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Do you find yourself fixing your bra straps throughout the day? If you’re constantly pulling up your straps, you likely have narrow shoulders. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having narrow shoulders – you’ll just find that some bra styles work better for you than others.

Take a balconette bra, for example. Balconette bras have wide set straps, which are a nightmare for narrow shoulders. No matter what you do, the positioning of the straps will keep them from staying in place on sloping shoulders. Racerback bras, on the other hand, are an excellent choice for narrow shoulders. The straps are cut closer to the center of the body, so they have limited space to move around.

Curious which other bra styles suit narrow shoulders? Read on for our top picks!

1.  Racerback bras

best bra style for narrow shoulders

Lynn Y-Back Front Closure Bra P13122 | Lynn Brazilian Thong P13014 in Black

Racerback bras are a superior choice for narrow shoulders. These bras are cut closer to the neck and feature a triangle shaped back that anchors to the bra band for extra support. The front closure also makes it easy to take the bra on and off.

2.  U-back bras

best bra for large breasts and narrow shoulders

Irene Unlined Wire Bra P5332 in Ivory

Larger bust sizes may benefit from U-back bras. U-back, or leotard back, bras are characterized by the U-shape that is made by the bra’s back band, wings, and straps. The design features inset straps to avoid slippage.

3.  Strapless bras

best bra for narrow shoulders

Jeanie Contour Strapless 4815 | Jeanie High Cut Brief 4803 in Black

How about wearing a bra without straps? A strapless bra might be just what you need. Look for a supportive band with side boning (to keep the bra from rolling up), anti-slip silicone tape along the inner band and cups, and a back hook and eye closure.


Related: 5 Key Features To Look For In A Strapless Bra


4.  Bras with J-hooks

best bra for sloping shoulders

Dalis Bralette P5641 in Black

J-hooks make it possible to transform a t-shirt bra into a racerback bra in one easy step. All you have to do is join the back straps and fasten them together at the back to change the fit. We love J-hook bras because you get two bra styles in one: a regular bra and a racerback bra.

5.  Bras with slings

bra strap slides down due to shoulder slope

Mariela Contour Padded Bra P5581 | Marion Bikini P5583 in Nightshadow

Slings are a design element meant to push breast tissue toward the center of the bra. You may find slings on the outer cup or at the bottom of the cup for additional lift. These bras will ensure that your breast tissue is centered and not splayed outward, as this can redistribute the breasts in an unflattering way and cause the straps to slide off shoulders.

6.  High neck bras

why does my bra strap fall off my shoulder

Evoke Padded High Neck Bra A1581 | Evoke Bikini A1583 in Blush/Purple
(This bra is from our sister line, MOD By Parfait!)

High neck bras are designed to fit closer to the neck and feature inset straps. High neck bras are supportive and beautiful additions to any lingerie wardrobe. We recommend large cups size seek a high neck bra with built-in cups and a power mesh-lined band for extra support.

You might think you’re alone if you have narrow shoulders, but it’s actually pretty common. You just have to know which styles work best for narrow and sloping shoulders.

If you’re having trouble finding bras that fit, visit your local lingerie boutique. They’ll help you find bras that stay in place and show off your beautiful shape. Perfect!


Related: The Girl’s Guide To Bra Styles


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Matilda Padded Racerback Bra P53113 | Matilda Hipster P5315 in Nude

Published by

Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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