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what does a racerback bra do

Here’s the thing about bra styles. You may have your favorites, and you may not feel like it’s necessary to know every single option available. But in fact, knowing the differences between every style can make you a smarter shopper: it can help you to more accurately and efficiently determine which ones will work best for you.

Let’s talk about one staple style, for example. What is a racerback bra? Do you understand the benefits and drawbacks of this style, and how it can address specific fit issues or help with certain concerns?

The racerback bra is one of the most popular styles for a reason: it’s comfy, versatile, and can also help with a number of fit-related issues.

So let’s get to know it, shall we? In this guide, we’ll break down all the ins and outs you need to know about this well-loved undergarment.

What is a racerback bra?

A racerback bra is designed with straps that meet in the center of the back, forming a T, X, or Y shape. The straps come inward toward the back of the neck and then join between the shoulder blades. It’s considered a staple in any woman’s lingerie collection for a number of reasons. While it comes in a variety of different fabrics, colors, and designs, the style is most common for sports bras.

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Matilda Padded Racerback Bra P53113 | Matilda Hipster P5315 in Black

What does a racerback bra do?

One of the reasons why the racerback design is so popular for sports bras is that it’s super supportive — and support is obviously a major concern during workouts. But full-busted women will certainly benefit from extra support all day long, making this an excellent choice for those who wear D cups and above. Did we mention that the angled strap design adds some extra lift to your bust? That makes it a universally flattering style.

Do you struggle with bra straps constantly slipping off your shoulders? Racerback bras can be a lifesaver for women with narrow or sloping shoulders. Since the straps are angled inward on the shoulders, you won’t have to deal with the frustration of constantly having to pull them back up.

There’s an advantage to racerback bras in the fashion department as well. This style is less likely to show under certain types of tops, such as racerback, criss-cross, and halter tanks.

By the way — racerback bras are also incredibly comfortable. If you deal with postural issues or pain related to having heavy breasts, a racerback bra’s unique formation can help to distribute the weight of your bust more evenly across your back, taking some of the pressure off your back, neck, and shoulders.

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Matilda Padded Racerback Bra P53113 | Matilda Hipster P5315 in Black

Special considerations

The racerback may be very common in the sports bra realm, but you can certainly find other styles with this design as well. Whether you prefer padded bras, unlined bras, front-close bras, or bralettes, there’s a racerback bra that can meet your needs. Racerback bras are available with underwire and in wire-free options as well.

As with any bra style, fit is supremely important. Keep in mind that your bra size can change at any time, so it’s a good idea to get fitted by a professional if you haven’t done so within the last six months. That way, you can ensure that you know your correct size before investing in any new pieces. A racerback bra’s band should fit as snugly as possible (without being uncomfortable or restrictive in any way) in order to provide adequate support. And while the straps should feel snug against your skin, they shouldn’t dig into your shoulders or neck whatsoever. Also, be sure your racerback bra fits well on the loosest hook closure — bras stretch out with wear, and you’ll want to be able to tighten it as needed over time.

So, what are you waiting for? If you don’t have a racerback bra in your collection yet, there’s certainly no shortage of reasons to take advantage of this practical, versatile style.


Related: Bra Fitting Solutions For Narrow Shoulders


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Matilda Padded Racerback Bra P53113 | Matilda Hipster P5315 in Black

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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:
Matilda Padded Racerback Bra P53113 | Matilda Hipster P5315 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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