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Common Bra Issues

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It never feels like your bra fits, right? Sizing is tricky - there's no doubt about it. We're trying to make is more simpler, but every brand and every bra is slightly different. More importantly, every body is different! To help you self-assess whether your current bras are fitting properly, here are some common issues. Want more help? Contact us at and we'll be happy to help you get your bras fitting right, no matter the brand.

The Cups

The cup of the bra is the part that holds the breast. It should completely hold the breast tissue, but not spill over. Different cup styles are better suited for different shapes, and the best way to find this out is to simply try it on. Our Detroit Bra is a plunge cup, meaning you get a little cleavage going, so the top part of the breast is uncovered. However, there should be no "spillage." The best way to check this is by putting a t-shirt on. Does the shirt look smooth or have you suddenly developed four breasts? If more breast tissue is spilling out the top of the cup, you probably need to go up a cup size. If you look down, and you could probably fit more boob into your bra, go down a size!


When mentioning underwires, women's first reactions are normally, "Ouch!" But it should not be that way. Underwires are great at providing support for larger chests and if they fit properly, should not cause discomfort. The underwire also goes hand-in-hand with the cup. So if either the cup or the underwire is fitting improperly, chances are so is the other. If you were to lift your breast and draw a line on your skin (not actually recommended) where the breast "attaches" to the body, this is where the underwire should go. It may not be a perfect match, again because every body is different, but the underwire should not be sitting directly on the breast tissue (too small) or far outside of it (too large). It should line nicely around the breast.


The band is one of the most important parts of the bra, because it actually provides about 80% of the support. While great fitting cups and underwires will make the bra look nice, the band will actually make the bra stay up. Most women wear a band size that is far too large and it can be difficult to transition into a smaller band size when you are not used to wearing something tighter. Good news, though! You will  get used to it! And it will soon feel more comfortable than your larger banded bras. To check if your band is tight enough, try to pull the band away from your body while the bra is still on. You should be able to pull it no more than an inch (and definitely no more than two) away from your body. Any more than this and your band is not providing enough support. Either tighten the hooks or go down a size. If you can't pull the band away from your boy at all, then it is too tight, and you will probably start to get uncomfortable pretty quickly! It is important to make sure the band is right when you first buy the bra, because over time the stretchy parts lose elasticity with washing and wear. With Holly Keith bras, we have many hook options to try to combat this, but not every brand will provide as many options.

The Straps

Unpopular opinion: the straps of a bra are one of the least important parts. No, really! If the cups, underwire, and especially band fit properly, you should be able to take off the straps and have the bra still stay up. The straps are there to provide the last 20% of support, if that. The straps on the bra should be tight enough to not constantly fall down, but loose enough that it's not the component holding up your bra.

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