How Do I Choose the Best Convertible Bra?

B. Miller
B. Miller
A woman trying on a convertible bra.
A woman trying on a convertible bra.

To choose the best convertible bra, you will want to determine how you will wear it most frequently, and the types of clothes you will need to match it to. A convertible bra will often feature straps that can be removed completely and reconfigured as needed; for instance, the straps might be crossed over the back so they may be worn with a tank top, or one strap around the back of the neck to be worn with a halter top. They may also be removed completely so it may be worn as a strapless bra. If the straps can't be completely removed, however, it will not include all these different configurations and may not be as useful. Color may also be a factor when making your selection.

A strapless convertible bra.
A strapless convertible bra.

Some inexpensive convertible bras may only be worn in two ways; for instance, the convertible bra may offer the option to clip the straps together in the back so that it may be worn with a tank top and the straps stay hidden. If this is all you want to do, then it may be perfectly fine to purchase this inexpensive version. Otherwise, you may want to purchase a pricier bra that offers more conversion options.

A fully convertible bra, in which the straps can be removed completely and reconfigured, is often the most versatile and best choice. This is because it can be made strapless to be worn with sleeveless pieces of clothing, as well as reconfigured to be worn with many different styles of tops. For instance, it can be difficult to find a bra that works well with a halter tap, but a convertible bra that can be reconfigured to place one strap around the back of the neck can work quite well. Convertible bras with removable straps offer a greater variety of options without needing to purchase a number of different bras.

Color is another consideration when choosing a convertible bra. Nude or tan colored bras can be the most versatile for wearing under light colored clothing, while black is a popular choice for evening wear because it will be virtually invisible under a black dress or top. Otherwise, the style and design of the bra, such as whether or not it is a push-up style, is a matter of personal preference and the look that you are trying to get. Fortunately, there are hundreds of different convertible bra options in stores and online.

Discussion Comments


I have an amazing convertible strap bra. It has flexible straps and it can be attached at any part of the bra. I can wear it 12 different ways, it's awesome.


@turkay1-- It sounds like the bra has too much padding or it's not fitting you as well as it should. When I buy convertible bras, I always try them on and try it without the straps to see how it looks.

Does you bra have the grip-on rubber things on the inside bottom? Mine have the rubber grip-on strips that keep the bra in place when I remove the straps so it doesn't move around or fall down.

There are some very good strapless convertible bras out there, I think you just got unlucky and bought the wrong one. Try some others at the store, I'm sure you'll find one that works.


I have a convertible push up bra that can be made into a strapless bra. But the issue is that it doesn't hold up well when I remove the straps. The top of the bra doesn't stay close to my breast and it looks very apparent under my clothes.

So even though I have a convertible bra, I can only use it in one way. I don't know why I paid more for it, I feel like I wasted my money.

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      A strapless convertible bra.