Back bulges are a frustrating problem for hourglass women. As soon as you put on your bra and look in the mirror, you see it, a protruding roll at your back beneath the bra brand. Because of this, many women seek out “back-smoothing bras,” with features intended to reduce or prevent the appearance of back fat rolls. But what are back-smoothing bras? Do they actually work?
There are a few back-smoothing bra styles that can lessen the appearance of back bulges.
T-shirt bras are so named because they’re designed to fit discreetly beneath tight-fitting t-shirts and form-hugging materials. For these bras, back-smoothing is a priority. T-shirt bras achieve this smooth appearance with tall sides. The taller the sides, the more smooth the line between the base of the bra and the skin will be. Like most things, it comes down to support. Soft underwire cups also help to support every curve securely so as to make any bulges discreet or non-existent.
Back-smoothing nursing bras solve the back bulge problem for one of the most common demographics of hourglass women who have to deal with it: nursing mothers. Even if you usually go running 5 days each week and are a regular participant on a local rowing team, having a baby can throw your shape out of whack. Regaining your former shape takes time, and in the meantime, you have to keep wearing a bra. Nursing bras like Elomi’s molded nursing bra shown above have those same tall sides that t-shirt bras have, with a leotard back for a sleeker look. They also include a drop cup and full circle sling to make nursing easier--and more discreet.
Goddess also offers leotard back bras, with deep Us and wider wings for a sleeker appearance. This Goddess Yvette bra has double layered lace cups and a double-layered back with enclosed elastic designed to prevent back smoothing. It has full-cup coverage, too, so the overall effect is smooth and supportive, holding you up without bulges no matter how much the day has in store.
Often, however, the culprit isn’t the wrong style of bra but the wrong fit. Studies show that 80% of women are wearing ill-fitted bras, whether too large or too small. A bra that’s too large won’t offer the support that hourglass women need for their curves, while a bra that’s too small will pinch and sometimes cause back bulges in that way. If it’s too tight, a small bra can even cause chafing. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re wearing the right size. The right bra will fill your cups without overflowing them and the bra band should be level all the way around your body.
At Hourglass Lingerie, we offer sizing consultations by phone at 443-869-5324 or in store. We have a wide selection of bras perfect for hourglass women, many of which are made to have a back-smoothing effect. Come by our store to find the right back-smoothing bra for you today.