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Advice for common bra
problems that large chested, full figure women have.
How can I stop
my bra straps digging into my shoulders?
If the body of your bra is not giving you enough support, the shoulder
straps will be forced to give 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 48E in the bra design you like, so you choose
a 50D instead. However, you are wrong to go up a band size as it means
your straps are going to have to make up for the support lost in the
bigger band size. To relieve shoulder strap pain, measure yourself and
stick with the correct bra cup size.
Why do underwire
bras always poke me?
As a bra band size increases, so does the distance between the cups.
Underwires are placed in a bra according to exact measurements. If you
experience poking, your bra is probably a band size too small. It is
important that you measure for your band size and then stick to it when
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 when you
move. 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
you more freedom to move in the first place.
Is a "D"
cup in a 42D different from a "D" cup in, say a 46D?
Yes. As bras increase in band size, the cups get wider. So if you wear
a 42D and your mum wears a 46D, her cups (and breasts) will be larger
Is it important
that my bra rests on my chest bone between my cups?
No. It is much more important that your breasts are separated, shaped
and supported, and that they are not overflowing out the top, or at
the sides of your bra.
Why are my breasts
often red or bruised underneath?
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 supporting. Try a bra with a smaller band
size and a larger cup size (e.g. try a 48E if you were wearing a 50D).
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. Below
this and your breasts are not being well enough supported by your back
What's the biggest
mistake big chested women make in sizing a bra?
The most common mistake large 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.
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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