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how to wear strapless bra

Looking for a lingerie review or more information on a product before purchasing? You’ve come to the right place.

In this series, we’re sharing our favorite styles (and a few reasons why you’re sure to love them too.)

Elissa Strapless Bra

Construction

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Nude

The Elissa Strapless Bra is a strapless contour bra with lightly padded molded cups and beautiful lace details. The seamless molded cups shape and contour the bust while providing a rounded shape under clothing that offers more coverage than a demi cup strapless bra. The snug band is lined with power mesh for a firm fit. The band also features side boning to keep the bra from rolling up or down so it stays in place. The straps are adjustable and removable.

The lace on the center front and wings adds a beautiful touch to an otherwise practical style. The Elissa Strapless Bra can be worn several different ways – regular, strapless, racerback, and halter – by changing the placement of the straps.

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Nude

Fit

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Black

The Elissa Strapless Bra offers phenomenal support for D+ cup sizes. The firm fit of the band helps to keep the bra in place and works with the cups to provide light lift for breast tissue. The silicone anti-slip tape on the inner cups and wings helps the bra to adhere to the skin for additional stability. The foam padded cups and microfiber fabrication of the Elissa Strapless Bra feel well-made and fully capable of supporting full busts.

When shopping for a strapless bra, a snug fitting band is key. You’ve probably heard that 80-85% of a bra’s support comes from its band. Since strapless bras lack straps, you’ll need a snug (not tight) fit for the bra to stay in place. You might find that your strapless bras fit snugger than your everyday bras. With a strapless bra, it may be worth trying your bra sister size (smaller band size and bigger cup size) to get the best fit. Ideally, you want the bra to fit snug (like a hug around your ribcage) without feeling uncomfortable or painful so it stays up and in place since the straps are no longer there to contribute to the fit.

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Black

Related: 4 Strapless Bra Fit Issues (And How To Fix Them)


How to style the Elissa Strapless Bra

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Nude

With the option of wearing this stunning style five different ways, the Elissa Strapless Bra is the perfect bra to pack for a vacation or weekend getaway. It’s also an excellent foundation for a wedding dress or special occasion dress as it provides the support and shaping needed. It can be worn under strapless tops, t-shirts, one shoulder tops, off the shoulder tops, and halter tops with higher necklines. The seamless cups allow the bra to blend seamlessly under clothing – no need to worry about your strapless bra showing underneath.

The Elissa Strapless Bra is available in Black, Nude, and Pearl White.

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Black

Elissa Bikini

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Nude

The Elissa Bikini is a bikini cut panty with luxe details. The sheer lace side panels are sexy yet classy while the front and back panels in smooth microfiber feel comfortable on. The elastic at the waist and leg openings stretches enough to fit a multitude of body shapes comfortably. This is a stunning panty that looks effortlessly chic when paired with the Elissa Strapless Bra or Elissa Bustier.

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Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Pearl White

Care

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Proper care is crucial if you want your lingerie to last. We recommend washing bras and panties in cold water and avoiding the dryer at all costs. Hand washing lingerie is the gentlest option (as it involves the least amount of agitation), but machine washing on the delicate cycle is also an option if you don’t have time to hand wash. If you do machine wash your bras, be sure to hook them first, separate the colors (bright colors may bleed onto your light-colored bras), and sort them into mesh lingerie bags. Panties should also be sorted by color and placed in separate bags so the bra hooks don’t snag delicate underwear.

To wash, use a gentle detergent or laundry soap designed for lingerie and wash them on a delicates cycle in cold water. Once they’re washed, either hang dry them (drape the center front of the bra over the hanger – don’t hang a wet bra by its straps) or lay them flat to dry (away from sunlight which can cause the colors to fade over time) with the cups facing up.

Lastly, be extra careful when storing your bras. For molded bras, line them up in a drawer with the cups facing up – one bra in front of the other. Unlined bras, bralettes, and non-molded sports bras can be folded in half and stacked on top of each other to save space. Panties can be folded and sorted by color or style in a lingerie drawer.

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One last thing…

Education is a big part of my job as a bra fitter. I feel fortunate to be partnering with Parfait on creating lingerie-related content with the goal of helping readers make educated and empowered shopping decisions. There is so much to bra fitting that we can’t cover in a single blog post, so the goal since the very beginning of the blog has been to tackle it one article at a time.

If you have any questions about any of these products or if you would like us to do a review on one we haven’t done yet, let us know in the comments below.


Related: 5 Key Features To Look For In A Strapless Bra


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Elissa Strapless Bra in Black, Nude, Pearl White

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Elissa Strapless Bra | Elissa Bikini in Nude

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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