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Fit Issues & Solutions

How to put on a bra

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove 1. A tight band is the right band

    Wear your new bra on the loosest hook so as it stretches, you can make it tighter.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove 2. Try the scoop & swoop

    Get your breasts in the right place by gathering each breast into the cups as you pull back on the wire.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove 3. Keep those straps happy

    Tighten the straps every other month to make sure they're snug and supportive.

Common Fit Issues

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Slipping Straps

    Tighten the straps. Seems obvious, but as we wear a bra, the straps start to stretch out. We recommend tightening your straps every other month.

    If that doesn't work, it might be time to explore a different bra style. Usually Full Coverage, Demi, and Convertible bras have the narrowest set straps which help to keep them on you shoulders. Balconet and Plunge bras tend to have wider set straps, so if you have narrow or sloping shoulders, the strap issue can be exaggerated with these styles.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Wire Sits on Breasts

    It's time to buy a smaller band size so that you have a snug fit. Remember, when you get a smaller band size, you need to go one size bigger in the cup. Example: if you're a 36C, your tighter band would be 34D . For more info, review the size chart.

    You'll know you're in the right band size when you can slip two fingers underneath the back of the band. The band should be snug on the loosest hook, so when your bra stretches out you can continue to tighten it.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Straps Digging In

    The straps should not be doing the heavy lifting. The bra band should be doing most of the work. Chances are, your band is too big or has stretched out to the point that you're not getting the support you deserve. Try buying one band size smaller.

    Remember: When you get a smaller band size, you need to go one size bigger in the cup. Example: If you're 36C your tighter band would be 34D. For more info review the size chart.

    Another tip for anyone over a D cup is to buy a style with narrower straps. These styles have straps that are centered on your shoulder so that the weight of the breast is evenly distributed. We recommend Full Coverage.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Cup Gaping

    This is a fairly common issue for women with East West, Asymmetric, Bell Shape, and Slender. Since your breast is resting at the bottom of the cup, it leaves room at the top that creates gaping.

    First, try tightening the straps. Sometimes that's all you need to do.

    If that doesn't work, try going down a cup size. It may be that your cup is just a little too big. If you don't think that you're one whole cup size smaller, try one of our signature ½ sizes. Example: If you're usually a 34B, try a 34A½. For more info review the size chart.

    If your cup fits well but there's a little room at the top, try a Plunge or Push-Up style. These cups are angled and tend to be cut a little smaller to reduce gaping.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Side Overflow

    Sometimes, your breast can spill out of the side of the cup because the cup is too small. Eliminating side spillage is easy: just size up in the cup.

    Another possibility is that the band is not tight enough, causing the wire to sit on your breast. Size down in the band and up in the cup. A snug band should pull the wire back and allow your breast to sit into the cup properly. For more info review the size chart.

  • Bra Fit issues and solutions ThirdLove Cup Overflow

    It's time to trade in for a bigger cup and give your breasts some breathing room. Go up one size in the cup. Example: If you're a 34D, trade up for a 34E. You and your breasts will breathe a sigh of relief!

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