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Strap In!

Strap In!

When it comes to sports bras, a goal we should have is comfortable straps. Straps carry a lot of weight-literally- for the overall fit and support of a sports bra, particularly if you are a full bust woman. 

The single most important role of sports bra straps is to make sure you feel secure in your sports bra. In order to fulfill this role, straps do so with the following characteristics:

  • They keep the sports bra in place during physical activities. 
  • When properly fitted, they provide added support to your sports bra.
    • Ill fitted straps can be a problem. If the straps are too big, they will slide off your shoulders. They will dig into your shoulders if they are too tight. 

There are several options to choose from when it comes to straps. There are non-adjustable and adjustable straps, with various feature combinations for each, ranging from thin straps vs. wide straps, crisscross vs. straight straps, and cute vs. functional. 

Which strap combination reigns supreme for your workout needs? Let's find out!

Thin Straps             

Thin straps are popular for their sleek design which make them a fashion favorite. They offer a delicate aesthetic, perfect for those who prefer a more understated look during their workouts.   

Fans of thin straps argue that they offer greater freedom of movement, allowing shoulders to move more freely without feeling restricted. This can be particularly advantageous during activities that require extensive arm movement, such as yoga or Pilates. Additionally, thin straps are often favored by individuals with smaller busts, as they provide adequate support without feeling bulky or restrictive.

Wide Straps

Wide straps offer support and stability. These straps distribute weight more evenly across the shoulders, reducing the risk of discomfort or strain, especially during high-impact activities like running or aerobics.  

Fans of wide straps argue that they offer superior support, particularly for those with larger busts. Wide straps also have the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of straps digging into the shoulders, a common issue caused by the pressure of narrow straps digging into the skin.

Non-Adjustable Straps

Non-adjustable straps are great for those who love simplicity and a streamlined look. The straps are designed to stay in place and are ideal when the bra is made exactly for your body type. 

These are typically pullovers; however, you can find a few front or back closure bras with non-adjustable straps.  

Keep these two questions in mind while making your decision about non-adjustable straps:

  1. Are you anticipating gaining or losing weight? If so, non-adjustable is not for you. You want straps that will adjust to your needs as you gain or lose weight. 
  2. How well does standard sizing work for you? If standard sizing works great for you, SUPER! You will likely find your fit with non-adjustable straps.

Adjustable Straps

Now, let's switch gears to the adjustable straps. Versatility is the name of the game here. These bras come with customizable straps, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your unique body shape.

These straps can be customized using hook and eyes, Velcro, or sliders like your regular bras. 

Hook and eyes can stay in place so you have your own customized strap where it needs to be when you need it. 

When kept in place, Velcro will last just as long as hook and eye. With a lot of adjustment, the life of the Velcro will decrease. 

Need more support? Tighten those straps! Want a bit more freedom of movement? Loosen them up! The adjustable strap is all about giving you control over your comfort.

Keep these two questions in mind while making your decision about adjustable straps: 

  1. Are you anticipating changes with your body due to gaining or losing weight? As menstruators, something to keep in mind is that your breasts will change during that time of the month. If you are looking for some relief from your sports bra during that time, adjustable straps will be a better option for you. 
  2. Could your breasts benefit from the support that comes when they are lifted? If so, adjustable straps are your friend!

Which straps are for you?

Which combination of straps is right for you? It ultimately depends on your preferences and workout routine. Non-adjustable sports bras are straightforward and easy to use, while adjustable ones offer that personalized fit.

Whether you're Team Non-Adjustable with wide straps or Team Adjustable with thin straps (or a different combination),  the key is to find what makes you feel confident and supported during your workouts.

Let us know in the comments below which team you are on.


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