15 Bra Hacks, Tips, and Tricks That Will Change Your Life

I’m not a huge fan of bras. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the support, and my personal choice is to never go braless in public because my breast size would make that very uncomfortable for me, but… they’re just so annoying! So, I’ll take any trick or tip I can to make bras better.

And that’s where Pinterest comes in handy. Not only are there a ton of fashion hacks, but there are also tricks specifically for bras. Like, figuring out your perfect bra size, or familiarizing yourself with all the different styles. Whatever it is you want to figure out, we’ve got the answers! Here are 15 bra hacks, tips, and tricks that will change your life in the best way.

 

1. Find out how to get the perfect bra size using this very helpful infographic:

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2. Want support while wearing a shirt with a low back… without showing your bra strap? Here’s an easy DIY project for a cute look:

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3. Use a paper clip to make your own racerback bra. Honestly, this seems a little uncomfortable, but it would work as a last-minute trick.

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4. Get the answers on how to fix what’s wrong with your bra: 

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5. Sew cups into backless or low-back dresses so you don’t need to be left out! 

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6. Keep your bras in great shape by learning how to put them away correctly.

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7. Learn how to hand-wash delicate bras so you don’t ruin them in the washing machine.

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8. Get to know the different styles of bras out there so it’s easier to shop for what you need.

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9. Don’t throw away your bra when the underwire pops out – fix it easily with this trick. 

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10. Follow these tips on how to care for your bra so that you can keep it for a long time:

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11. Find out which type of bra is the best for your breast size and type: 

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12. Learn about sister sizing. It can be really useful when you’re bra shopping!

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13. Use this sewing trick to ensure your bra straps never slip down again. 

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14. Make a strapless bra really stay in position all night.

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15. Use this simple rule to figure out if you’re wearing the right size or not.

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Which of these tips do you think is the most useful? Have you ever tried any? What did we forget to mention? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Laurel

    VS fitted me incorrectly once, but when the manager happened to pop by to see how it was going she became quite upset with her employer who was pushing to sell me the largest size they make (which was 2 band sizes too big, and 3 cup sizes too small). She was very kind and helped fit me properly, even though she had to send me to another retailer. I get told all the time “you CANT be that size”. Yes I can, and at least I’m properly fit. For all the bad experiences at VS, she made it up by far. If you feel you are not being heard about something not fitting, speak up to them.

  • Christy

    Just want to let you know that #1 is crap and “bra specialists” or “professional fitters” are crap too. That method of measuring your cup sizes is outdated.
    I’m glad that #12 was included, cup sizes are not static.
    If you really want to get fitted, please read “http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/comments/rh26h/is_getting_fitted_for_a_bra_as_humiliating_as_it/c469bi0” this method has been tried and tested by many other satisfied ladies. Do keep in mind of sister sizes and different brands make bras differently so try more than one!

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  • Kate Frazier

    And if a shop tries to measure your band size under your armpits and not under your breasts… RUN. Run for the hills. I once had a lady try and convince me I should be in a 36-38DDD. I humored her and tried in the bra she handed me to check the fit and my poor breasts sat where they naturally sit when unsupported and the girl was offended when I demanded my proper size! The worst part is that this happened at a very reputable store that’s known for measuring properly.

  • J

    I’ve been fitted wrong so many times because My breasts are not the exact same size. You should be wearing the size of the bigger breast, so you’re not squishing the other. They always size me with the smaller size.

  • Jeni

    Something I noticed that’s missing here is that you should NEVER wear a bra two days in a row, I know they say that you should rotate your bras, but there’s no clarification that it should be every day. I know quite a few women who wear their bras for a week at a time or several days in a row and are constantly finding their bras wear out super fast. Also, i have an issue with saying that we should have four bras, I was always taught you need at least 8 bras, one for each day of the week, and one extra, if you have more than that, great! the less you wear your bras, the longer they’ll last, and while building up a proper collection of bras can be expensive at the start, it will save you money in the long run, as you’ll replace bras every few years, rather than every year and a half (or sooner).

  • kaith

    only few make sense ithers are just ridiculous
    “the band size closest even nubmber to chest measurements” thats WRONG You should always go down .Eg if you chest is 68cm you bra band is 65 (30)
    36B size is -well that would be a man with male-boobs – because that is very wide torso and quite flat breats.If women belives its her size she is most probably wrong
    ‘Make a strapless bra really stay in position all night.”” Fitted bra doesnt need any addtional bands – it will stay. But it have to be measured properly- if you measuring up , then bra will go down your chest.

    my tip: if company sais itheir cup sizes end with D or DD and smallest band is 32- GO AWAY Proper companies have sizes like E, FF, G .And they they are regular sizes not for plus-size women

  • Shannon

    No mention of full cup bras anywhere…

  • Solitaire

    I have to totally agree with Jennifer over her comment regarding adding inches to our underbust measurement when trying to get our band size.

    When I was having to have my bras custom made (before my BR) my underbust measurement was 34″, my band size therefore was also 34″.

    I therefore believe like Jennifer, that this old method is completely out of date.

    Although I no longer need to have custom made bras, I still make a very strong point in only going to highly reputable lingerie stores where I know I can be measured professionally for the correct fitting bra.

    Obviously these are only my views, opinions and experiences.

  • Ani

    I love that this article exists, except the going up in band size when you measure.

    Jennifer,
    As someone who has worked for Victoria’s Secret for 5 years and is now the bra specialist, I want to apologize for your dissatisfying experience. I’d like you to keep in mind that we measure over clothing to keep our customers feeling comfortable and, more importantly, the measurement is just an estimate. I can’t emphasize this enough. When we do your measurement, we also strongly urge you to try on in the fitting room to have the fit checked and resolve any issues that may present. Honestly, I don’t know of any retailer that makes fittings as available as we do. our sizes have also expanded greatly in my time there, but I have still referred a few ladies to specialty shops that can provide what I can’t. Give the girls another chance and ask for a second opinion from a manager if you’re still unsatisfied. :)

    • Jenny K

      I’m a natural 34 FF and haven’t found a bra that fit me at Victoria Secret since I was pubescent. Your stores just don’t make cups that big for bands that thin. At least none of the VS stores near me…

      • Jill

        I’m a Bra Specialist at Victoria’s Secret, and Jenny – I’m here to tell you that it is OK to not find bras at our store! Regardless of whether or not my clients find a bra with me, I ALWAYS want them to be comfortable in what they are wearing. So, on behalf of VS, I want you to know that your comfort and fit are far more important than the money you’d waste on getting something that “could work.” Bras should be investments. You should have several retailers that you can go to for your perfect fit, and that goes for any girl, regardless of size.

        Just like Ani said, our store has done a good job in listening to the customer to find out what they need most, and since last year, we have changed with the times to offer DDD’s/F’s in most of our styles. Furthermore, like Ani, I, too, will stop at nothing to ensure your comfort by referring my clients to specialty shops that provide what I can’t, both Locally, and on the internet. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of trial and error.

        Also keep in mind that our bodies change, and can do so at a rapid pace. I recommend that my clients get fitted every 6 months or change in weight past 10 pounds. Sometimes shapes just change on their own, and around age 30, we sometimes tend to go through another natural shift in our bodies. It’s important to keep up with the Tah Tahs, or it’ll just be an uncomfortable and unsatisfying experience for a long time – and it shouldn’t be!

        I sincerely hope you find something that works for you! One of my favorite recommendations I like to give is Soma Intimates. They tend to follow the trend that Victoria’s Secret sets with styles. Remember the tips stated in this blog, and you should be set up for success. Always ask for a second opinion if you are not 100% confident! We are trained to be able to assess your fit correctly!

        Blessings!

  • Barbara

    What about straps that constantly slip off the shoulders? Other than altering every bit of my clothing, are there alternatives? Is it a bra size issue? Help!

    • Mandi

      Try bras that have closer set straps like full coverage bras. Demi and balconette bras have straps set further apart. You can also try a racerback bra or just alter your bra to make it a racerback. It may also be that your wearing a band size too big. The bigger the band, the company will make the straps proportionately wider. If you can pull your band more than 1 or 2 inches from your skin, it’s probably too loose. Remember, your band should be tight enough to give you 80-90% of support. Your straps should give 10-20% of support. That’s why many well-educated bra fitters no longer recommend adding inches to your band measurement. For example, I measure about 27.5 around my ribs and wear a 28 band.

  • Aurora

    These ‘tricks’ are pretty much only for the smaller chested ladies:( There are maybe only 2 or 3 of them that would work at all for us endowed girls..

    • Jessica Booth

      I don’t understand what you mean. The majority of these can be used by anyone regardless of your bra size.

  • Jennifer

    I’d just like to point out that adding inches to your underbust measurement is very outdated, and should not be used. Also, go to an old school place for a proper fitting, NOT a Victoria’s Secret or LaSenza, what have you. On various occasions they have sized me incorrectly, and once even measured my mother over a sweater when she was wearing a push up bra! They are trained to just give you a size that they have in stock.

    • Jill

      Jennifer, that is absolutely not true. We are NOT trained to give you what we have in stock. Those of us Bra Specialists(Trained and Certified fitters) who actually care(Like Ani and I) will refer you to another company if we cannot supply what a client needs. If the customer is unsatisfied with what they got, it’s more than likely their disappointment in the fact that our products don’t fit a unique(and still beautiful) shape. Someone who is intent on owning something from Victoria’s Secret will STILL always get a truthful fitting from me, so please don’t call out a whole company for an experience in one or two stores. If you are confused as to why you’re being fitted into a size, please ask for assistance and let the Specialist check the fit and explain why the fit is or isn’t working. If you don’t press those buttons on the wall, we don’t always know that you need help or an explanation! Furthermore, we have a plethora of styles available in the fitting room to try on, so if one style isn’t working in your true size, consult your specialist and experiment to find out what shape would be best for you! Everyone fits into a cup size differently.

    • Lele

      I only go legit lingerie stores. Victoria’s Secret has fitted me Incorrectly numerous times. Tried giving them a chance more than once and it’s just obvious that they aren’t really knowledgeable about how to properly fit a bra.