When correctly fitted, a bra band should rest squarely beneath your shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. So why are so many of us walking around with bra bands that look like they’re made to sprout wings, rather than support our breasts?
Problem: Your bra band is too large.
A bra band provides 80% of the support for your breasts. It needs to fit tightly around your chest in order to serve this function. When the band is too large, its support function is compromised. Your breasts, unsupported from the bottom, push down on the front edge of the cups and cause the back of the bra to rise. Many women try to compensate by shortening the straps to lift the breasts; however, this only exacerbates the problem, causing the bra band to rise higher, while the breasts are no better supported. The end result is that your breasts are in a lower position than they should be, while your band is in a higher position.
Solution: Reduce your band size, increase your cup size.
A tighter band offers more bottom-up support to your breasts, which is how a bra should work. By wearing one, you’ll avoid the problem of your breasts putting too much downward pressure on the front of the cup (which causes the band to rise), and meanwhile prevent the band from sliding around your torso.
Remember that when you go down a band size you should also go up a cup size, in order to make sure that the cups are the right volume for your breasts. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!
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