now, though, with brands like Elomi and Curvy Couture that put out well-designed, dependable strapless and multi-way styles, I feel more confident to rock bare shoulders this summer. And, with more and more full figure bra and bralette options that feature pretty, detailed straps worth showing off, plus size summer style options are looking especially promising.
Whether you need the perfect strapless bra for a special event, or are just looking for a light bandeau design to add a little coverage under airy sundresses, you've come to the right place. These 13 strapless styles will have you sitting pretty all summer long.
1. All-Around Excellence
Curvy Couture Strapless Sensation Multi-Way Pushup, $50, Amazon
For support that actually stays put, this strapless push-up bra from Curvy Couture utilizes hidden silicone strips and a cushioned lower band for grip. Smooth, molded cups and a power lining provide lift and shaping.
2. Longline Support
Goddess Lace Bustier Bra, $59, Amazon
The most size-inclusive strapless offering I've found so far, this bustier bra offers band sizes from 34 to 52, with cup sizes ranging from B to FF. The longer shape is especially good for anchoring this design in place, making it an excellent choice for event dressing, or any other occasion for which you want to be absolutely sure your support won't budge.
3. Light And Easy
Teggings Tube Top One Size Plus, $14, ReDress NYC
It's always good to have solid support when you need it, but sometimes, you might prefer something a little more low key. This stretchy bandeau top is a great option for lazy summer days when you want a little bit of coverage without a lot of fuss.
4. Versatile Options
Lace Multi-Way Strapless Bra,$57, Lane Bryant
Another approach to off-the-shoulder dressing is to find a bra with straps so pretty they're begging to be shown off. This lace multi-way design can convert to a normal strapless, but also offers multiple strap configurations for plentiful outfit options.
5. Small Bust Plus
Curve & Co. Plus Size Strapless,$46, Amazon
This bra is a great solution for plus size women with smaller busts, catering specifically to A through C cup sizes. An extra wide back band ensures maximum support and comfort.
6. Budget Friendly
5 Way Convertible Bra, $30, Hips & Curves
Good support isn't always cheap, especially when you're looking for a specialized design like a strapless bra. But, you shouldn't have to break the bank to find a great, functional lingerie design, and this sweet and simple model from Hips & Curves provides lots of options for a great price.
7. DD And Beyond
Elomi Maria Strapless Bra, $76, Amazon
For my fellow chesty ladies, Elomi makes great strapless options that go up into G and H cup sizes. So for those convinced they'll never be able to work a strapless dress or top, this style is a lifesaver.
Torrid Push-Up Multi-Way Microfiber And Lace Strapless Bra,$49, Amazon
Sometimes, you just want to be comfortable, and other times, you might want a little extra oomph up your sleeve for a special, sexy look. This multi-way bra from Torrid has you covered, with a built in push-up design to enhance your décolletage.
9. Pretty Details
Femme Convertible Bra,$55, Addition Elle
Because of their emphasis on function, most strapless bras can look a little... uninspiring up close. But this rosy blush design from Addition Elle has a pretty lace band and subtle tucks across the front of the cups for some added aesthetic appeal.
10. Lightweight Layers
Lightweight Multi-Way Strapless Bra, $59, Lane Bryant
For those who want coverage and support without heavy padding, this lightweight style provides a secure fit without excess bulk. The silky smooth fabric is designed to disappear smoothly under even the sheerest tops.
11. Breathable Lace
Torrid Lace Bandeau, $20, Amazon
On hot days, the last thing you probably want is to have to strap on a heavy, structured bra. Luckily, this lace bandeau design with detachable straps is a light, breathable wonder that will keep you cool no matter how high the temperatures climb.
12. A Darker Shade Of Nude
Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra, $65, Amazon
The advent of lingerie lines like Nubian Skin that offer designs in a range of deeper shades of nude has highlighted just how lacking in diversity most mainstream "nude" lingerie offerings really are. When searching for a darker nude, plus size strapless design, this style from Wacoal was one of the few I found that offered more than the customary light beige; hopefully this will change soon, and there will be a greater diversity of full figure options for every body.
13. Fit To Be Seen
Strappy Bralette,$11, Forever 21
While most shoulder-baring outfits work well with hidden or strapless bra designs, sometimes showing off what you have underneath is much more fun. This strappy style from Forever 21, with its cage back and front details, would be a shame to cover up.
This summer, let your skin feel the sun with off-the-shoulder and strapless styles for easy, breezy chic. These 13 plus size bras will have you ready for just about any fashion adventure.
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