I’d like you to take a minute and open your mind and ask you to think past all you’ve been taught about bra fit. To help do that answer these questions that speak to some of the greatest bra myths of our time. We’ll explain them in more detail in the coming series of blog posts. These questions will help you know how many myths you’ve been subjected to and how much you really have to gain by wearing the perfect size for you!
1. When your bra leaves red or dark marks on your skin, does that indicate it is too big or too small in the band?
- This is a direct result of a band that is too big! If the bra fits properly the band will fit so snuggly that it will move with you as you move throughout the day. When it is too large it moves on you and creates friction on your skin, leaving marks and causing pain. Ouch!
2. Does it matter whether you hook your bra in the front and twist it around to the back or hook it in the back?
- Yes, if you can hook it in front and twist it then your bra is too big. (We’ll explain why in this series) Always hook it in the back.
3. Most women have slightly different sized breasts on each side. True or False?
- True! It will become even more apparent the closer you get to your correct size. Always buy the bra to fit the smallest cup and loosen the strap on the larger one to help them both look full and proportional when they are not.
4. What percentage of women wear the wrong bra size?
-About 90%! Stores will often put customers in whatever size they sell that will hold everything in (sorta…). However many stores do not sell sizes most common to what a woman's body needs. They fit you in their bras, instead of fitting the bra onto your body. Since women mainly know bras the average store sells it causes the market to be a confusing jungle of trial and error to find what will work and what won't.
5. Our bodies are flexible and adjust to the shape of the bra we wear. You can deform your body's shape by wearing the wrong size for too long. True or False?
-True, fortunately they can adjust back to a correct, healthier shape too, however it may take some time.
6. Most women have underarm fat. True or False?
- False! There is no such thing as underarm fat. This loose tissue under your arms is breast tissue that has been displaced due to an incorrect bra size. We will show you how to eliminate this for good!
7. Often just correcting your bra size can make someone look like they lost as much as 20lbs. True or False?
-True, when everything is proportioned properly it changes your shape instantly and often drastically if you'd been wearing the incorrect size. Most women are off on their bra size by 4 band sizes... (That's a lot! Imagine wearing a shoe 4 sizes too large, your foot would become terribly deformed. That is what we are doing to our breasts daily and it is not healthy or attractive. Fortunately there is a better way!)
8. How ofter should you get a Braology Certified bra fit?
- Every 6 months or 15-20 pounds of weight change. There is no such thing as lifetime bra sizes! We're women, our bodies change several times a month and much more than that throughout all the events in our lives.
9. What is the most common bra band size that women SHOULD buy if they were to buy their correct size?
- Sizes 28-36 is the most common body sizes yet the most common bra sizes made and sold are sizes 34-42… (So tragic!) A size 34 band properly fits a woman with a back size that wears a 14/16 shirt. Yet it is one of Victoria Secret's smallest band sizes. This makes smaller girls always appear as though they have no breasts because their breast tissue is forced to fill up their bra band to keep it on them by moving around their body instead and under their arm (underarm fat...) and it makes them look straight up and down and wide and removes their womanly figure. (To test if this is you- push the tissue under your arms forward, if your boobs look bigger when you do than this is happening to you.) Smaller women that do have breasts have a whole other issue in these sizes and they know it, even if they don't understand why.
10. What is the most common bra cup sizes that women SHOULD buy if they were to buy their correct size?
- Sizes DD-K is the most common body sizes yet the most common bra sizes made and sold are sizes A-DD… (Even more tragic!) My 11 year old daughter is an F cup size and she's pretty small. A, B, and C cups are not even sizes that work on humans when worn correctly. Our very smallest clients who have nearly nothing for breast tissue wears no smaller than a D cup which is very small when worn with the correct band size.
Well how did your answers stack up? Most of our students have an average of about 20% correct. That’s a pretty small number but it’s a glaring example of the current state of society on the subject of bra fit. How could this be? How can so many people be so misinformed for so many years? We will explain all of that in our next blog post. It’s a fascinating story of history, fashion, and greed. Let us know how many of these answers you got right in the comments. We want to hear from you.