10 Signs You’re Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

Many women unknowingly wear the wrong sized bra which can cause unnecessary discomfort and pain. Here's how to know if you're wearing the wrong bra size.

While there are times that we can go braless, most of the time we just can’t afford not to wear a bra. They keep our twins protected and in the right place, making them an important part of our daily lives.

However, what most of us are unaware of is the fact that we are wearing the wrong size. This is due to the other known fact that not all of us have the time to have our twins measured by professionals.

Thus, we’re not even sure that the one we’re wearing is the one that is the best fit and right size. For this reason, we’ve listed the signs that you’re wearing the wrong sized bra so you can check this for yourself.

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1. Your breasts bulge out at the top, bottom and sides of your cups

Bra cups are designed to hold your breasts without creating the dreaded quadra-boob. So, if there are bulges here and there, you can be sure you’re wearing a bra that is too small for you.

2. Your bra straps keep falling down

When they do this, it could simply be that you need to tighten them a bit. After having washed them over and over, it’s possible that they’ve stretched, so adjust them first and see how the fit. If they slip down your shoulders after you have adjusted them, it means they are not giving you the support that they should.

3. Your strapless bra slips down

Since it’s only the band that holds your breasts, it matters a lot to get the best fit so you don’t spend your time hiking up your bra again and again. It’s a struggle most heavy-busted women face, but can be sorted out easily by finding one that offers the best support. Also, there are instances when the cups are the ones that are wrinkled or baggy. When they are, the breasts are not given full coverage. It’s a sign that you have to replace the padding or it’s time to get a new bra.

4. You use the last hook when wearing your bra

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Most bras have three pairs of hook. If you feel uncomfortable wearing your bra on either the first or middle hook, that means the bra may be too loose for you. You have to go down one band size so you can wear the bra using the middle hook and still feel comfortable with it.

5. The band of your bra rides up in your back

Your band should lay horizontally flat on your back. Be sure to check in the mirror first before you put on your top so you don’t end up pulling the band down over and over. You can also move your arms over your head to check if the band moves up or not. If they do, you have to get a different size.

6. The center part of your bra doesn’t rest in its place

This tells you that you have to try on another bra size until you find one that has a center part that will rest on your rib cage perfectly. There are guides that you can refer to online if you want to do it yourself instead of having a professional do it for you.

7. The underwire stabs you

We’ve always thought that underwires were uncomfortable at some point, but the truth is that they only stab you if you’re wearing the wrong sized bra.

8. You see lumps and bumps around your chest area

Your bra may be too small for you if this happens. Don’t insist on wearing one because when you put on your top, it will be visible and it won’t be attractive.

9. It leaves marks on your body

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Your bra should not cause indentations or any marks on your skin. If you see any, it’s highly likely that you’re wearing the wrong size (too tight or ill-fitting) for you. Don’t let your skin suffer. Go and get a new one.

10. It hurts

Your back area, your neck or both will hurt if you wear the wrong sized bra. Thus, it’s highly recommended that you hit up a bra store so you can ask for assistance from a professional in finding the right bra for you.

Get fitted now

Bras, like other clothing, wear out over time and your body changes. If you can’t bear the thought of being separated from your favorite bra, you have to get it altered so it won’t cause you any pain. Make sure to get fitted for the right size bra, too.

Most stores offer this service at no cost, so it’s always best to take advantage of it rather than suffer from wearing the wrong bra size. If getting fitted at a store is uncomfortable for you, you can measure yourself in the comfort of your home. Just follow an online guide from a reputable source.

Did you get fitted by a professional? How was the experience? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About the author

Maine Belonio

Maine Belonio is a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus.

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