Pssssst, come closer there is one thing that every well-dressed woman knows, every stylish icon has, and every wise woman can’t live without, and that is a well-fitting bra. Its the coveted accessory that makes heads turn and compliments flow. It can take up to 10 years off of your appearance and make everything you wear look better.
Avoid the Booby traps in a badly fitting bra: 100 years after its invention 80% of us are STILL wearing the wrong size
Here is a “her-story” background:
A Bit of Background on Bras
It’s only been in the last few years that the idea that bras were not introduced until the late 1890s, or early 1900s, was found to be untrue. A bra resembling that of modern day bras was found by archaeologists in a castle in Austria in 2008. The only other bra-type support known before that one was one found, was the corset which dates back to the 16th century.
Sigmund Lindauer was the first known person to mass produce the bra in 1912, gaining the patent in 1913 in Germany. From Germany, a trend was started, and bras picked up popularity around the globe. It was in 1932 that S.H. Camp and Company introduced the sizing chart for bras. They simply based it on the alphabet and so the sizes A through D were born. Only a couple of years after that, the first strapless bra was introduced. In 1948, the push-up joined the ranks and the 1960s saw padding add a bosom where once there was none.
Since its beginning, the bra has been transformed numerous times; however, its purpose has never changed. It was meant to help support one of a woman’s most valuable assets, aiding in not only physical appearance, but overall well-being as well.
Though women may never notice them, there are always indicators that the bras they are wearing are not the proper size. Doctors will not hesitate to say that prevention is key when it comes to a person’s health. The same goes for protecting a woman’s breasts. A lot of health problems can arise due to an ill-fitting bra. In this section, some of the key indicators of an ill-fitting bra will be discussed to help women recognize the signs and make a change.
There are two main issues a woman deals with if the bra doesn’t fit properly. The first one is whether the cup size is correct. This section will go over a few indicators that the cup doesn’t fit properly, what they mean, and how to fix it.
1. The Appearance of a Uni-Breast or Double-Breast
A main indicator that the cup is too small is found by simply putting a shirt on over the bra. If a wearer looks in the mirror and sees one big, squashed-looking breast instead of two (uni-breast) or finds that her breasts are creating what appears to be four distinct breasts (double-breast), then she needs to go up a cup size. The breasts should rest comfortably inside the cups without overflowing or squashing too much together.
2. The Centerpiece of the Bra Pulls Away from the Body
The middle part that connects the cups in front should fit against the skin. When it fits right, with the center panel flat against the body, the bra works well to lift up and separate the breasts. However, when the panel is pulled out and away, it’s an indicator that once again the cups are too small. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it also causes the bra to rest against the sternum and rib cage and can lead to more serious conditions if left for a long time.
3. Wrinkly Cups or Space Between Breasts and Cups
This is a large indicator that the bra is too big. Moving down a cup size will alleviate this issue. The breasts should fit snugly cupped within the cups. Also, the edges of the cup should lie flat along the breast without extra space or bulging or spillage.
When the Band Doesn’t Fit
The band not fitting properly can cause a multitude of health problems along with discomfort. It not only affects the breasts, but also the back, neck, ribs, and shoulders as well. This is especially true if the wearer is more endowed. This part will address those indicators that the band is ill-fitting and go over how to make it right.
4. Rolls on the Back
Most women mistake this sign as their band is too small. On the contrary, it’s an indicator that the band is too big. The rolls are caused by the band sliding upwards which would not happen if it fit properly. The back of the band should sit parallel to the front. The best way to check if the band is the right size is to fasten it on the loosest setting, then take two fingers and place them between the band and the skin. If they fit with no more and no less room, it’s good to go. Also, make note that a bra should always be bought based on the fit from the tightest setting. Every band stretches over time, so this will insure a longer life of the bra.
5. Straps Dig In or Slide Off
If the straps fall off, it is an indication that the band is too big, or that they haven’t been adjusted to the correct height. If they dig in, then the band is too small. Experts say that the straps should only do about ten percent of the work involved in supporting the breasts, with ninety percent being placed on the band itself.
6. The Armpit-Breast
This is probably one of the most feared issues a woman can face. This indicator can go several ways: cup size issue, band size issue, or both. Though most commonly due to the wrong cup size alone, having too big of a band size with too small of a cup size will create the same effect.
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