We can only offer general advice on the most common bra problems on this page; however the solution we offer may not be the right one for you. We encourage you to call us on 1300 4 BRAVA or visit one of our Australia lingerie stores for advice.
This can occur if the shoulder straps are taking too much of the weight of your bust. It can also lead to permanent indentations. The back band should provide 90% of the support, the shoulder straps are mainly for balance. The other cause of shoulder straps digging in could simply be that they are adjusted too tightly.Solution
Loosen your shoulder straps. If this doesn’t help, then try this test: Drop your shoulder straps. If your back band moves it’s likely it is not anchored well enough so your shoulder straps are probably taking the whole weight of your bust. A smaller back band could be the answer. But remember, a smaller back band means a bigger cup.Bra Fitter's Tip
Do you have sloping shoulders where your shoulder straps fall off? Steer away from balconette bras as the straps are set wide apart. Try a full cup bra, or a bra with stretch in the straps which will grip better than non-stretch fabric.
This happens when the back band is not firm enough. Or it could also be caused by an inferior bra with too much stretch. The shoulder straps, if too tight, can force the back band up. If your bra cups are too small, the same can happen.Solution
Try going down one back size, possibly two. But remember when the back band goes down so does the cup size. (i.e. If you are a 14DD and the back band is too loose but the cup seems to be a good fit, then the bra size you should try is 12E). Once you have the back band right, then continue going up in the cups until it feels right.Bra Fitter's Tip
Lift your arms in the air and if the band under the fold of your breast lifts up then it's likely the band is not firm enough. This is one of the most common bra problems.
The cup is most likely too small, however it could also be the that the bra style is wrong for you. If you are high busted, the trim of a full cup bra may cut into your breast, so a balconette bra could work better with your shape.Solution
If the back band is firm enough, try on a cup size larger than what you're currently wearing. (If you are wearing a 12E then you will need to try at least a 12F. In most cases, customers who visit us as a 12E are more likely to be a 10FF or 8G).Bra Fitter's Tip
It's very common for women to have one breast bigger than the other. It's important to fit to the bigger breast and slightly tighten the opposite strap to avoid the smaller cup sagging.
The back band may be too tight and cut into the skin creating more bulges. This mostly happens with cheaply made bras which have too much stretch. Also your back band may be too loose, making it rise up and sit on the fleshiest part of your back, often pushing your flesh together in one area.Solution
The appearance of back fat can be reduced. Try a wider back band with at least 3 hooks which will sit flatter against the skin without cutting in. Ensure your back band is firm and horizontal as it will sit flatter to smooth out your fleshy bits. Wearing a bigger back band is usually NOT the solution.Bra Fitter's Tip
It's more important to have a firm back band fitting than worrying about back fat. Having a looser band will result in loss of support and lift - a much worse look than a little back fat!
Wires can dig into your upper or side breast tissue if the cup size is too small, or sometimes if the back band is too big it will sit in the wrong spot. It can also cause discomfort and mastitis in pregnant women.Solution
Our most common solution is to go down one back size and up two to three cup sizes. A bigger cup will allow the wires to encapsulate the breast rather than sit against it. Please take a look through our Bra Fitting Guides to ascertain the best solution for you.Bra Fitter's Tip
Many mainstream stores carry limited sizes. Some bra fitters may fit you into a bra which is too big in the back in a mistaken attempt to get the cup size big enough for you. This way of fitting is absolutely unacceptable because so much of the support is lost. You need to shop elsewhere and only then can your bra problems be rectified.
Your bra band size is usually the same size or smaller than your dress size. So if you usually wear a size 12 dress, then your bra band size is most likely to be a 10 or 12. If you have been wearing a size 14 band and need to go down, also remember to go up at least 1 or 2 cups i.e. 14D to 12DD. Understanding this would eliminate so many bra problems for so many of us.
Do you need help finding the right bra size or style? We encourage you to call us on 1300 4 BRAVA or visit one of our stores for advice.
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