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
Underwire bras always poke
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
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.