Recently, I was traveling to London from California. As I was getting off of the plane, I reached up to get my (very much overpacked) carryon bag. Once I’d grabbed my bag and was lowering it down, I felt a familiar “Pop!” on my ribcage.
A few choice words (that we don’t publish, here at TCF) came to mind. My underwire had snapped. I still had a six-hour flight ahead of me. I was not looking forward to sitting in a cramped seat with a wire stabbing me every time I moved. Cue my emotions:
Luckily, I’m a resourceful lady with access to the internet. I googled (and tried) a few MacGyver-like solutions, and here are my temporarily fixes for when your underwire breaks:
- Ask for a BandAid. You may not have tape on hand when your underwire snaps. But, I’m betting you (or someone you can ask) does have a few bandaids. The idea is to wrap bandaids around your underwire (using it like tape) to keep it from scratching you. Arguably, you could tape the underwire down, but I found out that it usually springs back out.
- Use a pad. Okay, I know this sounds weird. But, most public restrooms (and the woman sitting next to you) will have a pad. Rip it into a smaller section (you don’t need the whole thing!) and wrap it around your underwire, taping it down.
- Turn your bra inside out. Whenever my underwire has snapped, it’s always poked in, towards me. You can turn things around (literally) by turning your bra inside out and making the underwire poke away from you. Then, using whatever you have on hand, tape down the exposed wire. This only works in some situations (and you run the risk of the underwire poking through your top) but it is a temporary fix and it can work!
Do you have any life hacks for fixing an underwire that’s snapped? Share them below!