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!
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.
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 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:
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!)
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.
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.
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!