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what does a racerback bra do

A racerback bra is an essential part of any lingerie wardrobe. This supportive style makes it possible to wear racerback tops and dresses without your bra being on display. Racerback bras are also a great option for anyone with narrow shoulders, as the close-set strap design is guaranteed to stay on shoulders.

Another benefit: the front closure makes it easier for those with limited mobility to put on and take off their bra without any help needed. Additionally, the front closure design and cup construction require a low center panel, so this bra works for a multitude of breast shapes, too.

In this guide, we’re answering your most common questions about racerback bras. Read on for the scoop.

What does a racerback bra do?

A racerback bra is designed to be worn under racerback tops and dresses. The design helps to keep straps from falling off shoulders while lifting and supporting breast tissue. The front closure and small center closure helps the bra to tack against the sternum for a snug and supportive fit.

Keep in mind that Y-back bras, T-back bras, and racerback bras all have the same function and are all designed similarly but with slight differences in the strap platform design.

What are some of the benefits of wearing a racerback bra?

Aside from the close-set strap design, racerback bras are also bandless. This means that there isn’t any additional fabric below the cups’ wire channels. Bandless bras are just as supportive as banded bras, but their minimalist design means they’re less likely to dig into the skin below your bustline.

What do I need to know before buying a racerback bra?

Unlike your favorite t-shirt bras and strapless bras, racerback bras fasten in the front – not the back. This means that the band of a racerback bra can’t be adjusted with wear. The size you buy will inevitably stretch a little with wear, so you’ll want to buy a racerback bra that fits snug without feeling uncomfortable to get the most out of it.


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Which racerback bra should I choose?

Racerback bras come in a variety of different fabrics and colors. Your outfits will determine what type of racerback bra you’ll need. For example, if you’re looking for a racerback bra with smooth, seamless cups to wear under fitted racerback tops and tanks, the Deco Y-Back Front Closure Bra is a phenomenal choice. If you’re searching for a racerback bra with beautiful design details that look pretty when peeking out of a sweater or top, the Nouveau Racerback Bra is what you need.

What size racerback bra should I buy?

Racerback bras can be tricky to shop for. When it comes to sizing, a racerback bra is one that you’ll want to try on in store, if you can. Because they lack the adjustability of a back hook and eye closure, racerback bras may fit snugger in the band than you’re used to.

You may need to opt for your sister size (up one size in the band and down one size in the cup) to get a good fit, but be careful not to choose a racerback bra that is too loose in the band as it may end up stretching and being too big for you over time.

If you’re having any trouble with finding a supportive racerback bra, a bra fitter at a local lingerie store can help you out.

Final considerations

Shopping for a racerback bra is just like shopping for any other bra style. To get the best fit, look for a racerback bra that completely encapsulates your breasts within the cups, fits snug (but not uncomfortable) around the ribcage, and feels supportive and comfortable throughout.


Related: 4 Reasons Why You Need A Racerback Bra


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Nouveau Racerback Padded Bra | Nouveau Hipster in Black

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!


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Nouveau Racerback Padded Bra | Nouveau Hipster in Nude

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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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