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Bra Fitting Problems & Solutions

Studies show that only one in four women wear the correct bra size! That means most of us are unfortunately going to run into problems. As every woman knows, our bodies are more than just a number—whether it’s age, weight, or bra size! And when it comes to finding the perfect fit, your bra size is just a piece of the puzzle. Most bra fitting problems that women encounter are actually linked to factors other than the size. These might include the bra band, cup size or bra style. To help ensure the best fit and comfort for you, here are some of the most common bra fitting problems, along with some easy solutions!

Well Fitted Bras

This is what a well fitting bra should look like. Notice that the band sits parallel around the small of the back with a snug fit that's not too tight. The underwire comes to the back of the breast tissue, creating a very smooth surface between the cup and breasts from the sides up to the front of the cup. Now that you know what a well fitting bra looks like, let's take a look at some common bra fitting problems.

Bra Band Fitting Tips 

Here's a closer look at what a properly fitting bra band should look like, creating a seamless appearance. As you might imagine, common fitting issues with the band are that they are too tight or too loose. They might also be called too large or too small. 

Bra Band Is Too Large Or Loose

The Problem. More often than not, women choose 1-2 sizes too large in the band and cups too small. When the band can be stretched more than two inches from your body, the bra is not able to provide any support or lift. Your breasts’ weight will be on your shoulders and may cause discomfort. Bands that are too loose can ride up on your back and increase the weight of the breasts on the shoulders.

The Solution. This bra fitting problem can be fixed by finding the correct band fit! A perfectly fitting band positions the breasts with the center bridge level with the back of the bra, snug but not too tight. You should be able to slip one finger between the bra band and your back by approximately one inch. When it comes to the bra band, you want to make sure you’re wearing the right band size. Check out our bra size guide for more help with that.

Bra Band Is Too Tight

The Problem. Bra bands that are too tight will squeeze or pinch the soft tissue on your sides and back, sometimes leaving indentations on the skin or even constricting your breathing.

The Solution. For a tight band, you’ll want to move up one band size at a time until you find the correct fit. However, be careful not to dismiss a bra because it feels snug the first time you try it on. The right band size will feel snug, even too tight, for its first few wears. Over time, it will loosen and fit more comfortably. A great tip for this bra fitting problem is to fasten the bra on the loosest hook, and then move toward the snuggest fit after wear.

Bra Cup Fitting Guide

Here's what a properly looking bra band and cup should look like again. Cups that are too large or too small can cause issues as well. Let's take a look. 

Bra Cup Sags Or No Support

The Problem. This will create a droopy or saggy appearance, and the cup will fail to provide the proper support and lift.

The Solution. If your cups sag, move down one band size at a time to find the correct fit. A good-fitting band maintains a 90-degree angle on the body, making the band level with the cups. Most of the weight of the breast should be taken up in the back band and the bridge on the band—not the straps! With the right band, you’ll look thinner and get a better lift!

Cup Is Too Large Or Too Small

The Problem. Cups that are too large will not properly support and lift your breasts. The cups will gap, wrinkle or sag, creating an unappealing appearance. This puckering will show under clothing. Cups that are too small on the other hand may pinch or squeeze your breasts, causing them to spill from the top of the cup or beneath the underwire. This bulge will show under clothing. 

The Solution. Perfectly fitting cups should sit comfortably in the space provided, making a seamless transition from breast to cup. The bridge for the bra is located in the front between the cups and should make direct contact with the breast bone. Keep in mind that different bra styles have different cup shapes and accompanying underwire! Find the fit that caters to your breast size and density:

- For cups that are too large, try moving down one cup size at a time to find the correct fit.

- For cups that are too small, try moving up one cup size at a time to find the correct fit.

What’s the Best Bra Style for Your Body Type?

The Problem.
Are you overwhelmed by all the different bra styles or more comfortable with one style than another? Are you worried you’ll never be able to pull off a certain style or unsure what style would be best for your body type? Your bra style may be the source of your bra fitting problems.

The Solution. Read our bra style guide, and try out new styles. Try on a variety of styles to find the design that will become your new favorite everyday bra. Whether you’re looking for a bra that’s practical, fun, or sexy, choosing a shape that delivers the best support and presentation for you is what bra styling is all about.

When in doubt, you’ll want to own a variety of bras. Keep in mind that most women need at least three basic everyday bras, one black and one nude plunge, one black and nude strapless, and at least two fashion styles to round out their wardrobe. You can find all of these styles from the world’s finest lingerie brands within the bra collection at Bits of Lace!

What’s the Best Bra for Back Fat?

The Problem.
As we age, our skin can become softer, even fluffier, leading to bulges or rolls. Many women think that back fat is caused by a tight bra band, but the opposite is actually true! When the band is too large, your bra will ride up on the soft tissue of your back.

The Solution. The smallest part of your back is where the rib cage narrows. That is where the band should rest. The right band size will help to smooth out back fat instead of accentuating it. If you prefer extra coverage, try a bra with wide side and back panels. A slimming camisole can also help!

Why Are My Bras Wearing Out So Quickly?

The Problem. Are your bras wearing out quickly? This may be because you have that one go-to bra that you wear every day. The problem is, wearing a bra so often can lead to accelerated wear and tear. The elastics and other materials may weaken, the color may fade, or the bra may soak up body oils causing damage over time.

The Solution. Bra rotation is key. Keeping 5-7 well-fitted bras in your wardrobe and rotating through each regularly will allow you much longer wear out of each! A bonus is that you’ll have a full range of bras to keep your look fresh and exciting!

All Bra Fitting Problems Have a Solution!

If you’re encountering any of these bra fitting problems with your current bras, there’s a simple solution: never settle for a bad fit again! Get in touch to speak with a Bits of Lace Bra Fit Specialist. We’ll be happy to help you select a new bra and can offer suggestions to help resolve any fit issues!

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