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Quick Fixes for 3 Common Bra Problems

Is your bra overflowing? If you're spilling out or overflowing from your bra, either on the sides or over the cup, your cup size is too small! This is such a common bra problem and is so easy to fix.

Quick Fix: Just try a cup size larger. That's it!

For example if you're wearing a 34B and the band seems supportive and snug but you're getting the dreaded "double boobs" effect over the top of the cup, try a 34C. If double boobs persist, try a cup size larger until your girls are completely enveloped in the bra cup with no spillage.

You might also want to try different styles of bras as different cup construction works better for different breasts.

Is your bra riding up in the back? If your bra is riding up in the back, it's almost always because your band size is too large. No, really. Even though it seems disconnected, when we wear a band size that isn't snug enough, we overcompensate by tightening our straps, thinking support and lift should come from the strap.

Quick Fix: To fix, try a smaller band size until your breasts are supported mainly from the band.

In a bra that fits well otherwise, you'll probably need to compensate cup size by going up one cup size for each band size you go down. These are referred to as sister sizes. For example, if you're wearing a 36C, go down to a 34 band size but up to a D cup size. If it's still too loose, the next size to try is a 32DD.

Yes, it may take a little getting used to the snug band feel but 80-90% of your support is meant to come from the band. The band of your bra should stay horizontal, or parallel to the ground, and, bonus, your straps won't hurt anymore!

Are your bra straps hurting your shoulders or constantly falling down? Bra straps can pose big problems, whether too tight, digging in and leaving indentations that can become permanent, or slipping off your shoulders non stop. The too tight bra straps are typically due to wearing a band size that's too loose, so we compensate by shortening our straps, mistakenly thinking the bra straps should support us.

The ever slipping bra straps is also often caused by a band that's too loose - but can also be partly due to a combination of sloping shoulders and bras with wide set straps.

Quick Fix: Try a smaller band size and be sure to adjust your bra strap. If your shoulders are sloping, try bra styles with straps that are closer set or try a simple accessory like the Fashion Forms Strap-Mate.

When trying a smaller band size, remember to go up a cup size for each band size you go down, i.e. a 36D would become a 34DD. It might feel snug at first though not so tight that it causes pain or discomfort breathing. Remember, most of your bras support will come from the band!

Always adjust your bra strap for a custom fit that is neither too loose nor too tight. If your shoulders are sloping, try bra styles with straps that are closer set (typically full-coverage or minimizer styles will work well), or try a simple solution like the Fashion Forms Strap-Mate.

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