This should be our mantra: No Bra Should Hurt. No ifs, ands or buts. If your bra hurts, or is even mildly uncomfortable, it is the wrong bra for you, the wrong size, a good bra gone bad or a bad bra. Most of us have a drawer full of very similar bras. We buy what we like and what we think works for us. But if it hurts, we are buying the wrong bra. And we need to understand what is causing our discomfort, so we don't buy a new bra with the same problem.
No Bra Should Hurt
Bra straps are often the culprit. Tugging on loose bra straps that keep falling down our shoulders is definitely a cause of bad bra days. Tightening the straps may be the solution. But if you have narrow shoulders you may want to avoid demi bras and balcony bras which have wide set straps; different styles of bras may work better for you.
Bra straps that are too tight, digging into our shoulders and leaving red marks are also at fault. We sometimes think we need very snug bra straps because of the support they provide; but bra straps are only responsible for 10% to 20% of bra support. If too tight bra straps are a problem for you, try different styles and sizes to find the best bra for your body.
Ill-fitting bra bands can also be responsible for bad bra days. If they are too loose they ride up and we are constantly running to the restroom to pull them back down; if they are too tight they can pinch and even leave red marks across our backs. Not a pleasant feeling. The solution is usually a different size bra.
Another cause of bad bra days is ill-fitting underwires. Underwires should rest against our chest wall; when the cups are too small underwires press into breast tissue causing discomfort and our breasts may even bulge out under the cup. There are many comfortable underwire bras; check out our customer reviews to see which bras our customers recommend.
Underwires have been known to run amuck - most of us have been poked by an errant underwire. Very uncomfortable. Fortunately this usually only occurs in older bras where time and friction have freed the underwire from its channel. When this happens, it is time for a new bra.
How does a good bra go bad? Often we have just worn the living daylights out of a favorite bra. Sometimes we skimped on the care instructions - maybe we accidentally threw it in the dryer a few times. The fact is bras have expiration dates and even the best bras eventually wear out.
Because not every bra is right for every woman you need to consider a variety of bras from different manufacturers to find the best bra for you. And you need to shop someplace that carries a wide range of sizes so you can find the size you need. At Big Girls Bras we carry an extensive variety of bra styles and sizes so you don't have to settle for an almost right bra. And we have resources to help you find the right fit. Check out How to Size a Bra, Bra Fitting Instructions.
Big Girls Bras, etc (BiggerBras.com)
3540 NW 56th St., Suite 207
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309