Bra straps come in a number of variations. They can be all or part elastic, all or part rigid, wide, narrow, padded,
and usually length adjustable. Whatever the style, bra straps are meant to act as stabilizers for the bra. At most,
they should carry no more than 10% of the breast's weight. Take the bra strap test in the sidebar.
Whatever the style, bra straps should lie flat against your chest (unless you have implants) and not fall off your shoulders.
Generally speaking, straps fall off shoulders because the straps are too wide-set both in the front and back of the bra; the
straps have been sewn on at an angle; or the straps are attached to rings that allow too much swiveling. If strap slippage is a
common problem for you, the trick is to find a bra where the straps are either sewn closer to the center in the front or the back.
HerRoom is the only website that shows back views on all bras. (See the sidebar below).
You've probably never really noticed how your straps attach to the back of your bra. Well, after reading this, I hope it becomes
one of the first things you look at. How the shoulder straps are attached in back can tell you a lot about how the bra will fit.
There are basically two types of strap attachments: camisole and leotard.
Camisole Strap :
The camisole strap attachment style has the straps sewn onto the back at a right angle - creating a box-like shape with the
bra back. This strap attachment style has been around the longest and is also used on traditional camisoles and slips. The
camisole attachment style works for all bra sizes, and is particularly good for larger bra sizes because it allows the bra
back to have as many hook closings as necessary; allows the straps to be made out of elastic or a rigid material; and can be
easily altered. When a bra has a very narrow back with only one or two hooks for closing, the camisole attachment can pull up
on the bra back making it look uneven and out-of-place (ride high on the back).
The leotard strap attachment is a fairly new design in bras. Rather
than a rectangle shape like the camisole attachment, the leotard
attachment gives a round look on the back - similar to the look
of a leotard. It has fast become the most commonly found strap attachment
technique in today's ready-to-wear offerings. Besides looking different,
the leotard back style almost always includes some elastic to achieve
the rounded shape. Consequently, this elastic gives the wearer flexibility
to raise her arms or bend over without having to adjust her bra
There are a few challenges to a leotard strap attachment. The straps attach to the back at a bit of an angle to keep the arch styling.
If the "U" shape is too wide , the straps can fall off the wearer's shoulders. The number of back fasteners is also limited with this strap design.
Finally, any adjusting bra strap has metal or plastic rings on each strap to aid in the length of your bra straps. When this ring is
sewn directly on to either the top of the cup or the bra back, it will allow the strap to swivel to the right or left, and fall in a
more comfortable location for the wearer. If you have sloping shoulders or are prone to having your straps fall off, avoid bras with
rings placed in either of these locations.
As for how the straps attach to the front of the bra, there are two things to look for. For the best support, the straps should attach
directly above the apex or point of each breast. Balconnette and demi-cup bras have the straps attached closer to the arm. There are two
reasons: first, wider straps will accommodate a wider neckline, and second, straps attached on the outside of the bra cup create more
cleavage by spilling the breast tissue towards the center. If you are prone to having straps fall off your shoulders, you should not
select bras with wide-set front straps.
Only At HerRoom
We are the only lingerie website that shows straight on back and front views of all the bras we offer. This, along with our
exclusive blouse overlay shots, allows you to see how the bra straps will work with your clothes. Additionally, you can
search on "leotard back" or "camisole back" when looking at bras if you have a specific back preference.