Common bra fitting problems

Bra fitting checklist

This is a bra fitting checklist for a well fitted bra. This does not allow for any adjustments that need to be made for pregnancy or breastfeeding, so please read the pregnancy or breastfeeding bra fitting guides if you need more specific advice.

  1. The bra should be fastened on the loosest hooks to allow it to be tightened after wash and wear.
  2. The band should be straight across your back, not riding up, and should not be able to be pulled away from your back more than 1cm.
  3. The shoulder straps should be firm.
  4. Your breasts should be contained within the cups.

Common bra fitting problems

The band is riding up

Cause: the band is too big or the bra is too old and has lost it’s support.

Solution: go down in the band size or replace your bra.

Your breasts are not contained in the cup

Cause: the cup is not big enough, or the style is not suited to your breast shape.

Solution: go up in the cup size or try a different style that suits your shape.

The cups are too baggy

Cause: the cups are too big.

Solution: go down in the cup size or possibly try a different style of bra.

The straps are digging into your shoulders

Cause: the shoulder straps are too tight and the cup is not supporting your breast.

Solution: make sure you are wearing the right band and cup size to support your breasts. The straps should hold the cups in place, not support your breasts.

You have different cup sizes

Cause: many women have one breast bigger than the other, but it can be more obvious in some women than in others.

Solution: always fit your bra to the larger breast to ensure you get the right support. Bras with a stretchy fabric are often a better fit if there is a large difference in sizes. You can also try wearing a pad in the smaller side to even out your shape.