Here are some FAQs that we frequently get asked. I hope that they help you find the bra that is perfect for you. One this that I often see is women wearing bras that are too small in the cup. This will leave you spilling over. On the the hand too big in the band will leave you without the proper support! Get the bra that fits YOU perfectly and put your breasts in the right place, making sure they look great and you feel confident! For more specific advice on fitting, consult our Fitting Guide. If you need any help please don’t hesitate to contact us and the customer service team would love to chat to you to and help you find the bra that works for you and makes you feel confident.
FAQs – The Sarah Elizabeth solutions to common bra fitting problems
One breast is bigger than the other one?
Don’t fear, you are not alone. A slight difference in size between your breasts is quite common. When trying on a bra it is advisable to make sure that the larger breast is encased then you can tighten the strap on the smaller side. You can also try breast enhancers and insert one in the cup of the smaller breast. Try moulded or padded bras as they tend to hide the difference.
My breasts are spilling out of the cups?
This usually means that your cup size is too small so try increasing the cup size. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. Another problem is that you may be wearing a bra style that is cut too low for the size of your breasts. Explore our Bra Style Guidefor other options and advice.
There is a massive gap at the top of my bra?
This usually means that your cup size is too big so try decreasing your cup size. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. This can also happen if you don’t have enough upper breast tissue to fill out the bra cup. You could try a style that doesn’t have as much coverage in the cup, for example a Padded Half Cup or a Balcony bra. Explore ourBra Style Guide for other options and advice.
How tight should my straps be?
You should easily be able to slide at least two fingers under your bra straps. Straps should carry about 10% of the weight of your breasts. The majority of your support should come from your back band. If you take the straps off your shoulders your bra should not move and still be supporting you. Your straps should also not leave any marks or dents in your shoulders.
My straps keep falling off my shoulders?
Firstly, tighten your straps and make sure that when you put on your bra you scoop all the breast tissue from under the arms and position the back band under the shoulder blade. Refer to our Trying on your bra guide. Check that your cup size is not too big. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. This can also happen if you don’t have enough upper breast tissue to fill out the bra cup. You could try a style that doesn’t have as much coverage in the cup, for example a Padded Half cup or a Balcony bra. Explore our Bra Style Guide for other options and advice.
You could also have narrow or sloping shoulders, so try to avoid wide-set straps. Racer back bras are a great solution.
My straps keep digging into me?
This usually happens when your back band is not tight enough. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. Instead of your back band taking the weight of your breasts, your straps are having to absorb that strain. For larger breasted women try a wider strap.
Can I wear a strapless bra if I have big breasts?
Yes, definitely. Try one of our strapless bras that will still provide you with the support you need so you are not left feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious. A strapless bra that offers some kind of silicon elastic on the underband will offer you a secure fit.
The band around my back keeps riding up?
If your back band rides up, decrease your band size, bear in mind that you may need to adjust your cup size. The general rule is if your cup was fitting properly before you decreased your band size then you should increase your cup size. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit.
I am bulging or overflowing out the top or sides of my bar?
This means the cup size is too small. Your breast should fit comfortably within the cups. Try at least one cup size bigger. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. Or you could try a different style of bra. Explore our Bra Style Guide for other options and advice.
My breasts are leaking out the bottom of my bra?
This means the cup size is too small. Your breasts should fit comfortably within the cups. Try at least one cup size bigger and also make sure your back band is fitting snugly. Refer to our Fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. Or you could try a different style of bra. Explore our Bra Style Guide for other options and advice.
What style of bra suits me best?
Breasts are unique. Some women are fortunate to be able to wear any style. Most of us, however, will find certain styles more comfortable than others. Like other garments, different bra styles are designed to do different things. For example, if you are looking for an enhancer you should try a moulded plunge bra, but if you have really large breasts and do not want to enhance them, then this would not be the best option for you. At Sarah Elizabeth we try and give you as much information as possible to make sure you can make an informed decision. Explore ourBra Style Guidefor options and advice.
Red marks under your breasts when you take your bra off?
Select a bra with a supportive cup design to prevent breast tissue causing friction against the skin of your rib cage. Make sure that your fit is correct, paying careful attention to your cup size. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit.
Underwires are so uncomfortable and dig into me?
This usually means that your cup size is too small so try going up a cup size. Refer to our fitting guide for help getting the right fit. Also your style of bra may not be providing you with wide enough cups and this can cause discomfort. Look for the descriptions that mention ‘wide set underwires’. At Sarah Elizabeth we try and give our customers as much information as possible under the product description section. We also encourage customers to share their views under the review section of each product.
My underwire keep popping out of my bra?
Make sure that your back band is not too big or moving around. If the band is constantly moving, the wire will eventually pop through due to the friction. This usually happens when a bra is not properly fitted. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit. Make sure that the back band is fitted snugly and the cup size is big enough.
My bra doesn’t sit flush on my chest?
Usually this happens when the cup size is too small, your breast don’t have enough space and the underwire is not under the breast tissue. Another reason is that you may be wearing a minimiser or soft cup style of bra. Explore our Bra Style Guide for other style options and advice. Also make sure that you are putting on your bra properly, positioning your breast tissue correctly. Refer to our guide on Trying on your bra.
Breasts that are tending to sag often sit lower on your chest. You might want to give them a bit of a lift, but don’t overdo it. You still want to look natural. Balcony, full cups and some padded or moulded bras will help you lift your breasts.
I have really big breasts. Can I do anything to minimise them?
Yes, try a minimiser bra that is specifically designed to reduce the front breast projection. You can also try a full cup style or look for brands designed with larger women in mind. Goddess, Elomi and Sculptress are all brands designed for fuller breasted women. Please contact usfor any advice or to help you place an order.
A “D cup” is not that big!
I often have women gasp in shock when they realise that they are actually an E or F cup rather than the B or C that they always thought they were. A smaller, more supportive back band size (the number, for example 38) will be more comfortable but will often mean that you go up in the cup size (the letter, for example D). Don’t be intimidated by the letters. Get the right fit and look and feel great. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right fit.
Are you sure the back band should be this tight?
It is very important to remember the band around your body should provide nearly all the support and needs to fit snugly, but comfortably. You should still be able to slide you finger under the band. The band of your bra should be positioned in the middle of your back, creating a horizontal line and it should not rise up! If you have been wearing the incorrect size back band a tighter fitting one might feel a little uncomfortable at first. Give it time and ultimately it will be more comfortable and supportive.
The tissue near my underarm bulges?
Firstly, check that your cup size is not too small. Refer to our fitting guide for help on getting the right cup fit. The majority of the time, the style of bra that you have chosen is the problem. Avoid the half cup or smaller coverage cups as these are mainly for women with smaller breasts who don’t require a lot of support. Explore our Bra Style Guide for other options and advice.
What is the difference between a core colour and a fashion colour?
Core colour: Available throughout the year.
Fashion colour: Only available for a season as manufacturers change colour schemes every season.
What is the difference between shorts, briefs and thongs?
Once you have found a gorgeous bra, all that you need is a matching brief, thong or shorts. However, you might be wondering what is difference. Consult our Panty Lingo Guide, which will help you make a choice.
What is the “4-boob” look?
Your breasts spill out of your bra cup, creating the dreaded “4-boob” look. This mainly happens when your cup size is not big enough and you have squashed your breast into a cup that is too small. This looks dreadful and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure that you are putting on your bra correctly and that it is properly adjusted. Most importantly make sure you are wearing a bra with a cup size that is big enough.
If you have a question and it is not answered here, please contact us with your query and we will be happy to help.