Why You Should Stop Using Underwired Bras

In Style Advice by Melanie Shaw

The underwire bra was very popular when it first came into the market because it was introduced as a way to support and lift without covering a full breast. The broad hook and eye panel that used to be the norm was able to be shrunk down into a smaller panel because the wires were doing most of the support at the front. 

The problem is that there is a lot of confusion surrounding underwired bras, and let’s be honest here, nobody wants to have a piece of metal digging into them, which is exactly what happens when your brass starts attacking you. Many women believe that underwire bras don’t have side effects, and for most women it is the case. Whether you are wearing an underwired bra or a no wire bras, you need to know what’s best for your comfort. Take a look at the pros and cons of using underwired bras.


  • Underwire bras do offer good support. One of the big positives of using an underwired bra is that you do have that support against your body, which means your chest feels lighter and more supported that way.
  • They’re great for enhancing the silhouette you’re hoping to achieve. Whether you’re adding a cocktail dress to your wardrobe or you are looking at tighter t-shirts. Enhancing your silhouette should be your goal. Underwire bras can give you that gentle lift without too much bulk being added to them.
  • There is more variety out there. Most bras on the shelves are with underwires through them, and while you may be looking at softer and more bras that don’t have wires underneath them, you will find less of a choice in that area.
  • Quality ones will last longer. We talked about being attacked by your bra, and every woman who’s ever worn an underwire bra has had the metal poke out at least once. It’s not comfortable when this happens, but buying good quality underwired bras can help you to avoid that.


  • One of the biggest cons of an underwired bra is that you could end up hurting your ribs, but this is only the case if you are wearing the wrong size. Being properly fitted for a bra is going to help you to avoid that.
  • The cheaper the bra, the quicker it will explode. If you shop cheaply for your bras, you’ll find that the underwire is a bad quality and it will start poke within a much shorter period of use.
  • It’s not the best choice for heavy busted women. Underwires can poke and it can dig in, leaving horrible red welts under the breast.
  • Fit issues are a problem. Trying to find an underwired bra that fits your body isn’t the easiest thing to do because we are not all built the same, but underwired bras are. This is where you need to look at and no wire bra and make sure that you are using something softer that can mold to your shape.

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About Melanie Shaw

Melanie Shaw is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has worked in the fashion industry in PR and communications, helping brands launch their latest products and collections.

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