Hey there Ladies!
I feel so bad about not having written anything for a whole week. It’s been really hectic, working on my thesis and all. But I am back today… I woke up a bit sick so I had to stay home; at least I am getting back on track with my posts.
This week I asked a question on my Facebook Page:
Writing a post about plastic bra straps… what’s your opinion on them? love or hate?
To my surprise, the responses were mostly negative (which I was happy about by the way)! Some of you told me they look tacky, turn yellow or that they are plain ugly. Some expressed pure hatred to these ‘invisible’ straps. I will now tell you my opinion, but first, I am going to be cheeky and include a definition:
I think the definition says it all. If I can see it, then it is not invisible (read the definition again). In the case of bra straps, I would rather go for visible straps than try to hide something which still shows… That’s just my opinion. Just like failing to hide a spot on your forehead even though you caked up lots of concealer looks bad, so does trying to go for invisible straps when they do not really exist. It’s simple: if you want invisible, go strapless. I will now list 5 things… Things some of you ladies mentioned, thing which me and you both hate about these straps.
The plastic material is most of the time shiny and therefore more conspicuous. It’s like trying to fix something with transparent tape. It still shows, transparent does not mean invisible. The shiny plastic looks tacky and makes ladies who wear these straps look less classy than they really are. Do you think these are invisible? Would you ever wear these with a tube top?
The matte ones are a little bit more acceptable though, don’t you think?
The plastic is not really elastic like the other bra straps. Obviously, plastic straps can stretch, but more often than not, they also stretch out and are then longer than their original length. This makes the straps almost disposable and annoying, as by the end of the night, the weight of your bust could have made the straps a cm longer than you need them to be. It’s kinda like Stretch and Seal, but the plastic is stronger. ‘Invisible’ Straps stretch to a limit before they get ruined, kind of like this:
The Colour / Discolouration
I haven’t ever had problems with this myself. I have never used plastic straps long enough for them to discolour, not even in my teen years. Commonly, these straps turn yellow over time because of body odour and sweat. Yes, perspiration changes the colour of both white t-shirts and ‘invisible’ straps. Nice – not so very hygienic either then. Unfortunately this sometimes happens to all bra straps, not just plastic ones. But at least, if they are the conventional straps, a spin in the machine will ensure us that they are clean, even if they are discoloured. One more thing, plastic straps seems to pick up dead skin cells and dry skin from your shoulder area, which makes them look a little bit disgusting.
The point of all this is: If I wanted yellow bra straps, I would have gotten yellow bra straps.
I also like my straps to be clean.
If they are not comfortable, they are not for me. The first thing I look for in a bra is comfort. Whether it is a sexy bra or an everyday t-shirt bra, I need my bra to be as comfortable as possible. This can only be possible if your bra is in the right size, but more about that in another post.
From what I hear, these straps tend to slip of your shoulders and there is nothing more annoying than having to stay putting your straps back in place every 2 minutes. They are also a bit harder to adjust than normal straps and to make sure that they don’t slip off, you have to make them shorter, which might make the back of your bra go up.
There is no nicer way to put it – I refuse to sugarcoat it: They are not sexy!
Actually, most people will tell you that they are tacky and that they can look trashy. So, no.
They are not invisible, not sexy, not hygienic, they slip off your shoulders – and the best thing is: You have other options and alternatives. (Checkout the links in the captions if you want to get the bras in the pictures: All from ASOS – Some are on sale too)
The Strapless Bra
The Multi-Way Bra
Can be worn with or without straps, crossed straps, one strap for one shoulder dresses, or a halter strap.
The Tube Microfiber Bra
Match them to the clothes you are wearing and no one will notice the straps!
No one cares with a bra as beautiful as this one!
Be on the lookout as I will be writing more posts about bras, choosing the right one, getting properly fitted and so on.
All in all, I feel there are more negative things than pluses to these straps. I refuse to use them at all costs, what about you? Some people like wearing them under sleeveless dresses or sleeveless tops, which I think is ok, but I would just go for a normal bra. I’d wear a multi-way when I need it and a strapless with strapless dresses or spaghetti strap tops. There – problem solved!
What’s your take on these straps? Love/Hate? And why?
I’d love to know.