How to Keep Bra Straps from Slipping Off Your Shoulders

aqua colored bra hanging on clothesline with text overlay: six ways to keep bra straps from slipping off your shoulders
aqua colored bra hanging on clothesline with text overlay: six ways to keep bra straps from slipping off your shoulders

Here are a few quick and easy fixes to get a grip on those slippery bra straps that always slide off of your shoulders. They are all very inexpensive and easy to do, so if one of them doesn’t suit you, give a different one a try!

Silicone Caulk:

This hack adds some friction to straps that are just too slick, and it also fixes straps that get longer throughout the day because they don’t stay adjusted to the length you set them at.

Silicone caulk on a bra? Yep! You might even have a strapless bra already that has a line of rubbery, grippy material on the band to help keep it from slipping down. That’s silicone! I’ve also used silicone to secure arm cuffs (like this dragon scale arm cuff), and other items that want to slide around. I have previously used dimensional fabric paint for this purpose, but I’ve recently started to prefer silicone.

Gray bra with white material being added to the straps

Get some silicone caulk and make some thin dots, stripes, or just random smears on the upper part of your bra strap, where it touches your shoulder. (I recommend a squeeze tube like this, because it’s easier to control than the big tubes that go in a caulking gun.)

If your bra straps don’t stay adjusted to the length you set them at, make sure to put a bit of silicone right beside the slider that adjusts the length, so that the silicone will keep the strap from pulling through the slider by itself. It should be a thin smear of silicone, not a huge dot, so that you can still adjust the strap later if you need to.

This fix works best if the strap fits okay, but is too slick. If the bra is stretched out and should have been thrown out years ago, you need one of the more drastic fixes below.

Spring-gate O-Rings:

Spring-gate O-rings are kind of like really classy carabiners. You can clip one on each of your sleeves, trapping your bra strap and going around the neckline, like this:

Adding rings to t-shirt sleeves

I like the 1″ inner diameter rings for this purpose. It’s easy to swap out the rings to use them on a different shirt, or change out the color from gold, to silver, to bronze, to rose gold. I particularly like the way this trick works on V-neck shirts:

In addition to looking awesome and dressing up a plain tee, the rings tighten up the neckline. You end up with a higher but wider shape to the collar, almost like a Queen Anne look. I think it looks quite stylish, and if you like, you can add a pair of rings to the back of your sleeves, so that they sit behind your shoulders. (And check out my tutorial if you need another way to fix a neckline that’s too low!)

Strap-Tamer Clips:

These strap-tamer clips attach to your shoulder seam allowance on the inside of your shirt. Your bra strap then slides into the notch, to keep it where it belongs. You can attach them with the opening facing towards your neck, to keep your straps from sliding off of your shoulders. Or, if you are wearing a boatneck top, you can attach them with the opening facing away from your neck, to keep the straps from showing inside your neckline.

I have used plain safety pins like this before, and that does keep the straps in place, but it’s considerably harder to get the pin in the right place and open/close it while you’re getting dressed and undressed. Why? Because you have to actually fasten the safety pins while you’re wearing your shirt AND your bra, reaching through your armhole or neckline and working the pin under the strap. If strap slippage is a perennial problem for you, the strap-tamer clips will save you a lot of that frustration.

Racerback Clips:

These items are quick and simple to attach, and they link your bra straps to each other in the back. The plastic clips give more of a racerback fit, and the long thin straps are adjustable and provide a more subtle change. The basic idea is the same; you attach the plastic clip or adjustable strap and slide it up or down the bra straps to suit your preference and give you the fit you want.

If you wear a lot of racerback-style or sleeveless tops, you will definitely appreciate the option to convert your bra into a racerback style. The clip will keep your bra straps from peeking out from under your shirt.

Silicone Bra Strap Pads:

These silicone bra strap cushions would be particularly helpful if you find that your straps dig into your shoulders too much, because they cushion your shoulder and make sure that the strap rests on a larger area. They are supposed to add some friction to your strap, much like my silicone caulk hack above.

I haven’t tried these, and I’m wondering whether they would stay in place for me, because I move around a lot. Probably not many of you know this, but I work on a farm, and if something isn’t locked/sewn/clipped in place, it tends to slide around. But a lot of people do really like them, and they’re not expensive, so they’re worth a try if you don’t like any of these other fixes. They are also very easy to swap from one bra to another, and they come in different colors.

Stick-On Bras:

A stick-on bra is kind of the option to end all other options. It’s strapless AND backless, so it will work with a variety of outfits where a typical bra would show. I use a stick-on bra when I’m going to a fashion show and want to avoid wardrobe malfunctions at all costs. Or when I’m wearing something (like my mermaid dress) that makes a regular bra impractical. You also don’t have to worry about the indentation of the band or straps showing through your clothes!

The two cups stick in place, and then they link together with a front-closing clip. I personally find it plenty supportive (for reference, I’m a D cup). You do need to make sure that you’re sticking the cups far enough to the sides of your breasts though. It might take you a couple of tries to find your perfect placement.

I honestly love the sticky bra I bought, and I’ve taken it with me on vacation as my one and only bra. You do need to wash it after every use (I just use shampoo and water) and then let it dry. It gets sticky again when it’s dry, like magic! When I was on vacation, I just washed it off in the sink and left it on a clean washcloth on the bathroom counter (sticky side up) to dry overnight. Then, the next morning, I was ready to go again! I seriously love it and I wish I’d bought it years ago.

So there you have it! I hope you liked this list of ideas, and picked up a few useful tips. And if you’ve found some tips that work for you, feel free to drop them in the comments section!

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11 Responses

  1. Edith Smith

    Have use the silicone bra strap cushion. They work very well. Slip the strap inside the silicone cushion, move the silicone up to shoulder. Go. Found them at Joann’s .

  2. Kathleen Coulter

    I have also used the silicon bra strap cushions, but found that even though they do the job, my skin gets very sweaty and itchy underneath, even breaking out in a rash if I use them a couple of days in a row. I had to discontinue using them. 😟

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Somebody else just commented how much they love them, so maybe the bra strap solution that works for us will be as unique as we are 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

    2. El sostén adhesivo nunca me funcionó, durante años intenté probarlo, pero seguro sirve para tallas pequeñas. Hasta que se puso viejo, se deshizo y lo tuve que tirar 😞

  3. Tami Brown

    I have tried the pads–no good for me. The silicone dots would not work either. I want something home-made on the order of the long thin straps but adjustable and to fit on large straps. Please come up with that.

  4. Pamela

    I rarely ever comment on anything online. However, I absolutely must keep accolades on you! The liquid silicone.. absolute $@#! GENIUS!!!!! I have been online on and off for years looking for regarding keeping my bra in place and was about to purchase some silicone strips and then I would have to glue or sew them on the bra. However I came across this hack and bought the silicone glue, took care of it in minutes. I wore the bra the next day, and it was the first time ever that it’s stayed in place. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Best hack EVER!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I’m really glad I could help, bras have got to be one of the most frustrating items of clothing ever invented! I’m so happy that I could make them more bearable for you. And may your future be filled with more crazy-good clothing hacks! 😁

      1. Gail

        A friend of mine says, “Bras were invented by men to torture women.” Lol. Sometimes I think she’s right!

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