Let’s face it, bra problems are number one on a woman’s list of ‘things I could live without’. And it’s no wonder. A bad bra day can be as embarrassing as it is frustrating, particularly when you’re busy with a full-time job and running errands.
But don’t worry.
Today, we’re going to get the overflowing bra & 10 other common bra problems solved so you can enjoy the right bra for you!
Let’s jump in.
Is your bra overflowing?
One of the biggest common bra problems solved by us is that bulging double boobing bra…
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against sporting a nice cleavage once in a while. But if your bra is filled to the brim to the point where your breasts are more out than in, chances are your cups are too small.
A simple solution to this problem is to opt for a larger cup size. And if necessary, go up a band size too. This way, your breasts will have more room to breathe without sacrificing proper support.
Is your bra bulging outward?
Is your bra poking out from underneath your shirt without providing any support? If you’re like me and have a fluctuating body weight, then you’ve probably experienced this many times.
This might mean you need a smaller cup size. If this doesn’t work, consider trying a plunge bra or a balconette. They provide extra support and adapt to a variety of breast types. My personal favourite is the Fantasie Estelle Underwired Side Support Bra, which has a really soft fabric and is comfortable to wear.
Does your back band keep rising?
If your back band isn’t staying underneath your shoulder blades, it’s a sign that your band is too loose. Since the band is responsible for 80% of the support you get from your bra, having a loose band causes your breasts to weigh down on the cups, pulling your back band upwards.
To get this and other common bra problems solved consider getting a bra fitting. Whether you’ve had one or not, it’s important to measure your bra size now and again because your breasts will change over time. And you’d be surprised by how many women wear bras that don’t fit them properly.
Don’t want to go to the lingerie shop for a full fitting then learn here how to correctly measure your bra size at home.
Is the centre of your bra sticking out?
When your centre gore doesn’t sit firmly on your skin, it tends to stick out from between your breasts, creating that awkward bulge in the middle of your shirt.
This could mean one of two things: either your cups are too small or your band is too loose. If your breasts feel like they’re being squeezed together and are spilling over, consider moving up a cup size.
But if you think your band is too loose, consider opting for a smaller band size.
If that doesn’t do the trick, try a different type of bra. For instance, a demi cup bra has a narrow centre gore, which is perfect for someone with breasts that sit close together.
On the other hand, a wider centre gore might be a better fit for women who have a wider space between their breasts.
Are your nipples showing through your clothes?
We’ve all had that awkward walk to the bathroom with our arms folded over our nipples in an effort to hide the embarrassment of being a little chilly.
Don’t worry, I’ve been there way more times than I count.
My solution? A little padding inside the bra. It does the trick every time. My personal favourites are the TopBine Bra Pads Inserts. They’re comfortable to wear, discrete, and you can cut them accordingly.
Are your bra straps digging into your shoulders?
There’s nothing worse than feeling your bra straps dig into your shoulders like a handsaw. My opinion? Your straps are carrying more weight than they should be. Usually, this is because your band is too loose.
A simple solution is to go down a band size while going up a cup size to make sure your cups remain the right fit for you.
And just to be safe, consider opting for larger straps. This makes them less abrasive and far more comfortable to wear. My personal favourite is this Bali Women’s All Around Smoothing Underwire Bra with flat straps. The weight is evenly distributed and keeps my shoulders from aching.
Are your boobs spilling on each side of your bra?
Similar to an overflowing bra, spillage over cups are a sign that your cup size is too small. If you feel like they’re being squeezed together and flattened to a pancake, then it’s time to go up a size.
And to make sure your cups get the support they need, consider opting for a smaller band as well.
Is your bra chafing?
To experience chafing with your bra isn’t uncommon, especially in women with larger breasts. Usually, it occurs just underneath your boobs, under your armpits, and around your nipples.
This is due to friction caused by either a tight bra, a loose bra, or sweat that’s been trapped between the fabric and your skin.
To remedy this, I use the Moisturising Anti Chafe Balm Stick. All you have to do is apply it to the areas of friction once or twice a day, and it works like a dream. I’ve been chafe-free ever since.
Do you have gaping cups?
Can’t get rid of that annoying gap at the top of your cups? If tightening your straps didn’t work, consider going down a cup.
But keep in mind that certain breast types call for different types of bras. For instance, women with Bell Shape and Slender breast shapes tend to experience this issue more often.
In those cases, a plunge bra or a push-up bra will do the job nicely. The cups are smaller and provide better support.
Is your back fat bulging over your bra strap?
No one likes to be pinched in the middle of a meeting, or having to undo their bras as soon as they pass the threshold of their home at the end of a long day.
If your bra strap has been squeezing your back fat, you know what I’m talking about.
Luckily, there are few simple solutions to this dilemma. First, consider whether your bra is too tight, and whether you need a bigger band. I use these Bra Extenders so that I can keep the bras I already have.
Another solution is to try thicker bands. These will cover a wider area of skin and make your back look nice and smooth.
Are your bra straps always slipping off?
Depending on your body type, you may be putting your bra straps back a lot more than you’d like to. And believe me, there’s nothing more frustrating than those straps slipping off your shoulders every five minutes.
If you’ve already tried re-adjusting your bra straps, I suggest you try a full coverage or demi bra. These bras have thinner straps, and may be a better fit for you.
Do you have sweaty underboobs?
While sweating is a natural part of being human, the dreaded patch underneath your boobs remains a part of summer we’d rather avoid.
Luckily, you have an alternative to this potentially embarrassing event, and that’s to keep your skin hydrated and avoid humidity in that area.
I use Super Fresh Body Powder Lotion to keep my underboobs dry. And let’s just say I don’t have to worry about sweaty underboobs any more.