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10 Common Bra Problems, Solved

A bra can be your best friend or your worst enemy; ultimately, it all comes down to the fit. Wearing the correct size is crucial to forming a symbiotic relationship with your closest supporters, according to the lingerie experts at Aerie, DKNY, ThirdLove, and Triumph.
As obvious as this may seem, many of the common gripes women have about their intimates stem from wearing the wrong cup or band size. Straps that dig, rising back-bands, chafing, and back bulge are all, on the whole, issues that derive from fit. We highly recommend a professional bra fitting if you’ve never had one or it’s been a while; you might be surprised by how your results match up with your current underwear-drawer rotation.
Ahead, we tackle 10 familiar problems and offer up practical solutions — plus 30 bras you can shop to help solve them now.The Problem: Rising Back-Band
If your bra’s band isn’t parallel to the floor all the way around your body, you’re not doing your girls any favors. To be fair, though, a rising back-band isn’t exactly your bra’s fault; it’s just not the right size.
As ThirdLove’s vice president of design Ra’el Cohen explains, this is most likely happening because “you’re wearing a band size that’s too big.” It’s possible you bought the wrong size; it’s also possible the band is simply stretched out from wear and needs replacing. DKNY’s executive vice president Cathy Volker adds that “over time, bras lose their elasticity, causing the band to be looser than when you first purchased it. It is recommended that you replace your bras every six to 12 months.”
If you think this may be your problem, Cohen suggests sizing down a width (say, from 36 to 34). Pro tip: “Remember, when you get a smaller band size, you need to go one size bigger in the cup. If you are a 36C, for example, your tighter band would be 34D.”
.”You’ll know you’re in the right band size when you can slip two fingers underneath the back of the band,” Cohen explains. “The band should be snug on the loosest hook, so when your bra stretches out you can continue to tighten it.”
Stella McCartney Balconette Bra, $65, available at Stella McCartney.

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