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bras for narrow shoulders

There are many debacles we face when it comes to how our bras fit. Not only do we need to make sure our breasts are completely contained in the cups and that the band provides adequate support, but we also need to ensure that the center gore lies flat and the straps stay put.

If you’ve ever dealt with strap slippage, you know how much of a nuisance this can be. Bra straps can slip for a variety of reasons, but one of them is that you have narrow shoulders. Every woman’s body is unique, and it’s important to recognize that your frame has just as much of an impact on bra fit as your breast size and shape does.

If you have narrow shoulders, you might want to consider the following suggestions while bra shopping.

Plunge bra

what is a plunge bra

Emma Wire-Free Soft Padded Bra P5491 | Emma Hipster P5495 in Black

Did you know that many plunge bras feature straps that are set closer to the neck? That makes them a fabulous option for women with narrow or sloping shoulders. As an added bonus, a plunge bra is a phenomenal addition to any bra collection as it works well for low-cut top and dresses. Moreover, plunge bras tend to offer a fabulous fit for women who have close-set breasts because they often have a narrower center gore between the cups. Plunge bras come in a range of fabrics and styles, so whether you’re seeking one with molded/contoured cups or unlined cups, you’re bound to find one that works for you.


Related: Revealed: What You Need To Know About Plunge Bras


Leotard back bra

u back bra

Irene Unlined Wire Bra P5332 | Irene Bikini P5333 in Ivory

With straight back bras, the band lies entirely horizontal on the back of the body, but leotard back bras feature some curvature where the straps meet the back of the band. Essentially, the leotard back looks like a deep U-shape. Since the straps meet closer together in the back, this is another ideal option for women with narrow shoulders, as there’s less risk of strap slippage. Additionally, a leotard back can be helpful when you’re wearing a top or dress that dips down or has a scoop shape in the back as it’s less likely to show than a straight back bra. Any bra that features a J-hook can actually be converted into a leotard back as well! So keep a lookout for that feature.

Racerback bra

what does a racerback bra do

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

There is a lot to love about racerback bras: They’re comfy, super supportive, flattering, and layer perfectly under all your racerback tanks and dresses without peeking out. Not to mention, they happen to be a spectacular solution for narrow shoulders. Since the straps on this style come inward to meet in the middle of your back, it’s nearly impossible for them to fall off your shoulders. Many sports bras are made with a racerback design, but you can also find padded racerback bras, push-up racerback bras, convertible racerback bras, and many other styles as well.

Have some ideas for your next bra shopping excursion? Here are some final tips to keep in mind. Strap slippage can happen to anyone, regardless of whether you have narrow shoulders or not. It’s important to make sure the straps fit snugly — you shouldn’t be able to comfortably slip more than two stacked fingers underneath them. Very often, strap slippage is a sign that the bra band is too large, so you may need to size down in the band to ensure that they stay put. Keep in mind that while a plunge bra, leotard back or J-hook bra, and racerback bra are all wonderful choices for narrow shoulders, there are certain styles that are less ideal. For example, most balconette bras feature wide set straps. Since the straps are farther apart, there’s a greater chance that they will fall off your shoulders.


Related: Where To Find Front Fastening Bras


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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:
Emma Plunge Molded Bra P5490 | Emma Hipster P5495 in Nude

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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