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Advice and answers about full-figure bra problems

The straps dig into my shoulders. What can I do?

If the body of your bra is not giving you enough support, the shoulder straps are forced into providing extra support as well. Your band size is probably too large. A common mistake many big breasted women make is by going up a band size if they can't get a big enough cup size. e.g. you can't find a 44E in the bra design you like, so you choose a 46D instead. However, you have made a mistake because going up a band size means your straps are going to have to make up for the support lost in the increased band size. To relieve shoulder strap pain, measure yourself and stick with the correct bra cup size.

Underwire bras always poke me. Why?

As a bra gets larger in the band size, the distance between the cups also increases. Underwires are placed in a bra according to accurate measurements. If you experience poking, your bra is probably the wrong band size. It is important that you measure for your band size and then stick to it when buying bras.

Do I need a wider band along the back of my bra?

A wide band is less likely to ride up on your back or twist. A wide band will also give you more support along the sides and allow for better posture. And a wide band can give extra support, allowing more freedom of movement.

Is a "D" cup in a 42D different from a "D" cup in, say a 48D?

Yes. As bras increase in band size, the cups get wider.So if you wear a 44C and your mum wears a 48C, her cups (and breasts) will be larger than yours.

Is it important that my bra rests on my chest bone between my cups?

No. It is much more important that your breasts have separation and definition, and that they are not overflowing out the top or at the sides of your bra.

My breasts are often red or bruised at the bottom. Why?

If the band of your bra is not firm against your ribcage, but rather resting on the under-breast tissue, redness and bruising can occur. The problem is that the band size of your bra is too big (e.g. you're wearing a size 50 instead of a size 48). Your breasts are falling out from the bottom of your bra and your bra straps are being asked to support the weight your cup should be. Try a bra with a smaller band size and a larger cup size (e.g. try a 46E if you were wearing a 48D).

Where are a full-figured woman's breasts supposed to sit?

If you are wearing a properly fitting bra, your breasts should sit midway between your waist and your collarbone. How do you check? - Put a belt around your waist and hold your hand flat, facing the floor, below your neck at your collarbones. Looking in the mirror, the fullest part of your breast should be midway between your waist and your hand

What's the biggest mistake big chested women make in sizing a bra?

The most common mistakelarge chested women make is buying a bra with cups that are too small and because of this going up to a band size to one that is too big for them. This mistake is understandable since many pretty bra styles don't come in larger cup sizes. But buying a band size too big is a mistake, so find out what your measurements are and only buy bras that are made in your exact size.

Do full-figured women have to wear underwired bras?

No, but there is a trade-off. A soft-cup bra will be more comfortable, but does not fully shape your breasts. The right sized underwire bra can be comfortable too, but will definitely provide attractive shaping, and full support, to your breasts.


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