Common Bra Problems

The majority of people we fit in the store are wearing a bra with a band size that is too big and a cup size that is too small. Thus, if the average person buys a 36DD bra, he/she most likely wears a UK 34F or US 34G. Here are a few common bra problems accompanied by an explanation of how to solve them, or you can watch the video below for more information:


Problem: Your breasts pop out the bottom of the bra, especially when you raise your arms.

Solution: Try the next cup size up and scoop breast tissue up into the cup so that it is completely encased and does not fall out the bottom. The band may also too big. Check that it feels snug on the loosest set of hooks.

Problem: Your breasts overflow from the cups of the bra causing lumps.

Solution: Size up in the cup until all of your breast tissue is covered. Also, the style of the bra may not be right for you. Some cups are designed to be shallower near the top or they have reduced stretch, which can cut into breast tissue.

Problem: The straps of your bra give you deep shoulder indentations.

Solution: Loosen the straps and examine the band. At least 80% of the support from your breasts comes from the band, and if it is too loose, you may be tightening your straps to compensate for the loss of support

Problem: The band rides up in the back.

Solution: Size down in the band, but remember you also need to size up in the cup, e.g., a 34C becomes a 32D.

Problem: Your breasts are smashed together at the center of the bra or compressed by the underwire on the sides.

Solution: Size up in the cup. The underwire should not lay on any of your breast tissue. The center should lay flat against your breast plate (known as “tacking”), and the underwire should encase the tissue on the sides not compress it.  However, if you have full, center-set tissue, the underwire may not sit flat in fuller-coverage styles, especially if the center is wide and shallow.  If possible, look for bras with a lower height at the center gore where the underwires meet.  If you wear bras in the upper end of the cup size spectrum, true tacking may not be possible.

Problem: The underwire digs into the your breasts or sides.

Solution: You may need to size up in the cup to ensure the underwire sits behind the breast tissue, but the style of bra may not be right for your body. Some bras have a higher wing or cup near the side, which can dig into the skin or chafe. Look for a style with a lower wing if the cup size fits.

Problem: You have extra space between where the cup ends and where your breast tissue starts on the side.

Solution: The shape of the cup is too wide for you.  If the cup size fits otherwise, consider looking for styles with narrower cup shapes, possibly with added center projection.

Problem: You have frequent infections, rashes, or break outs underneath the breasts.

Solution: Size up in the cup and evaluate your band. Infections or rashes under the breasts are usually a result of breast tissue being trapped against your skin for long hours, which could mean your breasts are falling out the bottom of your bra.

Several bras not fitting the wearer properly
Signs of a Poor Fit in a Bra