Browse Categories
Shop by Bra Size

What is your bra size?

Bra Too Tight

Written by Uplifted Lingerie on 25 September 2023

bra too tight

Every woman knows that the wrong bra can be uncomfortable and can even cause health problems. Wearing a bra that is too tight is not only painful, it is also bad for your chest and can affect your posture. In this article, we will explain why wearing your bra too tight is potentially harmful, how to fix a bra that is causing discomfort, and how to choose a bra that fits you perfectly.

Click here for our full range of beautiful bras in a huge range of sizes and fits!

What Problems Can a Tight Bra Cause?

A bra that is too tight can cause a variety of health problems, including skin irritation and chafing, back pain, neck pain, and poor posture. When your bra is too tight, it puts unnecessary pressure on your breasts and chest. This pressure can restrict blood flow to the breasts, which can lead to breast discomfort and even to health problems such as cysts and breast pain. A bra that is too tight can also affect your posture because it constantly pulls the shoulders forward, causing you to tilt them in order for the straps not to be digging into your skin. If a bra is pulling on one shoulder more than another, this will most likely cause neck or back pain.

bra is too tight

What are the Signs that Your Bra is Too Tight?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is likely that your bra is too tight:

  • Skin chafing or irritation - If your skin is constantly irritated, itchy, or red, your bra might be too tight. This is often caused by the straps digging into your skin or the band being too tight.
  • Pinching - If your bra is too tight, both the bra band and the straps can painfully pinch your chest, shoulders or back.
  • Constantly needing to adjust - A bra that is too tight will not stay in place and you will find yourself adjusting it frequently.
  • Boobs being pushed out the cups - If your breasts are spilling out of the cups, it is likely that your bra is too small.

Click here for our full range of beautiful bras in a huge range of sizes and fits!

What is a Bra Band and Why Does it Matter?

The bra band provides 80% of your breast's support. That means that if you have an incorrect cup size, but get the right band measurement, the chances are that your breasts will be floating around in your bra and not supported properly.

Brand band too tight - A bra band that is too tight will cause discomfort and health problems, such as skin chafing or irritation, neck or back pain.

Brand band too loose - A bra band that is too loose will not provide adequate support.

It is, therefore, very important to find the right size for your bra band so that you can ensure proper breast support and avoid any potential health problems.

choose the right bra strap

How to Choose the Right Bra Straps

The straps on your bra are responsible for distributing the weight of your breasts evenly across your chest and shoulders.

Bra strap too tight - If they are too tight, it can cause discomfort and pain in those areas.

Bra strap too loose - If they are too loose, the weight of your breasts will be distributed unevenly and you run the risk of them falling out the front of your bra.

The right choice for you depends on how wide apart your breasts are spaced and what type of support you want from your straps (the more padding they have, the less likely they will fall off).

In general, if you have narrow-set breasts or prefer a push-up bra style, you will want to use thinner straps. If your breasts are naturally close together or if you have a lot of breast tissue and need more support, you will want to use wider straps.

Click here for our full range of beautiful bras in a huge range of sizes and fits!

How to Fix a Tight Bra

There are a few things that you can do to loosen the tension on your bra and make it more comfortable:

  • Move to the next set of hooks on your bra band (the ones closer to the centre) - This will allow for some adjustment as your bra adjusts itself over time, which happens with regular wear and washing.
  • If moving up a hook or two does not help much, you can also try to lengthen the straps - This will distribute the weight of your breasts more evenly and provide a bit more slack.
  • Consider buying a new, larger bra - A properly fitting bra is key to avoiding discomfort and health problems associated with wearing a tight bra.

choose the right bra size

How to Choose the Right Size Bra

Choosing the right bra size is very important because it will ensure your bra is comfortable and that you won't experience any of the potential health issues explained in this article. Fortunately, choosing the right size is very straightforward if you follow this simple fitting guide. We stock all our bras in a huge range of different sizes so whatever size you need, we will have the perfect model for you!

If you find that your new bra is too tight upon delivery, we have a no quibbles return policy. Click here to find out how to return your bra and we can either exchange it for the right size or provide you with a full refund.

Click here for our full range of beautiful bras in a huge range of sizes and fits!

Final Thoughts

Wearing a bra too tight for you can be uncomfortable and dangerous. If you are experiencing any of the problems mentioned in this article, it may be time to move up a bra size or two. If you are not sure what your correct bra size is, contact us here and we will be able to advise you.

This website uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using this website means you're Ok with this. You can change which cookies are set at any time - and find out more about them - by following this link (or by clicking the cookie link at the top of any page).

OK, I understand