Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 9 How to Make Breasts Look Smaller

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 9 How to Make Breasts Look Smaller

There’s a famous saying, the grass is always greener on the other side?

Well, nobody understands this more than women with naturally large breasts!

As a woman with a larger bust, I can say truthfully that I would love to have my bust not be the centre of attention.

Don’t worry – there are ways to make your bust appear smaller without resorting to surgery.

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort

Wearing a bra that is too small for your breasts won’t make you look smaller, in fact, it’s very unflattering and can even make your bust appear even larger

Ensure that you are wearing the correct band and cup size.

Minimize your bust

Once you know your correct size, you should invest in a minimizer bra, the style redistributes your breast tissue in a way that your breasts appear smaller.

Rather than flattening your bust, a minimizer will spread your breasts out and make you look one to two cup sizes smaller.

When buying a minimizer bra, you must ensure it is in your measured cup size, you don’t need to wear a smaller size in a minimizing bra
Minimizer bras are a must for women with a large bust who want to wear front button-down blouses without gaping, they are also great with turtlenecks, which can make your bust appear larger.

A good minimizer bra is a versatile wardrobe staple.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 8 Breast Enhancing Bras

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 8 Breast Enhancing Bras

How to Make Breasts Look Bigger

Sometimes, you just want a little extra boost to maximize what you’ve got.

We all remember the teenage trick of “stuffing or padding your bra with tissues or socks!”

If you want to make your breasts look bigger, there are now much more sophisticated lingerie and prosthetic solutions.

The easiest and most convenient way to appear to have a larger bust is a padded bra.

There are a few different types of padded bras, that all have different functions.
A bra with moulded or contour padding has foam pads that are built into the bra cup itself.

These pads are often graduated for subtle, natural breast enhancement.

Contour padding is a common feature of a moulded T-shirt bra.
Bras with push-up pads sometimes known as chicken fillets or bump pads are designed to lift the breast from the bottom and are usually removable

Push up bras create a more defined cleavage as well as adding to your bust size and are a good choice if you don’t want to wear a padded bra all the time.

Some bras, combine contour padding with push-up cookies or chicken fillets so that you can customize how much padding you’d like.

Bra Accessories for Bigger Breasts

Another way to make your bust look larger without surgery is with bra accessories.

Removable breast inserts let you turn any bra into a push up bra, expanding your bra shopping choices. They are also great for woman with uneven breasts, to help them look more even, another advantage of separate bra padding or inserts is that they are often made out of products like silicone, that can appear smoother and less noticeable than regular padding.

More Tips and Tricks

All of these items will give you the appearance of larger breasts that are natural looking and not over the top.

Some women think that wearing a larger cup size bra will help make their bust appear bigger – this is not true. it will just make you look sloppy.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 7 Underwire Bra Pain

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 7 Underwire Bra Pain

A painful underwire is one of the most common bra complaints.

A lot of women believe they can’t be comfortable wearing a bra with an underwire.

The good news is that there is a solution to this problem!
If you are wearing the right size, an underwire bra should be perfectly comfortable.

The underwire should surround the whole breast and lie flat against your side without pinching or poking. If you are spilling out of the sides or under the bra, then the cup size is too small.

Don’t Let Your Cups Runneth Over

To ensure that your wires sit comfortably you must ensure that you are wearing the correct bra size, to do this, either measure yourself or get professionally fitted to find your correct bra size.

Check out the very simple directions for measuring your cup size on

Because the cup size is harder to measure than the band size, you may have to go up or down a size after trying on your correctly measured size.

Don’t worry about having a “normal” bra cup size!

Its better to feel comfortable and look great in a larger cup size than torture yourself in a size you want to be.
After you’ve measured yourself for the correct size, you should adjust your breasts so that all of your breast tissue is inside of the wire.

Here’s a little trick to ensure your breasts sit where they should be – after you put on your bra, lean forward and wiggle a little. It sounds silly, but it works!

Another method is simply to scoop the breast into the wire with the opposite hand.

When Not to Wear an Underwire bra

While most women can wear an underwire bra comfortably, there are a few exceptions.

If you are wearing the correct size bra, and still have underwire pain, it’s possible that you may have a high rib cage. Luckily, there are plenty of great underwire – free bras available.

There are also times in a woman’s life when an underwire free bra is best.

It’s recommend that soft cup bras for pregnant women and women who are undergoing surgery are best.

Some medical conditions, like hiatal hernias, make underwire uncomfortable as well.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 6 – Wrinkled or Gaping Bra Cups

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 6 – Wrinkled or Gaping Bra Cups

Is there a gap at the top of your bra cups?

Does the fabric at the top of the cups wrinkle gape or not lie flat?

There are two possible reasons for this bra issue. Keep reading and you’ll soon have a bra that lies perfectly against your bust.

Check Your Cup Size

Often, a gap at the top of the cup is the result of wearing a cup size that is too large.

Ensure you’ve adjusted your breast so that it is centred in the cup.

If you have more room in the cup, you should try going down one cup size. If you are an A cup and you have gaping or wrinkles – try a slightly smaller AA cup bra.
If the bra cup used to fit and you haven’t lost any weight, your bra may be too old and stretched. This is more common in stretch cup bras, as they can stretch or lose their shape over time.

Flatter Your Figure – Forget Full Coverage

Another reason your bra could be gaping or wrinkling at the top is that your bra might not be the right style or shape for your breasts.  are

Every woman’s body is different, so even a bra in the right size may not fit well if it is not suited to your breast shape. Many women have breasts that are fuller at the bottom than the top, or are teardrop in shape.

Balcony bras and demi bras are more suited to this body type than full-coverage bras.

Perfect Fitting Help

If you need help finding a bra for your shape or size, don’t fret! There is a wide variety of bra styles to suit every figure

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 5 – Solutions for Falling Out of Your Bra

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 5 –  Solutions for Falling Out of Your Bra

Do you breasts fall out from underneath your underwire when you run or lift your arms, or even during the day? This is a sure sign that your bra does not fit you properly.

Correct Your Fit

In order for your bra to stay put and support your boobs, the band needs to be snug.

An easy way to check your fit, try putting a finger under the bra band, between the breasts.

If you can fit two fingers or more under the band, it’s definitely too loose.

Many women wear a larger band size than they should because they think a looser band will be more comfortable or prevent back fat.

In reality, a tighter band will give you more support and prevent pain in your shoulders and back.

Trust me – you’ll look and feel much better!
An important bra fitting tip is that the size of the cup will differ depending on the band size.

For example, the cup of a 36D bra is not the same size as a 34D bra they don’t have the same amount of room in the cup.

If you want to try a smaller band size, you will also have to increase the cup size. An example is, if you are wear a 36D bra and your breasts fall out of the bottom of the cup, you should try a 34DD instead.
If your bra band is more than one size too big, or if you have trouble with your cup size as well, we recommend remeasuring yourself. You can find directions for measuring your bra size at

Bra care is essential

If you’re falling out of a bra that used to be a good fit, it might need to be replaced as it is too old.

After washing over time, the elastic in a bra band can stretch and will no longer fit.

If its too loose on the tightest hook, it’s time to get rid of it!

Even the most expensive bras won’t last forever, so you will need to check your fit often and chuck out bras that aren’t providing the support you need.

Ensure you extend the life of your bras by hand-washing them or putting them in a lingerie bag before chucking in the washing machine, and most companies suggest that you never put your bra in the dryer!

More Bra Fitting Tips and Tricks

Do you need more help with finding your perfect bra?

Bra fitting is trickier than it seems and sometimes you just need a second opinion.

Check out or get professionally fitted.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 4 Breast Lumpectomy

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 4 Breast Lumpectomy

After a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, your bras may be fundamentally different than before your surgery.

While buying a post-surgery bra may seem like a daunting prospect, it is still possible to look beautiful and feel comfortable in your bra and the way you dress.
The size and type of your lumpectomy will help determine the type of bras or prosthesis you will need.

Because breast surgeries will vary from patient to patient, it is important to follow your doctor or surgeons’ advice regarding appropriate bras, especially immediately after surgery.

What types of bras can I wear after I heal?
Depending where you had surgery, you may have sensitive areas on your breasts.

Because every woman will have a different comfort or pain level, it is important to pay attention to the type of bra that feels more comfortable for you.
If the sides or bottom of your breasts are sensitive, you may prefer to continue wearing a soft cup bra, (a bra without an underwire or a sports bra) as they will comfortably fit both sides without any padding or filling.

How can I make my breasts look more even?
Feeling comfortable emotionally in your new bra is just as important as being physically comfortable.

If you’re concerned by the difference in size between your breasts, there are plenty of ways to create a more balanced silhouette.
The most natural looking solution is a partial breast form or partial prosthesis .as they are designed to be worn after breast surgery and utilize the same technology as breast forms for full mastectomies.

Unlike full breast forms, a partial prosthesis is designed to smooth and fill in the breast tissue rather than replace the whole breast and can be worn with any Mastectomy Bra to keep the form securely in place.

If you want to wear your breast form in a non-mastectomy bra, look for styles that have full-coverage cups.
If you just want to fill out one side when you’re wearing more revealing clothing, a bra with removable push-up pads (or chicken fillets) can be used to subtly add volume to the smaller breast

Simply remove the pads from the cup of the larger breast.

How do I find my bra size after a lumpectomy?
Being fitted for the correct bra size is crucial for breast health and maintenance.

You should always wear a size bra to suit the larger breast
If you are unsure of your size, here are some tips from for finding your bra size when one breast is larger than the other.

This technique is easier if you have a friend or partner help to ensure that the measuring tape is straight and tight
1) Measure your bust directly under your breasts, making a straight line across your back.

The measuring tape should be tight, but not cutting into you.

This is your Band Size Measurement.
2) Measure the largest breast.

To do this, start with the tape measure on your bust wall between the breasts.

Go over the fullest part of your breast and halfway around your back, stopping at your spine.
3) Multiply this measurement by two.

This is your Cup Size Measurement.
4) Enter these measurements into the Bra Calculator Tool to see your bra size.

Please note that bra sizing is not a perfect science, so it may take a little trial and error to find the perfect size.

If you need more help with bra or prosthesis sizing, I suggest that you get professionally fitted or personal advice.

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 3 Breast Reconstruction

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 3 Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction to rebuild the breast after a lumpectomy or mastectomy procedure can create unique bra issues. With the proper care, you can heal more comfortably and look and feel great after surgery.

Immediately after your surgery, your doctor or surgeon should recommend the best type of bra to wear.

A common recommendation is a surgical compression bra, which holds the breast in place while its healing and can help with drainage and is designed to apply even pressure on the breasts to promote the healing process, and may be prescribed if you are susceptible to lymphedema.
If you don’t need a medical grade compression bra, your doctor may recommend wearing a soft-cup bra, such as a low or medium-impact sports bra. A front closure bra may be easier to put on and off than a bra with a traditional back hook and clasp.
A cheaper option may be to wear a soft cup bra, a bra without an underwire, or sports bra.

ALWAYS follow your surgeon’s advice and bra recommendations during the healing process.
If you are not having breast reconstruction surgery immediately, or are having more than a single breast reconstruction surgery, think about an adjustable breast form, that can be tailored to the size that you need.

With the filling taken out, the shell (the bra cup) can be used to smooth the breast without adding size.

By reducing the size of the breast form over time, you will only have to purchase one prosthesis over the duration of your surgeries.

Fitting Help

After a breast reconstruction, you will need to be fitted, or measure yourself to find your bra new and correct size.

Because bra sizing can be a little more difficult after breast surgery,  you may want to visit a professional bra fitter to be fitted correctly.

Bras for Women after a Breast reconstruction

The main fitting difference between breasts before and after reconstruction surgery is that some reconstructed breasts do not have nipples.

Bra cups are designed with extra space to fit the nipple, so the bra cup can gape or dent at the centre of the reconstructed breast.
To help prevent this problem, I suggest a bra that has a heavy lining or a moulded bra as it will also help make uneven breasts look more symmetrical.
Most women who have reconstruction surgery wear bras without an underwire. In addition to being comfortable, bras without an underwire are more forgiving when one breast is larger than the other.

There are a wide variety of supportive soft cup bras on the market.


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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 2 – Uneven Breasts


Several years ago, one of my friends went through a double mastectomy and a full breast reconstruction and I remember the trouble she had with self confidence, bras, and clothing, and last week another of my friends has undergone a double mastectomy so I thought I would do some research to assist with her and other ladies about bras after surgery and hope that all ladies that go through this horrible life changing time can gain some info and support from my articles.

This one is for you Judie

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Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t have perfectly even boobs.

Unbelievably, most women have one boob that is smaller than the other.

Some women have an obvious difference from one boob to another up to a full cup size or even more of a difference.

There are lots of different ways to have a bra fit comfortably on both sides of your bust or to disguise the difference in size.

One of the most convenient solutions for women whose boobs are less than one cup size different on each side, is to use the shoulder straps to adjust the fit on each side.

Try a Little Illusion dressing

If you want to make your bust look a little more even, don’t try to squeeze the larger boob into a bra cup that is too small.

There are lots of ways to fill the smaller cup to create a more symmetrical silhouette. The easiest solution is to wear a moulded cup bra that is fitted to the larger size breast, because this type of bra keeps its shape, and will hide a small difference in cup size.

If your cup size difference is more noticeable, you can use a single breast enhancer in the cup to lift the smaller breast.
A great all-in-one solution for women with a smaller cup size is to buy a padded bra with removable cookies, push-up pads, sometimes called chicken fillets. Simply remove the padding from the larger side. Many modern padded bras come with this option.

Post-Surgical Solutions

Many women have uneven boobs after breast surgery.

For women who have had lumpectomies, mastectomies, or simply have a very large difference between their cup size, it is recommended specialty breast forms.

Mastectomy have other advantages for post-surgical women, including fabric designed to be comfortable against sensitive skin and full-coverage styles that support without binding.

Need a Personal Solution?

Every woman’s body is different, so sometimes you just need a little personal help to find the perfect bra or advice based on your size and shape.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 1 – How to put on a bra

How do you put on a bra, What?!

Don’t be crazy, we all know how to put on a bra, or do we?

Here are some tips to help you get to bra bliss.

When you get a new bra, wear it on the loosest hook so when the back band stretches you can make it tighter.

Don’t forget to adjust your shoulder straps, tighten them occasionally to make sure the are firm and supportive.

Try the scoop & swoop, get your boobs in the right place by gathering each one into the cups as you pull back the wire.

How to put on a bra

For some women, trying to hook the back strap of their bra is a daily frustration. If you are unable to hook your bra in the back, there are lots of other options available.

Some Easy Close Bra Styles

A front closure bra has a clasp or hook and eye between the cups instead of at the back of the bra. This type of bra is easier to put on and take off for many women. Another easy close option for women with smaller boobs is to wear a bralette.


A bralette is a stretch bra with no hooks or closures and is also known as a soft bra because it usually doesn’t have wire or a foam cup and easily pulls over the head.

These extra soft styles are fantastic for women who are uncomfortable in traditional bras or for ladies with a smaller bust who don’t want to add to their size, this comfy alternative is great for lounging on the weekend or anytime that you want minimal coverage and support. Bralettes also make great gifts because they are typically sized small through large instead of by bra size. A bralette is also a great choice when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, one problem with front close bras and bralettes is that the back band size can’t be adjusted. If you wear front closure bras, ensure you wear the right back band size so that the bra is supportive. All bra back bands will stretch over time, so you may want to buy your bra a little tighter so that they will last longer.

Another trick for difficulty clasping a bra, is to put your bra on backwards (by hooking your regular bra in the front) and then turn it around to the correct position.

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Mutton dressed up as lamb

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A very common problem many women face when they get older is the concern about dressing inappropriately for their age – or, “mutton dressed up as lamb”.

Many women end up looking frumpy and 10 to 20 years older because they dress too old for their age and lifestyle just so they don’t appear to dress too young, what they don’t realise is that it ages them even more.

Some hints to help with avoiding looking like mutton dressed up as lamb are:

  • Avoid showing too much skin
  • Avoid too much cleavage, unless of course you have a wrinkle free décolletage and a properly fitted bra
  • Also, make sure your hem is not way past the bottom of your knees as this can appear frumpy, unless you have very long legs, and will look best worn with heels.
  • If you prefer to wear flats, make sure your hem is no longer than the bottom of your knees, as this can also appear frumpy.
  • Always choose fits that flatter your body type.
  • Avoid choosing outfits that are too tight or too loose.
  • Large, over sized clothing does not bring out the beauty in a woman.
  • An overly tight-fitting garment certainly does not give anyone the elegant look.
  • If you are the kind who simply loves to wear attractive kinds of women’s clothing then you can go in for a long, fitting skirt with a side slit, worn best with a heel.