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Bra Size Hacks: Fitting Accessories

Updated on December 30, 2010

Bra Size and Fit Fixes

Bras can be a real pain in the boobs. Many women have a hard time finding a supportive, comfortable and flattering bra that fits properly. Straps dig in or slip down; wires poke and pinch. When the cup size is right, the band is too tight... or too loose.

Hacks are fixes, so I use the term "bra size hacks" for accessories that can help you adjust your bras to fit better. Bra accessories include band extenders, strap clips, silicone inserts, foam cup pads, cleavage enhancers, and nipple concealers.

Bra Extenders - For a looser fit in the band.

Bra extenders are soft strips with hooks that attach in back. They require no sewing; just hook them on, and add up to 3 inches to your band size in seconds. I recommend these for women with broad backs and small breasts. For example, let's say you need a 38A or AA. This is not a common size, so you've probably had a hard time finding the proper fit. There are many more options in bra size 36A, which you can wear comfortably with an extension of 1.5 or 2 inches.

Choose an individual extender with 2, 3 or 4 rows of hooks to use with one bra, or buy them in packs if you need to adjust everything in your underwear drawer. Fashion Forms extenders come in sets of three: white, beige and black. These basic colors will go with many bras, even if they aren't an exact match.

Individual Bra Extenders
Individual Bra Extenders

If you own lots of different bras -- some with two rows of hooks, and others with three or four -- you can buy bra size extenders individually. Assemble your own variety pack of fit fixers to loosen the bands on all your favorite over-the-shoulder boulder holders.

 
Fashion Forms 3 Hook Soft Back Bra Extenders 6-Pack Accessory
Fashion Forms 3 Hook Soft Back Bra Extenders 6-Pack Accessory

These get high marks for comfort. A good choice if most of your bras have the standard 3-hook back closure. The 6-pack includes two of each color.

 
Silicone Bra Inserts
Silicone Bra Inserts

Breast Enhancers

Breast enhancer pads -- also called bra inserts, breast forms, chicken fillets, and cleavage cupcakes -- come in many shapes, sizes and materials. The most realistic enhancers are usually made of silicone gel; when worn inside a bra or swimsuit, these look and feel similar to real breast tissue.

Chicken fillets are silicone push-up pads that can be positioned at the base of the bra cup for uplift, or angled in the outer sides to enhance cleavage. They provide a boost and can balance slightly uneven breasts, but usually won't make you look busty if you've got itty bitty boobs.

Add 1-2 Bra Sizes

For a substantial size increase of 1-2 cups, you'll need a larger form that covers more of the breast. For small A and B busts, I recommend breast enhancers by Sassybax or Original Looks. They work best with a full-coverage underwire bra; make sure you have one that is one full cup larger than your regular size.

Original Looks Silicone Bra Inserts and Enhancers, One Size Fits All
Original Looks Silicone Bra Inserts and Enhancers, One Size Fits All

The best option if you want breast enhancers that look and feel like the real thing. They are heavier than Sassybax, but will add more fullness.

 

Used Boobs?

I will occasionally buy secondhand lingerie, if it is an expensive brand I love. But I don't think it's such a good idea to go for used bra accessories. You can often find new strap converter kits, foam shapers, nipple concealers, and adhesive uplift bras at very low prices.

If you want the best quality, though, you may need to spend a bit more. This is especially true of silicone breast enhancers that add one or two cup sizes.

Would you buy previously owned bras and/or bra accessories?

Ew... no way.

Ew... no way.

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    • AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Definitely not for me.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Hell no

    Yes, if the price was right.

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      • kashnowe lm 5 years ago

        My wife buys bras from ebay all the time. She has huge boobs and she is skinny and its very hard to find "Cute" bras in the stores that are her size. Underwear is a big NO tho. Ew.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Sure, if it is clean and comes from a clean pet free home.

      • cjsysreform 7 years ago

        Once you get to know the size and shape of various silicone breast enhancers, you can use visual images to compare the ones you bought for $50 to similar bra inserts offered on eBay or Amazon for a fraction of that price. I recently bought silicone pads made in Germany that promised an increase of 2 cup sizes, and in fact they did deliver on this claim (but they were a bit heavy... I wouldn't attempt to wear them inside a wire-free bra).

      Bra Strap Holders and Clips - Join straps in back for a better fit.

      There are several reasons why you might want use a hook, clip or silicone attachable strip to link your bra straps together in back:

      • For uplift and improved fit in the cups.
      • To conceal bra straps under tops and dresses that have less coverage in back.
      • As a way to keep straps from slipping off your shoulders.

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