Bra fitting help » Straps too wide
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I'm looking for a replacement of the Elomi Tia. I am narrow rooted and FOB. The issue with this is that the straps are too far apart and causing pinching where my armpit meets my arm. Otherwise it's as close as my Tia, which isn't perfect but it's the best I can find.
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I have no real solution, sorry, but can completely relate!
Unfortunately after a certain size, manufacturers have a hard time adjusting their designs for smaller frames.. So in the smaller band / larger cup community, it is super common to have straps that are too wide-set.
Sometimes this is partly caused by a very tight band, that makes people size up in the cups, which in turn causes the cups to take up too much space. In such cases, the issue can be -slightly- ameliorated by trying a sister size with a larger band, smaller cup (so keeping the same volume).
With your ribcage measurements a 34 band seems quite fitting though, so I wouldn't advise doing that!
Four suggestions / options that may help you though:
1) In general, Balconette bras are the worst offenders for wide-set straps. So you may want to avoid those (which is kind of hard, as it's the most common style 0_o). But on some full cup bras, the strap placement is more centered / pulled inwards. Those might be worth a try.
2) There are brands -Comexim is best known for this- that sells bras 'made to measure', with alterations like moving in the straps. That helps out a lot of folks!
3) If you're kind of crafty / know how to sew, there's tutorials showing you how to alter bra straps yourself.
For example this one: http://dressingcurves.blogspot.com/2012/03/alterations-moving-strap-position.html
4) Some people benefit by adding a J-hook thingy in the back of their straps, to turn it into a racer back.
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/customerpicks/Explore-bra-hooks-for-racerbacks/a2e3b1c1a19bb5726aa0
Updated on May 10, 2021 Flag this