9 Bra-Fit Secrets You Absolutely Need To Know Now

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You know your bra doesn’t fit right. You look at yourself in the mirror and you can see that something is off. Maybe the straps are digging in or the back is riding up. Maybe your cups are gaping or your back is bulging. Recognizing that there is a problem is easy. It’s figuring out how to fix it that’s the hard part.

“A lot of women just hold onto their bras for way too long,” says Michelle Lam, founder and CEO of online bra boutique, True & Co., and overall bra-fit badass. “If you’re the kind of woman who wears the same bra every day, you need to be prepared to replace it every 3 to 4 months.” The reason, Michelle says, is that bras stretch out over time, especially if you have a larger bust, since your bra has to work that much harder to support you. “Think about it: if you’re wearing your bra for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 4 months, that’s over 10,000 hours of wear time. Of course it’s going to get stretched out!” You can prolong the life of your bra by making sure it fits on the loosest set of hooks when you first buy it, but that’s not much help when you’re at home trying to figure out what to do with the bra you already have on. Some issues can be solved with a simple adjustment, but others require that you bite the bullet and go spend some money on a new bra.