Whether you're dressing for a special occasion or throwing on an everyday tank, noticeable bra straps can be a deal-breaker for some looks. I have a gorgeous backless maxi dress that's still sitting in my closet with the tags on because I didn't have the right bra to wear with it. But the best bras with clear straps can unlock some outfits you previously deemed impractical. Transparent straps provide you with much-needed support in a discreet way. Of course, no one is saying these straps are completely invisible, but when a strapless bra isn't going to cut it, clear straps are a nice, barely-there option to have.
Many women shy away from strapless bras because they don't stay put, and that lack of consistent support can be an even bigger issue for women for large chests. The best clear-strapped bra options, like the ones below, keep your boobs — no matter what size — in place, and do so on the down low. Plus, many of the options are convertible so you can wear them lots of different ways.
And if the transparent-strap bra you're interested in isn't available in your size, there's always the option of buying clear replacement straps ($8, Amazon) that can be attached to any bra with removable straps. That way you still get the trusted comfort and support of your fave bra, and you don't have to worry about your straps showing.
1. The Most Versatile Bra
If you're looking for a bra that you can just as easily wear with a halter dress, a racerback tank, and one-shoulder gown, this convertible multiway bra from DOBREVA is the way to go. The bra can be worn strapless, or you can attach the clear straps in three different styles: halter, criss-cross, and classic.
The bra — available in black, beige, and white — is a padded, push-up underwire, and comes in sizes ranging from 32A to 38D. One of the bra's best features is the silicone lining on the wings and underwire, which helps it stay put.
What one Amazon reviewer had to say: "I tried on about 50 undergarments to wear under my wedding dress and I couldn't get anything to work. This bra lifted and stayed put. I paired it with a tummy smoother and it's perfect."
- Available sizes: 32A - 36DD
2. Another Great Versatile Bra, But In A Wider Range Of Sizes
For those with larger chests, finding a multiway bra in bigger cup sizes can be like finding a unicorn. But this convertible bra from YANDW thankfully comes in sizes up to 42D.
Available in black, white, and beige, this double-padded push-up bra really lets you customize for the occasion. It comes with one transparent and one colored halter-neck strap, as well as one transparent and one colored back strap. For a backless dress, sub in the clear back strap. For a black halter top, wear the black halter strap (or go for clear). You can see that this bra is not a one-trick pony, which means you'll easily get $17 worth of wear out of it.
What one Amazon reviewer had to say: "I got this bra because my daughter has a dress with a semi transparent back and she didn't want show the back strap from her bra so this one works perfectly and fit as expected."
- Available sizes: 32A - 42D
3. A Great Bra For Everyday & Special Occasion Wear
Consider this Vivisence front-clasp bra a normal, comfy option for both everyday wear and for special occasion ensembles. The padded bra comes with clear, non-sliding, detachable silicone straps —both for the top and back. The bra is available in black, white, and beige, and comes with removable inserts.
This is the kind of bra you could just as easily wear with a thin, white tee or an elegant, backless cocktail dress. And since it's made from smooth, plain microfiber, it's guaranteed to be comfortable under both.
What one Amazon reviewer had to say: "As a big chested girl, I had completely given up on anything strapless (because strapless bras will always be a joke). This was a very supportive bra, and the adjustable straps made it easy to get the fit just right. Definitely a great option for women with larger busts!"
- Available sizes: 34A-34F
4. The Best Bra For Plunging Necklines & Backless Pieces
This Lamourlove bra is definitely for a very specific cut of clothing, but for only $12 you're getting your money's worth because the bra is reusable up to 50 times! Here's how it works: the backless bra comes with self-adhesive side wings to hold your breasts in. For additional security, you can attach the adjustable clear, halter straps.
Wondering how to wash the thing? You simply use warm water and soap and let it air dry. "When item is dry, the adhesive regenerates itself for next use," according to the brand.
What one Amazon reviewer had to say: "I had a halter blouse with a plunge neckline and I was scared I wouldn't find a bra that would work...this bra was perfect! I wore this bra for 7 hours which included dancing, and the bra still held! I never once worried that anything was out of place."
- Available sizes: A-B
5. The Best Activewear Bra
For anyone looking for a supportive sports bra, with clear strap options, look no further. This one from Capezio, a leading manufacturer of dance wear, has thoughtful design details. It's double layered for support and made with moisture-wicking fabric.
Available in beige (shown) and mocha, the bra comes with both clear and matching colored top straps, and then one clear back strap. This bra is especially ideal for dancers and performers, but it could also be worn by anyone planning to really dance the night away at a wedding or special event.
What one Amazon reviewer had to say: "I use this for every dance competition and under all of my costumes. it doesn't show and the straps don't dig into our skin. I have no complaints with this!"
- Available sizes: XS- XL
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