There’s nothing worse than having your bra completely ruin your day. Whether it’s the straps that are constantly falling off your shoulder or pulling down too hard on them, or a band that cuts into you in some or all of the places, or a wayward underwire, or cups that runneth over, it’s no wonder you’re in pain!
Did you know that 80 percent of women don’t wear the right size? 70 percent of whom are sporting bras that are too small. It’s no wonder so many ladies complain about their bras and feel so relieved taking it off at the end of the day.
How a Bra Should Fit
For full support and complete comfort, your bra should fit you properly. That means wearing the correct band size and the right cup size. A bra that fits well will not dig into your sides or pull down on your shoulders, and your breasts won’t spill out of the cup creating that horrendous quad-boob effect. As well, the center bridge of your bra should sit firmly against your body, without any gaps between it and your sternum.
Why Does My Bra Hurt My Ribs?
If your bra digs into you around your ribs, it’s probably because of one or two things. Either you have an unusually high rib cage, or and far likelier, your bra is too tight. When the band of your undergarment is too tight around your frame, it causes undue pressure on the nerves and muscles in that area.
Additionally, if a too-tight bra boasts an underwire, that metal will multiply said pain.
Your bra should fit snugly around your ribs and back without digging into your body. When you take it off at the end of the day, you shouldn’t have any indentations or markings on your skin from where the bra sat—this is a telltale sign of a poor fit.
Why Does My Bra Hurt My Back?
Since the dawn of time, back pain and boobies have gone hand in hand—especially so for big-breasted women. Your bra should offer enough support to relieve tension on your back, not add to it.
However, bras don’t actually cause any back pain, it’s the weight of the breasts that does. Lots of ladies believe that it’s their bras doing the damage, but let’s not be too quick to blame. The issue is a poorly fitted bra instead.
Check out where the band sits on your back. If it’s above your shoulder blades, you’re wearing it wrong. The band should be level all the way around your body and sit just below your shoulder blades. Should the straps be extended to their max and still the band doesn’t come lower than your shoulder blades, then it’s time to shop for a bra that fits better, this one is too small.
How to Fix an Underwire Bra
Is the underwire of your bra sticking out and jabbing you in between your breasts or in your underarm? Those sharp little pieces can really do some damage!
But before tossing your bra in the trash, consider repairing it—it’ll only set you back a few bucks and mere minutes. Just follow these simple steps:
- Grab a bit of electrical tape or masking tape and wrap a small amount around the tip of the wire, but don’t go so overboard that you can’t slide the wire back through the tiny rip. Thickening this end will prevent it from re-poking itself out again. Push the underwire back into position.
- Bust out your sewing kit and find the thickest, strongest thread in the box. Upholstery thread is ideal. If you don’t have any, a small spool of a heavy-duty thread should only cost a couple of dollars at your local craft or fabric shop. Sew the tear shut by starting below the underwire and stitch beyond the ripped hole for maximum security.
- To make sure the underwire stays put for good, cover your stitching with some fabric glue. No fabric glue? Some clear nail polish will also do the trick.
Voila! You’ve just protected your investment.
If you’re out and about and the wire is poking you and you need a quick fix, just McGuyver it by covering the exposed wire with something soft like cotton and secure it in place with some tape. It’s not a permanent fix, but when you’re on the go, it’ll save you from some irritating jabbing.
Sick of bras altogether? Free the nipple with some bra alternatives.
Sports bras are usually a much more comfortable alternative to the traditional bra, and there’s nothing wrong with wearing one if you’re not actually working out. But just in case you need to run for the closing elevator doors, or for a flight, a stealthy sports bra will make sure you’re not bouncing all over the place—and no one has to know!
If you find these too restrictive, try a bralette. Super light and dainty, these often feel like you’re not wearing a bra at all.
Still too confining? There’s always pasties! The likes of Miley Cyrus and Lil’ Kim have made this look famous by not wearing anything other than their pasties. But they’re practical for wearing underneath the clothes as well.
You may be inclined to think that taking your bra off at the end of the day is the ultimate relief for every woman. While there’s some truth to this, the level of respite you feel when going braless won’t be nearly as great if you’ve been wearing a bra that fits your measurements to a tee.