Oh Snap! 3 Quick Fixes for When Your Underwire Breaks

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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) carry on bag.  Once I’d grabbed my bag and was lowering it down, I felt a familiar “Pop!” on my ribcage.  You know that sound… the sound when your underwire breaks?

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:

  1. 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 the BandAid 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Underwire bra poking


Not only is this extremely frustrating when this happens. for some, it is downright maddening. Bras can be expensive, hard as hell to find, so when your underwire breaks, it is a serious thing. But have you ever asked yourself why it has broke? These questions run through our mind after this happens:

  • How old is the bra? 
  • How well have you been taking care of your favorite bra?
  • How amazing was the quality of the bra? 

Things like your breast shape, wearing the right size, and the quality of the bra all play into the life and wear of your cherished boulder holders. 


Now that we are here… what do YOU do?

Do you have any life hacks for fixing an underwire that’s snapped?  Share them below!

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  1. I hate it when that happens! One trick which I’ve found helpful is if you happen to have a ball-point pen in your purse, extract the shaft that holds the ink and the writing tip, snip off part of the (n0n-ink!) end, and slide the cut-off piece over the exposed end of the severed/exposed wire. A temporary fix that will get you back on your way…

  2. My boobs are so big that my underwire doesn’t snap because it’s so thick. My wire is so thick I can’t go through a metal detector with out setting it off and then getting wanded. Ugh

  3. i usually just pull those buggers right out.. LOL. then i have one supported boob and one saggy boob!
    until i can get home to throw the bra out.. or just remove the other wire too! and wear the bra around the house.

  4. Bandaids are great for when the underwire starts poking through in your cleavage or armpits. Push the wire back into place and put the bandaid over the hole until you can fix or toss your bra.

  5. I know it doesn’t help in the moment but for after you’re back home – if the bra is still in good shape many specialty bra shops can repair this for under $10, so worth it when the bra is worth 10x that!

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