Alternatives to Bras: What to Wear When Your Bra Hurts

Updated on August 27, 2019

If you ask women what the most uncomfortable item of clothing they wear on a daily basis is, the majority of them would say their bra.

Bras can hurt the back and neck, chaff the skin, and can even cause the cartilage of the rib cage to become inflamed. The problem is that most women feel better with some support and prefer the shaping bras give.

But there are ways to get support without the discomfort of bras.

Below are some alternatives to bras and ways to make bras more comfortable like bra extenders, bras with no underwire, sports bras, tube bras, camis, corsets, torsolettes, and chest wrapping. There are even tips on how to look better without anything underneath your top.

Stop living in pain caused by bras. Throw those annoying bras in the trash and find a more comfortable way to cover yourself.

Bra Back Extenders

Sometimes the problem with painful bras is simply that the bra is too tight around the torso.

A bra extender might be the solution if your bra is the right cup size, but is too small around your rib cage.

Bra back extenders simply clip onto the hooks of the bra and make the bra less tight by adding a few inches. They come in multiple hook styles and will match most basic bra colors.

An extender could be an easy fix for painful bras.

Have you ever been sized for a bra?

If you have never been sized for a bra by a professional, you may consider it. Your bra size may actually be different than you think it is. Getting the right size can make a bra fit more comfortably.

Bras with No Underwire

The problem with bras for some people is that the underwire hurts them. It can poke as you move and sometimes it will dig into your sides.

Choosing a bra that does not have underwire can be more comfortable. There are lots of bras without underwire that offer good support.

Typically the skimpier bras without underwire aren't as supportive and comfortable as the fuller bras. Look for no underwire bras with comfortable material around the bottom. Elastic can dig into your torso as much as underwire can. Wider bands around the bottom are usually more comfortable.

Homemade Bras

It never occurs to most women to make their own bra. But making a custom bra could be the solution for many women who can't find bras that fit correctly.

There are many bra sewing patterns available online or in fabric stores. If you know how to sew, making a bra should be a relatively easy project. Check out this bra making guide for how-to information.

If you don't know how to sew, see if one of your friends would be willing to make a bra for you or check around locally for a tailor or alterations shop that might make one for you.

A homemade bra might be the end of bra pain from bras that don't fit properly.


Sports Bras

Sports bras are an alternative to uncomfortable regular bras. They offer plenty of support without underwires.

They are typically made of stretchy material that will give with you as you move rather than digging into your sides.

The drawback of wearing sports bras is that they aren't the most attractive undergarments, especially underneath fitted and dressy clothes. The uniboob phenomenon usually happens with most sports bras and most aren't very sleek under clothes.

But there are sports bras that offer comfortable support with a bit more shape. Look for sports bras that have separate cups or stitching down the middle to separate the breasts more.

Some sports bras even have thinner spaghetti straps more like regular bras.

For the most comfort, look for sports bras with wide bands around the bottom. Thin bands will dig and chaff more.

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Camis and Tank Tops

Camis and tank tops are another comfortable option. They may be the best choice if having anything tight around your ribs irritates you.

Many camisoles come with built in shelf bras. Or you can find them without a built in bra if you prefer.

The tighter the tank top or cami is, the more support and the less sagging there will be. Nylon or spandex material will offer the most support.

The drawbacks of wearing camis are that they can be hot in the summer. It adds an extra layer over your whole torso.

If you are wearing bottoms with waists that fit low on your hips, the cami can come untucked and be annoying. And unless it is really tight, it still won't have the shaping and lifting effect of bras.

But it is a better choice than a bra for a lot of women. If you are smaller chested, it may be the way to go. Camis can offer a bit of protection and support without discomfort.

Tube Bras

Tube bras give support and coverage without wires or other parts that dig or poke.

They are basically like short tube tops. They are just material made to fit around your chest area. Since there are no straps, they can be a good choice for some dressy tops.

The downside to tube bras is that they are more prone to shifting because there isn't as much to hold them in place.

If you have sensitive ribs, the bands may still aggravate you depending on how tight you buy them. Look for wide bands. They are usually more comfortable than a narrow band that will dig into your chest.

Chest Wrapping

Do not use ace bandages or other very constrictive material to bind your breasts. That form of breast binding has been linked to causing blood clots, broken ribs, breathing problems, and other dangers.

That being said, there are non-constrictive ways to wrap the chest. It is just another method of support without the discomfort of a bra.

In some cultures before bras were invented, women would wrap cloth around their chest for support among other reasons.

This is especially true in Japanese culture. Chest wrapping was worn under kimonos. Wrapping has gained a resurgence in recent years because of its use by female anime characters, many of whom are samurai or other types of fighters.

Normal, non-constrictive cloth will work, but traditionally chest wrapping is done with a special type of supportive cloth called "sarashi." It is a really long piece of cloth that is wound around the chest (or whatever area you want to support). Most sarashi available today is about 1 foot wide by 10-15 feet long.

Basically you will wind the cloth and wrap it around you like a mummy. Be careful not to get it too tight. You don't want it to cause problems like trouble breathing. And like any type of chest support, you shouldn't wear it all the time to give your chest a chance to relax.

Chest wrapping isn't always practical. It would look strange under any tightly-fitted clothes because it is a bit bulky. It also gives a flatter look to the chest.

But there are times when it might be the right choice. If you can't wear sports bras or anything similar, chest wrapping may be good when you are going to be active.

Corsets and Torsolettes

There are tons of comfortable corset options that will provide support and give the lifted look of bras without the discomfort. Torsolettes and bustier bras are similar to corsets but look more like undergarments.

Corsets and other similar garments can be the best option for dressier clothes. They offer more support and shaping than other bra alternatives. And since the support is spread over the whole torso, they can be more comfortable than bras with underwires or elastic that can pinch.

Some corsets can even be worn as tops without anything over them or as part of an ensemble.

Just try options. You might find a corset or bustier bra that works well for you. Some corsets can be uncomfortable, especially if they are really tight or have boning. But some are very flexible as you move and have adjustable ribbons to loosen and tighten it.

Nipple Covers

Nipple covers (breast petals/pasties) can keep your nipples from showing underneath form fitted clothing. It's a way to go without a bra without being completely exposed.

Most people find them to be really comfortable. You may have to shop around to find a kind that fits you well and that looks natural on your breast under clothing.

Nipple covers don't provide any support or lifting, but they will offer a layer in between your nipples and your clothing. It will make it less obvious that you aren't wearing a bra.

There are a wide variety of types. Some are just round. Others are shaped. There are even reusable nipple covers available for people who wear them frequently.

Wearing Nothing

If it doesn't make you too uncomfortable, you could go without a bra or anything else.

Studies have not found any benefit to wearing bras other than for appearance and comfort while moving. Going without bras does not lead to saggier breasts later in life. Gravity alone is responsible for that.

The natural look of the breasts isn't anything to be ashamed of. Our society is just used to seeing breasts shaped and lifted by bras. It is like shaving the legs. There is nothing wrong with hairy legs on women, it is just a beauty trend to prefer them smooth.

So feel free to go braless, but be aware that this may not look very attractive according to modern standards (see picture to the right). Watch reruns of Dharma and Greg and pay attention to Dharma's chest to get the idea.

But there are ways to make it less obvious that you aren't wearing a bra. In general, smaller chested women can get away with it more than bigger chested women. The top you are wearing can also make a difference with how this looks.

If you are wearing a loose and baggy shirt or a floral or other busy print top, it won't be as obvious. Avoid white and other light colored and see-through materials if you aren't wearing anything underneath. Solid colored and form-fitting shirts will make the breasts and the lack of a bra more noticeable. In the end, it is worth the search for tops that looks good on you without a bra.

You will feel more breeze and chill without a bra. Being without a bra can feel freeing, but at the same time you may feel more vulnerable without anything to cover you up. You may feel more exposed to the world, but you will eventually get more used to it the more you go without a bra.

Being comfortable and feeling good about your appearance can happen at the same time. There are lots of options and alternatives when it comes to bras. Find what works for you and stop living in pain.

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      bonnie mc lafferty 

      3 months ago

      totally allergic to latex/spandex ; causes blisters cannot find a suitable substitute and am not small chested

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      4 months ago

      I prefer to wear soft tank tops under my clothes.

      There are tanks that don’t ride up too called NO YANK TANK at Duluth Trading Company in Duluth Minnesota . Cool

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      4 months ago

      Im thinking of making my own bras out of those 1.68 walmart tanks, with a few well placed cuts, possibly a few stiches, it seems easy to make a tank bra with lower wrap tie for support.

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      5 months ago

      I've been wearing a Cami-tank top with a built-in padding from UniQlo for years, and since then could never wear any of my regular bras again, even the regular bras that I once thought were more comfortable than average bras, are not longer comfortable.

      I am now so used to the loose fit and smooth back feel of the cami, it feels almost like wearing nothing, I can even sleep with it and not even think about it because it's not squeezing around my ribs at all, but still offers lift and padding to the boobs.

      Also because it looks just like a tank top, it can be worn by itself in summer and therefore even better for summer than a regular bra + shirt.

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      6 months ago

      alina murphy:

      I'm so sorry to hear that, hope you are feeling better.

      I'm not in any sort of situation similar to yours, but perhaps you could try attaching cooling pads to the burned area underneath the bra? I'm sorry if it's a dumb suggestion. otherwise, if you can't come up with anything, just rock who you are! it doesn't matter what your chest looks like for a few days/weeks while you are healing. just embrace the fact that you survived both cancer and this accident, and if no one else, I support you the whole way :)

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      Alina Murphy 

      6 months ago

      I have quite a predicament and i'm wondering if theres anyone out there in the same spot! i was in an accident and 15 percent of my body was badly burned (right around my torso where a bra goes) In addition to this i am a cancer survivor and have only one breast. I need a bra in order to wear the pad that makes them appear equal. But the burn makes the bra HURT like hell. If anyone has any suggestions, please help!

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      8 months ago

      I have been having bra issues for as long as i can remember having breasts. As a kid i hit puperty very early. I have a very thin and small body but bigger breasts. The biggest cup size i have is a DD and it absolutely kills me.

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      13 months ago

      My Male 46B/46C Breasts hurt when I don't wear my Bras.

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      14 months ago

      You are right, bra is one thing i wish not to wear on a daily basis. i always feel uncomfortable wearing it. But i will have to try nipple cover because it seems to be easier to wear and maybe more comfortable.

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      15 months ago

      It all plays on the stupidity of the public, they think. Never never put polyester or underwire on. check it out. They tell you not to wear silk. Silk will have you in seventh heaven 24 hours a day. You must breath. You might have to do a wrap or make something, but it's way better than nothing.. Linen is almost as good. We have to start thinking for ourselves. This is ridiculous. Noone should be that uncomfortable.

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      20 months ago

      I recently stopped wearing bras. Like many they irritate squeeze my rib cage. I get cheap 2 dollar tank tops with spaghetti straps a size smaller. The nice thing is that during hot weather I can wear just the tank top

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      22 months ago

      I have not worn a bra in 38 years. Not to work , church, socal events ....never. my only down side is that I have very large areolas and on the dark side. Sometime , depending on my top, THEY show thru a little. And thats ok with me, cause I have been ask out a few times because of

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      23 months ago

      haven't worn a bra in 3 years. put one on for two 10 hour days. in pain for two days now as my chest feels like someone beat me with a stick around my ribs. Wont be doing this again anymore. pasties, or something.. anything is better then a bra

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      2 years ago

      Plus size and hot flashes. I want a cami with some boob coverage and will let my body breathe.

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      2 years ago

      I always have had trouble wearing a bra since a teenage. I wore cotton bras, wire bras, wire free bras, lace bras, then Doctor told me to do into sport bras which I've been wearing since 1992. Now I can't even wear sport bras as they hurt me, breasts hurts, I'm very petite don't have much fat around my ribs and the pain I am suffering wear any bras as it feels like rubber bands around my ribs or someone squeezing me. Not to mention how extremely fire red under my breasts. I don't wear any now because of this only when I go out then it is nightmare for me to get into sport bras even stepping in as my left hand don't bend well as my right hand. I just purchase camisole tanktop w/build she'll bras. I was doing fine with them, but now have the extremely fired red rash under my breasts and pain again around my ribs. I was a34B, but lose so much weight around my rib (don't have the body fat). Thinking this is the main cause of any types of bras I wear. I have wore 30B, 32A, 32B, 32C, 34B, and 36 all hurt so bad that I just rip them off. I'm open for suggestion on what I can do I'm doing exercises now that will firm and lift your breast and also make them smaller. This is where 30 & 32 comes into play now. Only problem with the camisole tank top when it gets warmer out you are going to be hot in them.

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      2 years ago

      Another option not mentioned that I will be trying (because of a painful bout of shingles in the under breast area) is a silicone stick on type bra. Am also interested in wrapping, and had actually considered it, but couldn't find any large enough and soft material to use in my home.

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      3 years ago

      I am allergic to bras have dermatitis ,can't find a bra that's is comfy and doesn't break me out in a rash,anyone else got the same problem

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      3 years ago

      I am a 44 G/H. I have a pinched nerve in my neck and my shoulder. Wearing a bra is excruciatingly painful period but going without one and when I'm out in public is not an option. As it is at home it is a tremendous burden to not be wearing a bra. I have burned myself twice on the stove. I have bruised myself and done actual physical damage to my breast because they are hanging down on my belly. They get bumped and banged all the time. I need a breast augmentation reducing their size desperately.

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      3 years ago

      I have COPD and find bras really effect my breathing these days, but a Yoga bras do much better. Can put them on over my head, they are not as tight around my chest and they have plenty of support. I get mine a Penneys and it is way cheaper than the VS ones I use to wear !!!!!!

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      just me 

      3 years ago

      I have horrific skin breakdown under my breasts. I have to wash my bras when I get home because I'm bleeding from just under the arm pit all the way around front....both sides. I just ordered 3 camis with a shelf bra inside. I'm large breasted, and a very modest dresser. So I'm very hopeful that this will be "enough" support for me to get away with. Thanks for all the help!

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      Amou Bird 

      3 years ago

      I don't mind wearing a bra, but sometimes it really digs into my ribs and also hurt my stomach. Some of these ideas are really handy!

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      3 years ago

      I'm small chested, so I go without a bra most of the time. When I feel like I really need something due to the top I'm wearing, I like wearing a wool sports bra (Icebreaker Siren, especially, but others from Icebreaker and Smartwool are good).

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      3 years ago

      Women with thoracic back pain can't wear bras due to the pain. I wish nice lightweight vests would come back in style.

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      3 years ago

      Nipple covers - best invention ever, though they tend to sweat off in hot weather. I've been fitted for bras, but just can't stand them. Being small-breasted the bandeaus and tubes flatten what I've got. I look for shirts with pockets, patterned tops, tops with detail such as stitching, tucks, gathers...there's such a market for clothes that look fine without a bra - why isn't someone tapping it? I like the idea of the soft cups sewn into the clothing though it might look odd with loose tops when you bend eg!

      If men felt they needed underwired underpants - but no, they're not such fashion victims as we are.

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      3 years ago

      I suppose I should say I'm lucky in that I've never really had a set to worry about, but with time, even they will sag. I need support to look my best, but I have very sensitive ribs, and will go out of my way to remove even a shelf-bra cami at the end of the day. I once even pulled out my spare set of socks at work to tuck under the band and soften the blow. Here's wishing someone could come up with some wireless support that is as soft on the rib cage as a sock.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Candace. I tend to have issues with my bras and wouldn't mind doing the strapless or tube versions. Voted up for useful!

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      4 years ago

      As my name eludes to, I am a man with rather large breasts, even by female standards. I wear a bra every day. Most of my bras are a 38G. I have been wearing a bra since I was a teenager. I don't feel comfortable going bra less because of my size. I know that there are a lot of women who hate to wear a bra. I am very particular about the fit of my bras. Maybe the women who are so uncomfortable need to wear a different size. Since I was professionally fitted, I love my bras.

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      4 years ago

      what about the women that kind stand all that elastic

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      4 years ago

      Sports bras are fairly wearable, and I'll wear push-ups if it's only for a few hours and I have a low-cut top. When the weather is good enough, I wear (not too tight) corsets or just dresses that give some support (empire waist is the best thing ever).

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      Candace Bacon 

      5 years ago from Far, far away

      Crossdressersyd - Sounds like you have an untapped market for a product.

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      5 years ago

      Why can't someone design women's bra's to fit men with out losing any of its style and still look like a sexy bra

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      Candace Bacon 

      5 years ago from Far, far away

      Renu - It sounds like your bra isn't long enough around your shoulders. Look for one that has longer straps and make sure the strap adjusters are at the full length. There are also strap attachments that can make the strap longer. Hope that helps your problem.

      Sandy - That looks like a great product. I'm glad it works for you.

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      5 years ago

      I never felt comfortable wearing a bra. The shoulder pain, hard to breathe, breast spill over. Ugh! I tried BreastNest and haven't looked back. It's amazing. I even sleep in it.

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      5 years ago

      I feel my bra is highly uncomfortable.. I regularly use to pull it down from front bottom....not sure about exact becamey habit know but I know it looks very bad in crowd..pls suggest something..

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      Candace Bacon 

      5 years ago from Far, far away

      torrilynn - Underwire is definitely the worst. Glad other types of bras work for you. Thanks!

      Elise70 - You might try looking for longer coverage like something that comes down the rib cage a bit more. Have you tried using powder to help with the sweating? A bit of baby powder may help absorb the sweat. Good luck!

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      5 years ago

      I join the club of bra haters. I often wear pullover bralettes, but they tend to reveal too much as they are seldom padded. Regular bras are uncomfortable, and move when I raise my arms or do almost anything. Maybe I don't have the right fit, but it seems like guidelines for a proper fit vary.

      Lastly, though I am not well endowed, I sweat like crazy in that area, even with a thin cotton or modal bralette. I might try putting mine in the freezer this summer. At my wit's end with this search.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this article about bras. Ive always found bras to be very uncomfortable especially the ones with the underwire. I now try to get the bras that either lack an underwire or that clip in the front instead of the back. Nice article. Voted up.

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      Candace Bacon 

      5 years ago from Far, far away

      idigwebsites - Sleeping in a bra isn't recommended because your body needs time to just relax and not be forced into unnatural positions constantly. I don't know about causing breast cancer.

      Bunting - If you have to wear something, try to find a type of bra that rests farther down. A corset or torsolette might be something for you to try. A tightly-fitting cami may be a good option. Chest wrapping might also be a possibility. It is typically used by athletes. The wrapping applies pressure evenly so one spot isn't carrying the brunt of the support. Hope those ideas help!

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      5 years ago

      About 5 years ago I had a horse accident and they had to remove parts of my ribs and go figure it is right were the bra rides so most the time it hurts no matter what I wear I have tried them all any other Ideas to keep the presure of that side? I have to wear a bra because of my line of work riding horses at a higher rate of speed most of the time you need to tie them suckers down!

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      5 years ago from United States

      Only when I'm in my house I don't wear bras. I even reproached my sister when she had to sleep with her bra on. I was told that sleeping with a bra on would cause breast cancer, though I wonder if that's true, but it sure feels even painful to wear one while you sleep. Thanks for posting about this very important info. Up, useful and shared.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Far, far away

      CV woman - It is terrible to have such problems with a piece clothing necessary for daily use. Some type of bodysuit, corset, or torsolette might work. You would just have to try some out to see if they work for you or if they are too tight. Basically you just want to look for a type of support with more length than a typical bra. You might be able to find other camis or tanks that could serve your purpose better. Hope you find something that fits you better.

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      CV woman 

      6 years ago

      I almost cried when I read Tiffany Marshall's comments. I started having these exact problems not long ago, and I can't wear any of my bras. I'm between a D and a DD cup so can't just go without anything, but all bras either dig & roll along the side or flip up on my ribcage as soon as I sit down. It's infuriating. I've been wearing tight-fitting Lycra tanks but need something better. Was looking at the Bali lace bodysuit. Are there other options? Hate the idea of having to wear something so constricting.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Far, far away

      Thanks for the comments everyone!

      vibesites - I saw that same study when it was in the news. Bras force the breasts into unnatural positions, so maybe that is the reason behind that.

      Mirta - Way to go! If more girls took on your attitude, women could be free of the pain of bras forever. Most of the problems with bras are that they try to force everyone's breasts to look a certain way. Keep on changing the world.

      wonderdawn - Glad to hear that nipple covers have worked so well for you. Most men don't understand the discomfort of bras. But I think many people are starting to realize how body type ideals in our culture are impossible to achieve and people are becoming more accepting of a more natural look.

      Barbara Kay - Thanks! When you do wear a bra, getting the correct fit is an absolute must for comfort. I will have to search for that link.

      Tawna - A different style of bra is probably best for you. The ones that cover down the midsection would be good for you. You may also be able to find bras that have more material on the bottom. They might have them in specialty stores or online. Good luck finding bras that cover you better!

      Wheelyclunky - Nipple covers are great when you want a bit a cover and protection when going braless. It is freedom without drawing attention to your chest.

      Girl - One thing that might help is padded sports bras. They might be more comfortable than regular bras. You could also try some of the comfortable corsets or bustier bras that give support and lift but don't have the elastic bands that dig into the ribs. It can give the appearance of a fuller chest. Another idea is to wear a cami that has a built in bra shelf and put breast forms (also called breast pads or inserts) into it. Hopefully you can find a solution that will work for you.

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      6 years ago

      My problem is, I have to use padded bras all the time. It's so painful but I got used to it. And I'm scared to show the real me to the world, because I'm a nearly flat chested girl. Can you suggest me any alternative please...........

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      6 years ago

      Thank you. I'm a 40 or 42H and mainly go without. I'll look for those nipple covers.

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      6 years ago

      My problem with bras is that the bottom portion tends to ride up & sit on bottom portion of my breasts, just below the nipples. Whenever I feel that, I instinctively to pull them back down to my chest, even though doing so looks awkward. I need bras that are provide support at least an inch below the bottom of the breasts in order to feel okay. Another concern is that bras don't provide my breasts much shape-- I need them to push the breasts inwards from the outside in order to make my breast look fuller. Right now, I research corset or bustier bras. They might be exactly what I need.

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      I can't stand underwire bras. It seems like most of the bras have them now. Thanks for an interesting hub.

      There is a hub somewhere on here about how to get the right fit for a bra. I think Angela_Michelle wrote it. It might be a handy link.

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      6 years ago from Vanleer, Tennessee, USA, Earth

      I use silicone nipple covers all the time and HIGHLY recommend. However, I am small-breasted, without much need for support. I have some that are re-usable, you just wash them with soap and water and when they dry, they are sticky again. I am a hippie who values comfort over conformity, so these are a godsend in order to feel more modest (i.e. my nipples are not staring you down) when going braless in public. I love this subject, I am always complaining about having to wear a bra. I say to men in my life, "Just imagine having to strap a tight piece of fabric around you all the time." Especially when it is 90 degrees. Totally jealous of exposed male breasts in the summertime!

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      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Good job.

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      6 years ago

      I'm only 16 and already my ribs are deformed beneath my chest thanks to being DD+ since I was 13. Not even sports bras are comfortable. I've decided to go bra-less, entirely, and frankly I couldn't care less about the weird looks or the judgmental girls. They don't know the pain or are too preoccupied with looking good that they forget they'd look just fine if everyone would quit making perfectly round, perky breasts a fashion statement.

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      6 years ago from United States

      I've read a recent study that bras even contribute to sagging breasts but I didn't bother to read about it further.

      I wear bras that are lightweight and have no underwires. I started to wear bras with no underwires when I was uncomfortable with my bra so I removed the pesky wires. A sports bra might be also a good option, I haven't worn one yet but I'll try to see how it feels. Voted up and useful.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Far, far away

      Tiffany Marshall - Bras that flip up on the bottom can definitely be annoying. A body suit would probably help that. If it is a comfortable option for you, it could be less annoying. A bra pouch for the washer and dryer might help cut down on the lint and debris it picks up.

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      Tiffany Marshall 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      The thing that bugs me most is that I have a tummy, or layer of fat/fat roll below my boobs. That said, the band that is around the bottom part of my bra flips up because of this raised area, since my tummy isn't flat. It happens with my sports bras too. It is so annoying and uncomfortable. Always pulling down on my bras & trying to "flatten" the band to keep it from folding over. Maybe I should wear a body suit. I hate buying new sports bras because they are often so much tighter than the ones I've been wearing for a few years, even though I got a bigger size this time around. I know I have to keep wearing them to get adjusted & wear to them, but it is so annoying. My sports bras also are big lint collectors after I wash & dry them. Nothing like some irritating piece of lint or hair in your bra to itch or poke you all day.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Far, far away

      Vivian - I understand your pain with bras. They are so painful. Sorry you were forced to wear such torturous bras when you were younger. Oh, the things women have been forced to wear. You're right. Sagginess is not caused by lack of bras, but gravity over the decades. Glad you have found a bra solution that works for you with sports bras.

      J Bamford-Love - Women's clothing manufacturers need to get the memo that not all women are shaped the same. It's good that you have figured out a type of bra that fits your needs. There comes a time for many women when comfort starts to outweigh society's ideals of fashion.

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      Jessica Bamford-Love 

      6 years ago

      I have the worst time with bras because I am full-busted with a small rib cage, plus my breast tissue extends from side of my rib cage and my breasts almost touch in the middle so the center of bras generally don't lie flat like they are supposed to. I used to wear Le Mystere because they met my needs the best, but they made finding tops that fit even harder to find. For the past six months I've been wearing Rhonda Shear Ahh bras....they do well enough looks-wise, they do separate my breasts in the middle better than most sports bras, and they are seamless. I have finally decided that a bra that holds up the boobs just isn't worth the hassle anymore.

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      6 years ago

      Underwire bras are absolute hell for me. The wires dig deeply into the front my ribcage, and also in my back, so for the entire day I'm practically struggling to breathe. And throughout the duration of my adolescence, my mother forced me to wear these really tight underwire bras ("for shaping" she said -- which is BS because we all know that wearing bras does not aid in preventing "sagginess"), with the result that my ribcage became a bit deformed -- my ribs are dented inwards underneath my breasts. Seriously, no human should suffer this. So, a few years ago I finally came to my senses and decided I'll only be wearing sports bras from now on (and so far it's been doable because I'm a jeans-and-T-shirt type person). Comfort is always the most important thing -- screw what society says about "beauty standards".

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Far, far away

      WritingPrompts - Bras can definitely be a pain. And each type does seem to come with its own set of perils. The image of boobs choking you while driving really cracked me up. Glad you have found a way to deal with the bra problem.

      Alecia Murphy - The key really is in finding the right bra, which can take trial and error. Hopefully you can find ones that fit for you. Thanks!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm glad I saw this. Finding the right bra that fits and looks right is like finding the right pair of shoes. But now that I know there are other methods to consider, I won't feel so confined to a bra.

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      7 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      I can manage the sports bras most of the time, but I'm large breasted and they tend to give me this "uniboob" that makes the seat belt slide up and choke me when I drive (which I do for a living). It took a couple years, but I finally got comfortable going without (at least a the truck stops). Regular bras seem to put the plastic adjusters in the worst places and usually rub holes in my back before the day is over.

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      Candace Bacon 

      7 years ago from Far, far away

      @ moonlake - Thanks! Some women can get away with no bras, some don't look very attractive without them. It's all about finding what is comfortable.

      @ Marcy Goodfleisch - Bad bras are the worst! Thanks so much!

      @ Kumholtz - Sports bras are pretty much always more comfortable than regular bras. I have heard other people mention the Incredible bra for its comfort.

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      7 years ago from Savannah

      Being an irregularly big chested girl, I wear sports bras with almost anything because of the comfort and it makes my chest area look flatter (which I like). But when it comes to dressing nice, I have to bring out the bras. For anyone who's looking for a more comfortable bra, VS's Incredible bra is definitely my top choice.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      Only someone who has suffered through a really bad bra knows how useful this hub is! I'm making notes - you may have saved me a lot of pain and agony here! Voted up and up!

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      7 years ago from America

      I saw a picture of family members that never wore bras and I'm telling you that picture looked awful. I have to have a bra and I want an underwire. Bali use to make the best one it had extra fabric where the wire was now they have stopped making it. The minute I walk in the door the bra is unhooked. Great hub voted up.


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