Re the too-short straps anon: maybe she's expecting the straps to take more than a negligible amount of weight and that's why she wants them shorter? Try going down in band see if you still want to adjust. Also, look for straps without heavy decoration if you're not already; just examine the styles and fit in general.
This is good advice! The straps shouldn’t be carrying weight, and a lot of the time reducing band size can get rid of the straps cutting in problem.
What can I do about bra straps? They always feel too short and even if I loosen them all they way, they still dig into my shoulders and leave marks.
If you can’t find bras with straps that are long enough, you have a couple options. Take them somewhere that does alterations and have them extend the straps for you or do it yourself. Here is a tutorial on how to do it yourself, although you need basic sewing skills to do so. Getting the straps on a bra lengthened shouldn’t be too pricey at an alterations shop if you’re not the diy type.
How do I find a bra that's comfortable for uneven breasts? One fits a B-cup nicely, but the other is just a little too small and leaves a funny gap in a B.
Sorry it’s taken me a little while to answer this ask, it’s new territory for me so ended up doing some research!
There’s some pretty standard advice here and here, with a bit of guide as to what kinds of bras might fit better and tricks like buying bras with removable push up padding and removing it only on one side.
If you fall into the fairly “standard” sizing range (34-40, B-D), Fruit of the Loom has something neat called Pick Your Perfect Pair, which is buying two halves of a bra separately, with different sizes. It makes it interchangeable and they have “just about” sizes too, which are kind of half cup sizes with padding to even it out. If you fall in that range, this may be the kind of solution you’re looking for from what you’ve described!
If anyone else has any experience with this, feel free to send in an ask or submission!
Seriously?? I know Im a 16A, but that doesnt mean you cant just not make my size. I own two bras. TWO. Both are black, so I cant wear any light coloured shirts or dresses, ever, and only one of them kind of fits.
Every time I go into a bra shop they ask me if Ive been fitted before, I say yes. I have. Then they ask me what size I am, and look it up on the computer. And every time, I get told that they dont make bras in a 16A, because apparently you cant be big and have small boobs.
And then they do the whole “wear a size 14 with a bra extender” (which doesnt fit), and the “how about a 16B” (which ALSO doesnt fit, like, crazy ass gaping and no support).
It sucks. I always end up hating myself whenever I leave a bra store. I really do. It usually ends with me in tears in the change rooms and then walking out with me pretending Im ok. But Im not ok. Im really not.
Have you considered shopping online for bras? I find it not only makes it easier to find those difficult sizes but is also much less emotionally taxing, especially if you know where to look so it’s not constant disappointment. There seem to be a few promising things on ebay, a couple of basic options here, and if you’re willing to look internationally, your options expand (as does the price unfortunately). Ewa Michalak has virtually every size (and if you see a bra you like but it doesn’t have your size listed, ask and they’ll probably make it for you!) and searching for a 38A will get you pretty decent results internationally, although you’ll have to hunt for places with international shipping.
I hope this helped at least a little! Just know that you’re not alone, and it’s okay to not be okay when you’re having fitting troubles. Lots of people have been there and just remember it’s never your fault, it’s always the fault of the companies who refuse to accommodate different bodies.
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Hey. I was reading the advice you had about bra fitting, and I was wondering if you could post or give the names of some stores that have well trained fitters. Every place I have tried, they aren't very helpful and I just end up really frustrated and feeling defeated. And as I live in what some might call the middle of no where (Utah) there aren't a lot of places I can go. I would love the help! Thanks!
I find that places that you would normally think of going, like VS, tend to fall short in the fitting area, like you’ve experienced. I was personally first fitted in a small specialty boutique called Allure Intimate Apparel, and I know there are similar boutiques all over (I honestly just checked my local phonebook) similar to that. If you do happen to live in the middle of nowhere with no specialty boutiques, the best I can recommend is trying to find a large department store, especially a pricier one. I know that I, and many other people in the US, have had great luck with Nordstrom’s. Similar places, such as Macy’s, may have well trained fitters too, although it’s often the luck of the draw as to which associate you get stuck with.
Does anyone else have anywhere they’ve found with good fitters?