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Wondering how to make your bra fit better? We’ve got you covered.

While these tips won’t make an ill-fitting bra fit perfectly, they can help you get an extra wear out of a bra (or help you make it through the day with a bra that doesn’t fit well at all).

Here’s our guide to improving the fit of an ill-fitting bra:  

1.  Check the band

You’ve probably heard that your band is responsible for 80-85% of a bra’s support – not the straps. So it makes sense that you would check the band first when fixing the fit of your bra. After all, your band is the real MVP of your bra – it makes sure your breast tissue is supported, lifted, and held comfortably in place for 8+ hours every day.

Before you jump ahead and tighten your bra straps, take a good look at the band. Is the bra riding up in back? If so, move the bra band to the tightest (innermost) hook to get a snug fit. Does it feel too tight? Try re-fastening the band on a looser hook for a little relief.

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2.  Adjust the straps

Sometimes a quick adjustment of the straps is all you need. As key components for many bras, your straps are responsible for keeping the cups in place.

Of course, finding the right balance with fit is key. Overtightening the straps will cause your bra band to ride up your back (and it can also cause cup spillage and discomfort too). On the other hand, straps that are too loose will fall off your shoulders. When those loose straps are combined with a loose band, the bra will start moving south – and that’s never a good look.

So how do you get the fit of the straps right?

Here’s how: Ideally, you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between your skin and the strap without the band riding up. With your band hooked and horizontal to the floor, adjust the sliders on the straps to customize the fit. You can also adjust the straps before putting the bra on. This is especially helpful for racerback bras and bras that you have to pull over your head. Then fasten the bra and check the fit in a mirror to make sure everything looks good.

Related: Your Bra Strap Problems, Solved!

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3.  Assess the cups

The cups are perhaps one of the most challenging issues to fix. There are two common issues that can come from ill-fitting cups. The first involves cups that are too small. As a bra fitter, I see bra cups that are too small all the time. You’d be surprised by the number of people that are walking around with bras that are too small!

How do you know if this is the problem?

Here’s what to look for: Your bra cups are too small if your breast tissue spills over the sides or out of the top or bottom of the cups. Ideally, your breast tissue should be completely encapsulated within the underwire of the cups. Also, your breast tissue should completely fill the cups too. This means that there isn’t any empty space in the cups. Unfortunately, there isn’t a good fix for bra cups that are too small. They’re a key sign that you need a bigger bra. But you can switch to a bralette or wireless bra if you’re not able to get a fitting yet. Both styles are wire-free and more forgiving than bras with underwire.

Speaking of empty space, the second fit issue involves the cups being too big – a common sign of a change in breast size. One common example? Breastfeeding can certainly change the size and shape of your breasts. In fact, you may find that you’re no longer able to fit into the bras you wore pre-pregnancy. Instead of trying to make those bras work, toss or donate them (depending on their condition) and treat yourself to some new bras that fit well. And don’t be afraid to try a different style – like a demi bra or a padded bra – to show off your beautiful new shape.

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4.  Get a bra fitting

It’s normal for your bra size to change throughout your life. Weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, childbirth, breast surgery, menopause, breastfeeding, hormones, and birth control can have a powerful impact on the body and change your bra size as a result. If you’re wearing the same bras that you bought a year ago and they’re not fitting you well, it might be time for a bra fitting. Many of these common bra fit issues can be fixed with a bra fitting. We recommend getting regular bra fittings every six months to one year. So if you can’t remember the last time you had a bra fitting, do yourself a favor and go get one!

Related: Ask A Bra Fitter: What Are Bra Fittings Like?

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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