How to Fix Underwire Bras

Believe it or not, painful underwire is one of the most common problems women have with their bra. If your underwire bra gives you enough pain to want to throw it in the trash, you’ve come to the right place!

Most women don’t realize that they may be wearing the wrong bra size. If you are wearing the correct size, the underwire should surround the whole breast, and lay flat against your sides. This should prevent that awful pain, poking, and pinching most women associate with their underwire bra.  

The easiest way to avoid painful underwire is to make sure you have a proper fit and accurate measurements. See our bra Size Guide for help with finding your perfect size.

Common Underwire Problems

Underwire Popping out?

If this keeps happening to you, there is a good chance that your band size is too large. If this is the case, as you move, the band moves as well. This causes the wires to move back and forth inside the casing, eventually causing the material to rip and suddenly that $50 bra has a wire popping out. Try a smaller band size with a larger cup size. For an immediate fix on a beloved bra, try covering the popped-out wire with a moleskin patch.

Underwire Poking Underarm?

Everyone knows the feeling of that one bra that is always irritating their armpits. Try going up a cup size for a better fit. A larger cup size will have a longer wire and more volume in the cup, allowing the wire to sit further back on the torso and not land directly under the armpit.

If you have a petite build, a small torso, or high ribcage, you will need to search for bras that have a band that is not as tall. Try a bra with less coverage, such as a demi cup. They will have less wire which means they’re less likely to poke your armpits. Our favorite demi cup bras here at Hourglass Lingerie are the Parfait Charlotte 6901 Floral Shimmer Padded Balconnet Bra (left) and the Parfait Casey 2801 Black Floral Print Plunge Molded Bra (below).

When NOT to wear an Underwire bra

While most women can wear an underwire bra comfortably, there are some situations where wearing an underwire bra is just not an option. Situations this applies to are during pregnancy and having a higher than average ribcage. In both of these scenarios, choosing a wire-free bra is a better option, even if you are in the proper fitted bra.

Wearing an underwire bra while pregnant could cause excessive pressure on milk ducts or even painful inflammation. We know you mamas deserve special love and care, so see our Nursing/Maternity Guide for more information about keeping your breasts happy as can be while pregnant.  

Some women also suffer medical conditions that make underwire bras extremely uncomfortable to wear. If you are someone who can't wear underwire, don’t give up just yet! Here at Hourglass Lingerie, we offer endless alternatives to underwire bras, such as soft cup or wire-free bras and bralettes! Two of our favorite soft-cup underwire alternatives are the Goddess Keira GD6093 Chocolate Banded Soft Cup Wire Free Bra and the Anita Momentum 5529 Blue Maximum Support Wire Free Sports Bra (above). We also love the Freya Soiree Lace AA5014 White Bralette, which is perfect for any girl big or small (right)!