Bras Solutions

Solutions for 5 Common Bra Problems

Need a girlfriend to talk to about your underwear? Want someone to do the work for you? Jenny Altman does it all on her site, ILOVEAGOOD, where she tries on hundreds of bras, panties, and more, so her readers don’t have to. Below, Jenny shares her secrets to solving some everyday bra problems for us.

I love that women come to me everyday with their overall fit and bra problems. For me, that means they are all LOOKING for solutions. Often, issues stem from an ill-fitting bra (get fitted!). Other times, it’s because women haven’t found the brand and the product that is a great match for them. It’s just a matter of being a bra detective and finding that perfect match.

The same few problems get told (or whispered) to me every single day. I’m here to share my knowledge and tell you that the bra solution you need is just a click away!

Read about the 5 most common problems below (and the bras that solve them!):


Convertible straps can solve bra problems of bra straps showing.

1. Bra Problem: Bra straps are always showing.

Every woman needs a good convertible bra in her wardrobe. Usually, converting bra straps from traditional style (one strap over each shoulder) to cross-back requires naked-ness or a total bra change. The Memorable Wireless Bra amazed me with how easy it was to convert. While you have it on you just rearrange the straps and cross them at the front, taking you to a crisscross back with ease.  Plus it’s a wireless—I always love a good wireless option in my wardrobe for comfort!


Strapless bras solve bra problems of what to wear with many necklines.

2. Bra Problem: What do I wear with strapless and strappy styles?

A strapless bra is a great investment. Why? Well, we all need a great strapless from time to time. This bra can be your best halter, one shoulder, cross-back bra when needed. Buy a good strapless and keep it in your drawer so that you’re ready for all occasions. The Embraceable Strapless Bra does it all while being super soft and very supportive up to a DDD.


3. Bra Problem: My bra, not my cleavage, is showing!

Just as you put on your low-front sweater or v-neck tee shirt, you realize your bra is showing—and not in a good way. The answer is simple: opt for a full coverage bra with a plunging neckline (all that means is the center of the bra is not as high as other centers). The Embraceable Wireless Plunge Lace Trim Bra gives you full coverage with that deep v plunge at the center. The high sides and wide back give you smoothness and hold for an all around supportive fit in a very feminine style.


Gapping cups are bra problems created by a shallow profile.

4. Bra Problem: My bra is always gapping in the cups!

Don’t you just hate that gap in the top of your cup under your favorite tee? So do I.

The Enhancing Shape Bra has a top-shaping pad that literally fills in your gap, so now your t-shirt bras lay perfectly smooth against your breasts. The gap is actually filled in! This was such an easy solution, that I can’t believe we all didn’t know about it until now!


Common bra problems are wanting lift without padding.

5. Bra Problem: I want more lift without more bra!

Blame it on life or gravity, but we women find ourselves needing a little “oomph” in the cups (at least I do!). The Enticing Lift Balconet Bra gives uplift without the look of push-up, it’s a youthful lift to the breasts without any spillage (think lip plump without the filler). The Balconet is a gorgeous shape with a lower neckline that reveals a natural fullness while we still look like our real selves.



Any other bra solutions we need to investigate? Send me a note and let me know your bra problem.





Jenny Altman is an expert in intimates, hired regularly as a consultant and spokesperson by the industry’s top brands.  With 15 years of experience as a fashion editor, Jenny has an innate knowledge of fit and trends, and understands what women want and need. In addition to editorial positions at WWD, Lucky and Marie Claire, Jenny spent the bulk of her career at O, The Oprah Magazine, where she helped style Oprah and contributed to the renowned “O List.” Jenny now runs her site and consults for brands such as Cosabella, Bare Necessities, Spanx, and Chantelle.



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24 Responses

  1. Jamgirl

    Purchased three vanishing back bras and the straps constantly roll off my shoulders. Bra is not too loose and cups fit perfectly. NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH ANY OTHER BRA.

    1. Jean

      I purchased 2 vanishing back bras a month ago and have to return, the straps will not stay up on one shoulder. I’m sick, I like the fit, but cannot handle the struggle with strap! What do u suggest?

      1. Soma Intimates

        We’re so sorry this purchase didn’t work out. You may wish to try a Racerback or T-back style as this silhouette provides a great fit for narrow or sloping shoulders.Thanks!

  2. Kristy

    Hey Jenny…I wear a Bali bra(36D) with non-stretch straps and a back with 4hooks….I feel that structure makes me feel more secure than something with stretchy straps and a two hook closure. Do you have any bra in your line that I would be interested in?

    1. Soma Intimates

      Hi Kristy!

      I can see why you love that structure. And we do have a few bras that offer the same important lift, separation and SUPPORT (with comfort).

      1. The Vanishing Back Bra is VERY firm in the straps and band. The technology makes it feel light while doing some serious work on smoothing out the back and underarm area. This bra is revolutionary, I have not seen another bra smooth the back and give this much support.

      2. The Enticing Lift Full Coverage Bra offers a great amount of full coverage with strong support. The lace is actually VERY flat and will not show through, but gives a very pretty look (more so than the solid nudes and black bras). I have fit very full cup girls in this bra and I get a huge WOW every time. The bonding is what gives it its strength while looking very sleek and minimal.

      So glad you asked!

  3. Andrea

    Do you have a style that works well for women with breast implants? I’m finding that my projection is making the underwire rub on the insides of my breasts. This happens with the Embraceable full coverage, for example.

    1. Soma Intimates

      Hi Andrea, our Embraceable Full Coverage bra is also available wireless and unlined or go to to view our current selection of wireless styles offering both comfort and support. Thank you.

  4. stepha

    why don’t you make vanishing back, front close without padding? you used to make it and it was my favorite bra. don’t suggest me others, none of them worked, i do not need or want padding. living in AZ where the temp can be 120 PLUS is too hot for padding. get rid of it and i’ll be back! thx,

    1. Soma Intimates

      We have great news for you, Stepha! A brand new unlined (no padding) version of our Vanishing Back Front Close bra is coming in early July. Stay tuned!

  5. Carol Saxton

    I am 79 yrs old,36 b cup,of course my breasts sag now,would like your opinion about a lightweight bra,cannot tolerate anything tight,any suggestions please.
    Thank you.

    1. Soma Intimates

      Hi Carol, have you tried Soma’s Enticing Lift bra? It’s completely unlined, so doesn’t add any bulk under your clothes and is very lightweight. It’s innovative technology lifts, shapes and separates like a push-up bra but without all that uncomfortable padding! You can view the collection here:

  6. Barb

    Love my Soma Senuous Lace Bras, but need something smooth for tee shirts.
    Haven’t found a smooth bra that will lift and separate like Senuous Lace. Have
    tried on many bras but always have the same problem except for my lace bras.
    Cleavage is fine but not when it’s 96 degrees and humid. Embraceable bras require body
    adhesive to keep my girls in place. It’s workable but would be nice if I could find
    a bra where that isn’t necessary.

    1. Soma Intimates

      Hi Barb, Have you tried our Enticing Lift bra? First, it’s unlined, so GREAT for the hot summer months. Secondly, it has a flat lace so it’s completely undetectable under t-shirts. And lastly, it lifts and separates like a push up bra but without all of that uncomfortable padding. It comes in both a Balconet (demi) and full coverage style. We think this will be the solution you’re looking for! You can view the collection here:

  7. Sally

    I wore the Travelers Agnes bra, then moved to the Embraceable Wireless … both are unavailable now. I tried the Embraceable Full Coverage but will be returning it … too much bra for me. What can you recommend in a wireless, unlined bra, 36D.

  8. Sharon

    Hi, I was in love with the Rachel bra. Fortunately I was well stocked when you discontinued it, but have not been able to find anything to fit the way the Rachel did. My last nude color Rachel bra wire just gave out so I am desperate to find something to fit the way the Rachel did. Any suggestions?

  9. Barb

    I cannot find a bra with long enough straps that is comfortable. I cannot wear an underwire bra because the pressure on the center of my chest. If I find a bra with long enough straps, it is always an underwire. If I remove the underwire, the bra cups lose their shape and support. Help!

    1. Soma Intimates

      Hi Barb, we understand your frustration! Have you tried any of Soma’s wireless options? If want the comfort of a wireless bra, but the lift and support of a wired bra we’d suggest our Memorable Wireless or Vanishing Back Wireless styles. Both styles have fully adjustable straps. We hope one of these styles might work for you!

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