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what is a convertible bra

Thinking about treating yourself to a gorgeous new piece of lingerie? Not sure what type of bra to choose? Well, then you’ve come to the right place. While you may not have thought it before now, a chic convertible bra may be just the thing for you. Here’s why it really is a lingerie essential for us all.

Convertible bras are a wardrobe staple

News flash: Every single woman out there needs to have a convertible bra!

The versatility and convenience of these types of bras means that they are something of a wardrobe staple. Just as you’d always make sure that you have a couple of decent t-shirt bras or push-up numbers, you should equally be certain to invest in one of these.

What’s more, if you’ve yet to get one for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised by all the things you can do with it. You may even wonder how you ever managed to get on without it before now!

They work with a variety of necklines

Here’s the thing: convertible bras can be adjusted to a range of different styles. That means that, depending on the outfit you’re planning to wear, you can create the perfect bra in seconds. It really is the most functional bra out there for this very reason! Nothing could be easier than making a quick change to your underwear to suit a certain dress or neckline. Here are some of the ways in which you can wear a convertible bra:

Regular straps

Of course, if you’re wearing it as an everyday piece of underwear, you may find that you just want the regular setup. That means that you have the two straps attached at both sides and arching sleekly over the shoulders. You might find that this offers the a seriously good level of support too, which is a major plus.


During the summertime, halter tops always seem to roll back into fashion. Is it the 90s all over again? Having your bra straps showing when you wear these cool little numbers is… Well, less than appealing. Luckily, with a convertible bra, you can switch the straps around so that they are tucked neatly out of the way. Easy!


Equally, if you happen to have a dress or top with an awkward criss-cross style neckline, you may struggle when it comes to finding the right underwear to match it. In just one quick move, you can create a bra strap that suits your outfit.


The whole ‘off the shoulder’ look was huge this summer and we can 100% see it coming back when 2018 comes around. Should you want to wear a one-shoulder top, things could not be simpler. Just unattach one of the bra straps and away you go.

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You can even ditch the straps completely

Of course, some more daring outfits are completely off-the-shoulder. These are often the ones that look the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but also present the most problems in terms of underwear. You might think that you need to invest in a new strapless bra when you get a dress that is off-the-shoulder. Luckily, you don’t. You can unattach both of the straps and wear a convertible bra as a strapless one. What’s more, the thick band means that you still get the lift that you need in the bust area.

Convertible bras are perfect for traveling

The fact that you can wear a bra like this one in so many different ways means that it is the ideal travel companion piece. If you’re short on luggage space *gasp*, you don’t have to worry about taking a whole array of different bras away with you. Instead, you can just pack the convertible bra (along with maybe a t-shirt bra too!) and wear it with most every outfit. Plus, there’s an added bonus here! Taking just a couple of bras rather than many means that you will have extra space and can take even more outfits.

They’re a versatile and comfortable style

There’s no great shame in it. Comfort may be your top priority on a day-to-day basis. (I know, it’s mine!) Figuring out what strap setup works for you means that you are literally in control of how cozy and comfortable you feel in your bra. When you invest in a really good quality convertible bra, you can try out a whole range of strap styles in one neat little package. Spending a little time experimenting with all the options means that you are sure to find the best option for you.

Convertible bras offer just as much support as your favorite t-shirt bra

Contrary to popular belief, the support you get from your bra doesn’t just come from the straps. In fact, the thick band that runs along the bottom of your bra along with the sturdy underwire does a whole load of the work. So, when you choose to take the straps off your convertible bra, you needn’t worry about how much support you have. It will all still be there. So long as you’ve chosen a quality piece and invested in one that will stand the test of time, you should have no problem whatsoever.

Related: 8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying A New Bra

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitterhelp.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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