Plus Size Bra Fit Problems: Easy Hacks to Correct

Your bra won’t fit correctly if you have plus size bra fit problems. These problems typically are either you are wearing the wrong bra size or the wrong style for your figure. For example, if the band is digging into your rib cage you might need a larger size band size. However, if your problem is a sagging bust line, you might be wearing the right size; but, you just need to avoid styles with a super stretchy back or stretchy straps. Your bra might feel comfortable; but, it doesn’t provide the support you need.

Use a bra calculator to find out your correct bra size. Once you know your correct size, you can either purchase your bra online, or you can purchase your new bra in a retail store. Wherever you choose to purchase your bra, be sure to first check out the common bra fit problems and get an understanding of the specific solutions that you should consider.

Special Plus Size Bra Fit Problems

If you think you are wearing the correct size bra, but it still doesn’t fit quite right, you are not alone. Many women find that they measure for a bra, find the bra with those measurements and then they don’t have the support or comfort they are looking for. This is because the style and construction of the bra must be considered as well as the band and cup measurements.

The following table lists many of the most common fit problems as well as tips on how to solve those problems:

ProblemSolution
Band Digs In
Increase band size (i.e. 40D to 42D) to use the middle set of hoods, leaving some room to adjust bra as body size changes and as the bra's elastic relaxes over time. Wear a bra with a wider band.
Bra rides up in backTighten closure, loosen straps or decrease band size (i.e. 42D to 40D). You may also need to increase cup size to compensate.
Breasts not the same sizeSelect a cup size for the larger breast and fill in the cup of the smaller breast with an enhancer.
Bustline sagsShorten straps, avoid stretchy bra fabrics, wear a bra with firmer support and more rigid straps.
Cups overflowIncrease cup size (i.e. C to D) or band size (i.e. 40 to 42). Wear a bra with Spandex or wider sides.
Cups wrinkle at the top and sidesDecrease cup size (i.e. D to C)
Sides are too tightWear a bra with
Spandex or wider sides. Increase band size (i.e. 40 to 42)
Sides bulgeIncrease band size (i.e. 40 to 42). Wear a bra with more cup coverage.
Straps dig inWear wider, padded straps. Wear a wider band under the bust and more support around the sides. Decrease the bra/band size so the support comes from the band, not the shoulders.
Straps slipLift up breasts to the middle of chest and tighten straps. Wear wider straps or a bra where back straps are attached in a "V" shape in the back, closer to the center hook area.
Underwires dig in under the armsIncrease cup size (i.e. C to D). Try a non-underwire style.
Underwires stick out at the frontCause: A narrow chest and wide back. Decrease band size 2" (i.e. 42 to 40) and add a bra extender to provide the back width needed.

Want more info on common fit problems and how to solve them? Check out the Lane Bryant video on wearing the correct size and style of bra.