Convertible bras, also known as multiway bras, are great inventions in my opinion. The idea that you can take off the shoulder straps and re-attach them in different ways, is just brilliant, as it allows you to use one bra with lots of different garments during the course of one day. This can really cut down on the wardrobe you need to fit in a garment bag or suitcase.
But unfortunately, you can’t take for granted that any multiway bra will work completely as intended. In one type of situation especially, it may actually betray you completely. This can happen when you wear the bra in its strapless mode, something which most convertible bras allow. Of course, you should always check before you buy, that it will actually support your bust enough that you feel it is usable. Make sure to do this in the store, and ask for tips on how to make it work best – before you buy. But there is one thing, which a lot of women (including myself) have forgotten to check, before putting the cash on the counter: Does it support you in the long run? What am I talking about, you say? Well, I had this experience once:
This was with a gorgeous black multiway bra I bought once. Everything seemed great at the store, it fit perfectly, did what it was supposed to do, so I plunked down the greens and brought it home. A few days later, I wore it for the first time – for 10 hours at a trade show I was attending. For some reason, I had deemed it fitting to wear a strapless dress, while I was doing presentations and talking to potential clients on our stand, so I had happily taken the straps off the bra, and left them at home. To my dismay, the fabric sort of went soft after a while – the back straps, which were supposed to to the heavy lifting (pun intended) started to give! Seen from the outside, it was no disaster, but I felt horrible for the rest of the show! This great bra had turned in to a not-very great bra, with very little support of my bust. For some reason, the fabric went soft, probably from being heated up during so many hours. It shouldn’t – but it did.
To cut this short: Ladies – don’t make this mistake! Wear the bra immediately after you take it home (and do so in a controlled environment – like your closet) so you can find out if it does what I have described. If yes, then take it back to the store. Don’t risk finding out in a critical setting – as I did.
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