I Have a Plus-Size Bust. So Can I Wear A Racerback Bra?

A racerback bra is sometimes thought of as not good for larger busts, but that’s simply not true! A racerback has so many benefits for women with heavy breasts. From straps that won’t slip to extra support, a racerback may just be the bra solution you’ve been looking for.

What’s the difference between a racerback bra and other types?

A racerback bra is one where the straps come together in the back forming a T or Y shape. Sports bras and front-close bras are often racerbacks. 

Other bras normally form a U shape in the back and the straps are set a bit farther apart. Are racerback bras a good option for women with a larger bust? Will they give enough support? Are they comfortable? The answer to each of those questions is yes! Let’s take a closer look at the all too often underappreciated racerback.

I Have a Plus-Size Bust. So Can I Wear A Racerback Bra?

Does a racerback provide support?

A racerback gives great support! How? The secret is in the strap design. Since they are closer to the neck and meet in the middle of the back, the angle helps to distribute the weight of the breasts more evenly. 

This gives extra lift, support, and helps to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Many sports bras have a racerback design because of the high level of support that it gives. In addition to great support, racerback styles are also great for helping with posture!

Say goodbye to straps that slip!

Another key benefit of a racerback bra is straps that stay in place. Having the straps closer to the neck prevents them from slipping down, especially for women with narrow or sloping shoulders. 

When choosing a racerback bra, look for one with wide or cushioned straps. This will help to ensure that the straps don’t dig in. 

Are there certain tops that you should wear a racerback with?

You can wear a racerback with almost any style shirt, but they really come in handy when you’re wearing a sleeveless shirt or a tank top. With the straps placed closer together, you won’t have to worry about them being exposed. With that said, boatneck style shirts may not be a great choice as the neck is cut wider and the straps will show. 

Do all racerback bras have a front closure?

Racerback bras either have a front closure or are designed to be pulled over the head like a t-shirt. Many compression style basic sports bras are this type. 

A front-close, racerback bra is great for women who have trouble with a hook-and-eye back closure. 

I’ve tried a racerback before and the straps hurt my neck. Why?

The answer to this question likely has nothing to do with the bra straps. The most likely culprit in this scenario is the band. If your band is too big, then it’s not doing its job, which is support. 

This places all of the weight of your breasts on the straps, causing them to dig in and hurt. If this is happening you will probably notice the back of your bra riding up. 

The best thing to do is to re-measure yourself and make sure that you’re wearing the correct band size. It should be snug but not horribly tight. If you need a refresher on how to measure your bra size, check out our post about how to measure yourself. Also if your bra is a bit older and has stretched out, it’s time for a new one. 

A couple of our favorite racerback styles:

The Glamorise T-Back Front Close Underwire bra is as pretty as it is supportive. A low front closure makes it great for low-cut tops and the WonderWire® design ensures that you won’t be poked or pinched by the underwire. The t-back straps are adjustable and the lace detailing on the cups gives a feminine touch. 

While it’s not a true racerback, The Glamorise Front Close Posture Back Bra is a great choice if you’re looking for a bra to wear every day that will ease back pain. Especially if you find yourself hunched over at a desk all day, having a bra that holds you up and in without putting pressure on your neck and shoulders is crucial. 

The straps are placed closer together for more even weight distribution, like a racerback. It has an adjustable front hook-and-eye closure and wide, padded straps for comfort. 

A racerback is one of those styles that every woman should have in her lingerie drawer. Whether you want to keep your straps hidden or reduce neck and back pain, a racerback can do so much! If you’ve never worn one before we encourage you to give it a try. You may just find the bra solution that you’ve been looking for.