Bra Pain Points and Solutions

Wearing an ill-fitting bra can lead to a variety of pain points. We’ve created this guide to help you identify your individual pain points and find the solutions to them. The most common cause of these pain points is wearing an ill-fitting bra.

Back rolls/back smoothing

This happens when the bands dig into your skin, creating lumpy and uneven shapes underneath clothes. This is not always caused by bands being too tight - it's caused by the bands being too thin. The solution is to wear bras with thicker bands that smooth. This will minimize the discomfort associated with bras cutting into back rolls.

We recommend:
A/B/C Cup: Soft Embrace Wireless Contour Bra
C/D/E Cup: Hugger Wireless Full Coverage Bra
E/F/G+ Cup: Petal Smooth Lace FlexWire Bra

 


Side spillage

This happens when your breasts spill out of the side of your cup. If you wear underwire bras, make sure the underwire is 'cupping' your breasts, and not sitting on any breast tissue. Then make sure the band is snug enough, as wearing a band size too big can cause the apex (where the shoulder straps attach to the bra) to sit too far apart, causing side spillage.

We recommend:
A/B/C Cup: The No-Bra Cropped Tank
C/D/E Cup: Hugger Wireless Full Coverage Bra
E/F/G+ Cup: Ivy Full Coverage Underwire Bra


Gapping

This happens when your breasts don't fill out the cup, or when the bra is not the right shape for you. If the cups are too large, take one cup size down. If the bra is a shape mismatch, avoid molded foam cup bras (they tend to be less forgiving with different breast shapes). Try either unlined bras or cotton-cup bras (lining that's pieced together, not molded one-piece).

We recommend:
A/B/C Cup: The No-Bra Cropped Tank

C/D/E Cup: Simone FlexWire Light Bra

E/F/G Cup: Zoe FlexWire Sheer Lift Bra


Cup Overflow

Top overflow is often caused by the cups being too small. Sizing up in cup size is the solution. Wearing more full-coverage styles can also help. Your cup size can change over time, so remember to use a measuring tape to measure your size every time you buy a bra. We recommend re-measuring every 6 months.

We recommend:
C/D/E Cup: Hugger Wireless Full Coverage Bra
E/F/G+ Cup: Ivy Full Coverage Underwire Bra


Uni-boob

Uni-boob is caused by wearing a bra that doesn’t adequately define and separate your breasts. Most sports bra and wireless bras don't have a center gore (where the underwire meets in the middle), and will not do enough to separate. The solution is choosing underwire bras with a mid- to high- center gore.

We recommend:
C/D/E Cup: Simone FlexWire Light Bra

E/F/G Cup: Zoe FlexWire Sheer Lift Bra


Backaches/better back support

Backaches are often caused by wearing bras that aren’t supportive enough/bras that don't lift. We recommend wearing bras with thicker/stronger bands, and thicker/less stretchy shoulder straps.

We recommend:
B/C/D Cups: UpLift Wireless Plunge Bra

D/E/F Cups: Harper Smooth Lace FlexWire Bra

F/G/H+ Cups: Ivy Full Coverage Underwire Bra


Irritating/Digging straps

This is caused by the straps being too tight, too thin, and the band not providing most of the support. It is important to look for bras that have thicker bands and straps as you go up in cup size. First try loosening the straps. If that doesn’t work, it may be time for a new bra with thicker straps or a tank bra (with straps made out of fabric, instead of elastic).

We recommend:
A/B/C Cup: No-Bra Series

C/D/E Cup: Hugger Wireless Full Coverage Bra

E/F/G+ Cup: Ivy Full Coverage Underwire Bra


Slipping straps

This is caused by the apex (where the shoulder straps attach to the bra) sitting too far apart. Make sure you are wearing the correct band size, as wearing band sizes that are too big can contribute to the apex being too far apart. We recommend bras with a "U" shape in the back (where the back apex are closer together), or bras that can be worn cross-back or racerback.

We recommend:

A/B/C: Soft Embrace Wireless Contour Bra

C/D/E Cup: Simone FlexWire Light Bra

E/F/G+ Cup: Ivy Full Coverage Underwire Bra


Irritating Underwire

This happens when the underwire is the incorrect shape. Underwire should contour your breasts, not sit on any breast issue. It should stop below your armpit and not reach your back. The center gore should sit flat and not poke at your sternum.

If you don't need underwire-level support, check out our collection of wireless bras.

If you need underwire-level support, check out our collectin of FlexWire bras. They are made with soft, bendy underwire that don't fight your body.