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Female Finance: Quality Strapless Bra

June 23, 2008

This post will not help YOU find a quality strapless bra.  Rather, I am wondering if you can help me find one!  In the heat of the summer, I’ll be wearing more tank tops and need to get at least one new strapless bra.  I’m willing to spend big bucks on this (big bucks meaning up to $50).

My current strapless bra (from Victoria’s Secret) worked well when it was new, but it has seen quite a bit of wear and how sometimes slips down.  Not attractive or comfortable, and it is ready to go in the trash.  Or at least be converted to a strap-only bra.

I’m scoping out this convertible bra from Victoria’s Secret, though I will probably go to the store to try it on.  I think I know my size, but I always hear statistics saying that many women wear the wrong size.

Do you have any other recommendations?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2008 12:41 pm

    Yep, of course I do! (Do I never not have advice?) VS bras are very durable and well-fitting, but the best thing to do is go to a bra shop or lingere shop and have them measure you so that you have a true and accurate fit. You might even find your perfect bra there! The sales associates are trained to do this, and so long as you’re not shy in front of another woman, you should be okay. Just remember: they’re doing their job and trying to help you!

  2. June 23, 2008 2:24 pm

    I used to have a VS one, but a year ago I found one at The Gap – it is fantastic! Very comfy, durable and I know it will last me a while longer. Also, since I have a very small cup size, I found that the Gap strapless bra stays on better than the VS bra, which was always slightly too big in the cup area when I used it. 🙂

  3. June 23, 2008 2:42 pm

    I got a good one from Macy’s, but I don’t have a whole lot to support so I don’t usually have a problem with strapless bras. I agree with Amphritrite, if you are unsure of the size then have someone help you try them on. It can make a huge difference in fit.

  4. June 23, 2008 2:59 pm

    I don’t have much to support either, I just need something to protect from showing. The reason my old one slips is because the elastic/rubber grip on the bottom that is supposed to keep it in place is worn. Or maybe it was too big around in the first place….

    I’ll be sure to shop around for a good fit, that seems to be the key.

  5. June 23, 2008 4:46 pm

    I actually felt like the construction of that particular VS bra was rather flimsy and cardboardlike when I checked it out. I was pleasantly surprised at macy’s recently, though, I’d give them a try.

  6. June 23, 2008 5:24 pm

    VS spends all its cash on supermodels and airbrushing, not your strapless bra. Mine is Le Mystere, I even bought it on eBay for way less than $50, though I think it retails for much more. I am not sure how I lived without this thing.

  7. June 23, 2008 6:31 pm

    I would highly recommend visiting a department store that carries a wider variety of sizes and a better quality product. I really enjoy Nordstrom, and they have a variety of bras that are likely to be under $50 (though if you are a bigger size you might be pushing that dollar limit there). VS is notorious for forcing people into whatever bras they happen to stock – and their technicians do NOT know how to measure a person.

    Also, for any of you ladies who DO happen to be busty, is FABULOUS. Swimsuits, bras, lingerie, etc. Every size; lots of variety; you can search by multiple variable (size, style, color, etc)

  8. June 23, 2008 8:12 pm

    ohhh…I agree, I do NOT trust those VS ladies to get the right size for me. If I bought the sizes they’ve recommended for me I’d end up with a baggy bra slipping up my back. UGH! Then again, their bras don’t seem to fit me very well so I stay away from there as far as bras are concerned.

    I’ve had a few strapless ones, but my favorite it the Lilyette bra I got at Macy’s. Its well constructed, doesn’t bow out, and it stays put. Plus its not bulky…I love it, and I paid under $50 for it (probably closer to $40?).

  9. June 23, 2008 8:18 pm

    I gotta admit, I’m not very picky about my bras. Probably because there isn’t so much to support. But strapless bras are another story! This is why I had no idea where to go to pick out a decent bra.

    It looks like macy’s will be my stop next month! Thanks girls!!!!!

  10. June 24, 2008 5:05 am

    I have never found a strapless bra that was the slightest bit comfy on me. I’m now in love with the featherlite NuBra! It’s generally about $35 at department stores, and I almost forget that it’s on when I’m wearing it.

  11. sfordinarygirl permalink
    June 24, 2008 9:22 am

    I personally recommend going to Nordstroms. Their bra fitting specialists know how to measure you. And they have an amazing return policy so if you try it out and it still doesn’t fit, there are no hassles with returns.

    I personally like DKNY’s strapless bras – they’re very comfortable and versatile. I’ve gone to Nordstroms for several fittings over the last two years and they’re super helpful.

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