The 8 Most Annoying Things About Bras And How To Fix Them

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Bras suck, am I right? Aside from being a jail that locks your boobs in for hours each day, there's some other pretty annoying (and common) bra problems we all have at some point. Hint: it's because we're all wearing the wrong sizes.

The correct bra size is critical to form a harmonious bond with your boob supporters. As obvious as it may seem, most of our common bra problems stem from wearing either the wrong cup size or the wrong band size. And it's not our fault either! Sizing varies from brand to brand and sometimes bra fitters just get it wrong. 

From straps that fall off to backs that bulge, here are the most common gripes women have about their intimates and how you can fix them!

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The Problem: The Back Band Keeps Rising

Your bra's band should be parallel to the floor all the way around your body. If it's not, you're either wearing the wrong band size or the band is too stretched out from wear and tear. Either way, it needs replacing. If this is a common problem for you, try sizing down a band size and up a cup size instead. For instance, if you're currently wearing a 36B, a 34C should keep your band from rising in the back.

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The Problem: Pain or Chafing

Bras shouldn't hurt you, despite how much it seems like that's the case. If your bra is hurting you or chafing you, something is clearly wrong. It could just be the fabric. Try something lighter and more breathable, like cotton or lace to see if that solves the chafing problem. If that doesn't help, it's like the wrong support system. If the straps are digging in, causing you to rip off your bra as soon as you walk in the door, it's definitely the wrong size. Try going down a band size and up a cup size. Hint: each breast should be fully encapsulated in the cup, and they should not be touching. 

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The Problem: Straps That Slide Down

If you're constantly pulling up your bra straps and they still keep sliding down, your straps may have stretched out. Tighten them up every other month to keep things snug. If that doesn't work, you may have narrow or sloped shoulders, which will keep your straps sliding down no matter how tight you make it. Try switching to a different style bra. A racerback, where the straps sit closer together in the back, is a good choice, or one with silicone strips to keep the straps in place (and for added comfort).

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The Problem: Center Gore Doesn't Fit Flat Against Your Chest

Pro tip: the center gore (the strap connecting the two cups) should be flat against your chest. If it's not, either your band is too big, your cup is too small, or it's just not the best shaped bra for your breast type. Try on a smaller band size and bigger cup size to find the perfect fit. If a full cup size up is too much, places like ThirdLove offer half-cup size, because we all deserve bras that actually fit! Sometimes, however, the shape of the gore is just too tall, wide, or small for your breast type. Try shopping some different cup shapes, like demi or plunge bras to find what works for you.

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The Problem: Breasts Don't Fill Your Cups

If you have too much room in your cups and feel like your breasts are swimming in them, you need to switch up the style. A full-coverage bra just has too much space in the cups. Try a demi-cup bra or a balconette-style if you have smaller breasts. If you have large breasts and there's too much space in your cups, it could be because of your breast shape. Try tightening the straps, and if that doesn't work, go down a cup size!

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The Problem: Spillage Over The Top

The opposite of too much space in the cups is spillage over the top. This means your bra is too small. Keep the band size as is and move up at least one letter in your cup size. If it still doesn't help, consider changing the style to a full-coverage bra.

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The Problem: Back Fat

The worst of the worst when it comes to bra problems is the dreaded back fat. It could be happening because the band is too tight and you need to up the size. However, if you are in the right band size and the bulge still happens, it's likely because of the bra style and your shape. Try bras with a smooth, stretchy fabric that will give you support without digging in. Wider back straps give you a smoother look under the arms and across your back.

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The Problem: Boob Sweat

Boob sweat. Even the smallest breasts deal with it at some point. The fix is easy, though. Choose lighter, breathable fabrics, like cotton, that will absorb your sweat! Try a bralette to avoid the build up of sweat from the wire. If neither of these options works, try a moisture-wicking material. Oh, and when boob sweat is at an all time high, be sure to wash your intimates more often!

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CHRISTINA BUFF

Christina is a writer, editor, creator, and workaholic from Maryland with an encyclopedic knowledge of How I Met Your Mother. She’d rather be at a Phish show. Catch up with her on her site Touch Infinity.

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