Why do bra straps always slip? It’s like those things have a mind of their own! I see women reaching into their shirts all day, every day. I do it myself! It’s incredibly unprofessional at work and incredibly annoying all of the time. So, if it’s happening to everyone, why hasn’t someone fixed it?
To solve some of the mystery, here are a few reasons that straps slip and a few ways to stop it.
Reasons that Your Straps Slip:
Sloped shoulders: Not everyone’s shoulders are straight. Many of us have shoulders that slope down, so it will still slide no matter how tight a strap may be.
Narrow shoulders: Bra straps are more likely to fall off of the shoulders of petite women.
Bra straps are too long: (well, that seems logical!) Although we tighten them in the morning, sometimes our straps like to wander as we move during the day. The built-in adjuster doesn’t always make the tightest connection, especially as a bra ages. (Straps get thinner as they stretch.)
The Wrong Bra: If the bra doesn’t fit correctly, it’s possible for any part of it to fail.
How to Stop Your Straps from Slipping:
Bra Strap carriers: Sometimes called bra strap holders, these neat little strap catchers wrap around the strap and snap it into place. Some clothing companies sew them into shirts. Not only does it not fall down the shoulder, it doesn’t show either. It also helps to keep the collar/neckline of a shirt in place. There are even tutorials on doing it yourself. (for the sewing impaired!) The only drawback is that if you’re like me, I forget I’m wearing them. Even though many of my shirts have them, I always get tangled up when I go to take off my shirt at the end of the day and it’s anchored down. (I often wonder when I’m going to remember. I’m guessing just this side of never.)
U-back style bras*: These have a u-shaped back (hence the name) instead of the normal straight back. It allows for more narrow-set straps to create a closer fit.
Racerback/convertible bras: If the straps cross in the back, it will eliminate the strap slipping problem
The Strap Saver: Although we can’t fix narrow shoulder or the wrong bra, we can sort out the problem if the straps are too long, especially if there’s clip-creep (where the built-in adjuster moves over the course of the day). The Strap Saver especially shines when the adjuster has reached its full potential or, if there’s no adjuster at all.
However you choose to solve the problem, here’s to having the days of reaching into our shirts to pull those straps back into place become a thing of the past!
ALSO – it’s almost Valentine’s Day! In case you love it, in case you need a “lift” – we’re offering a special discount on bra repair and strap shortening for 24 hours only on February 14th – 20% off your purchase of Strap Savers** (COUPON CODE: HAPPYVD). It’s a great time to perk up and stock up – after all – it’s almost bathing suit season!
*We do not endorse these particular bras. We’re simply using them as examples. We do, however, endorse Erica and A Sophisticated Pair. Contact her and she’ll help you find the perfect bra!