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Does anyone else have to 'break in' a new bra?

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NumptyNu Mon 18-Aug-14 21:12:34

I've just been fitted for a new bra, and while it felt great in the shop, it's been a bit uncomfy to wear round the front where the wiring meets the breast-bone. It feels perfect everywhere else. Of course, I've been wearing it now, so doubt I can take it back, but should I persevere? Hoping it might slacken a bit with washing perhaps?

Do you find you need to break in a new bra like you would a pair of new shoes?

BikeRunSki Mon 18-Aug-14 21:14:19

Yes, I find new bras a bit tight for the first couple of wears.

Fairylea Mon 18-Aug-14 21:15:48

I fold up a wad of tissue and wear it underneath the wires at the breastbone for the first few wears. Otherwise I get very sore!

ouryve Mon 18-Aug-14 21:18:01

I wear it looser than usual for the first few wears and, if it's staying uncomfortable, manually adjust the underwires a little, so they don't dig in.

thejoysofboys Mon 18-Aug-14 21:19:42

yes me. I've just had new ones (properly fitted) and for me it's the side seams that dig in for the first couple of wears. They always loosen after a couple of washes though.

NumptyNu Mon 18-Aug-14 21:23:58

Thanks ladies. It's only day two, so should get comfy soon!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 18-Aug-14 22:33:44

I soak new ones on a bowl with warm water and fabric conditioner for a couple of hours, usually softens them up.

AnyFucker Mon 18-Aug-14 22:34:30


Greengardenpixie Mon 18-Aug-14 22:36:41

Yes, me!!! The band around my torso digs in to begin with but ive washed it now and its far comfier. Was thinking about getting a couple of bra expander things so that i can wear them a bit looser.

valerie123 Mon 18-Aug-14 22:47:16

I immediately hand wash my new bra and strap it round a chair or towel rail to dry.

Then I wear the bra and adjust my straps so that I can just pull them up to the bottom of my ears.

Hopefully, if the basic fitting is correct, I can then just get four fingers at right angles under my back band on the loosest hook setting. Basically, with a new bra, your band and straps should be very snug.

If the band is too loose, you could use a tighter hook setting, but basically you need a smaller bra size.

If the band is too tight, you could try a bra extender, but I have found that that they set the base of the straps too wide, so they can slip off your shoulders.

susiedaisy Mon 18-Aug-14 22:51:56

Definitely I have bought a bra that felt good when it was fitted in the shop but then after wearing it the first day I've thought oh shit I bought the wrong size but after a couple of washes and wears it's fine.

AnyFucker Mon 18-Aug-14 22:58:30

I find that if a bra feels nice and comfortable on the first few wears it will end up being too big

Laundryangel Mon 18-Aug-14 22:59:54

I had one bra from bravissimo which seemed fine in the shop but, after wearing it for a couple of days, left me with bruises on the breastbone and grazes under my arms. I persevered as I didn't think I'd be able to get my money back but, after wearing it a couple of times a week for a month or so but the problem continuing, took it back & they gave me a full refund and then fitted me for a different style where the wires sat differently.
I am wearing a new M&S bra today, have it on the loosest setting when I know that, in a couple of weeks, it will be onto the tightest one but am still really looking forward to going to bed in a few minutes & taking it off.

MsBug Mon 18-Aug-14 23:03:30

Mine are uncomfy till I first wash them, so just the first one or two wears

If it's brusing or grazing it's too tight, but it's pretty normal for a new bra to be a bit nippy or diggy for the first couple of wears.

HazleNutt Tue 19-Aug-14 11:48:29

For me, it's the style/brand question. Panache wires are a bit narrow and high for me, so those bras need to be worn in, but I don't have the same problem with Freya.

I find panache in general have firmer wires than Freya. They're a better shape for me overall but the wires are pretty solid so need a bit of wear. Freya don't suit my shape as well, but they're generally softer and comfier.

NumptyNu Wed 20-Aug-14 21:09:24

Thanks guys! I'll bear with.

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