BRA FITTING ISSUES & TIPS
Have you ever bought a new bra and then found it didn't fit well? You are not alone!
In fact, women all over the world have experienced the side effects of ill-fitting bras. These problems could be the underwire digging deep into their ribs, or loose straps that don't sit well. But that all ends here.
In this guide, we explore 7 bra fit problems and how to fix them so you can choose your style that provides all-day support, comfort and confidence freedomly.
1. Slipping Bra Straps
Constantly having to pull up slippery bra straps can be frustrating, but our tips can make it easier to identify and resolve your bra strap woes.
• Tighten the straps. We recommend tightening your bra straps every other month to ensure the best fit.
• Explore a different bra style. Full coverage and T-shirt style bras have the narrowest set straps which can help to keep them on your shoulders.
• Different straps. Give bralette straps a try, these are helpful for those with narrow shoulders.
2. Straps Digging In
Bra straps that dig into the skin can be both uncomfortable and leave indentation marks, try the following tips to help prevent too-snug straps.
• Tighten bands. Start by tightening your band by a hook or two to see if it takes the weight off your shoulders.
• Try a smaller band size. Straps that dig in may be a sign that your straps are doing a lot of supporting when the band should actually be doing the heavy lifting. By going down a band size, you can ensure it will do its job and won’t force the straps to pick up the slack.
Note that wearing a smaller size band might mean you have to opt for a larger cup size as well. For example: If you’re normally a 36C, your new size would be 34D.
3. Gaping Cups
Gaping cups are a fairly common issue for busts that are fuller at the bottom and have less volume at the top. Asymmetric, slender, and teardrop breast shapes usually deal with this issue more often since the majority of the volume and its weight is at the bottom of the cup, leaving extra room at the top.
• Tighten straps. Try tightening the straps to lift and hold the cups in place.
• Go down in cup size. Try going down a cup size, for example: if you’re usually a 34B, try a 34A instead.
• Explore different bra styles. By trying a plunge bra or push-up bra, as the cups are angled, you’ll minimize the chance of gaping.
4. Cup Overflow
Overflowing cups is an issue many struggle with when having breasts that are as full on the top as they are at the bottom. Here are some easy tips to follow to avoid this problem.
• Loosen band. Start by loosening your band and see if that feels better and resolves the overflowing cups issue.
• Small cup size. Try going up in cup size, a cup size that is too small is one of the main reasons most experience cup overflow. For example: if you’re a 34D, try a 34E instead.
• New measurements. If neither of the above did the trick, get re-measured to find a more comfortable size and fit.
5. Bra Wires That Dig In
When an underwire bra fits correctly it’s comfortable and supportive, but if your bra wires dig in, poke your skin or rides up on the breasts, it’s an indication that you’re wearing the wrong size bra. The underwire should be right under your breasts and extend to the side of your body.
• Small cup size. If the bra wires keep riding up on your breasts, it means your bra might be too small in the cups. If the cup size is too small, it’s impossible for the underwire to lie flat against your chest and it will keep riding up on your actual breasts.
• Wrong band size. It can also be that the band size it too big, which will have your bra wires moving around instead of staying in their place. Try a smaller band size instead. Remember, when buying a smaller band size, you probably need to go up one in cup size. For example: if you’re a 36C, your new size would be 34D.
6. Side Spillage
Breasts that are fuller on the sides have a higher chance of side spillage, resulting in excess breast tissue being exposed under the arm. A bra that fits correctly should encircle and contain your breasts. If the bra fits properly, there should be enough coverage under your arms so that any excess doesn't spill out the side.
• Small cup size. The main reason for side spillage is a too small cup size. Try going up a cup size to ensure the cups cover your breast tissues adequately and are comfortable and secure.
• Different band size. If your bra bands are too tight they can cause stretching, which will pull the cups apart, creating bra spillage and even uncomfortable cutting. Try going up in band size to minimize the risk of side spillage.
• Explore a different bra style. You can also try a bra with a wider band and a higher cut on the side, because not every bra model works for every breast shape. It’s essential to understand your breast shape to find your ideal bra.