6 Secret Signs You're Wearing The Wrong Bra
“Taking my bra off at the end of a long, long day. Ah! It’s probably the best feeling in the world.”
How many women have you heard this from? An ill-fitting bra is one of the biggest woes for many women. In fact, almost 70% of women end up wearing the wrong bra. That’s a lot of women with uncomfortable bodies.
Despite being an essential garment, women often have a lot of trouble finding a bra that fits. And finding a bra for a bigger bust is even more difficult to find.
In this article, we take a look at some signs that indicate that you are wearing the wrong bra.
Signs of an ill-fitting bra:
Irritation and pain
When you are wearing the wrong bra, it has a way of digging into different parts of your body which leads to discomfort and pain. This is usually seen in the form of itchy, red, irritated skin under your breasts and long red lines on your shoulder. The latter is when the bra straps dig into your shoulders, causing them to hurt sometimes too. The red blotchy skin under your breasts, on the other hand, could be the result of an underwired bra that has worn out with use, leaving skin exposed to the underwire. It could also be the result of the underwire bra not fitting you properly.
Having to readjust the bra constantly
Contrary to popular opinion, a bra should not be uncomfortable. If you notice yourself constantly pulling, tugging and readjusting your bra throughout the day, it could be because of the following underlying issues:
- The style of bra you are wearing is wrong for you.
- The cup size of the bra is either too large or too small for you.
- The bra band size might be too tight or loose.
But with a professional bra fitting, you wouldn’t have to encounter any of these issues.
Encountering issues with back
An ill-fitting bra can also lead to back problems in some cases. If your band is too tight or too high, it can end up squeezing your back, which can lead to a number of problems. Sometimes, the rib also aches after wearing a bra for prolonged periods. This is again because the bra isn’t the right fit for you. Another sign that the bra is not able to give your back the necessary support is when your shoulders droop forward and the back remains constantly slouched. When you find the right bra with professional bra fitting, these issues will take care of themselves.
Breasts spilling out of your bra
This is a common occurrence with many women. “Quad-boob”, as it is called, is the result of wearing a bra that is just not right for you. If you notice your breasts spilling out of the bra cup, it could be because the bra size is small for you. It’s a good idea to move up a bra size, as it will offer you less movement and more support. Not to mention, your clothes will look better with a smoother look.
Breast movement during routine tasks
The job of a bra is to provide your breasts with the support they need so that you can go about your day and carry out routine tasks more easily. But if you find that your breasts are "moving" as you move, it’s usually because your bra is not providing the necessary support. Don’t think of a bra as something to compress your breasts. Rather, look for a bra that encapsulates the breasts, like an underwired sports bra or a full-coverage support bra.
Headaches become frequent
Headaches are often caused by a number of things, but not many people know the wrong bra could also lead to headaches. There is a very simple reason for this. When you are wearing the wrong bra, your back and upper body do not get the support it needs. As a result, your upper body muscles have to work harder. When these muscles are constantly under strain because of an ill-fitting bra, it could lead to headaches and can be bad for you.
Now, you might be thinking - "How would an ideal bra fit?" The next section covers all you need to know about the ideal bra fit for every person.
How should a bra fit?
Here are some indications that your bra is fitting you perfectly –
- The bra band is level, straight and is not riding up.
- The bra straps are neither falling nor digging into your skin. They are in place.
- Your breasts are filling the cups without spilling from the top or sides.
- The underwire is surrounding the breasts without pinching them.
- The centre of the bra lays flat between your breasts and doesn’t lift off the chest.
With this, we’ve covered all the six signs that indicate that you’re wearing the wrong bra size. With a professional bra fitting at the Illusions Lingerie store in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, you can finally get a bra that’s the right fit for you.
Whether you are looking for bras, briefs, shapewear or sleepwear, Illusions Lingerie is here to fulfil all your intimate wear needs. Visit our store in Melbourne or shop online from our website. For any questions, contact us today!
About The Author
Famously known throughout Moonee Ponds and Greater Melbourne as the "Bra Fairy", Tracey has been helping women feel comfortable and confident through stress-free bra fittings for over 38 years.