7 Signs it's the wrong size

Here are some common fitting problems, click for each Elle-Vacion solution.

1. The band which runs around your body and under your bust feels too tight.


If the band feels too tight try going up a back size, so if you are wearing a back size 32 try a back size 34 or 36.

2. The band rides up at your back.


If the band rides up at the back it means that the back size is too big, try going down a back size.

3. The bra’s underwire digs into you, or pokes out.


If you are finding that the underwire in your bra is digging into you it may be that you are wearing too small a cup size, try a bigger cup size.If the underwire in your bra is poking out your bra may be too big in the band, which means that as you move around during the day your bra and its underwire are also moving around rather than sitting firmly in place. Over time this movement in the underwire could cause it to pop out. Poking out could also be caused by machine washing or tumble drying your bra. Bras should be hand washed and air dried. Machine washing can cause the bra to get misshapen and tumble drying will weaken the bras fabric, including the padding which keeps the underwire in place. Over time, machine washing could cause the underwire in your bra to poke out.If you are a DD or above, we would suggest that you invest in a bra made by a manufacturer that specialises in larger cup sizes, because your cup size may be correct, but the bra has not been designed with enough width in the cup to support your breasts. Your investment in a good quality bra will pay off!

4. Your breasts are bulging over the top or the sides of the bra cup.


If your breasts are bulging over the top or sides of the bra cup, the cup size is probably too small and you should try a larger cup size, so if you are wearing a DD cup try an E cup or larger.

5. The material on your bra cup wrinkles or creases.


If the material on your bra cup wrinkles or creases, the bra cup is probably too big. Try a smaller cup size.

6. The shoulder straps keep falling off.


If the shoulder straps of your bra keep falling off, firstly ensure that you have adjusted your straps to sit firmly, but not tightly on your shoulders. Often when you first buy a bra the straps are set at their loosest, so you need to adjust them to sit comfortably on your shoulders.It could also be caused by your breasts not filling the particular bra cup. It may not necessarily be because the cup is too small, it may be that the particular cup style requires you to be fuller in the top of your breasts. When you put your bra on lean forwards so that your breasts fall fully into the cup, or lift your breasts into the cup to make sure they are properly in place within the cup. If you are not filling the cup completely, the extra space between the top of the cup and the shoulder strap will cause the strap to slip.Lastly it could be the design of the bra. Some bras are designed with wider straps. In this case you may find that a different style of bra would sit better.

7. The straps feel too tight and dig into your shoulders.


If the straps feel too tight and dig into your shoulders, firstly make sure that you have adjusted your straps correctly. If you find that the bra only seems to feel supportive the tighter you make the straps, then it is likely that the back size of your bra is too big and you are tightening the straps to keep the bra in place. Try going down a back size, so if you are wearing a size 36 try a size 34.