Understanding Bra Strap Types: A Guide to Sports Bra Straps

Sports bras are an essential piece of workout gear for women, providing support and protection for our girls during physical activity. One important aspect of a sports bra that often goes overlooked is the strap design. In this blog post, we will break down the different types of bra strap designs to help you make an informed decision on your next sports bra purchase.

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Common Bra Strap Types

  1. Regular Straps: These straps are the most basic and are the typical design you would find on a regular bra. They run vertically up over the shoulder blade and up over the shoulders themselves. Also commonly known as H-back or straight back straps. Often preferred when wearing a tank top style. However, many women avoid this style when they have narrow shoulders, to avoid them slipping off when working out.

  2. Racerback Straps: These straps are designed with the straps meeting together and combining into one at the back. Resembling a "Y" or "T" shape. They are popular for sports bras as they reduce the amount of pressure on the shoulders and provide added support. They also look best with a matching top style too.

  3. Convertible Straps: These straps are designed to be worn in multiple ways, such as straight, crossed, or even removed altogether. This allows for added versatility and the ability to customise your level of support and fashion sense.

  4. Spaghetti Straps: These straps are thin and delicate, often made of a soft elastic material. They are are more style over substance and typically worn with lower-impact activities. These are not recommended for high-impact sports.

  5. Halter Straps: These straps are designed to be worn around the neck. They are commonly seen worn for sports bras designed for activities such as yoga or Pilates. However with the added pressure re-distributed to around the neck, instead of the back, they are least popular of all the styles.


When it comes to choosing a sports bra, it's important to consider not only the level of support and protection it provides, but also the strap design. By understanding the different types of bra strap designs, you can make an informed decision on which sports bra is the best fit for your needs, physical activity and style choices.

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