Fashion Fridays, or something like that | Soul Beautiful Strap Solution review

Fun fact of the day: if I’m on the fence about whether or not to accept a PR request and you tell me the brand’s Canadian, I will fold like a cheap suit. Seriously, it gets me every. time. The crazy Canadian in me kicks into high gear and starts shouting nonsense like “all Canadians are awesome people!” and “it is your civic duty!” and “maybe they will pay you with maple syrup!

Okay, so perhaps I was joking about one or three of those. But my point is-

What was my point, again?

Oh, right:

The product: Soul Beautiful Strap Solution

About the company: Canucks can find the Soul Beautiful line online, Walmart, and Mureale. A strange array of shops, if you ask me (Murale and Walmart, in the same list!?) but I’m not going to complain: the more easily accessible the better, if you ask me! Just keep an eye out for their signature turquoise packaging, which – in case you couldn’t guess – I totally adore.

About the product: The Strap Solutions come in a three-pack, so you can change the one you’re using based on what colour bra you happen to be wearing. Designed to change any bra into a racerback, they’re great for keeping your bra straps hidden (especially in the sleeveless summer), without having to buy a new bra altogether.

Now, I happen to think that all bras should come with this kind of hook on the straps, but these are definitely the next best thing!

The bottom line

Surprisingly, these plastic thingamabobs aren’t any more uncomfortable than your regular racerback bra. I thought I’d be able to feel them poking into my shoulder blades and just generally getting in my way, but even on my 5’2″ frame, they’re not too large or ungainly. As an added bonus, they’re easy to clean (just wipe down or rinse) and small enough to throw into your handbag as a just-in-case, which is always nice!

P.S. I forgot to include another item for scale, but these are about 6 x 4 cm large.

(For all you Americans, that’s 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, give or take :P)

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  • Oh I agree, these would be so useful! I hate having to buy a separate racerback bra :P
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    • Haha, I don't think I ever have, to be honest! Just "regular" ones that can be crossed over to turn into racerbacks.

  • I have something like this, although it's called the Strap Perfect (complete with the ~As Seen on TV!~ on the box). I also like it because it keeps my straps from falling down and has a bit of a push-up bra effect ;D Maybe it's just me, but my straps tend to twist around a lot when I put it on–then it's kind of a PITA to untwist it when I can't really see what I'm doing @____@

    • Nope, it's not just you! I've noticed it too, but I totally lack the dexterity needed to get this in to begin with – I need mirrors to get it in, and then they're already there, so I can use the reflections to untwist the straps, too :P

      • Not sure if you're already doing this, but I put the clip on on one strap, then put on my bra and reach behind my back to get the other strap onto the clip. It's much easier than trying to get the clip on both straps after your bra is already on :>
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        • Gah! No, that didn't occur to me at all >.< *headdesk* Thank you for the tip, hon! I'll be sure to give it a go the next time I use this.

  • Sara

    story time: in 8th grade i had two front-closed bras i loved to wear. one day i was in the computer lab with my best friend/crush and i reached my arms out straight in front of me to stretch. somehow, SOMEHOW, the front of the bra bent just right to become unhooked. i was mortified/this is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me, so i went out in the hall to fix it. then wouldn’t you know it, damn thing came unhooked again. by then, he was fascinated and i was just like WHATEVER.

    i have never taken a front-close bra seriously again.

    admittedly, i was much less endowed than i am now. but still.

  • Kate & Zena

    Front-closure bras are okay, but they're dead they minute you outwear the elastic (which means your OTHER bras will outlast your front closure because they have two more levels.) I don't mind the traditional closing ones unless I'm in pain (yes, EVERYTHING revolves around that four-letter word.)

    I've never used these kinds of devices. I don't think I would technically need those because I cheat–99% of my bras are convertibles. Ha ha ha! I need convertibility. I have one multi-way, but need another one. I also need a sports bra for exercise (yes, yes, go ahead and gasp. Maybe getting a sports bra will encourage me to exercise more.) My bra list grows…………….(I have a lot of lists going it seems.)

    • My shoulders have always given me trouble (even before the diagnosis), so I'm usually a clip-and-twist kinda gal – I do up my bra in the front around my waist, then twist it to the back, flip it right-side-up, and pull it upwards. Give it a try if you haven't; it's super easy! :)

      LOL, I'm practically too small for a sports bra. (No, seriously; a lot of companies don't even make them in a 34A!) Tiny Rae is tiny. :P

      • Kate & Zena

        Yea, well, I'll take a little pain to make sure my bras stay with me for years because those darn VS bras are expensive! The clip-and-twist wears out the elastic too and I've become a bit obsessed with keeping my bras in tip-top shape since I'VE been told I had to buy them now (thanks Mom and Dad. Now I get a TEENY TINY pension from you, I'm stuck with buying my own bras.) I'm not so obsessed that I hand wash them though (me? Handwash? With my wrists? I don't think so. They go into the wash with all my other "hand wash only" items and washed on the gentlest cycle and for the shortest time. Then they're all put to rights and air dried. I cheat for medical reasons here people! I would actually hand wash them if I had good wrists.)

        I know lots of companies here that make sports bras for an itsy bitsy girl like you; I'm not as teeny tiny as you (32B, now try finding a cheap bra in that size), but I've one super skinny frame which is a challenge so smalls can sometimes be too big! Champion, Maidenform, VS and Adidas I think all make sports bras in your size. I like to lump "bralettes" under sports bras too just because I only seem to wear them when I work out (which are Maidenform and VS.) Adidas and Champion tend to go XS, S, M, L. I'm hunting through the MBB posts to hunt for good ones (because if I'm getting one, I'm getting ONE and it's going to be a good one.)

  • WendyD

    The packaging is beautiful! My mom loves these types of things to keep her straps from slipping – She isn't very flexible however, so we always have to help her with it. :/

    Dollarama also sells these by another brand, only thye're shaped as perfect circles. I can see how the contoured shape of these ones might be more comfortable though. This post made me realize that I've misplaced them and should probably look for them…

    Jenna Marbles has a video on her vlog channel on how to make your books look fake using a safety pin for this purpose (these are A LOT safer than a safety pin though!) to push the breasts upwards (she also uses 2 bras, contour, highlight, bronzer, and socks – A very good watch!)

    • Yes! I love the muted turquoise colour scheme – very Tiffany blue.

      I'd be so frightened to use a safety pin rather than one of these, though I know it's something that's done frequently & without casualties :P I've always been such a chicken when it comes to pokey things!

  • Have to comment on this because I just finished writing up a post for Soul Beautiful. Now I don't feel so odd for having written it on a beauty blog! The strap solution is quite nifty and I wish I had been sent that instead of the Y Strap. Perhaps I should have been kinder to them (somehow missed the part about them being Canadian). Going back to the strap solution, perhaps it would be a little more appealing if they made it out of some kind of softer, more flexible material than hard plastic?
    My recent post Soul Beautiful: Tools to Make Your Clothes Fit Better

    • Hmm! Definitely worth considering – but I wonder if it would slip out of place more if it was softer?

      Idk; I have a bunch of other Soul Beautiful products, but these were the only ones I really felt like featuring. The rest have been photographed and are waiting (im)patiently in my "post soon" folder, but they just seemed kinda "blah" to me! :/

  • Oh, and I'm going through and reading all your recent posts. Beautiful blog. I really admire your dedication to it. :)
    My recent post Soul Beautiful: Tools to Make Your Clothes Fit Better

    • Thank you, Liz! theNotice is the cat to my crazy lady, so I'm really glad that you're enjoying it <3