Wrong Size Bra: Nip slips, quad-boob, bands that ride up, straps that fall down — is there anything as annoying as a bra that doesn’t fit right? It’s no wonder, like, half of Tumblr is embracing the braless look.
But if your bra isn’t supporting you as it should, you might just be wearing the wrong size bra. There are a few easy ways to tell if you need to re-measure or wearing a wrong size Bra
- Your band rides up in the back. The band provides the majority of the support. It’s crucial that it’s tight enough. If it’s riding up your back, it’s not.
- Your straps dig in. When your band is too loose, your straps have to do all the heavy lifting, and that’s never comfy.
- You’re on the tightest hook. This typically means your band is getting worn out or was too loose, to begin with.
- You have underboob. A perfect-fitting bra will lie flat against your body when you raise your arms. If you’re flashing sideboob or underboob, the band is too tight or the cups are too small.
Top Indication that you’re Wearing the Wrong Size Bra
1. Your straps keep falling down.
First, tighten them a bit. They might have stretched out in the wash. If your straps keep slipping even after you adjust them, they aren’t being supportive and you should try going down a band size.
2. You have spillover over the top, sides, or bottom of the cups.
If you have the dreaded Quadruple Boob, it’s time to go up a cup size.
3. Your cups are wrinkling or baggy.
When the cup is too big, the fabric bunches. Go down a cup.
4. You wear your bra on the last hook.
You should feel most comfortable on the middle hook. That way, when your bra stretches over time, you can tighten it. If it’s already too loose, go down a band size.
5. Your band rides up in the back.
When you stand to the side and look in the mirror, is your band even? Your band should fit firmly and horizontally across your back. If it’s riding up in the back, it’s too big. Go down a band size, like from a 36 to 34.
6. You have dents on your shoulders.
It’s not about how heavy your boobs are. Your bra’s band isn’t giving you the support it should, so your straps are taking the slack and digging into your shoulders. Try a smaller band size.
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7. The centre of your bra is lifted off your chest.
The middle piece between the cups (the gore) should sit flat on your rib cage. If there’s any space, your cup size is too small. Try going up a size. You should be able to lift your arms over your head without the underwire rising up.
8. The underwire in your bra pokes you.
Don’t think all underwire is uncomfortable. Go up a cup size to keep it from digging into your skin.
9. You have back bulge.
Despite the popular nickname, it’s not back fat — it’s literally just your bra being too tight and squeezing your skin. Your band is probably too small.
10. Your neck or back hurts.
You may not be getting the right support from your bra because it’s the wrong size. Find a lingerie specialist in your area, or hit up a department store, and go get sized properly. It’s free, and worth the trouble so you’ll feel great in your bra.
How do I find my correct bra size?
Here’s how to measure your size the right way — because when you find a bra that actually fits, it’s almost as liberating as free-boobing.
Take matters into your own hands How to Measure Bra Size
- Measure your band. Wear a lightly lined (non-push-up) bra so your breasts are as close to natural as possible.
- Now measure your bust. Place the tape at the fullest part of your bust.
- Subtract the band size from your bust size to find the right cup size.