What to Look for in Choosing the Right Mastectomy Bra for you – Part 5: Solutions to Common Bra Problems

In this segment of my Fit Series, we discuss a few bra problems you could be experiencing and the solutions that result in the best fitting bra for YOU. 

CUPS:  if there are wrinkles or an excess of fabric in the cup area, the cup size is too big.  Breast tissue should be fully contained within the cup to give a smooth, natural silhouette.  If there are visible bulges at the top or sides, or if some breast tissue shows at the front or underarm, then the cup size is too small.  You may also want to choose a bra style with a higher centre front to contain the entire breast tissue.

BACK: one very common problem is with the back of the bra riding up or the sides feeling loose; in this case, the band size is too big.  The band of the bra should stay comfortably in place, parallel to the floor.

BAND: a properly fitted bra will feel comfortably snug, yet allow sufficient room to breathe and to slip a finger between your skin and the bra band.  If the bottom band digs in, your band size might be too small.  Try securing the bra at the loosest hook & eye adjustment or change the bra band size for a larger one.  If the bra moves constantly, the band is too big.  We often think a loose bra is more comfortable but it’s actually the opposite; if the bra is comfortably snug, you will forget you are even wearing one!

UNDERWIRE: If the wires dig in under the arms or stick away from the body, the cup size is too small.  Wires should lay flat against the body and fully encircle the breast tissue without poking, pulling or protruding.  A properly fitted underwire bra can give you excellent support, and you should not even feel the wires.

STRAPS:  If the straps are digging into your shoulders, the bottom band of your bra is probably too big and is not supporting you properly.  Try a smaller band size.  On the other hand, the bottom band is probably too small if the straps are slipping down your shoulders. The straps can loosen during the day or after washing, and you should ensure they are adjusted properly first.   Remember, it’s the bottom band of the bra that is mostly supporting your breasts; the straps are there to keep the breast tissue or breast prosthesis close to the chest, not drooping down.  You can also try bras with wider or cushioned straps, such as straps If your breast tissue lacks the required support and isn’t held close to your chest wall, you may even experience back pain problems. Therefore it’s really worth getting a properly adjusted bra.  For your added comfort, you may consider using our Comfy Straps.

The most common error in fitting is choosing a loose bra band in the name of comfort and a small cup size in the name of modesty.  This actually results in a poorly fitted bra and most importantly, a very uncomfortable one!  I too fell into that trap of false comfort: at my first professional fitting, I said I was wearing a size 42B bra but I left the store with the most comfortable bra ever in size 38C!  Have you experienced the same?

I’m looking forward to discussing bra fitting problems that you’ve experienced.  In my next blog post, I will discuss and dispel the most common bra myths. Stay tuned! 

Let’s talk soon!

Annie B.

Trulife – Bra Designer