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Tricks to solve your bra problems

Do you have difficulty finding a bra that feels right or do you think that every bra you try pinches or doesn’t fit well? Don’t worry. Our FAQs and problem fixing guide have the answers to most questions.


The shoulder straps glide down all the time.
If they glide down because they have stretched and lost their elasticity, buy a new bra. If you have narrow or sloping shoulders and the straps have been shortened properly there are bras on which the shoulder straps are placed close together in the back fastenings, so-called no-slip shoulder straps. Try to avoid balconette models as the straps on these tend to be far apart.

The shoulder straps cut into the shoulders or leave marks.
The shoulder straps have been shortened too much. Adjust the shoulder straps so you can easily get one fingertip between the shoulders and the shoulder straps. Your bust should get 80% of its support from the bra band around your body.

The bra glides up when I stretch my arms.
You are wearing a bra with a circumference that is too big. If you bought it in the right size and your weight has not changed it has probably stretched over time.

The bra cuts into the back.
If the bra is so tight that you are uncomfortable or it leaves marks on the body, you are wearing a bra with a circumference that is too small. Try going up a size. If you have the right size and still think you get more rolls of skin than you think you should, buy a bra with a wider back.

The bra pinches under the bust.
See the answer above. The circumference of the bra is too small.

The underwire presses against the breast bone.
You are probably wearing the wrong cup size or a bra that is too tight around the body. The underwire should never pinch. If you have the right size, try a different model on which the underwires are not as high or one on which the underwires meet at a different angle.

The underwire presses into the side of the breast.
The cup size is too small on you or you have breasts with a wide base. Try going up a cup size. If it creases, try a minimizer with extra wide and shallow cups.

The bra is not tight against the body between the breasts but lies ‘on top’.
This is usually because the circumference of the bra is too big or the cups are not deep enough and thereby force the bra band away from the body. If you have an underwired bra, the underwires should be tight against the body and separate the breasts.

One cup covers more of one breast and goes higher up than the other despite the shoulder straps being adjusted equally on both sides.
The volume of one of your breasts is smaller than the other, which is very common among women. The smaller breast doesn’t fill the cup properly. Sometimes the difference in size cannot be seen when you look at yourself in the mirror. Try putting an insert into the cup that is higher on the breast.

The breasts form a ‘loaf’ in the bra.
You are probably wearing a bra with cups that are too shallow or too small. It is more common to get a ‘loaf’ or so-called uniboob in a non-wired bra than an underwired bra as many underwired bras separate the bust. Try an underwired bra. If you have a very big cup size, try a bra with cup seams instead of a moulded one.

The breasts form ‘double breasts’ in the bra.
If your breasts spill over the edge of the cup forming one or two ‘bonus breasts’ it is because you are wearing a bra with a cup size that is too small.

The breasts fall out of the bra when I lean forward.
You are wearing a cup size that is too big. Try a bra with the same circumference but a smaller cup size.

The breasts hang even though my bra is the right size.
If your breasts hang more than you’d like despite wearing a bra, it is probably because your bra is worn out and has stretched or that you are not wearing a bra with enough support. There are big differences between bras. Invest in a bra with extra lift support in the under cup, a stable model with firm material in the cup or at least in the bottom part of the cup and a wide back that fits firmly around the body.

The breasts are different sizes.
Buy a bra that fits the bigger breast and try putting a bra insert into the cup to fill it out. If you don’t want to use an insert, try wearing a contour bra. It has fully padded moulded cups with a fixed defined round shape and will hide that one breast doesn’t fill the cup.

The nipple can be seen above the edge of the bra.
If the cup size is right but the nipple still sticks out above the edge, the cup has a cut that is too low. Invest in a bra with a full cup instead.

The cup is creased.
You are wearing a cup size that is too big. If it creases at the top, it may be because of the shape of the breast. Most natural, non-operated breasts are not as full or firm at the top as at the bottom. In this case, try a bra with a stretchy material on the upper part of the cup.

I sweat in my bra.
Buy cups made of a functional material, for example Keep Fresh or Spacer, which lets the skin breathe and doesn’t bind the moisture. Natural fibres such as cotton let the skin breathe but can feel wet as they bind the moisture.

I bought a bra in exactly the same size as my old one but the new one is too tight.
Your old bra has stretched to your body and no longer represents the size printed on the size label. Maybe you have gained a bit of weight and the bra has adapted. Most bras have elastic backs and some also have elastic cups.

The seam rubs against the nipple.
Try a bra that is moulded. If you prefer seams, choose a bra with a lining with a French seam so there are no edges against the nipple. Another option is a fully padded cup.

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