26 Bra Tips, Tricks & Hacks That Will Change How You Hold Up Your Boobs Forever

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Have you ever dealt with a straying strap, bulging bra line or an inability to find your size? Don’t worry, we all have–but luckily, there are easy ways to fix these issues!

Story time! For years, I actually wore the entirely wrong bra size. I popped on a 38C because I had no idea how the band was supposed to fit, nor how the cups were supposed to look–not even how to wash them properly. I thought looser was comfier, and therefore better–even though it offered zero support for my breasts and actually was less comfortable in the long run. Then, a friend showed me how the band was intended to look when it fits, so I opted to actually get measured. Voila! Turns out I’m an effing 34DDD and had absolutely no idea because I had never known what to do with my bra.

Hopefully, you’re not in the same naive position I was, but regardless of your level of understanding on the bra front, you should be able to learn a thing or two about what’s holding up your boobs via these hacks. Thank goodness once again for the source of all knowledge when it comes to easy tricks: Pinterest.

1. Paperclip your bra straps.

As somebody whose bra straps show on the sides all the time, I think this trick is totally brilliant.

2. Sew your bra strap inside your shirt.

Speaking of visible bra straps, this is also totally brilliant. While I wouldn’t recommend spending this much energy on your clothes that aren’t worn for work or to special events, I think this is the perfect way to confidently go sleeveless without worrying about having a bright blue spray making a break for it down your shoulder.

3. How to wear a bra with a strapless dress.

My boobs are entirely too big to go braless most of the time without feeling pangs of mild anxiety; this is probably one of the best tricks I’ve ever heard, ever ever…ever.

4. Cup size vs. band size.

I mixed these up for ages when I was younger, and I bet I’m not the only one.

5. How to fix bra faux pas.

The quadraboob is something I’ve been totally guilty of. :(

6. How to determine if your bra fits.

As a side note, can I steal this girl’s bra?

7. Sad bra facts.

As somebody who definitely wore a cup size that was entirely too large for her body, I am part of #the85%.

8. Strapless, backless solution.

Having your bra’s band show in a backless shirt looks more than a little silly (and, if you’re a paranoid person like me, feels stressful at the prospect of some jerk undoing it). This is a snazzy way to look like it’s simply part of your outfit rather than an inconvenient undergarment.

9. Stack when you store.

Ah, this makes sense as to why Victoria’s Secret stacks all their bras in those drawers, besides the obvious reason that they simply want to display all the colors. Imagine how cute your lingerie drawer will look with all your pretty (or simple, black, lacy, whatever–I don’t know your boobwear) lingerie stacked up!

10. How to calculate your bra size.

Seriously, it is way harder than those cute little books your mom buys you as a preteen make it out to be. This little infographic makes it all much more simple.

11. How to deal with a flattening bra.

This is a great tip for anybody who’s ever been confused about which direction to go in when a size you’re trying on just doesn’t fit. I actually always assumed you should just go up a band number, not a cup size, which explains how I wound up at a 38C a few years ago instead of anywhere near the size I actually am. Mistakes, mistakes! Luckily, Pinterest is here to spread some accurate information.

12. Sister sizes.

Good for when you’re at the mall and try on a bunch of bras at different stores.

13. How to get the perfect fit.

Numerous suggestions for those who are at a loss of where to start searching and which bras to try out!

P.S. Oh my goodness, I want that blue bra sketch to come to fruition so I can buy it.

14. Bra types.

This helpful little graphic lists the types of bras you can choose as well of the benefits of each.

15. Bra stacking, pt. 2!

Re #9: Like I said, how gorgeous does this look?

16. Extra bra organization.

If you’re feeling really precise about bra storage, you can divide up your lingerie into separate sections in your drawer, thus elimination any clutter and preventing disorganization later on.

17. Bra travel storage.

20 Bra Tips, Tricks & Hacks That Will Change Your Boobs Forever

This is called the “CupCase” and it looks amazing. Whenever I travel, I always wind up accidentally squishing my bras, even when I stack them together and put them in between soft stuff. This case allows them to keep their shape, even in a packed suitcase. Snazzy!

18. Even more bra types!

Am I the only person who can never tell the difference between balconette bras and demi-cup ones?

19. What’s the best bra for your breast type?

If you’re not sure which bras you should be wearing, this infographic from HerRoom offers tons of help.

20. Pokemon bra (Pokebra!) DIY.

Yes, you need this. Of course you do.

21. How to convert your bra into a nursing bra.

New mothers, take notice!

22. Studded bra DIY.

Because you know you won’t actually use this a million times if you drop $60 on a brand new one. Just DIY it instead!

23. Cage bra DIY.

Convert your top into the perfect cage bra for a music festival.

24. Velcro bra.

This is a gorgeous way to add flare to your bra like in the earlier DIY, but this time, there’s velcro and color!

25. How to repair an underwire bra.

26 Bra Tips, Tricks & Hacks That Will Change Your Boobs Forever

Via.

No more poking!

26. Vintage Bra…Hacks.

UPLIFT THE MASSES.

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    • Heather C

      I really like that strapless, backless solution. That bra makes me want to by low back tops just to show it off.

    • loser_sneeze

      These are awesome but number 5 told me what I was trying to avoid. I really don’t want to have to go up a cup size! *grumble*

      • Heather

        Honestly it’s worth it! I got fitted at a Victoria’s Secret a few years ago and they told me I was a 36D, which still didn’t feel quite right. I then went to get properly fitted at a specialty shop and ended up a 32E – a 4-inch band size difference! I look 10 pounds lighter just from wearing a bra that properly fits, even if it’s a “large” cup size.

      • Samantha Escobar

        WOW. That’s incredible!

      • Amanda Mandolin Barnes

        VS told me I was a 36DD, went to a different place and was told 36G. A 36DD does not hold these bad boys at all!

      • http://batman-news.com Bunny Lou

        Victoria’s Secret won’t tell you the correct size if they do not carry it. They’d rather you wear the wrong bra than take your business elsewhere

      • loser_sneeze

        I will probably end up in a 32D and my current 32C is hard enough to find. That’s my only worry. Ugh. And not nearly as big of a difference as yours but I’ve gotten here incrementally.

      • Ani

        32Ds are extremely easy to find…EXCEPT at Victoria’s Secret. Seriously, stop shopping there. Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, etc. all will have plenty of your sizes. You can also order them online at Figleaves and bravissimo, which have amazing sales all the time. Sure, the bras are more expensive than VS sales, but they’re also higher quality and fit properly. Your boobs will thank you.

      • LisaDisqus

        Let me tell you my evil little secret Sneezy! Go to one of those really expensive stores that carry the UK brands. Try on a bunch till you find a couple you really LOVE. Don’t be a dick about it, tell the working ladies you are only looking today and don’t abuse their help or leave a mess. Go home and buy those bras for waaaaayyyyy less on Ebay. (Maybe save up and come back for one bra when you can from the store. See earlier “not being a dick” advice) If you want to know my fav, it is the Triumph Amourette. It’s pretty, lacy but not so bumpy that it looks lame under a TShirt, Supportive (38E here) and all day comfortable. Good Luck!

      • loser_sneeze

        Haha, Sneezy FOREVA! and I find ‘Don’t be a dick’ to be good advice all of the time. :)

      • LisaDisqus

        Haha! Totally should be part of the general instruction book of life!

    • LynnKell

      I disagree with the infographic that says that the average woman owns 9 bras. No way!! I have 20+ and feel I need to buy way more!!

      Other than that, I’ll pass this around to all my boob-owner friends, it’s pure gold :3

      • Andrea

        Oh thank goodness. I was starting to think I was the only one with a bra-hoarding problem!

      • Holly

        To me, 9 sounds like a lot! I mean, if I could afford cute bras, which usually come in sizes way too small for me, I can see the allure of a big collection, especially after seeing them all stacked and pretty in those drawers.

    • Randi

      OMG! This is the BEST!!!!! Thanks Sam! I’ll be hacking my lingerie this weekend!!

    • DaisyJupes

      I wear a 28FF, so I’m used to screwing with bras to make them work. A few tips. The measuring and inches thing is fairly accurate up to a C cup, but it really should only be used as a guide to start off your search. If I followed that, I would be a 34B. A B cup would cover like 1/3 of my chest and a 34 band would fall off. The adding 4-5 is usually complete BS. Generally, if your bra fits weird, it’s that your cup is too small and the band too big because of this.

      I find that with a large chest, slight push up bras offer a great deal of support. Sure, I look slightly bigger but with the amount of support I get, it’s worth it.

      Also, if bras stretch out, sewing ribbon to about half of the elastic band on each side can prevent some of the stretch and make bras last longer (esp at 60-80 a piece). This is nice because the more expensive the bras for large breasts, the better they are. Seriously.

      Most people know this, but hand wash and air dry. If not possible, gentle cycle cold in a lingerie bag and hang dry.

      • Amanda Mandolin Barnes

        I found when measuring for a bra it’s more accurate to measure around the breasts when you are bent over, your back parallel to the floor. I got measured at VS and was told I am a 36DD. Ha, what a joke. I’m a 36G!

      • LisaDisqus

        Yeah almost any mall store will never tell you your true size if it is not in the range they carry. I used to work at one and often told Ladies where to go in secret.

    • Ani

      As Amanda points out below, the measuring infographic on here is incorrect – there are a lot of people with breast tissue that they do not recognize as breast tissue, and it often goes almost into your armpit. I wore a 36D or DD for ages until my two friends who are bra fitters measured me properly – I’m actually a 32FF. The difference is AMAZING.

      PSA to women out there: NEVER get sized at Victoria’s Secret. They have absolutely NO idea what they’re doing, and they carry band sizes that are waaay too large for most women and cups that are waaay too small for many women. Get sized at Nordstrom’s (in the U.S.) or somewhere like Bravissimo (in the U.K.).

    • ted3553

      sister sizing is total BS and only told to you at stores trying to sell more bras. If your cup is an E, you can’t wear and DD just because you make the band bigger. your back and chest aren’t bigger, your boobs are. That’s like saying I wear pants that are a 30 and 34 leg but if I buy a pair that are a 28 but a 36 leg, those fit just the same

      • Erica

        Well you can, to some extent – a 36D cup volume is the same as a 34DD cup volume – so it can be helpful for variations between brands (so you may fit a 36D in brand A, but in brand B, the back is too loose – in that case, the 34DD may fit you better, since it’s the same cup volume, with a smaller back.)

      • ted3553

        I completely agree that there are variations between brands and even styles but in the same style, a 36D and 34DD don’t fit the same which is what I had one of VSs staffers tell me.

      • LisaDisqus

        Ted3553, In the same bra maker that is correct but think of it like this: You wear a 36 in a pair of Levis but a 34 in Jordache and a 38 in… some other jeans lol. They are all theoretically measured in inches so how can this be? Different brands different fit right? It’s a little more complicated with bras but if you know how “sister” sizing works it gives you a place to start with an unfamiliar brand. HOWEVER, if you are a 36D in a particular brand, you should not take a 34DD when there are no 36Ds. You won’t really be comfortable. Just live to shop another day sister!

    • originalrjc

      Don’t add 4 inches!!! Don’t add 5 inches!!! Don’t add ANY inches to your band measurement – unless you are taking an odd number, like 33, and rounding up or down (depending on how tight you like your band). I’m a 28G and thought I was a 34D for years because of adding 4 inches.

    • tSubh Dearg

      Just another quick note from a former bra fitter; when you first buy a bra you shouldn’t be able to do it up past the first set of hooks, if you can you probably need a smaller back/band size. The idea is that as you wear the bra the elastic will stretch and if you are already hooking into the second or last set of hooks then you will not be getting the proper support once the bra stretches out. It’s also a good test for working out when you need to replace or throw away old bras.

      It is worth going to see a specialist bra fitter occasionally, the difference it makes is amazing, as someone already said, the right bra can make you look like you’ve lost weight simply by shifting your boobs into the right place.

    • AmandaMiranda

      Okay I just have to say it…. I absolutely hate bras. Seriously if there is ever an option to give modesty without wearing a bra I won’t ever wear one again. Seriously if you love bras then buy all you want and enjoy them but I would love to be free of them forever. I just had to get that off my chest (heh heh). I know I will be told I just don’t wear the right size or my boobs will sag, etc, etc, but to me nothing beats the feeling of going without.