Last week I bought two new bras for the first time in over two years. Yes, two years. I’ve been wearing two bras for two years, washing them meticulously and not bothering to replace them when they were obviously worn out from months and months of repeated wear and tear. They had a big responsibility because my breasts are certainly not–as Shakira once said–“small and humble.” You can, in fact, confuse them with mountains.
But I happily put those bras into retirement, underwent a new fitting and wondered how the hell I continued to wear those awful fitting bras for so damn long. The feeling of actual support was like hearing a chorus sing “Hallelujah.”
So if your bra is making you feel crummy, check out these 8 signs that your bra just doesn’t fit.
You’re rocking the dreaded monoboob.
You might feel like your breasts are supported, but you want to make sure they’re separated, not squeezed together! Your band and/or cup size is just too small. Get rid of the monoboob and get a new bra.
The cups are way too roomy, leaving you with a grand canyon between them and your breasts.
You probably need to go down a cup size or band size.
Your underwire feels like this:
Listen: Underwire isn’t inherently painful! If you feel your underwire pressing into your skin, either the band is too snug or that particular bra’s underwire just isn’t for you. If you would rather set your bra on fire than deal with underwire ever again, check out some bras without underwire and see if they offer you comparable support.
The straps are either always slipping off.
Adjust them, girl. Adjust. But don’t rely on the straps for your support. Like I said, your support largely comes from your band!
The band of your bra rides up in the back like some sort of back wedgie.
You definitely need a smaller band size. That’s where most of the support is!
You feel like you’re going to pass out from the tightness of your bra.
We don’t want you to suffocate. Seriously, don’t. Please. Your bra should fit snugly so that it offers you ample support, but you should never describe your bra as feeling tight. Get fitted by a professional and try on a few bras in different styles.
Your straps are digging into your skin.
Again, adjust. I know, sounds like useless advice but you’d be surprised by how often some people forget to do this. And sometimes a bra just has crummy straps! Make sure that your straps are high quality, not stringy little bits of nothing.
Your cups overrunneth with…boobs.
You probably need a bigger cup size, love. If you’re breaking double D sizes, try to go to a local boutique that will offer larger sizes than, say, Victoria Secret.
Are you suffering from any of these bra-induced woes? Are you planning on getting fitted soon? Have you never experienced a proper bra fitting? Tell us in the comments!