7 Signs You’re Wearing The Wrong Bra (And What You Can Do About It)

You’ve probably heard of the often quoted statistic that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra. Whether this statistic is true or not remains to be seen.

But, one thing is for sure – a poor bra fit is not good for you.

This is because wearing the wrong bra can cause such problems as:

  • headaches
  • skin irritation
  • indigestion
  • bad posture
  • breathing problems
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • bad posture
  • stubborn bulges that make your figure go out of shape.

The longer we ignore these problems, the harder they become to treat.

Here are 7 signs of a poor bra fit and tips on what you can do about them.


1. Digging Straps

Bra straps that dig into your shoulders are not just a painful nuisance. They can lead to deep grooves in the shoulder, headaches, and even nerve problems.

What causes digging straps?

1. Band is too loose
This makes your straps do all the work and adds strain to your shoulders.

2. Straps are too tight
Many women forget that the band gives 80% of the support needed, and choose to tighten the straps to lift the bust – adding more strain instead.

3. Straps are too thin
Thin straps are not for everyone – especially if your breasts are larger and heavier.

What can I do about digging straps?

1. Get a proper fit
Your bra band should fit snugly and create a straight line across your back.

2. Loosen up
Adjust your strap – Support should come from bra band and not by tightening your straps.

3. Get the right support
If you have larger, heavier breasts, consider a bra with thicker straps to protect your shoulders.


2. Slipping Straps

This is one of those things that makes you want to resort to tape or safety pins.

What causes slipping straps?

1. Bra straps are too loose
If you can fit more than two stacked fingers between your shoulder and the strap, then your strap is too loose.

2. Bra band is too big
If your straps fit snugly, but you still find them slipping, chances are your band is too big for your body’s width.

3. Narrow or sloped shoulders
If you’ve ruled out the first two causes, then it is possible that you may have narrow or sloped shoulders.

What can I do about slipping straps?

1. Tighten up
You should only be able to fit two stacked fingers comfortably between your shoulder and the strap.

2. Get the right band
Your band should fit snugly and create a straight line across your back.

3. Narrow or sloped shoulders
Get bras with narrower set straps and avoid balconette and plunge bras.


3. Creeping Band

That slow sensation of your bra band slowly creeping up your back can be a nasty feeling – especially when you’re in public.

What causes creeping band?

1. Bra band is too big (not snug)
Your body doesn’t get the support (80%) it needs – making your breasts droop and the band climb up.

2. Bra straps are too tight
Tightening the straps when the band isn’t snug worsens the creeping up and makes you droop even more.

3. Bra is worn out due to stretching
With time, every piece of fabric relaxes and loses elasticity.

What can I do about creeping band?

1. Get a proper fit
Your bra band should fit snugly and create a straight line across your back.

2. Loosen up
Adjust your strap – Support should come from bra band and not by tightening your straps.

3. Go shopping
Use tighter hooks. If it doesn’t work, it’s time to replace your bra.


4. Baggy Cups

This is when there’s a gap at the top of your bra cups, and the fabric at the top of the cups wrinkle and does not lie flat.

What causes baggy cups?

1. Loose bra straps
If your straps are not properly tightened, the top may have a gap too.

2. Cup size is too big
A gap at the top of the cup is often due to a cup size that is too large.

3. Your bra style is not right
Every woman’s body is different. Your bra may simply not be the right style or shape for your breasts.

What can I do about baggy cups?

1. Tighten your strap
Sometimes, that’s all you need to do.

2. Try a smaller cup size
Go down one size and see if the gap disappears. (It usually does.)

3. Be aware of different styles
Consult a professional bra fitter to try something that is designed to flatter your unique shape.


5. Cup Overflow

This is when a line appears across the chest, breaking up the smooth curves and making it look like the breasts are spilling out over the top.

What causes cup overflow?

1. Bra cup is too small
This is the most common reason. Many women have larger cup sizes than they think. Others may also mistakenly believe that getting a smaller cup is necessary to create a cleavage.

2. Bra style does not fit you
Wearing a bra that does not mould to the shape of the breast also causes bulging issues.

What can I do about cup overflow?

1. Get the right cup size
A bra that is fitting correctly should encircle and contain your breasts.

2. Ensure bra fits properly
A snug band is necessary and the center underwires must lay flat against your chest (and not the breasts).

3. Get the bra style you need
Consult a professional bra fitter to find a bra that gives you proper support.


6. Back Fat

Here, a bump spills out from back of your bra to create an embarrassing bulge that shows even under your clothing.

What causes back fat?

1. Cup size is too small
If your cup doesn’t let your breasts sit properly, they’re forced to shift to the sides and to the back.

2. Bra band is too tight
Your band may be forcing your body fat and breast tissues downwards because it is too tight.

What can I do about back fat?

1. Increase the cup size
A bra that is fitting correctly should encircle and contain your breasts.

2. Make sure your band fits
Loosen the hooks if needed. A snug band pulls the wire back and allows your breast to sit into the cup properly.

3. Get the support you need
Try a bra with a wider band and a high-cut side for better fit and coverage.

 


7. Side Overflow

Bra straps that dig into your shoulders are not just a painful nuisance. They can lead to deep grooves in the shoulder, headaches, and even nerve problems.

What causes side overflow?

1. Bra cup is too small
This is the most common reason. Many women have larger cup sizes than they think.

2. Bra band does not fit you well
If the band does not fit snugly, it can cause the wire to sit on your breast.

What can I do about side overflow?

1. Size up the cup
A bra that is fitting correctly should encircle and contain your breasts.

2. Check your band
Loosen the hooks if needed. A snug band pulls the wire back and allows your breast to sit into the cup properly.

3. Get the support you need
Try a bra with a wider band and a high-cut side for better fit and coverage


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