Does this sound familiar? You have an absolutely amazing party to go to and have finally located the perfect top in your closet (which is also clean and fits) after trying on outfits for an hour. A miracle of its own! The only downside? It’s a halter, meaning this is a no bra straps showing kind of thing. Yet, no strapless bra in sight. Not one.
This conundrum brings on a multitude of questions, starting with, when was the last time you even bought a strapless bra? Maybe you have one, but have zero clue where it is. Did your sister “borrow” it and conveniently never return it? Is going sans bra even an option? You peer down at those 2 little perky assets you made and immediately respond with a hard “no.”
So, going without a bra is an Armageddon you are not ready to unleash on the free world. Without enough time to go out and buy another boob prison like that best push-up bra with underwire, it’s time to get creative with the strappy bras you do own. What are we saying, exactly? Grab a regular bra, and take another sip of your morning coffee. We’re going to walk you through 4 different methods for how to turn a bra into a strapless bra on the fly!
This is going to be the quickest and easiest method for how to make a bra strapless. If you have convertible straps that can be removed from the back of your bra, this is a great method to try!
Pros of this method: This is the simplest and quickest of the 4 options we’re sharing. It takes minutes to do, and it does not permanently alter your bra. Also, it provides an additional layer of strength since your straps can be tightened against your body to help support the bra.
This also resolves the issue many women have with keeping strapless bras up and in place. The convertible straps, when fastened in this way, provides support actual strapless bras can't offer.
Cons of this method: Not every bra in your stash has convertible straps that make this option possible. They're a specific kind that requires a specific hook features in the bra and the straps to allow attaching and detaching.
Hiding bra straps doesn't necessarily turn your bra into a strapless bra forever, which is good if you don’t want to permanently alter your regular bra in any way. However, it makes any bra an alternative temporary strapless bra. Even though you're still technically wearing a bra with straps, it won't show on the outside so it looks strapless nevertheless.
This is one of many ways to keep bra straps from showing, but they're most apt for clothes that have little to no coverage in the shoulders like spaghetti straps or off the shoulder tops.
Pros of this option: As we first mentioned, this is a simple option for quickly converting your standard bra into a temporary strapless wonder without cutting the straps. This is a solution to the cons of the previous method as it is doable even without removable straps.
It’s also going to be the quickest to do, so if time isn’t on your side, we recommend considering this way.
Cons of this option: Depending on the bra you select, you could be left with a slight bulge at the top of your cups where you folded the straps down, causing the cups to not sit flat against your chest. Additionally, if you’re wearing a tight outfit, there may be outlines of where you secured your bra straps under the band.
If you’re a regular Martha Stewart when it comes to sewing and don’t mind permanently altering your lingerie, this option is for you! It’s recommended that you have a sewing machine to do this, though a good ol’ needle and thread will also do just fine.
Tip: Since you’ve permanently altered your bra (and potentially lost some of the durability of it with the cuts you made), place your bra in a lingerie bag when it goes through the wash. This will help preserve and keep it in tact longer.
Pros of this way: You accomplish many wins with this method! Saving money, being resourceful, and keeping one less used bra from being thrown into the trash when it can still be reused. With a simple 4-step process, you officially have a strapless bra that can be worn under multiple outfits!
Cons of this way: Your straps are permanently removed, making this a forever strap-free bra. It requires a thorough decision-making because once it's done, it's irreversible. If you don’t have a sewing machine, it will also be a bit more time consuming to sew.
If you have a favorite shirt or dress you want to permanently modify to have a built in bra, this is the method for you! Like the third method, this way will alter your bra permanently and is going to put your sewing skills to the test! We’re going to break down how to sew your bra into your top that needs a strapless piece, so also be prepared to alter that shirt or dress.
Tip: You know that adorable little backless number you’ve been dying to wear but can never find the right bra for? This method will solve that problem!
We get it – committing to only one top with this method is a little scary. If you’re unsure about wanting to sew the cups into your top (or maybe you just want to test it out for a night to see if this something you want to permanently sew in), try attaching the bra with double sided fashion tape before you decide to commit fully!
Pros of this choice: Once sewn in, that bra isn’t going anywhere. Because there’s no band, this way also takes any pressure or tension off your back, since your top is helping to keep the bra in place - it almost feels as if you’re braless!
Cons of this choice: If you have several tops you want a strapless for, cutting up multiple bras would become time consuming and pricy. Unlike the other 3 choices we shared, this one limits you to one main outfit option with the bra. The sewing aspect here can also be challenging, depending on the top you’re working with.
If you prefer to keep your normal bras in tact, consider using one of the countless sports bras you have lying around in your sock drawer! With the strong elastic band that most have on the bottom, they can be perfect to convert into a strapless bra that actually stays up. Besides, do you really need 15 different sports bras? Ask yourself, how many bras does one woman have to own, and then cut down from there by converting one.
To transform this bra, follow the steps outlined in Method 3 above to cut and remove the straps. From there, you’ll seal up the areas you cut with a little sewing magic, and voila! Your sports bra is now strap free.
Tip: When selecting a sports bra, try to use one with thin straps. This will reduce the amount of cutting and sewing you need to do (rather than choosing a super strappy or racer back bra).
So there you have it - 4 different ways on how to turn a regular bra into a strapless bra (and a bonus option using a sports bra). As you can tell, some take more effort and offer a more permanent solution than others. The best choice for you will have a lot to do with how much effort you are willing to put in to it, what your skill set is, and how open you are to altering your bra in a permanent way.
When attempting these hacks, make sure that you ultimately choose the one that makes you feel the most secure and confident. Happy hacking!