When it comes to finding the right bra, we can all agree that it’s no easy feat. But things are changing thanks to more innovative technology and women-designed products. In that spirit, we’re taking on the challenge of finding the absolute best bra for your needs.

Shopping for all of your new holiday party lewks can be tricky, but there is one essential piece that should never be overlooked — the bra. No doubt you were planning on whipping out your trusty old strapless, but chances are it isn’t getting the job done. Just in time for all the end-of-year parties, we tested a bra that is destined to be the MVP of NYE.

At first glance, the Lively No-Wire Strapless Bra ($35), available in black and nude in sizes 32A-38DD, seems like your average staple. But this is not your basic one-and-done brassiere; it’s a convertible style that you can wear oh-so-many ways with even the most finicky necklines. This surprisingly wireless buy is supportive but also gives separation between the girls (so you can avoid uni-boob). It’s lightweight, yet very strong, with an open and airy mesh back for breathability when you are sweating on the dancefloor.

The value is in the details of the demi-cup. It offers extra hooks in the back for additional coverage and a more customized fit. Featuring a lightly lined (but not padded!) plunge front, the wire-free beauty works under necklines that vary from a deep v to off-the-shoulder. But best of all, the flex structure allows you to roll up this essential and pack it for any holiday getaway.

Wearing it as strapless isn’t the only option, which is why the convertible accessories make this buy worth every buck. Those little straps that come with the bra (that you usually throw out) are no longer afterthoughts. Wear the straps like a traditional bra and criss-cross them to disappear under cutaway tops. Fashion it as a halter, or manipulate one strap as a one-shoulder bra for those complicated holiday gowns.

See, we told you this was a life-saver. Now get to it and order one before those end-of-year parties begin.

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(Illustrations by Yising Chou, Photos via Lively)

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