Why Bra Sizing Makes Me Crazy
This might not be the best thing to admit as a lingerie engineer, but I’m going to do it anyway.
Ladies, friends, sisters —
Where do I even begin?
Bra sizing might be the most enigmatic thing I’ve ever encountered. No one really knows how to measure for a bra. They just tell you they do.
The truth is all bras are different.
It’s a Numbers Game and No One is Winning
Let’s talk about measuring. And I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth bringing up again.
First, I want you to take a look at your breasts. Are they two-dimensional? More than likely, they are not. There is volume. Some of us have more volume than others, but the fact is, our breasts are three-dimensional.
According to www.dictionary.reference.com, volume is defined as “the amount of space occupied by an object measured in three dimensions, expressed in cubic units.”
Now I’m no math wizard, but I know when you are talking about cubic units, there is a little 3 that goes to the top right above some number.
When we measure for bra sizes, we are not taking three dimensional measurements. We are taking linear measurements. We use two or three measurements around the circumference of the body at different points: upper, full and lower bust.
How on earth are we supposed to be able to measure properly if we can’t measure volume?
Bra manufacturers do their best to come up with a “formula” that will magically produce the correct bra size using linear measurements.
This is one of the reasons why all D-cups are not created equal. While the manufacturers attempt to maintain a sizing standard, the fact is, the sizing varies from brand to brand and style to style.
So just because you may wear a D-cup in one brand or one style doesn’t mean that it’s going to be the same cup size you wear for every other bra.
Now you see why measuring and finding the correct size based on those measurements is such a challenge.
And just for a second, let’s talk about the bra you are wearing when you get measured.
Volume distribution plays a huge role. If you are wearing a minimizer bra, then you are going to get a completely different measurement than if you were wearing a bullet bra or just a regular bra.
Your breast volume doesn’t change, but the bra you are wearing may distribute your breast tissue differently.
When I measure ladies, I will give them the numbers and tell them what the numbers say. I also warn them not to go out and buy a bra based on those measurements. I advise them to try on bras starting with that size. If that size just so happens to fit, then my next advice is to go out and buy a lottery ticket. 🙂
It’s easier to nail down the band size first. After you have a comfortable, but snug fit, then you can go on to find the cup size that fits best — oh, and the right bra style. And let’s not forget the fabric composition. To be safe, keep an eye out for underwires as well. We don’t want those digging in and poking you.
So you see, the sizing methodology is a little whack, and that’s why it makes me crazy.
Thanks for listening to my rant. I would love to hear yours. In fact, I would love to hear ALL the problems you’ve had with bra sizing. This will help me try to noodle out a solution for this. Fingers crossed!