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Adjust Those Bras with Bra Extenders

Occasionally, I find that a bra is a bit too tight, even though it should fit. The answer? Old-fashioned bra extenders! They are strips that you hook onto the back of the bra that give you more "eyes" to fasten the bra with. I found mine at a thrift store, and because they were 4 hook ones, I just cut them in two, creating twice as many.

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They usually are white cotton, but you can tint them to match your bra: tea for beige bras. I tinted my extender pink for my pink bra using a pink highlighter. I then spread out the tint by applying water. Voila! It almost matches. The extenders are available on the net for $6 or so.

Source: Me, although I think my mother had some way back when.

By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

I have been using these for years because I am an odd size where the cup might fit but the "around" size is hard to find with that cup size. So I get the closest I can find then just add the extenders.

When I hook them on, I tack them on--one tack in each corner of the extender. This way they don't come off but when the time comes to toss that bra I can just snip-snip and take the extender off and put it on the new one. This also keeps the extenders from coming off and getting lost in the wash.

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

I use bra-extenders on occasion, too. It does help especially when I buy a new bra this is just a bit too tight. Our local Walmart sells the white extenders for about $2.00.

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I find them in the sewing/craft department. Look in the area where they sell elastic that is using for sewing projects. I accidentally found them there when buying the elastic. You would think they would sell them in the bra department.

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

A hint I read once that goes along with this is that if you have an older bra that you can no longer use, cut off a strip that contains the clasps. You can then use these as home-made bra-strap extenders.

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

I tried them a while back but they set the straps too far apart and they were constantly slipping off my shoulders.

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