We all know that sometimes we buy a bra that does not quite fit our body type perfectly but still, it feels impossible to part with a bra so beautiful just because it is not perfect fit- or comfort-wise. Also, sometimes you love a bra to death and it gets a bit tired – but again we face the problem whether to ditch it or try to bring it back to life. When I was contacted on the behalf of the so called “Strap Saver”, I was instantly intrigued about this nifty little helper that would make some of my favourite bras work a little better.
In a nutshell, Strap Saver is a metallic little tool to make your bra straps tighter – the product was invented for the purpose of bringing life back to worn-out straps but to me, this seemed like a perfect option to test out with some of my bras that have quite long shoulder straps and kept falling off for this very reason. I also knew this “mommy’s little helper” would be perfect for Jo as she is very petite and almost all of her bras have too long straps for her tiny figure – which is why I went all greedy and asked a pair of Strap Savers for both of us. The Strap Saver team was happy to oblige and sent us both a pair – one in the one inch width and another one in the 1/2 inch width. Here’s our review on this convenient little product!
The Strap Saver package comes with a cute pink pouch for your Savers, a set of two Savers with your preferred width (you can choose from 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ – so plenty of options there!) and two small leaflets which include the instructions of how to use the product. As we both got different widths, we have tried to showcase the size of these different options in the pictures, to give you a good idea what size would be a good one for you personally.
As I am big-busted gal myself, my bra straps usually come with quite wide straps which is why chose the widest Strap Saver for myself. In the pictures below you can see the Saver attached to my Comexim “Irish Coffee” which has extremely stretchy and slippery straps – something that the strap saver will be of help with! Jo went for the 1/2″ Savers as most of her bradrobe consists of Gossard who are notorious for making narrow bra straps. Her Savers are pictured on the to-be-reviewed Gossard “Gypsy” (which will btw be introduced tomorrow!).
When we tried to Savers for the first time, it was a bit off a hassle with the instructions – keep in mind that we are not native English-speakers and sometimes require a bit clearer instructions to actually understand how something works. This is something that the Strap Saver team could perhaps take into consideration – some people might need a bit more detailed pictures to figure out how to use the product! After a little while of chewing our finger nails, Jo finally figured out how the product works and off we went with the trial-and-error. Here’s how the thing works in all its glory!
1. Pull your bra adjuster to the point from which you want to start shortening the strap. After this, pull the loop which the adjuster creates and try to figure out an ideal length for your strap. The more you pull the loop, the shorter the straps get eventually. Then, press the loop against the top part of the strap (the part near to the bra cup edge).
2. Slide the Strap Saver through the loop, UNDERNEATH the strap with the bigger half of the Strap Saver grasping the strap first. The narrower half of the Saver is left underneath the strap at this point.
3. Slide the the strap that’s coming through the bigger half of the Strap Saver through the smaller half and pull a tiny bit. And voilà – you are done! Not tricky at all in the end but feels a bit daunting at first 😉
I know some other bloggers have come up with their own instructions as well, but we really wanted to explain it in the most simple way so that all of our international ladies as well can get a proper idea. Not at all hard to do, but you may find this How-To or the video clips on the strap saver site quite useful.
While at 2COP we believe that a worn-out bra is no longer worth your unconditional love and you probably should get a new one if your straps have worn out, there are a LOT of occasions in which the Strap Saver seems like a fantastic choice. Have you ever had problems with spaghetti straps on your dresses or tank tops? Strap Saver is a great way to shorten those up too but for this purpose, you need to sets of strap savers if the item in question does not have adjusters of its own. There is a separate instruction leaflet for that as well and this way, you can use the Saver on items that were not “supposed to be” adjusted in the first place. The materials of the Strap saver are quite “rough” so not the prettiest but this probably helps the little thingys to stay in place and be actually functional. If the metal colourway is not your thing, there is also black and beige on offer. The first pair in your order costs $15 but each additional pair is only $10 extra – how cool is that!
If there is a way to make non-slippery Strap Savers without making them look too rough (see, we don’t know cause engineering is not our thang!), we would love to see more rounded corners and prettier colours with this product – it is so extremely practical that I wouldn’t mind having it in gold or rose gold colour options as well! And indeed, when it comes to practicality, the Strap Saver is truly something every girl should own to make your bradrobe much more functional!
If you want to give the Strap Saver a proper try, you can now get it at the Strap Saver online store and the international shipping is just $2 regardless of how many Savers you decide to purchase! Standard US shipping is completely free which makes it all more accessible to domestic customers.
NOW, if you want to try your luck you can take part in the Strap Saver raffle to win a $50 VISA gift card! The raffle ends on 7th of September which gives you roughly a week to take part. It is very simple! Click the link below and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget. The only compulsory task is to comment on this blog post with your worst strap malfunction story and you will gain an entry to the raffle! The other tasks are completely optional and will give you extra entries in the raffle. Good luck and do also let me know what you think of the product!