Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”. Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.
Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip! (Think Hints from Heloise!!)
I was given these strap savers free of charge but was not paid to write this review. Thus all opinions are mine and mine alone!
If you’re like me at all, you love to save money! And we certainly realize that elastic wears out and gets saggy especially the elastic on bras. So I found a product that may be helpful to many of you out there! They are called strap savers and are made to extend the life of your bra straps and even bathing suit straps. By using this “adjuster” you can shorten a strap that either has reached the end of it’s adjustableness or doesn’t have the capability to be adjusted!
I was sent a bag of these to try out and then tell you all about them! I had a bra in mind on which I wanted to try them out. This bra has been around a couple years and I love it. It still fits well in the band (although it’s getting to the point where I can fasten it on the last clasps, so it’s in it’s senior years). But the adjustablity of the straps was at the end of its functionality since it was reaching the limited point where it could be adjusted. So I requested the width of strap savers that would fit this bra.
When I first opened the bag, I was disappointed. I thought they looked like something I could buy at Joann Fabrics. But I looked online, and couldn’t find anything like it (of course not, who makes their own bras nowadays?). So I read the directions and placed a strap saver on each strap. Now let me rewind. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. I do know how to read directions and yet, it took me a couple of times to figure it out. My advice if you purchase these is to watch the videos on their website: thestrapsaver.com. Maybe it wasn’t the directions that were lacking…it could certainly be operator error, but trust me—the video is much easier to understand than the written directions!
End Result: They actually do work. As the example in the picture below shows, they shortened the elastic part of the strap from 4 inches to 3 inches! They did not rub or make the bra any more uncomfortable! After washing my bra ( I do put it in the washer, but air dry it) with the strap savers on it, they remained on the strap, but I had to reattach one area—no big deal! (I was hoping I wouldn’t have to take them off & put them back on at each washing).
Now as a supporter of making sure you wear a correct fitting bra (see previous post here), I will say, these shouldn’t compensate for a bad bra. What I mean is that the straps should be only 10-20% of the workforce of your bra. If the band is not doing it’s job, then the straps (no matter what length) are not going to make a difference! Remember the band of your bra should be straight across your back (not riding up).
Nevertheless, these adjusters can also be tremendously helpful for tank tops, dresses and/or bathing suits that have an inch wide strap or less and need some shortening!
Truly, my advice for almost anything….if the product is inexpensive (and these are $15 for the first pair, $10 for additional pairs)…try it and see if you like it in order to help out your situation. You’ll never know otherwise! And hey, the company is giving away $50 below in a giveaway AND $25 to the Strap Saver—that’s never a bad thing!
Have a wonderful day and tune in tomorrow for the styling series on Red Sandals!