Bra Problems Every Woman Has (And What You Can Do About Them)

September 17, 2015  |  
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The idea of a having a bra that fits perfectly can sometimes feel like a pipe dream, but your bra doesn’t have to be your enemy. Whether your back is aching, or your bra is too tight, these quick fixes for bra problems will save the day.

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Underwire Poking Out?

And poking you?

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Start Hand Washing

Putting your bra through the spin cycle and tumble drying, whether high or low, can stress the fabric. When that happens, it can send underwire from the inside of the bra to the outside.

If your favorite bra is already jabbing you, try this quick underwire fix.

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Strapless Bra Sliding Down?

And you’re doing a shimmy every few seconds to pull it up?

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Go Down A Size And Up A Cup

All that slipping and sliding is due to a bad fit. And that’s because strapless bras fit differently. Going down a band size and up a cup (or two) from your regular bra measurements is the perfect formula for great strapless stability.

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Underarm Overflow?

Those little pouches around the band of your bra aren’t flattering, but they don’t necessarily mean it’s time to go on a diet.

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Try A Different Cup Shape

Those little pouches look like underarm fat, but they might actually be extra breast tissue. You can reign it in by switching your cup shape. Triangle and demi-cup bras look great, but they don’t always offer maximum support and coverage. Go for a full cup with a wide band to help keep everything in place.

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Skin Irritated?

And leaving the area just beneath your bustline raw?

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Increase Your Cup Size

The extra space will give you more room to settle into the bra instead of squeezing against it, causing irritation.

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Back Bulge?

Is it seriously interfering with your silhouette?

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Decrease The Size Of Your Bra

Back bulge is actually a sign that your bra’s band is too big. And because it rides up, it creates unsightly shapes. Decrease your band size to return your silhouette to its formerly smooth shape.

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Cup Overflow?

And now it looks like you have four breasts instead of two?

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Go Up A Cup Size

Or two. When you’ve found the right fit in a full cup, everything stays tucked safely inside.

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Shoulder Strap Slipping Down?

And now you’re doing awkward arm raises at work, so you don’t have to reach into your shirt?

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Look For Bras With Closer Straps

Blame it on your downward-sloping shoulders. Racerback bras and bras with their straps set closer than usual are an easy fix for this common problem.

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Still Having Trouble?

Go for a bra fitting. A woman’s bust size changes at least six times in her life, so you might be due for a fitting. And you don’t have to pay through the nose for a professional one. Several department stores offer them for free.

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