It happens every spring. We stock up on sweet, lightweight sundresses that we are sure will be cool and comfortable — even on the hottest summer days. Then when things heat up we throw on that perfect little dress with an ill-fitting strapless bra, and all hopes of ease and comfort evaporate. Instead of feeling casual and relaxed, we end up frustrated with all the tugging and readjusting needed to keep the bra in place.
Here are two general guidelines to follow when choosing a strapless.
1. Go up one cup size to avoid the shelf look across the top of the bra.
2. Try one size smaller band to add stability and support, compensating for the lack of shoulder straps.
To ensure a proper fit, go to a specialty store such as Clair de Lune in Hawthorne Plaza (5053 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913.491.3232, clairdelunekc.com), which offers bra-fitting appointments. Here are some of the boutique’s most comfortable strapless bras.
Huit Absolutment Couture Strapless has a surprising construction with underwire around the top half of the bra instead of the conventional bottom half underwire. It sounds strange, but is comfortable and lies completely flat against the body. It also has a deep plunge, perfect for low-cut eveningwear. $79, sizes 32B-36D
Simone Perele Caressence 3D Strapless is very lightweight and breathable, perfect for summer. The lace is infused with aloe vera for extra softness. $89, sizes 32B-38E
Panache Porcelain Strapless works well on full-busted women, with seamless microfiber and silicone lining for added support. It comes with solid bra straps that convert it into a racer back. $62, sizes 30D-38G
Chantale Sublime Invisible Plunge Strapless stays put with wavy silicone grippers. Contoured underwire and boning on the sides give shape and support; also comes with straps to convert to an everyday bra. $79, sizes 32A-38F