Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How a bra is sized.

Bra sizes are quite confusing. The bra size is determined by two measurements. There is a number and a letter. The number is the size around your ribcage. This is important for choosing a good fitting bra. This number is NOT your measurement around your body. Oh no, that would be too simple. The ribcage measurement has 4 inches added then the size issued.

The cup sizing is given a letter to denote the fullness of the breast. The letter relates to the difference between the breast measurement and the bust measurement. This starts at an A,B,C,D and then repeats as in DD, DDD, E, F, G……This system was first created by Warner bra in 1935. It enabled a standard for manufacturing and is still used today.

The combination of ribcage and breast volume are described as 36DD for example.
The little known reality of this sizing system is that as the band size increases so does the cup sizing. If you compare a 36D bra with 48D bra you might expect the cup sizes to be the same. They are both a D cup but the size 48D will be larger than a 36D.

( See the Black Goddess bra from the photo )

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