8 Signs That You're Wearing The Wrong Bra Size
And how to sort yourself out...
Finding a bra that fits perfectly is pretty much the holy grail in the land of lady lumps - but how do you know if it’s just right?
Here’s 8 signs you’re wearing the wrong size boulder holder, so you can start treating those tatas with the respect they deserve.
Underwire is great for support and/or a bit of a boost, but it should never be painful. If your underwire is poking you like a 2008 Facebook friend (remember when poking on Facebook was a thing?), then you’re wearing the wrong size bra.
How to sort it: Try going up a cup size to give those booblars some room to breathe.
Back Band Blues
Check out the back of your bra in a mirror (*requires some owl-like head movements). If the back band/strap is being pulled upwards rather than sitting flat, straight and level with the front, yo’ size is wrong, and your boobs aren’t being properly supported.
How to sort it: Try going up a band size (so if you normally go for a 34, try a 36) and see if that helps. If you’re not sure, head to a lingerie department and get properly measured (don’t worry they can do it over your clothes and everything).
If your shoulders are bright red and feature deep strap-shaped grooves when you whip your bra off of an evening (aka as soon as you walk in the door you feel us), you need to reassess your bra size, pal. The most likely cause is that your back band is too loose, and shoulder straps too tight.
How to sort it: The straps, band and cups should all be making an equal contribution to your tata support, so try tightening your back band a notch, and loosening those straps.
Your cups should not be struggling to contain your beautiful bosoms, no matter what size they are.
How to sort it: If you’re spilling over the top of your cups or getting a bit of a ‘four boobs’ visual vibe under your clothes, you need a bigger cup size. Again, it’s always worth getting measured properly at a lingerie shop, so you know exactly what you need.
A common complaint from gals wearing the wrong bra size is that it moves around - needing constant and annoying readjustment - or that the front band keeps riding up, sitting away from the body, rather than flush to the skin.
How to sort it: A good-fitting bra should sit UNDERNEATH your boobs at the front, keeping them secure and supported. If it doesn’t, it’s a sign it’s too small in the cup region.
Constant neck and/or back pain? This can actually be caused by wearing a bra that isn’t giving you the support you need.
How to sort it: We sound a bit like a broken record now, but if you are suffering from aches and pains, you MUST get measured by a professional. It’s also worth trying out different styles of bra. A balconette style may look pretty, but might not be right for you support-wise, or you might need something with some serious underwire. Ask a lingerie sales assistant to recommend the best style for your size and shape.
If your cups wrinkle, look baggy, or keep folding in on themselves, you probably need a smaller cup size to keep things snug.
How to sort it: Try tightening your back band too, but make sure it stays level with the front of your bra.
Two Finger Test
Sounds a bit dirty - it isn’t. We’re back to the back band, with a surefire way to find out if it’s on the right notch. While wearing your bra, simply reach around and see if you can comfortably fit two fingers underneath the back band without cutting off the blood supply to your fingies.
How to sort it: If you can’t, try a looser setting. If it’s already on the loosest, you need to increase your band size.
May the Goddess of breasticle support be with you always.
- Words by Lizzie Cox.