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

Reader Question: Bras and Narrow Shoulders
Erica

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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  • September 18, 2013 at 6:25 am
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    Who makes the bra pictured

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    • Erica
      September 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm
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      Hi Carol! That is the Wacoal Basic Beauty, but the Fantasie Esme and Rebecca both have a similar design in the back.

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      • October 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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        Thanks. I tried the wacoal and it i ver comfortable and straps stay up

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  • December 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    I can’t find 30B for narrow shoulders

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    • Erica
      December 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm
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      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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  • August 11, 2017 at 12:04 am
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    Hi Jeanette. My size is 34D and I have narrow shoulders too. I found a solution trying wacoal but need ur suggestion and help for a sports bra high impact and medium impact for running,yoga. the Place I live Jockey is the only brand for sports bra that’s easily available to me. Can you Help me out.plz.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 12:06 am
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      It’s Erica. I’m really sorry.

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    • Erica
      August 25, 2017 at 11:43 am
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      Hi Rashmi! Have you looked at online retailers? There’s quite a few great sports bras out there from brands like Panache, Moving Comfort, and Shock Absorber. All of these have either racer-backs or the option to convert to a racer-back, meaning the straps cannot slip off the shoulders. Depending on your location, you may also want to look at Berlei, Wacoal, or Triumph too. All of them have sports bra in your sizes with narrower straps.

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