They’re beautiful and we love them – we wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, but sometimes, they’re just straight up uncooperative. We have a love and hate relationship with our boobs. They don’t like to nestle calmly in your bra when you’re speed walking down the street or dancing at a party – instead, your skin gets irritated, you’re constantly pulling up straps, or fidgeting uncomfortably. But don’t worry, your lovely lady lumps aren’t the issue – you’ve just been buying the wrong bra your whole life! Eliminate all those woes by learning these ultimate bra mistake-fixers.
1. Breaking a strap on the street.
This is the worst. You have to do some terrible DIY tie job that ends up unraveling, or you just have one saggy, lone boob swaying in a loose cup while they other is suspended normally. A racer back bra solves this, or you might be tightening your straps too much to perk your girls up. You can use a paperclip to make a racerback out of a normal bra as a hack!
2. Straps that are always showing or slipping off.
This sucks if you want to wear a halter or tube top, but still need support. Bandeaus suck for anyone that’s not an A cup, but there are actually supportive strapless bras, or ones that have a halter shape to them that still provide support and are comfortable. Silicon straps can also keep everything in place, and add support.
3. Boob chafing or sweating.
In the summer especially, this is a nightmare. To avoid, stick to light, breathable fabrics, like cotton and lace, which are moisture-wicking. Stay away from underwire if your pain is under the boob.
4. Constantly twisted back of bra.
Twisted straps are one thing, but having to go through the full work day with the hook part being twisted is incredibly uncomfortable and you’ll be fidgeting so much everyone will think you have a back rash. Fix this by getting a front closure bra – even in your morning rush, it’s almost impossible to twist that one.
5. Having too much nipple showing.
It’s kind of hard to get the perfect amount of nipple that you want in a bra sometimes. At a party, you might want a slightly more pronounced look in a softer cup, while at work, you might want to prop them up a little, but have your nipples covered in case the office AC goes on full-blast. For a more covered look, get contour-style bras, and soft-seemed or unlined for a more relaxed look.
6. Having that awkward space at the top of the bra between boob and fabric.
You can have c-cups and still look small with this annoying issue. It often happens with count our style bras, which have such a strong mold to them sometimes that it has an issue shaping to your own body. So you get the cup silhouette contrasting with your own silhouette, instead of working with it. Solve this by getting a softer seamed bra that’s lined lightly to flatter and hug your curves instead.
7. Or the opposite – boob over-spillage!
This could be caused by wearing a bra that’s too small for you. This usually happens with larger-chested women who are wearing a balconette or demi cup. Even if you have smaller boobs, having them half covered can often give the appearance that they’re busting out. In that case, switch to a full cup, or a demi that’s a little fuller.
8. Boobs that look awkwardly far apart when you wear a low-cut shirt.
If your breasts are set slightly wider apart, go for a low-cut balconette bra. It will shape them to make them more fuller, pushed a little more together, and have a more defined shape as opposed to a softer cup, which will make them look a little deflated and saggy.
9. The awkward back bulge in your party dress.
Back fat that’s created from bras even when you don’t have back fat is one of the most frustrating issues there is out there. But learn how to smooth out that bulge by buying a bra that’s a bigger cup size – a strap that’s too tight will often create bulge. If this doesn’t work try a bra with crossed straps, or a higher back with side panel.
10. Wearing a sexy bra that ends up looking not so sexy when it’s actually under clothes.
It sucks to wear a sexy bra that looked awesome on the rack and Victoria’s Secret model, but looks super weird under clothes. Especially if they have a frilly texture or a bold print, make sure that what you’re wearing will complement it, not make you stick out like a sore thumb. Instead, choose a subtle and pretty print to wear under a semi-sheer black top, to leave a little to the imagination and give you a flattering silhouette.