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8 Random Reasons Your Bras Don’t Fit

  |   By Elisabeth Dale

What are the reasons why bras don’t fit?

According to some bra fitters, “85% of women are in the wrong size bra.” But that statistic is just a myth and fails to take into account that not all bras are sized or made the same way. So it’s not about finding the one, right size.

Most of us also know how the specific elements of a bra should work on a body, where wires, cups, straps, and the band should rest. But on today’s blog, I’m covering some less obvious problems that lead to bad bra fit.

Here’s are eight reasons why bras don’t fit, together with a few solutions:

1. It’s your go-to bra.

Do you have one bra that you put on every morning? I’ve got a couple in my rotation that I have to stop myself from putting on each and every day. Turns out that wearing the same bra all the time wears out its fine fibers and elastic. It simply won’t fit the same way. Try to give your bra a break every couple of days. Find a way to rotate them regularly so precious fabrics can rest and return to their original shape. (Either that or buy a fave bra in different colors and prints so you can always switch it up.)

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Betsy Johnson Forever Perfect Underwire Demi Bra
Available in 5 Colors, Fitting Bands 30-36, Cups B-G
via Nordstrom

2. You forget about straps.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to buy a bra and then ignore the strap length for the entirety of its useful life. Big mistake on my part. Why? Because our bra straps stretch and slip from their original position over time and that changes how the bra fits. Check yours after every, or every other wash.

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Wacoal How Perfect Wireless Contour Bra
Available in 3 Colors, Fitting Bands 30-38, Cups A-DDD
via Nordstrom

3. The bra style is all wrong for your breast shape.

There are so many different styles from which to choose, that it’s sometimes confusing. But every one of them, be it contour, push-up, full coverage, or balconette, lifts and separates boobs in distinct ways. For instance, you may feel like your breasts are falling out of a demi-cup but are more secure in a plunge style—or vice versa. Get familiar with different designs and how they change and rearrange the shape of your breasts on your body.

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Skarlett Blue Minx Unlined Demi Underwire Bra
Available in Bands 32-36, Cups A-DDD
via Nordstrom

4. You don’t adjust the bra band.

It’s best to buy a new bra when the band fits best fastened on the outermost set of hooks. That allows you to move to inner hooks as the fabric stretches out of over time. If the band isn’t feeling very snug, consider making this simple change. And if you have a wider or narrower ribcage, you can always shorten or lengthen the band with one of these simple bra hacks.

5. You gain, lose weight, or change fitness routines.

Changes to my fitness routine are the main reason why my bras don’t fit anymore. When I quit weight training a few months ago, my back muscles softened, and my shoulders began to slope. So I didn’t need any more room in the cups but did need to reconsider bra band length and strap location. Even a weight gain or loss of five to ten pounds can translate into another cup and band size.

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Brooks Moving Comfort Juno Bra
Available in 6 Colors, Fitting Bands 30-40, Cups B-E
via Nordstrom

6. Not all bras work with every fashion style or look.

Bras are like shoes: they don’t fit the same on all bodies or go with every outfit. It could be a matter of construction or design, or it’s just not the right bra for you. Breast placement (wide or narrow), height, torso length, and even age can change what works best on your body. And don’t forget that many brands specialize in certain designs (like strapless, post-mastectomy, full bust, small bust, boudoir, luxury, vintage-inspired, etc.).

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Panache Thea Balconette Bra
Available in Bands 30-38, Cups D-J
via Nordstrom

7. You’re not cleaning or storing your bras properly.

Not paying attention to proper bra care and storage means that bra cups get crushed, wires pop out of casings, and delicate lace tears and snags. If you need a quick refresher on these topics, check out our posts on how often to wash bras and useful storage tips. These little extra steps take less time than you think and pay off in the long run.

8. All your bras, no matter the style or brand, are the same size.

You’re likely tired of my saying it, but all brands have different fit standards. You simply can’t count on wearing the same size in every brand or bra style. For example, you might wear a larger band and cup combo in one company’s sports bra and a smaller cup and band in their demi style. It’s important to accept and even embrace the fun of wearing a “zone” of bra sizes. Otherwise, you won’t get the best possible fit in each bra you try or buy.

Are any of these the reasons why your bras don’t fit?

Featured Image: Wacoal How Perfect Wireless Contour Bra

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