Whether you consider your bras to be your breasts’ best friend or a necessary evil (we sincerely hope it’s the former), sometimes they can cause outfit issues such as straps showing, underwire poking or just general wear out that causes them to no longer provide proper lift. Check out our solutions to a variety of #brafail problems to make your bras fit better, feel great, and last as long as possible.
Bra Straps Sticking Out? No Problem!
Straps that show or slide out of sleeveless tops and dresses are annoying, and avoidable.
This issue is so prevalent we wrote a whole rundown in our How to Hide Bra Straps guide. Here are our top three solutions (if these don’t solve the problem, the full guide has more options):
A great way to overcome slipping straps is to gather them in tighter towards the center of your back. To do this effectively, you can either purchase a specifically designed bra strap clip (grab a few in different colors as they’re relatively inexpensive), or in a pinch, a paper clip will do the trick.
We view solution #1 as a short term fix and believe every woman should own a great racerback bra. A wardrobe staple like our True Body Lift Mesh Racerback Bra has a deep V neck silhouette making it a perfect match for low cut tops and dresses.
If you really only need a racerback on occasion, consider a convertible strap style which allows for wearing the straps traditionally or as a racerback. With over 1500 reviews and a four star rating, our True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bra is a crowd favorite for good reason(s); it’s versatile, comfortable and supportive. And slim straps that stay in place in either configuration make it a go-to with any outfit.
Don’t Have a Strapless Bra? Make One!
Our strapless styles are made as multiway bras that allow configurations with straps, making them true multitaskers. But if you don’t have a strapless on hand, you can always DIY one.
Say you’re traveling and forgot your strapless. Rather than run out and suffer through something that may not be your best fit, this simple solution is easy and dare we say, #lifechanging?
Using an extra bra strap (one that comes from a bra with removable straps), connect it to the back hook of your bra, then loop it around your back and connect it to the other side of your bra. This is also a great strapless bra hack for large busts as it allows you to achieve a tighter band while keeping your cup size the same.
Bra Hacks for Your Favorite Off Shoulder Tops
One shoulder, cold shoulder, off the shoulder: these fashion trends may come and go but all of them have in common the obvious issue of bra straps.
Sure, you could reach right for your strapless, but if these trends are a large part of your warmer weather wardrobe you might want an option that still gives you a bit more security from a set of straps. So what to do?
Consider clear straps, an easy addition to said strapless bra that gives you a bit of extra security without showing through these styles of shoulder baring tops and dresses.
Wear a Backless Dress Without Your Bra Showing
Dare to bare your back in a low cut dress (or top)? Better find a bra that can still support and provide proper front coverage. Sure, they sell them, but once again, rather than spend extra money on something super specific, consider trying your hand at a custom creation.
The issue here is that the vast majority of bras are designed with a band that goes straight across the back, which is also where the majority of the support comes from (nope, it’s not the straps job to hold you up).
To create your own version of a specialized design that features a strap wrapped around the front to pull the back strap down, all you need is an inexpensive bra extender and a strip of elastic measured to fit around your torso. Start by sewing the elastic to each end of the bra extender (ensure you can hook them together like you would a normal bra when finished), hook this onto the eyelets of your bra clasp, wrap around your body, crossing over and meeting the extender eyelets onto the bras hooks. Voila!
Poking Bra Wire Fixes
While we gravitate towards wireless styles for ultimate comfort (always our top priority), we still love certain wired bras, but we certainly don’t love when said wires start to poke out.
Typically, when underwire starts to go haywire, it’s a signal that it might be time to go bra shopping. But in the interim (or if it’s your absolute favorite bra and it’s going to take some time to find a suitable replacement), there is a way to extend your bras life just a bit longer.
Ever heard of moleskin? If not, it may sound a bit strange, we admit it, but it’s really just a cotton fabric, typically thin but relatively heavy, with a soft brushed feel (similar to the animal itself). It’s widely available at most major retailers (Target, Amazon, etc) and all it takes to use it to cover up the hole your underwire is poking out of is a bit of super glue.
Old Bra You Don’t Wear? Repurpose it!
This one might just be our favorite because it not only solves a very common wardrobe issue but it upcycles that well loved, a bit too worn out bra you just can’t let go of yet.
Say you’re on the last set of hooks on your bra band and feeling like you can no longer achieve the fit needed for adequate support. You know it’s time to retire this well loved go-to but it’s too far gone even to donate.
As an alternative to a backless bra, whether purchased specially for that feature or hacked per above, an old bra can be sewn into a dress for a bit of structure and coverage. This hack alleviates the potential for strap slippage and also works great for backless styles.
Hack to Push Up Breasts
Push-up bras are great, and certainly have a place in every woman’s wardrobe. But for every day lift, many of us are seeking out other ways to achieve a look of perkier breasts.
Blame it on gravity, aging, post partum, or fluctuations in weight, breast sagging is a simple reality for many of us. Check out our full guide to How to Get Perkier Boobs, with more detail on our top 2 solutions, finding a bra that lifts your breasts and breast lifting exercises.
Finding a bra that lifts your breasts without necessarily pushing them up can be challenging, which is why we designed our entire lineup of True Body Lift styles to contour and enhance your natural shape. With a wirefree channel that promises (and truly delivers) lift of up to one full inch, these styles push breasts into their natural position on your chest for improved appearance and comfort.
You know that what you do in the gym directly impacts how you look and feel out of it, but you may not realize that certain exercises can actually promote perkier breasts. By targeting chest muscles, you can strengthen your upper body and improve your posture, both of which help lift breasts. Breast lifting exercises include push ups, planks, chest press/fly, dumbbell pullover/row, cable crossovers and Russian twists. Find your favorite combination and focus on completing them twice a week consistently for best results.