Every lingerie drawer should have at least one racerback bra in it! They’re one of my favourite styles - versatile and majorly comfortable whilst offering massive support and great lift. But what is a racerback bra?

A racerback bra is essentially a bra that has a fixed point at the rear where the shoulder straps join (sports bras generally are a good example of this). Racerback bras may also have other features, such as a J-clip or detachable straps that can be worn crossed at the back.

They’re especially great for women with narrow or sloped shoulders, as the racerback design holds the straps in place to help prevent slipping. They’re also well suited to women who often wear tank tops or tops with the racerback style backs and don’t want their bra straps to be seen.

racerback bra curvy kate smoothie soul j-hook clip
Curvy Kate's Smoothie Soul plunge bra features a j-hook clip on the straps so you can create a racerback shape.

Bras featuring a J-clip option on the straps provide the best of both worlds! You can leave the straps as normal for day to day wear, but when you want that bit of added support and lift you can just hook the straps together and be on your way.


You can get the same effect from multi-way bras which feature convertible straps – whether they’re only detachable at the back to be crossed-over, or entirely strapless. Again these styles offer added support from the reinforcement across the back, which brings your boobs up and in to enhance your cleavage.

multiway bra with cross backA multi-way bra like Curvy Kate SuperPlunge features detachable straps which can be worn cross-back to give a racerback effect.

A racerback sports bra makes the perfect choice for any intensity work out, thanks to the added support. The added firmness across the back makes sure your girls stay in place whether you’re doing yoga, running, or aerobics.

shock absorber racerback sports braThe Shock Absorber Multi Sports Support bra uses a double hook-and-eye fastening to create a racerback effect.

panache sports bra grey
The Panache Sports Bra has regular straps with a J-Hook clip for optional racerback conversion.

If you want a quick solution without having to buy a new bra, or want to convert your current bras into a racerback, you can always try a bra accessory that clips the bra straps together. These can be used on any bra with fixed straps, and can be worn at the front or back depending on the look you need.

braza bra magic clip
Braza Bra's Magic Clip works by clipping your bra straps together at the back.

So there we go! That's the lowdown on racerback bras for you. Are there any other styles you want to know more about? Let us know the comments below, or drop us a message on our social channels.


LJ x

Shop Our Instagram