Problem: Your bra underband should sit just under your breasts. If it is
pulling down at
the front below your breasts and perhaps even leaving red marks the band could be too
Solution: Try going up a back size.
Breasts spilling out of the top or sides?
Problem: If the cups are too small, then your
breasts may spill out of the top of the cups or at the sides.
Solution: A perfectly fitting bra should have no overspill at the cups and
underarm. Try going up a cup size or two.
Problem: If the cups are too big, then the cups
will be wrinkled or creased, or if it’s a moulded style they will be gaping at the top
of the cup.
Solution: Try going down a cup size.
Centre front lifting away from the body?
Problem: The centre front should lie flat against the body. If it doesn’t,
could be a sign that the cups are too small, causing the breasts to push the centre
Solution: Try going up a cup size.
Straps digging into shoulders?
Problem: If the straps dig in, it could be because your
underband is too big and the straps are having to provide most of the
Solution: Try going down a back size –the underband not the straps should
the majority of support, 80 per cent in fact. When you know your underband fits
perfectly, you should adjust the straps so they sit comfortably on your shoulders.
Problem: Straps keep slipping off your shoulders?
Solution: Try tightening the straps (this might sound obvious but they do
loosen over time). Also, if you have narrow
shoulders it’s best to avoid balcony styles that have wide set straps.
My breasts are different sizes
Problem: My breasts are different sizes, which one should
I fit to?
Solution: It is perfectly normal for breasts to be different sizes, but some
are more noticeable than others. For the best shape and support, fit your bra to the
larger breast. If you notice any creasing to the smaller cup you can always try adding a
gel or foam insert. Stretchy as opposed to moulded foam cups will also have more
flexibility so may work, for example a non-pad stretch lace style.
Underwires are digging in
Problem: Look at the side of the cups, it’s important that the breast is
encased by the underwire. Is there any underwire digging into the breast
Solution: Ouch. You may need a larger cup size. There’s also the possibility
that the underband is too tight and is causing the wire to dig in.