How to Keep Bra Straps in Place

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How to Keep Bra Straps in Place

Keeping bra straps in place can be difficult, especially when you are wearing revealing evening wear or summer clothing. This is especially true if you are wearing a low-cut, low-back, halter or racer-back garment. There are some simple tricks that can correct slipping bra straps and keep your look polished throughout the day or evening. Speciality products are also available, but are typically unnecessary.

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Things you need

  • Satin ribbon
  • Sew-in snaps
  • Needle and thread
  • Lighter or fray check

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    How to Keep Bra Straps in Place

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    Go for a professional bra fitting. Look for a small, privately owned lingerie shop for the best fit. If your bra straps are constantly slipping, you are probably wearing the wrong bra size. Many women need a smaller band and larger cup size bra to properly support the breasts and make sure your bra straps stay in place.

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    Choose the right bra. If you are having trouble keeping your bra straps in place under a specific blouse, shirt or dress, you may need a different bra or a convertible bra. A convertible bra allows you to use one bra as a strapless, a low-backed bra or a halter bra. The straps can typically be crossed in the back to allow for racer-back tops.

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    Stitch bra-strap holders into place on your blouses and dresses. Cut short lengths of ribbon and seal the ends by passing through the flame of a lighter or using a product such as Fray Check. Use a needle and thread to sew one end of the ribbon into place on your dress or blouse. Stitch the male half of a small sew-on snap to the shoulder seam of your top and the female half to the ribbon. Use these simple holders to keep your bra straps in place.

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    Pin or secure your straps at the back. A safety pin will work for this, but can be uncomfortable and damage your bra. You can also tie your straps with narrow satin ribbon, assuming it will not show under your shirt.

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    Purchase a bra-strap placement device. There are a number of these products on the market, including The Perfect Strap and the Strapper. Simply use the clip to hold your bra straps together in the back to make sure your bra straps stay in place and enhance your cleavage.

Tips and warnings

  • A professional bra fitting is a necessity and will prevent most bra-related issues.
  • Be sure your bra fits well after you secure the clip to avoid uncomfortable and embarrassing fashion mishaps.

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