If you’re the type to wear dresses and tops with thin straps, you probably know that they have their own set of challenges. Not only do they leave visible marks and stains on your shoulders (that don’t disappear) but if you’re wearing them for long periods of time, it can lead to soreness and even pain. But don’t give up on these tops and dresses, because there are ways to get around this issue. We spoke to lingerie fit specialists and a bra expert to learn about the common problems that can occur when it comes to thin straps and how you can solve them.
1. Red Marks or Indentations on Your Shoulders
The most common issue that occurs when wearing a thin strap bra is the red marks or indentations left on your shoulders. The good news is that this is normal and should go away within an hour, but if it doesn’t or they are very deep or cause bruising, then it’s a sign you need to change your bra size or try a different brand.
If your bra is spilling out over the sides of your torso, it means you’re wearing it too loose and it isn’t providing enough support. In this case, you can try tightening the band to cinch the wire under your breast tissue and bring it closer to your body or go down a cup size to accommodate your fuller boobs.
3. Strap Slipping
The best way to tell if your bra is fitting well is to see if you can run two fingers comfortably under both straps at the same time without it digging in or pulling away from the back of your neck. Dunmore says, “The band does 80% of the lifting and supporting so if it’s too loose, you won’t have that support.”
4. The Band Riding Up in the Back
If the back of your bra rides up higher than the front this is because you’re wearing it too big. It’s like a teeter totter—the higher the band in the back, the lower it will be in the front and vice versa. This can also cause sore spots on your shoulders and back.
5. The Straps Are Too Wide
If your straps are too wide, it can cause them to fall off your shoulders or create a gap in the back of your shirt. To fix this, you can try a band extender to add width to the back of your bra or if you’re a full-coverage or balconette style, you can go up a cup size to ensure your breasts have enough room to stay in place.
If you have any additional questions about how to choose the best thin strap bra, contact us here. We’re always happy to help! We also offer virtual one-on-one bra fittings so you can feel confident when choosing the right lingerie for your body. You can book your fit here.