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Friday Q&A: How Do You Keep a Strapless Bra from Slipping Down?

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Strapless bras are great – when they work! Few things are irritating, though, as when a strapless bra keeps sliding down while you’re wearing it. There’s the inevitable tug-of-war where you keep having to find a discrete way of pulling it back up again. Or in some cases, the surrender of accepting that your boobs are just gonna hang low. Today’s Friday Q&A deals with strapless bra issues. Have any you want to add?

Question from F:

How do you keep a strapless bra from slipping down? I bought a strapless push-up bra and the cups fit perfectly but it’s already on the tightest hook. Should I exchange it for a smaller band size that will stretch out over time? Or should I get tape or something?

Answer:
F, you’ve got a lot going on there! These are variations of questions that a ton of women ask, so we’ll just tackle them one by one:

How do you keep a strapless bra from slipping down?

This is the question that all women want answered! The key to a strapless bra that won’t slip is fit. A strapless bra absolutely has to be properly fitted, or it’s just going to slide down all day long.

Start by getting yourself sized. Visit our sizing guidelines for more info.

When it comes to fit, we’ve got several pages dedicated to how a bra should fit. Check out “How a Bra Should Fit,” “An Expert’s Three-Point Fit Guide,” and “What a Well-Fitted Bra Should Feel Like.”

If you just want a quick rule of thumb, the center gore of the bra should lie flat against your chest between your breasts, the band should be snug on the loosest fitting (you shouldn’t be able to fit more than two fingers under the band) and the bra should stay in place when you lift your arms or bend over.

If it fits properly, it shouldn’t slip down!

I bought a strapless push-up bra and the cups fit perfectly but it’s already on the tightest hook. Should I exchange it for a smaller band size that will stretch out over time?

You’ve got it, girl! When you buy a new bra, it should fit properly on the loosest hook. This is because, as you said, the band will stretch over time. As the bra wears, you can hook it on the next tightest hook, and then the tightest, prolonging the life of your bra.

If your cups fit perfectly, try going down a band size and up a cup size. This is called “sister sizing.” As the band gets progressively smaller, the cups get progressively larger. So if your current bra is a 36E, you’d want to go with a 34F (or the equivalent) in the same designer. Keep in mind that sizing may change from designer to designer, so just because you’re a 34F in one designer doesn’t mean it’ll be the same with another brand!

Or should I get tape or something?

A good strapless bra design will have silicone, a type of rubber or another “grippy” substance around the inside of the band to keep it from sliding down. Fashion tape won’t do anything that this stuff can’t do. If your bra is slipping down so badly that you’re considering tape to hold it up, you need a new strapless bra! (This is particularly true if you’ve got a large bust – tape just can’t deal with the weight and the shifting that breasts do when you move around.)

What about the rest of you ladies – do you have any other strapless bra questions? Bring them on!

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