. Not only is it important to be able to identify the things that could go wrong with your bra, but knowing how to fix it will take you from a zero to a hero in the bra department. From the straps, to the hooks, to the underwire in your bra, we would never leave you without a guide on sorting out your boobie woes.
Straps digging into shoulders
Your bra straps digging into your shoulders might be slightly annoying and cause discomfort, but it’s so much more than that. If you find that your bra straps appear too tight, it could mean your breasts are not getting the support they need, which can have very unwelcome consequences. You could eventually find that permanent grooves on your shoulders begin to form, and this bra malfunction could even have an effect on your posture! First, try adjusting the straps on your bra, if that doesn’t work, then it’s likely you’re wearing the wrong size. To fix this, go a size down on your band, it’ll mean that the band is doing most of the work rather than the straps. PSA, you might need to size up on the cup if you do this!
Breasts overflowing (sideways and upwards)
This one is pretty easy to figure out, if your breasts spill out of the top of your bra, leaving you with that horrible ‘quad boob’ look that manages to ruin just about any outfit, then you will need to go a size up in your cup size, so if you were a 32C before, try a 32D bra, and watch your breasts thank you for the extra room! We’re not completely off the hook yet ladies!
Your breasts spilling sideways also presents an issue, while it’s possible, and most likely that you need to move to the cup size up, it’s also possible that you will need to size down in the band, try doing both at the same time, and you’ve gone from an ill-fitting bra to one that encapsulates your boobs perfectly!
Breasts escaping to the bottom
Let’s face it, we’ve all had that one nightmare where our boobs constantly threaten to fall out of the bottom of our bra, and we just kind of … deal with it? Well I’m here to tell you ladies, that this is not one of those things you just deal with, it means that your underwire is sitting on your breasts rather than under them. This is a pretty easy fix, it either means that your band is too big, or your cup size is too small, and since the rules already say you may need to go up a cup size if you’re going down a band size, everything works out pretty perfectly if you stick to that!
Straps slipping off shoulders
With your bra straps, it can go both ways, as we’ve already explored, they can be too tight, digging into your shoulders, but at the complete other end of the spectrum, we can also see your bra straps slipping off your shoulders, meaning that they are not tight enough.
This can be very annoying, not to mention look unflattering, so how do we fix it? The obvious answer would be to tighten your bra straps, this will work for many, but not all of us; it’s also possible that the bra style you are wearing is unsuitable for your shoulder shape.
Women with smaller set shoulders that tend to slope more, balconette bras and plunge bras will only aggravate the issue, as they come with naturally wide set straps. Next time you go bra shopping, opt for a full coverage bra, which is more likely to sit on your shoulders nicely.
Centre wires not sitting flat
The centre underwire on your bra has a hugely important job, it is tasked with keeping your booobs separate, and avoiding the uniboob look that many of us so passionately despise. If your centre wires are not resting against your chest, this often means that your cup is not big enough, or your band is too big.
Try sizing down on the band, and up on the cup. If that doesn’t work, you may need to opt for styles with lower centre wires such as the balconette.