I have a love/hate relationship with bras. I love them because they keep my boobs neatly in place – and I need that because they’re definitely on the bigger side (I’m not into the idea of them just flopping around, you know?). Even though I feel uncomfortable without a bra, sometimes I feel more uncomfortable when wearing a bra, because, let’s face it – bras can suck sometimes. Whether it’s the strap sliding down my arm, the underwire starting to poke through the fabric, or my boobs popping out of the cups, it’s the worst.
Luckily, there are ways to make wearing a bra better… and they don’t all involve spending money on a new bra. Sometimes, even when your bra is the right size, it’s just not that comfy. Here are 8 tips on how to make your more comfortable:
Make Sure You're Wearing The Right SizeFirst things first: make sure you're wearing the right size. Have you ever had a proper bra fitting (and no, I don't mean at Victoria's Secret)? Most women are wearing the wrong size, and finding the correct one can really change the way your bra feels. Get two opinions if you'd like, and don't be afraid to do a lot of trying on and testing out different brands and sizes to find the one that really works for you. Source: ShutterStock
Wear Wide Straps and/or BandsWide straps may not look as great with certain items of clothing, but try to wear them as often as possible. Wide straps are a little bit more comfortable and they also give more support. You should also look for wide bands, which do the same thing. Source: ShutterStock
Make Sure You Adjust ItI used to work at Victoria's Secret, and I met a lot of people who didn't know they were supposed to adjust their straps after buying a bra. I know that at VS, the new bras always had the straps tightened as much as possible. You may need to loosen your straps all the way, or at least a little bit. You should also make sure you're playing around with the band. I always find that when I first buy a bra, everything needs to be a bit more loose as it molds to my body shape. After a while, things need to be tightened. Remember that just because you started with the straps super loose doesn't mean they should never change after a few months wear. Source: ShutterStock
Go For Full-CoverageEven when you're wearing the correct bra size, I've always found that full-coverage is the most comfortable - especially when you have a larger chest. Full-coverage may not always be the sexiest option, so if that bothers you, only wear them when no one is going to see your underwear! Full-coverage ensures that your boobs won't pop out of place or fall out of the cup. I love wearing full-coverage bras - I barely have to adjust all day! Source
Make The Underwire Choice That's Right For Your SizeIf you have a bra size on the smaller side, you may want to go for bras without underwire. Underwire can be super annoying and uncomfortable, and if you don't have to wear it, don't! Unfortunately, I do feel like girls with larger chests need underwire for the extra support. If you need it, go for soft underwire. Source
Go For A T-Shirt or Cotton StyleA lace bra with lots of embellishments is super pretty and fun to show off. But are those practical for every day? Not really. When you're just wearing a bra to school, go for a simple cotton or t-shirt style. These are comfier, lighter, and not as much as maintenance. Source: Victoria's Secret
Switch 'Em UpDon't wear the same bra every day. In fact, don't wear the same bra two days in a row. Bras get worn very easily - they're delicate! When you wear them two days in a row or every day, you're stretching them out and they're going to wear much faster. That means they're going to get uncomfortable and misshapen faster as well. Always try to switch them up - this is why it's great to have a few different basics options. You should also be buying new bras every few months because they really don't last very long. Source: ShutterStock
Try Save A BraIf you feel like your bra is too tight but you don't want to buy another one, or if you just don't want to replace an old bra, try Save A Bra. It's a band extender that will make things a little more comfortable for you, and it's cheaper than purchasing a new bra. This isn't a permanent solution, but it's a good thing to keep in mind. Source: Amazon
Which of these tips did you find the most helpful? How do you make your bra more comfortable? What’s your favorite bra brand? Tell me in the comments.