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Style For Style: Halt-er Your Bra

I've never had major problems finding the right bra for a particular top, but I have a bigger-busted friend for whom finding the right bra is a constant battle. Over the weekend, she and I got ready together before heading out for a night on the town, and that is when I witnessed her struggle. She wore a halter top, much like this Theory Kensy Halter Top ($180). Having fairly large breasts, she stays away from strapless bras because they give her that unflattering line across her chest. She wanted to wear her regular bra but didn't want the straps to show because of the halter cut.


To see what my friend and I did to solve the bra strap problem,

Sturdy sewing thread, like this Madeira 18-Spool Sewing Thread Set ($29), is the answer to bra straps with halter tops. However, if you can wear a strapless bra with your halter top that is your best option. But if you get those funky lines that cut across your breasts, the following may work for you. Disclaimer: Make sure your halter top isn't one with spaghetti straps or a V-front. In order for this to work, it must be a mock neck or high-neck halter.

  • Wear your bra and not your halter top. It's preferable if your bra and halter color match just in case it peeps out.
  • Have a long piece of sturdy sewing thread (about 12 inches) nearby.
  • Take your left bra strap in your left hand, and your right bra strap in your right hand, and pull them both in front of you until they touch across the middle of your chest.
  • You may need the assistance of another person at this point. Grab the thread and tie it around your two bra straps, which are still in front of you. Go around as many times with the string until you feel your bra straps are secure across your chest. Cut the remaining thread so you have a clean knot.
  • Wear your halter top and you'll notice your bra straps are now hidden underneath the top because they are in the front middle of your chest!
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ellie4677 ellie4677 7 years
Tough on your bra? It's just a normal hook like the one on your bra. And I thought it wouldn't be comfortable, but they are smooth Czech beads. It feels just like a normal strap, minus the embarrassment of a dirty strap showing or whatever. It works for me!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
sounds painful, and tough on your bra...
ellie4677 ellie4677 7 years
Didn't want the strap to show? It can be kind of cute with the right strap. I get these decorative straps at strappity.com. I think they are one of the better ones on the market. Their strong, adjustable, beaded... They're cool. They could dress up that halter!
Vivi-aviv Vivi-aviv 7 years
Whoa, Caramel, don't know to whom you responded, but just to clarify, the straps are rated to hold that much weight. In reality I doubt there is a woman out there with breasts that weight that much. Just think of a bag of sugar.... In your case, maybe think of the gym weights. btw, Looking at your pic, I should start making "bro straps" instead of bra straps.... Just kidding. Don't get excited.
Vivi-aviv Vivi-aviv 7 years
Whoa, Caramel, don't know to whom you responded, but just to clarify, the straps are rated to hold that much weight. In reality I doubt there is a woman out there with breasts that weight that much. Just think of a bag of sugar.... In your case, maybe think of the gym weights.btw, Looking at your pic, I should start making "bro straps" instead of bra straps.... Just kidding. Don't get excited.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 7 years
Awwww, your poor big breasted friend - I almost feel sorry for her.
Vivi-aviv Vivi-aviv 7 years
I make bra straps that work with strapless bras specifically for larger women. The bra straps are made with gemstones and semi precious stones. The straps are rated to hold 40 lbs on each side and are just gorgeous. If you are interested in pictures or more information, contact me at vivi@mybrastrap.com The top in the picture would look great with either red gemstones or other color which would match the bottom.
Vivi-aviv Vivi-aviv 7 years
I make bra straps that work with strapless bras specifically for larger women. The bra straps are made with gemstones and semi precious stones. The straps are rated to hold 40 lbs on each side and are just gorgeous. If you are interested in pictures or more information, contact me at vivi@mybrastrap.comThe top in the picture would look great with either red gemstones or other color which would match the bottom.
sfprgirl sfprgirl 7 years
A DD myself, I've come to a solution that seems to work for me. I take my strapless bra and just one of the straps and tighten it so that it is the smallest it can go. Then I hook the strap across the front of my chest, into both front loops. That way, it pulls the cups together, provides the support I'm looking for and stays put. I normally loosed the strap a little bit once my contraption is in place, so that it's not uncomfortable. Works well with halter, strapless and spaghetti tops/dresses - but nothing super super low as the strap will show. Hope this helps some of you!
sfprgirl sfprgirl 7 years
A DD myself, I've come to a solution that seems to work for me. I take my strapless bra and just one of the straps and tighten it so that it is the smallest it can go. Then I hook the strap across the front of my chest, into both front loops. That way, it pulls the cups together, provides the support I'm looking for and stays put. I normally loosed the strap a little bit once my contraption is in place, so that it's not uncomfortable. Works well with halter, strapless and spaghetti tops/dresses - but nothing super super low as the strap will show.Hope this helps some of you!
ambie_white ambie_white 7 years
hmm clever, very clever! as a DD i try to stay away from halter tops but after reading this i might just try! thanks.
Fashion Fashion 7 years
GreenSkittlesGal: When you pull your bra straps in front of you, the back straps automatically goes in as well and take cover under your halter top. I hope that helps! xo.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 7 years
What about the back? I guess I'm confused?
absolutely-fab absolutely-fab 7 years
I'm busty too but I do the same thing using hair barrettes (clips). Its quick and simple. And they work great!
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I'm large chested too. I just ended up buying a convertible bra that can turn into a halter bra. I thought they wouldn't make them in my size, but after surfing through the internet for awhile I found what I wanted.
brainstewerz brainstewerz 7 years
there are convertible bras that let you wear the straps regular, racerback and halter.
phain phain 7 years
seems like a lot of effort when a halter style bra would be much simpler. if the straps peek out then take some of that thicker thread and baste-stitch the bra strap (with help from a friend) to the inside of the halter strap at the neck. then when you're done for the night, snip the threads and you're done.
emalove emalove 7 years
I don't have this problem at all, but it sounds like a pretty good tip.
mswender mswender 7 years
As a DDD, I generally stay away from halters like the one pictured because that style makes my breasts bigger than they actually are (which I don't need) and also makes them look like they are angling out to the sides which is not attractive. I have found a strapless bra that works, Wacoal's strapless that has a little padding/lining. it doesn't add size, but keeps them up there very well. I have also had luck with Goddess strapless bras. But the Wacoal I really like and will be wearing to a wedding on Saturday! I think your friend should try this bra or really look more for a good strapless. It is such a valuable item to have. Don't be afraid of specialty bra stores and the women who work there. They have a lot of answers!
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 7 years
I'm also a bigger-chested lady and appreciate the problem. You know, they also make convertible bras that would achieve the same effect - you can cross-over the straps in the front or in the back (or both if your neck is covered well), or go strapless or whatever...
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
There are these plastic sort of hooks that you can attach at the back of your bra (similar to what you did), turning your regular bras into racerbacks. They're made specifically for that purpose. :)
firstbornunicorn firstbornunicorn 7 years
but won't the straps show in the back? i thought halter pretty much equals an open back style. honestly, i have been known to use athletic tape on the D's...it's like the adhesive bras you pay for in the stores, but you can apply it piece by piece and tailor the size/placing to where the top shows. of course, this won't work for tight styles where it will look like you have crumpled newspaper balls in your bra :)
firstbornunicorn firstbornunicorn 7 years
but won't the straps show in the back? i thought halter pretty much equals an open back style.honestly, i have been known to use athletic tape on the D's...it's like the adhesive bras you pay for in the stores, but you can apply it piece by piece and tailor the size/placing to where the top shows.of course, this won't work for tight styles where it will look like you have crumpled newspaper balls in your bra :)
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