Bras. I don’t know about you but sometimes I loathe them for being uncomfortable. Meanwhile, I love others for being comfy and providing me support simultaneously. Plus, I feel more confident when the bra looks good. Most bras have a supportive underwire, but if my underwire bra hurts, it can be painful! Below are reasons for underwire bra pain jabbing the rib and breast, and ways to solve it.
Disclosure: I am happy to collaborate with The Feather Bra to bring you this information on how to avoid a situation where underwire hurts!
Why do underwire bras hurt?
Underwire bra pain makes the skin around the breasts sore to the touch and can be really uncomfortable. Underwires can press into your chest or even protrude out of the bra and poke your sides. Ouch.
That discomfort is a big reason why I don’t wear underwire bras under my clothing anymore. But if you do still want the support of underwire here are a few tips. Alternatively, you could go wire-free.
How to stop underwire from hurting
1. Get the right fit
The first tip to avoid underwire bra pain is to buy a bra that fits well. Unfortunately most women don’t know how to find their true bra size.
Yes, about 80 percent of women wear the wrong size bra! Thankfully when you choose a bra that is neither too tight nor too loose, it can prevent your underwire from moving around and eventually poking you or digging into your chest.
2. Wash your bras carefully
As much as our bras go through daily as you wear them, they’re actually a delicate item of clothing. So, special care is necessary to keep the fabric of the bras at their best. If you don’t wash bras properly, they can can stretch and thin out over time.
As a result, the underwire might poke through the fabric and hurt you. Not to mention that now you have a bra that’ll last a shorter time than it might otherwise with better care while washing.
That means you’ll be back shopping for a new one soon. That’s not a fun shopping trip, in my opion; I feel overheated, spend time out when I could instead be relaxing at home, and get frustrated if it’s not a great fit. So, take care of your bra.
Hand washing it with delicate detergent and then air drying it is the best way to keep your underwire bra in prime condition. And, by doing so, you’ll lessen the chances of any underwire bra pain.
Or if you’re like me and simply don’t have time to hand wash the bra then put it in a lingerie bag and pop it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a small load. Then air dry it.
3. Keep replacements
Bras get old sooner than you might expect. The average lifespan of a bra is about 6 months. And that’s with washing it as I explained above, as well as rotating them. Since bras get old so quickly, it is ideal to have another bra handy in case the strap wears down to the point that it breaks or the underwire starts to hurt.
If you do experience underwire bra pain, I say stop wearing it! Life’s too short for that. Now is the time to choose that backup bra you have stashed at home or rotate between the other bras you have that are still comfortable to wear.
Solutions for underwire bra pain INFOGRAPHIC
My underwire bra hurts: Then avoid the underwire altogether!
Hands up if you’re joining me in wearing underwire-free bras!
Sometimes the best route for dealing with potential underwire bra pain hurting the rib and breast is to completely avoid an underwire design. While underwire is touted as the best option for full support bras, that’s not always the case.
Although it might take a bit of shopping around, there are plenty of wireless bras that offer full support and no fear of stabbing or digging into your skin while you wear them. The Feather Bra, for example, is a great underwire-free bra for comfort and support.
Plus, non-wire bras often come in the same colors as underwire ones, including black, white, and nude. So you don’t have to worry about that.
Get the right size and you’ll likely find a comfortable option that provides the support you want for underneath your clothes. This point applies during maternity and any other time in your life.
A few questions for you about underwire bra pain
Have you ever experienced a situation where your underwire hurts? If so, what did you do – toss the bra or put up with it? Also, do you prefer wire or non-wire bras?