While you might think the cups are the star of the show when it comes to the support of your bra, but the real unsung hero is the band. The band is the part of the bra that wraps around your chest and actually provides the bulk of the support. A firm bra band is crucial for both comfort and proper support. In this blog post, we'll explore why having a good bra band is so important and how to make sure you're getting the right fit.
First and foremost, a well-fitting bra band is essential for comfort. Wearing a band size too small can cause the band to dig into your skin painfully, leaving red marks. However, when professionally fitted, many busty women discover that they've been wearing a band too big and a cup too small - part of the reason behind that may be a personal discomfort with wearing a band that settles into your flesh and causes "rolls". In reality, a firmly fitting band helps distribute the weight of your breasts across your body, getting them quite literally off of your chest! The comfort of being supported is well worth accepting the softness of our bodies.
The band is the foundation that all of your bra's other support structures are based on, so she needs to be solid! If the band is too loose, it will ride up your back, letting gravity weigh your bust down in the front and resulting in uncomfortable sagging, bouncing, or even pain. Even with perfectly fitting cups and straps, if your band is too big, the whole bra will lose its structural integrity and leave you feeling precarious.
Getting the right fit for your bra band is essential. A properly fitting band should be snug, but you shouldn't feel constrained or squished. Your band should sit firmly across your back, parallel to the ground, and shouldn't shift around too much when you lift your arms or move around. Ideally, your band will fit this way on the loosest hook setting when you first buy your bra - bands can only loosen over time with wear, you want to save those tighter hooks for when that happens!
For years, the standard bras available to busty ladies (think DD+) came with very wide matronly bands - here at Marvell Lane, we've specifically designed our bands to be slimmer and more cutaway so your fashion options aren't as limited.
A firm bra band is essential for both comfort and support. It's important to get the right fit and style to ensure that your bra provides the support you need without causing discomfort. If you relate to any of the fit issues we've talked about here and suspect you might be wearing the wrong size band, you're in luck! We offer e-fittings to help you figure out exactly what size you should be wearing.