Slipping straps can be one of the most annoying parts about bra wearing. Once your straps start slipping it seems like a near constant game of trying to tuck one back in, only to have the other sneak a peek. Whether you find the issue mildly irritating or downright embarrassing, we’re here to solve your slippy strap issues, once and for all.
Why Are My Bra Straps Falling Off My Shoulders?
Let’s start with the why - why bra straps tend to fall off of one's shoulders. The root of the problem boils down to fit - the bra must fit correctly in the first place, the straps should be adjusted over time to avoid being too loose, and ultimately, once they can no longer be adequately tightened, it’s important to know when to move on from a worn out bra.
Bra Doesn’t Fit Correctly
First, there’s fit. We take you through each component of your bra in our overview of How Should A Bra Fit, but here are the highlights when it comes to straps: elastic stretches over time, and certainly with washing, so adjust as needed, and/or look for styles with straps set closer together (great for women with narrow shoulders).
Bra Straps Too Loose
If your straps are continuously loosening, they’re likely being asked to carry too much of the load (remember, a bra’s band does 80% of the heavy lifting in terms of support). As mentioned above, our guide recommends exploring convertible and racerback strap options to help alleviate the issue. Loose straps can also cause space between your breast tissue and the cup of the bra, referred to as gaping. For more on that issue, check out our solutions and recommendations in Why Is Your Bra Cup Gaping.
Last, but likely not least as we’ve all been known to hang on to a favorite bra a bit past its prime, is the question of wear out. Inevitably, all bras will wear out over time, and slipping straps that don’t resolve with adjustment (after each wearing and/or washing, not all day long), are a good indicator that it’s time to shop for a replacement.
How To Keep Bra Straps From Slipping
There are a few key things you can do to avoid your bra straps from slipping, one prior to purchasing and the other, throughout the life of the bra.
Measure Your Bra Size
We simply can’t say it enough, size matters (at least when it comes to comfortable, supportive bras). Taking your own measurements before bra shopping is likely easier than you think, and we’ll walk you through it by following a few simple steps in our How to Measure Bra Size guide. A properly fitted bra will pass the two finger test for tightness without digging in, another common bra issue that causes great discomfort.
Tighten Your Bra Straps
Throughout the lifespan of a bra, the elastic will naturally loosen, hence the reason most closures offer multiple sets of hook and eyes for the band and slide adjusters for the straps. Rather than taking a “set it and forget it” approach, it’s good to get in the habit of making even small adjustments each time you put on your bra. Remember, the straps don’t have to be set completely equal as each breast may sit slightly different on your chest, or one may carry a bit more volume than the other. Take a look at our guide to How to Tighten Bra Straps for our tips and tricks on making necessary adjustments, either prior to or while wearing your bra.
Our Favorite Bras with Adjustable straps
And now, our favorite part, the bras. Of our go to styles, many have adjustable straps to help customize your fit and ensure ultimate comfort. Among these are a classic scoop neckline, and options with breathable mesh and beautiful lace. You might even find a new favorite among them.
Scoop Neck Bra
We love a classic scoop, and so do our fans based on the five star rating of this updated version with adjustable straps. Sleek and smoothing, easy on and effortless while wearing, our True Body Scoop Neck Adjustable Strap Bra wirefree pullover style is supportive yet so soft you might just forget you’re wearing it. And it’ll look that way too as slim straps are easy to conceal and a seamless design makes it invisible under clothes.
Cool, contour, comfort. If we had to sum it up in three words, we’d simply stop there and you’d get a great idea of the True Body Mesh Adjustable Strap Bra. Strategically placed mesh panels allow extra airflow right where you need it (namely, the neckline) and molded microfiber cups smooth your shape naturally. Wirefree support with a secure hook and eye closure and adjustable straps offer customized comfort for up to 3X.
Lace Balconette Bra
Lovely lace combined with microfiber that’s made to stretch and smooth means the Madison Lace Ultimate Coverage Balconette Bra is both function and form. With generous coverage and ample support for sizes up to 42DDD, this bra moves with you, as flexible as it is comfortable. A flattering sweetheart neckline adds to the form side of things while encased underwire delivers on function. Pretty rose gold hardware including band hook and eye closure and strap slide adjusters do both, for a beautifully bespoke fit including no slippy straps.