The average woman owns 9 bras, but only wears 6 of them. Learning how to resolve common bra fit issues will make you feel more confident and beautiful in your bra.

Bras account for 55.5% of the spending in the global lingerie market, which is worth about $16.5 million in total. Knowing how to fix everyday bra problems helps you make the most out of your bra-wearing experience.

Bras cost more than a pretty penny. You deserve to make your bra accommodate your breasts, not the other way around.

Here are 5 bra-fitting problems and their solutions:

1. Strap Slippage

Slipping straps often happens when (one of) your straps aren’t tight enough. Tightening your strap a bit more will usually provide it with the security it needs.

If that doesn’t help, look into trying a new kind of bra with narrow-set straps. Bras with narrow-set straps include Demi, Full Coverage, and Convertible bras. Adjustable straps give you more freedom to gauge a bra’s strap tightness.

Here’s another common strap issue:

2. Straps Digging Into the Skin

One popular bra myth is that the straps do all the support work. Rest assured, that’s not true, so if your straps are digging into your skin, there are fit/size issues at play.

If your straps are too tight, try going down a band size or looking into padded straps. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to retire that bra and get a new one.

3. Overflowing Sides

Sometimes, your breasts will slide out of their cups and form a bulge of skin underneath your armpits. This is called “side overflow” and it indicates that there’s a cup size issue with your bra.

Going up a cup size will eliminate side overflow spillage. Make sure you size the band down when you increase your cup size. For instance, if you’re usually a 42C, you’ll wear a 40D bra instead.

Then there’s another common spillage issue with bras to deal with:

4. Breasts Spilling Out of Your Cups

Breast spillage happens when your cup size isn’t big enough to accommodate your breasts. If your breasts spill outside of the cup, you must go up a cup size. That means if you’re wearing a C, size up to a D.

Some individuals are born with breasts so big, they experience back pain and neck pain. They also struggle to find supportive bras in their size. Fortunately, getting a breast reduction by Dr. Brenner will resolve those pain issues.

5. Wire Sitting On Breasts

When the wire sits on your breasts, it means you need a smaller band size. Try sizing down your band by one size so it fits better underneath your breasts. That should keep the bra in place.

Remember: When you size down your band size, you need to increase your cup size. This practice is called “sister sizing.”

Fix Your Bra Fit Issues Like a Boss

Experts think the global lingerie market will reach $325.36 billion by 2025. Sometimes, the best way to fix bra fit issues involves investing in a new bra.

Contrary to popular belief, bra sizing isn’t standardized. Use a tape measure to measure your bust and underbust to get a better idea of your band size and cup size.

Kickstart your confidence—check out more of our fashion articles. They’ll inspire you to upgrade your style.

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