Petite and short-waisted women often suffer from an inability to tighten bra straps as much as needed, particularly if the straps are not fully-adjustable, but even women who purchase a well-fitting bra initially can find that time wreaks havoc on how much the straps stretch. Short of breaking out the sewing machine, options were scarce for fixing the problem until Shari and Beth created the amazing Strap Saver.
The Strap Saver was designed to fix a problem: expensive bras and bathing suits tossed in the trash because of wear on only one part – the strap. Shari Deutsch had a favorite, worn, expensive bathing suit and was unhappy that it no longer gave her the support she wanted. (especially given that she’d only had it for 2 seasons!) The straps were stretched out and soon it would be bound for the garbage. One day, hanging out by her friend Beth Lieberman’s pool, Shari started commented about it and Beth chimed in that her straps were too long because of her (lack of) height. It started out the usual “there has to be a way…” and “surely someone has fixed this…” conversation.
After only two plastic prototypes, Shari and Beth had a working Strap Saver template which they then tweaked into the patent-pending stainless steel creation seen today. Straight from their extremely professional press kit, here are some additional facts about the product:
- Stainless Steel Construction, designed to outlive several garments
- Durable Ceramic Coating on Black and Tan Strap Savers
- Works on any strap, with or without an adjuster
- Made in the USA
- Three Colors: Black, Tan, Metallic
- Four sizes: ¼”, ½”, ¾”, 1”
- Price: $15 for the first pair, $10 for each additional pair
While I am going to review the product for the blog, I have to be honest in that I almost never have issues with my straps. My average height, long torso, and broad shoulders combine to eliminate issues with slippage or stretching. However, I have witnessed how often straps can ruin an otherwise good fit, and in some cases, women miss out on fantastic styles because the straps do not tighten enough. When I heard about Shari and Beth’s Strap Savers, I admit I was intrigued, particularly because I am always on the lookout for innovative accessories which can help our customers. In our shop alone, there’s certainly potential for this nifty little product to provide a solution to the short or stretchy strap dilemma.
As part of the Strap Saver experience, Shari sent me the sample in the little pink bag which accompanies all purchases as well as a pamphlet with instructions. While the presentation with the bag is nice, I actually appreciate it more for the practicality as the Strap Savers are pretty small even in the 1″ size I ordered. With my personal penchant for tossing small items on my jewelery stand, I could see one or both disappearing into the ether of my house, but the adorable little bag accompanying them provides me with an easy, no excuses way of storing them when not in use. I’m a sucker for thoughtful product details, and this definitely qualifies.
My next step was reading through the instructions because the tiny metal clip does not intuitively intimate how it should be put to use. The instructions were clear and easy-to-follow, and rather than explain each style as a paragraph, I though it would be clearer with pictures.
As you can see, the device basically removes excess strap length by folding the strap over onto itself—a design decision with multiple implications. First, the strap isn’t physically removed, so it has to go somewhere. In this case, it basically thickens how much strap is resting on your shoulders/back. On the positive side, I think it’s an extremely clever and easy-to-use way of shortening a strap, but I know some customers may balk at the excess strap, particularly if they need to shorten the straps substantially. It’s also a little trickier to use the closer you get to the top of the strap. In all fairness, I do not anticipate that many women will need this much adjustment, and I instead think the design will generally work in the way it was intended. The excess strap does not cause any pain or discomfort although it is more pronounced under certain tops. I also want to note that it’s a little trickier with a textured strap too, but it still works well. Overall, I like the way they created a no-sew option for women needing to shorten straps.
Furthermore, I think it is great they created the Strap Savers in multiple sizes to ensure women get a secure fit, and the multiple finishes is a nice touch too. To increase durability, the strap savers are stainless steel with a ceramic coating. Since one of the intentions for being able to wear the Strap Saver is swimsuits, I think the use of heavier hardware is wise. From what I can tell, the Strap Saver also stays put when you move, and since it basically looks like another strap adjuster, it’s pretty discreet too. Finally, Strap Saver is another “Made in America” product by a small business, and everyone reading this blog knows how I feel about that! My only caveat with the design is that it’s a little hard to figure out how much to shorten a strap, but after two tries, I got the hang of it. Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the ingenuity of the product, and as such am happy to announce we will be giving away 5 $15 gift cards! Simply comment below before January 31st, and we will randomly pick the winners.