Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Review of The Rixie Clip

The Rixie Clip is "The world's first bra band tightener." There exist bra band extenders- why not a tightener? I will admit that I wasn't sure how this could work, but the Rixie Clip's design is pretty smart.




To put the Rixie Clip on your bra, you just open up the little clasp, slide it along the bra band making sure that the hooks are facing the right way, and clip it down. In my experience, it stays put very well, and is extremely comparable to altering the band, in terms of the fit it gives.

My only complaint is that after a while of wearing, the fabric part of the clip tends to slide to the side of the metal, and starts to bunch up. This is only a minor annoyance, however I'd love it if it was fixed in the future.



That being said, there are definite limits to how small you can make the band with the Rixie Clip. If you slide the clip too far, the band starts to wrinkle, and eventually you hit the strap. I wouldn't recommend the Rixie Clip for a bra that's more than 1 band size too big. So if you need a 26, don't think you can suddenly start buying all those cute styles that only start at 30 or 32. The Rixie Clip is great but it's not a miracle worker.


Relatedly, if you need a 26 band and have never tried a tighter band, make sure that the bra you're buying to use with the Rixie Clip is a good style for you in other ways. Having a smaller band doesn't mean that absolutely all bra problems will be magically fixed- you still want to choose the appropriate style, wire width, etc, for your particular breast shape and needs.

I do have to say that I'd still really prefer to be able to buy my bra size. It's not just the band that would be smaller in a properly designed 26 band. The proportions of a good bra should be different from one size to the next. But again, this is a great option until more manufacturers will listen.

Of course, making a 28 band into a 26 band isn't the only use for the Rixie Clip. I could see the Rixie Clip being really useful during weight loss, to extend the life of your bras. The Rixie Clip would also be handy to extend the lifespan of a favorite bra that maybe stretched out a bit too fast. Having a few around could reduce stress about ordering bras online, because if the band was just a hair too big it would be an easy fix with the Rixie Clip. I'm not certain, but I *think* the Rixie Clip could also be used as a bra extender, in a pinch. So I think that a few Rixie Clips would be great to have in anyone's bra wardrobe, especially because they're not at all expensive.



Currently, there's only a 2-hook version available in White, Beige, and Black. However, they're working hard to bring out new styles, including 3 and 4 hooks, and a differently spaced 2-hook version.

You can get your very own Rixie Clip via their Facebook page or eBay.

29 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks great! I'm a 28 and while they're available in more specialist shops (I'm in the UK and I'm so grateful for Bravissimo!) there's a MUCH bigger selection in 30 bands and they're often prettier.

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  2. GREAT find! Maybe I can salvage all of the victorias secret bra's (and matching underwear) I spent a fortune on before I knew any better!

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  3. It doesn't look like it helped at all. It felt tighter? The hook looks to be in the same spot at the tightest hook on the actual bra band....

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  4. I just received the one I ordered after reading this and it works great! Thanks. The one issue I have is the part it's replacing on the bra tends to stick out instead of staying under the other side like it does when it's shorter. Not sure if that makes sense, it's kind of hard to explain without a picture. It's totally not a big deal though. Definitely worth 10 dollars to save all most of my ill-fitting bras.

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    1. See if 1) folding that part under the Rixie Clip instead may help you. Or 2) try a small rubber band around the original end that doesnt stay under and the band. That may help you out!

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  5. Hi, I would like to know if anyone knows of a brand whose bra bands run small. I measure for 26DD and the closest size I can find in stores is 32B. I am thinking of buying online and settling for a 28D, but would like to know the best one to buy as I can only get one.

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    1. I think that the Masquerade line runs small in the band. I have a few and they are very tight. There are also individual bras which run tight in the band.

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    2. I think that the Masquerade line runs small in the band. I have a few and they all run small. There are also some individual bras which run tight. Good luck!

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    3. Hi FlorenzaRose, You may want to try Evollove. They are relatively new, Australian and made by parent company Elle MacPherson Intimates. They run from 30-40 approximately D-G cups. I say "approximately" because EMP are well known to often run small in the band.

      Evollove say their cups are sized with UK-system although they may fit more like a US-size system, for example: 30G may fit more like a 30F (UK) or if it runs small all around more like a 28F/28FF.

      Herroom.com is somewhat helpful using their "Universal Sizing System" when comparing cups above a D+. http://www.herroom.com/evollove.shtml

      Hope this helps! :)

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  6. I'm surprised you would need it with the Anise, tbh. I have one and even though I sized up in the band, it is crazy tight. I think it runs two band sizes small.

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  7. This sounds like a brilliant pocketbook addition to accompany in fitting rooms!

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    1. Thanks Brittany for the blog and thanks for the positive words of encouragement everyone.
      And to one writer, yes it does make your band tighter.lol
      And in the upcoming year we are looking to make them even better as well as add the 3&4 hook to our arsenal.

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  9. Hi, what a great product!
    My question is, does this product come in plastic? I have a few friends that have allergies with metal on their skin, even the back of a jean button turns out into a rash. Otherwise it's such a good idea and doesn't look uncomfortable.
    Thanks Jes

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    1. Right now we are trying to address that issue as well. We will come up with something in this upcoming year.

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  10. What a great idea, I'm just waiting for larger onces to come out with three & four hooks, and then I'll buy some for my bras.

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  11. Hey everyone! The Big Bra Bar is selling 26" band bras ranging from 26E to 26H. Unfortunetly excluding 26GG and 26DD. :(
    I just found out and was hoping it would help some of you.

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  13. This is such a cool product, thank you for sharing!

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  14. I hope you're doing okay Brittany! I'm waiting patiently for your next blog post. It's been a little while, n'est-ce pas?

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  15. Hmm looks good but does it work?

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  16. That is a very useful item! Great job!

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  17. thank you for sharing it with us... I wish I can hae one.

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  18. Can this be used on a bra with a lace band without damaging the band?

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  19. Fantastic idea! I spent some time butchering bras last week and would kill for one of these! Very comprehensive post thank you.

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  20. Tried one worked well so purchased another one of a different color. Attached easily to the bras
    Reduced strap length.

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  21. Where have you been all my life?

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