Bra Fit Issues and Solutions

Bra Fit Issues and Solutions

Finding the perfect bra can be a daunting task as there are a multitude of bra fit problems that can deter you. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place! Half the reason we get out of bed in the morning is to troubleshoot fit issues.

Our guide below covers the six most common bra fit issues and solutions. If you would like some more help, take our Fitting Room Quiz to find your perfect size and fit in just a few minutes!

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Slipping Bra Straps

Tighten the straps. Seems obvious, but as we wear a bra, the straps start to stretch out. We recommend tightening your straps every other month.

If that doesn’t work, it might be time to explore a different bra style. Usually Full Coverage and T-Shirt style bras have the narrowest set straps which help to keep them on your shoulders. Balconette and Plunge bras tend to have wider set straps, so if you have narrow or sloping shoulders, the strap issue can be exaggerated with these styles.

Illustration showing woman with her bra wire sitting on her breast.

Wire Sits on Breasts

It’s time to buy a smaller band size so that you have a snug fit. Remember, when you get a smaller band size, you need to go one size bigger in the cup. Example: if you’re a 36C, your tighter band would be 34D . For more info, review the bra size chart.

You’ll know you’re in the right band size when you can slip two fingers underneath the back of the band. The band should be snug on the loosest hook, so when your bra stretches out you can continue to tighten it.

Illustration showing woman with bra straps digging in.

Straps Digging In

The straps should not be doing the heavy lifting. The bra band should be doing most of the work. Chances are, your band is too big or has stretched out to the point that you’re not getting the support you deserve. Try buying one band size smaller.

Remember: When you get a smaller band size, you need to go one size bigger in the cup. Example: If you’re 36C your tighter band would be 34D. For more info, review the bra size chart.

Another tip for anyone over a D cup is to buy a style with narrower straps. These styles have straps that are centered on your shoulder so that the weight of the breast is evenly distributed. We recommend a Full Coverage bra.

Illustration showing woman with gaping bra cups.

Cup Gaping

This is a fairly common issue for women with breasts that are fuller at the bottom and have less tissue at the top. Since your breast is resting at the bottom of the cup, it leaves room at the top that creates gaping.

First, try tightening the straps. Sometimes that’s all you need to do.

If that doesn’t work, try going down a cup size. It may be that your cup is just a little too big. If you don’t think that you’re one whole cup size smaller, try one of our signature ½ sizes. Example: If you’re usually a 34B, try a 34A½. For more info, review the bra size chart.

If your cup fits well but there’s a little room at the top, try a Plunge style bra. These cups are angled and tend to be cut a little smaller to reduce gaping.

Illustration showing woman with breasts tissue overflowing from the side of her bra.

Side Overflow

Sometimes, your breast can spill out of the side of the cup because the cup is too small. Eliminating side spillage is easy: just size up in the cup.

Another possibility is that the band is not tight enough, causing the wire to sit on your breast. Size down in the band and up in the cup. A snug band should pull the wire back and allow your breast to sit into the cup properly. For more info, review the bra size chart.

Illustration showing woman with overflowing bra cups.

Cup Overflow

It’s time to trade in for a bigger cup and give your breasts some breathing room. Go up one size in the cup. Example: If you’re a 34D, trade up for a 34E. You and your breasts will breathe a sigh of relief!

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