Do you know what is your bra size? Some of us don't really know and a little bit shy to asked our friends. Reading help me find information about my bra size. I read some article in Star newspaper recently, according to Body Fashion (M) Sdn Bhd head of brand management Evelyn Foo a recent research (conducted by Triumph) indicated that 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. That most probably including you and me. Most people think of they only need one bra size. With weight gain (or loss), hormonal changes and pregnancy (during and post), women will have to start shopping all over again.
A brassiere or commonly referred to as a bra; is an article of clothing that covers, supports, and elevates the breasts. Since the late 19th century, it has replaced the corset as the most widely accepted method for supporting a woman's breasts. The French word brassière refers to a baby's vest (undershirt) or lifebelt, underbodice or harness. The word brassière derives from bracière, an Old French word meaning "arm protector" and referring to military uniforms (bras in French means "arm"). This later became used for a military breast plate, and later for a type of woman's corset. The current French term for brassière is soutien-gorge, literally, "held under the neck" or "throat-support".
We all know how to wear a bra but, are we wearing it correctly? Here’s a step-by-step:
- Slip your arms through the shoulder straps, bend forward to allow your breasts to fall naturally into the cups and fasten hooks. Foo recommends hooking the bra with the middle hook when you’re shopping for a bra. This is when it should be most comfortable. The last hook is for when you experience water retention. The first (or tightest) hook is considered when you’ve lost weight.
- Adjust shoulder straps so that they rest comfortable on your shoulder. As long as the strap doesn’t leave an indent on your shoulder and you can fit a finger under easily, this makes it the right length.
- Tuck your breasts firmly into the cups. For stretched cup bras, stretch the cups lightly and let the cups mould smoothly over your breasts. Right after the straps have been done, push your breasts from the side into the cup.
- To check if you are wearing the right size, raise up your hands. The bra should remain in the same place. You have to make sure you adjust your straps properly and stretch your arms to ensure the bra doesn’t run up. If the bra goes up, maybe the strap is too loose or short, or the wrong size entirely. The back panel should be parallel with the front and not ride up.
As if life isn’t complicated enough, lingerie designers create more than one cup variation to entice us. There is the:
- Half cup: good for detachable straps and helps to lift breasts upward.
- ¾ cup: the best cut and is most saleable. According to Foo: “It fits almost every breast shape.”
- Full cup: gives you the best support. “It’s what the well-endowed need and should wear,” says Foo.
- The Deep V: one of Triumph’s signature look. Foo describes this as a fashion accessory good for low plunging necklines.
- The French cup or the 5/8 cup: a very sexy cut and more suitable for the smaller women. The cup is very small; it’s so small that it’s just above the nipple.
- Front clip: easy fastening. “It’s convenient and recommended for elderly women or those suffering from arthritis. The only problem is, you cannot adjust the hook.
Six different types of cup aren’t enough, we have to pick which ones serves us best:
- The push up bras for instant cleavage and curve enhancer. Foo calls this the “instant cleavage addresser for smaller women.” At Triumph, these bras are called Maximizer and has four different cuts: Deep V, Volume Up, Extra Volume Up and Super Volume Up.
- The shape and support ones for better coverage, maximum support and ultimate comfort. Triumph calls these Modern Shapes and their designs are multi-functional, offering high side coverage. “When you have bigger breasts, a lot of your fat can go to the side. For the shaping bras, they come with a higher side panel to help push the fat to the front.”
- For comfort when at home or wearing for long hours. Triumph has a range called T-Shirt Bra and Foo encourages women to have some of these for home to lounge around in. “T-shirt bras are made from cotton or micro-fibre so they are soft and comfortable.” The brand has launched its first eco-friendly range called ecochic. It’s natural and good for women with sensitive skin or who are allergic to certain fibres. The cotton used is organic and pesticide free.
- Sports bra, which is best for the athletic women. “A lot of women use the same bra for exercise, and that’s not good because you’re not encouraging ventilation. When you are involved in sports, you need support from every angle.
Do any of you wearing the wrong bra today?
Source: The Star, Wikipedia.