How to Make Your Bra Comfortable With Simple Modifications
In a way, I think bra problems are like bowel movement issues. They happen to many of us, but we don't talk about them that much. A lot of women endure their bra discomfort in silence, while some others simply dump their troublesome bras into a wastebasket and visit Victoria's Secret several times a year.
Some bra problems can easily be rectified with little tricks and devices. There's no need for you to put up with the dissatisfaction of, or spend a fortune on these undergarments. Before making an attempt to fix your ill-fitting bra, however, ask yourself whether it's possible that your bra might have reached the end of its usability. If the answer is yes, there is no point trying to modify it. Also, ask yourself whether the discomfort is caused by the bra or your own body changes. If you have experienced substantial weight gain or weight loss, don't go through all the fuss, it's usually better to just buy new bras.
1. Your Bra Straps Keep Falling Down
This isn't just a matter of discomfort but also style cramping, especially if your bra straps are all well-worn and discolored. Bra straps have an expiration date, you know. Sometimes the band and cups might still fit perfectly well, but the straps themselves are awfully stretched out and look about a century old. Plus, having to pull the straps up every half an hour could almost drive you insane. To avoid this strap mishap, try these two simple tricks.
- Use a strap connector (aka "strap holder") to link your straps together in the back and pull them as far inward as necessary. This will form a racerback or a Y shape, which not only keeps your straps from slipping, but also prevents them from peeking through a blouse with a narrow back.
- Apply some clothing double-sided tape between the straps and your shirt fabric. This bra strap solution works quite well most of the time. If your daily activities involve a lot of vigorous arm movements, however, this trick might not be as effective as it normally is.
2. Your Bra Feels a Little Too Tight
This bra problem actually happens to some women once a month, either during their period or PMS. Your fluctuating hormones can cause your breasts to swell, and your favorite bra can suddenly become a little too snugly. Another typical culprit in this bra crime is, of course, weight gain. Your breasts, which consist of mostly fat, tend to proportionately expand along with the rest of your body as you add on extra pounds.
As I mentioned earlier, if your weight gain is quite substantial, it's wiser to just switch to larger bras. Adjusting the band size alone won't suffice; your breasts will still be suffocated under the undersized cups. If you have gained some extra thickness around the rib cage but the volume of your breasts has not changed much, however, bra extenders are an easy and affordable solution. No sewing is required. They simply attach to the hooks of your bra and can lengthen your band by up to two inches.
3. Your Underwires Are Digging Into Your Skin or Poking Your Underarms
Underwires are small pieces of metal, sewn under the cups to help lift and shape the breasts. They are supposed to make our busts look nicer, so to speak. Sometimes, these underwires can cause women such immense irritation and even pain. They can cut into the underside of your breasts, lay awkwardly against your rib cage or keep poking your underarms. There are generally three explanations for this:
- Your band size might be too small. In this case, you can conveniently modify it with the help of a band extender.
- Maybe the shape of the wires simply doesn't fit the natural form of your breasts and rib cage. The best thing to do is give your underwires a little bend and carefully adjust them until they contour to your bust more nicely. (This is the one and only scenario where I would advise you to alter the underwires of your bra. Otherwise, don't mess with them!)
- You may need to opt for a bigger cup size. If this is the case, there's not much you can do about it, except shopping for new bras.
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