How well does your bra fit?
Our bodies go through so many different phases in life - weight loss/gain, pregnancy, breast-feeding. Through these phases, our breast size, and shape even, varies significantly. Finding a good fitting bra can be somewhat a daunting task but we are here to help. If you experience any of the symptoms below, making you feel uncomfortable in your current bra, try our fit tips.
Remember, our bodies are unique. Do not expect all bra styles to fit you well. Even when you find the perfect size in a particular style, other styles in that size may not work for you. Find the bra styles that work to promote a comfortable posture for your figure. Begin by using our Bra Size Calculator to find your starting-point size. Try one of your "Sister Sizes" if your calculated size does not work for you.
Most common signs we see of an uncomfortable bra:
Bra straps digging into your shoulders.
This happens when your bra straps are holding up the weight of your breasts. Majority of your support should come from the band, with the straps providing minimal support. If the bra band is lax around your ribcage, the breast weight will fall on the straps and cause it to dig into your shoulders, sometimes creating permanent indentations. Narrow bra straps could intensify this symptom. Choose a smaller band size with a larger cup size and bra styles with wide straps. Wider straps will distribute the pressure from the weight of heavy breasts.
Spillage of breast tissue over the cups.
Your bra cups are too small if there is spillage of breast tissue over the front. If the bra cups wrinkle or are gaping, you are wearing a cup too big. Remember: there is no such thing as a “C-cup” or a “D-cup”. Standard sizing takes into account rib cage circumference (band) as well as cup size. Moving down a cup size will result in an increase in cup size. Therefore, in comparing two women with the same breast volume but different rib cage measurements, a larger cup bra will fit the woman with the smaller rib cage. This may not always work across manufacturers so we encourage you to try before you buy.
If you have breast tissue spilling under the cups, your band may be too small. You might want to get a different style cup. A deeper cup will keep the breast tissue on the front of your body, instead of pushing it to the side.
Band riding up your back.
Your band will ride up if it is too big for your ribcage, and therefore not doing any work! As above, this will cause your breasts to depend on the straps for support. You will not get the lift you need, you may try and compensate for the lack of support by (frequently) adjusting your straps too tight and end up with painful shoulders. Again, your band should be supporting your breasts and not the other way around. For a bra band to provide its maximum support, it must firmly sit flat against the rib cage.
Bottom line - if you feel physical discomfort in your current bra, you may need another size/style. Only you can determine whether/not your bra is uncomfortable. If you are uncomfortable in your current bra size, email or call us: 409-242-0046 and we will try our best to help you find some solutions.