Why Does My Bra Ride Up?

Do you often find the back of your bra riding up? This problem is often the root of many other bra problems because the band provides a whopping 80-90% of the support in a bra! Believe it or not, this problem is more common then you would think. Here at Hourglass Lingerie, we often see this issue arise while doing personal fittings. Continue reading to hear how our experts handle this easy-fix issue!

Common Causes of Band Riding Up in Back

Wearing An Improperly Fitting Bra

The most common reason women notice their band riding up is because they are wearing the wrong band size. Usually, going down in a band size or hooking it on a looser hook will solve this issue instantly. However, don’t forget that if you change the band size, the cup size will have to change too. For example, if the band rides up on a 36D, the next option would be trying a 34DD. This features a smaller band size and a larger cup size

Another common fitting problem that often causes the band to ride up is simply that your straps have been adjusted too tight. Usually when this occurs, you will also notice the front of the bra sagging. This fix is as simple as just readjusting the straps to be looser!

Trying to find the perfect size bra for yourself can be exhausting and expensive. Take a peek at our bra Size Guide for a little more in-depth sizing help, or call Hourglass Lingerie to schedule your personalized, one-on-one fitting with one of our specialists. This will guarantee that you’re getting the best fit possible!

Wearing an Old Bra

Finally, it is very frequent that we see bands rising up in the back due to the fact that the bra is stretched out. Bras, when cared for properly, usually only perform best for 6 months after purchase. After that, you may notice many issues arising, such as the band riding up, sagging in the cups, and providing less support.

It is suggested to get refitted after those six months, as your body is constantly changing to be the most perfect you! To maximize your bra’s lifespan, head on over to our Lingerie Care Guide for our best hidden secrets.


A bra that rides up on the back

An Improperly Fitting Bra

A bra that fits properly and does not ride up the back

A Properly Fitting Bra

How to Know When the Problem is Solved

After reading all of this good information, you may be asking yourself how to know when your band is fitting properly on your back. For the band to be fitted properly, it should fit comfortably around your torso, right under your shoulder blades and parallel to the floor. It also should be a snug fit, but loose enough that two fingers can slide between the band and your skin comfortably. The bra should be able to pass this test with the clasp on the loosest position. This is so you can gradually tighten it as it grows older and stretches. If you have to clasp it on the tightest position, it’s likely that it’s time to buy a new bra.