HELP! MY BRA STRAPS KEEP SLIPPING OFF MY SHOULDERS!
Issues and Solutions to Slipping Bra Straps
1. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #1: YOUR STRAPS ARE NOT TIGHT ENOUGH
This may seem obvious but many women simply don’t adjust their straps. Straps are only supposed to support about 10% of your breast’s weight. But they need to be providing some support or they will just fall off your shoulders. Make sure your straps are tight enough to provide support, but not so tight that they pull up your bra back.
2. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #2: YOUR CUP SIZE IS TOO BIG
Many women, with age, lose their breast volume along the tops of their breasts. This loss of volume along the top of your breasts creates an empty space in the top of your cup. Without the cup being completely filled, the straps will tend to slip. Either go down a cup size, or make sure you lift and place your breasts into your cups so that the cup is properly filled.
3. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #3: YOU'RE USING BRA EXTENDERS
A bra extender is an accessory that adds more length to the back of your bra. I sell them at HerRoom, but I really don’t like them. They can create additional problems, and shoulder straps falling off are one of them. When you expand the length of the bra back, you move the straps farther apart and closer to the edge of your arms. This increases the chances that your straps will fall off your shoulders. Instead of an extender, consider going up a band size and down a cup size. This will give you 2 more inches around your chest while keeping your cup volume the same.
4. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #4: YOUR BRA BACK IS NOT IN THE PROPER POSITION
I know we’re all in a hurry when we’re getting dressed in the morning. But making sure you put your bra on correctly and getting it in the proper place is critical to your comfort the rest of the day. The final thing you should do after putting your bra on is reach back and pull it down so that it’s under your shoulder blades and even with the front of your bra. When you don’t do this, and your bra is left too high on your back, the front of your bra slumps, and the straps fall off. I can’t tell you how many times suggesting this simple thing to women has solved their strap slipping problem.
5. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #5: YOUR BRA BAND IS TOO LARGE
Similar to the back extender problem, if your band size is too large, your straps will be further apart. This too can cause your straps to fall off your shoulders. A loose band also causes the back of your bra to hike up. If you are experiencing both these symptoms, try going down a band size and up a cup size. This will tighten your band size while keeping your cup volume the same.
6. BRA STRAPS ISSUE #6: WRONG BRA STYLE
Not all bra styles are for everyone. Women with very square shoulders can wear the popular bras with wide-set straps. Women with slopping shoulders will have trouble. Women with narrow shoulders need to carefully look at the strap placement to make sure they are not too far apart for her frame. The bottom line is to know your body style and what styles do and do not work well.
Several manufacturers have worked hard to design bras to address this issue. For example, several Olga and Olga’s Christina bras have what they call a "Comfort Back" design. This back style brings the straps closer together in back and thus reduces shoulder slippage.