Reader Question: Bras and Narrow Shoulders

I have a bigger bust but my shoulders are so narrow that even being in the right size bra doesn’t always stop the straps from slipping off my shoulders.  What should I do to fix this? – Denise

Hi Denise!  Unfortunately, many manufacturers assume that women with bigger busts also have the big shoulders to match, which means finding a style that suits a narrower build can be a struggle.  One way to solve this problem is to look for bras that place the straps closer to the hook-and-eye closures in the back, such as the new Fantasie Esme or the Wacoal Basic Beauty:

These bras are designed to pull the straps closer to the neck, which can be a lifesaver for women with narrow shoulders.  To expand your options beyond these two styles, you can also use a clip (like this one) to convert a regular bra into a racer back, which pulls the straps away from the shoulders to prevent slippage.

Finally, most true balcony bras have straps set further apart; as a result, you may want to either avoid these styles altogether or use the racer back converter.  However, many plunge bras often have straps pulled in closer to the neck, which could work beautifully for your frame.  Look for designs that have a V-shape in the front since this will typically indicate that the straps are inset and have less risk of falling off your shoulder.  But remember:  Plunge bras come in varying levels of coverage, so don’t be dissuaded from trying the style for fear that it won’t be supportive enough or will give you too much cleavage.  In fact, the Fantasie Esme is considered a plunge style, and it offers a moderate amount of coverage.

Hope that helps!



Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

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6 comments on “Reader Question: Bras and Narrow Shoulders
  1. Carol says:

    Who makes the bra pictured

  2. Jeanette says:

    I can’t find 30B for narrow shoulders

    • Erica Erica says:

      Hi Jeanette! Have you ever tried the Little Bra Company? They have a lot of great styles, many designed to take into account a narrower frame. Also, check out Natori. They have the Feathers as well as some front-closures that may work for you too. Sadly, 30B is not a size as many companies produce, but the market has been expanding more and more each season.

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  1. […] Strap-Slippage:  Women with narrow or sloped shoulders sometimes struggle with the straps not staying put even if the bra is the correct size.  To fix this, you can pick up an inexpensive converter that transforms any bra into a racerback.  The converter also works beautifully for certain tops that expose a lot of the shoulder.  Fore more information on bras and narrow shoulders, check out earlier blog post! […]

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