Let’s face it. There are very few moments in your everyday life where your bra falls off and that’s okay (maybe even desirable). The rest of the time, you expect a snug but comfortable fit that, most importantly, stays on your body for the duration of the day.
And you shouldn’t—in fact, you don’t—have to tug, shift, and constantly readjust to enjoy that.
There are several simple changes you can make that don’t involve gluing your bra straps to your shoulders. The right adjustment for you will depend on the initial problem.
Causes of Bra Strap Slippage—And How to Fix Them
Just as there are no one-size-fits-all bras, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, either. Here are some of the most common bra-related barriers and what you can do to navigate them with ease.
Your Straps Are Loose
If your bra straps are simply too loose, there’s a chance that the solution is as straightforward as the problem itself: tighten the straps. However, you can only tighten and re-tighten your straps for so long until there’s no more bra strap available.
If your straps get to this point, it could be because:
- The bra is cheaply made with poor strap elasticity – There’s no shame in buying budget bras but this could be the reason why your straps keep loosening and slipping no matter how often you adjust them. Buying a well-made bra is an investment that pays off when you can make it comfortably through the day without any wardrobe mishaps.
- The bra wasn’t washed and maintained properly – While straps naturally lose their elasticity, machine washing and drying can exacerbate the process. Instead, hand wash your bra in cold water then lay it flat to air dry, rather than hanging it. Laundry experts recommend washing your bra after two or three wears instead of every time you take it off—this helps elongate their lifespan.
- The bra has reached the end of its life – Well, it’s been a good run, but even the best relationships come to an end eventually. Your favorite bra won’t be by your side forever. After about six months’ worth of wear, or if you notice your bra has lost its elasticity or structure, it’s time to say goodbye—and hello to a new bra!
You Have Narrow or Sloping Shoulders
If you tighten your bra straps so that they fit snugly over your shoulders yet they’re still slipping off you, the issue might not have anything to do with the bra—it might be that your narrow, sloped shoulders aren’t compatible with certain bra styles.
The good news? You can always just change up the bra you’re wearing!
There are a lot of bra styles to choose from as well as ingenious inventions that change the shape of your straps and prevent slippage.
Buy the Right Style of Bra
If you’re looking for new bras to buy, try styles where the straps are set closer together in the back:
Select Strap Styles that Work for You
Beyond shopping for specific bra styles, you can also hone in on certain strap types and options:
Try These Easy Bra Hacks
Finally, there are a few easy (and inexpensive) gadgets that you can use to bring your straps together in the back that don’t require brand new bras:
Despite all the tips, tricks, and gadgets, the best way to stop your bra from falling off is to purchase one that fits you like a glove.
Lulalu Bras: Prevent Slippage With Petite Fits
Lulalu’s petite bras are made from high-quality materials with little chance of slippage, not because they use fancy hooks, contraptions, and strap configurations, but because they’re made specifically to fit the bodies of small-breasted people.
Our small sizes aren’t after-thoughts after appealing to the masses. They’re our specialty, which is why they’ll provide the best fit—no tugging, shifting, or readjusting necessary.
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Seventeen. 15 Life-Changing Bra Hacks Every Girl Should Know. https://www.seventeen.com/fashion/style-advice/tips/a34744/bra-hacks-every-girl-should-know/