Breast Shape Affects Bra Size

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Traditional Bra Measuring May Not Tell Your Correct Cup Size!
Why does breast shape affect your cup size?
Let me tell you a little story about a special lingerie boutique called
Rigby & Peller which holds a Royal Warrant by the Queen of England (June
Kenton is the Royal Corsetiere there).
Curious about what I would find behind Rigby & Peller's wall to wall
wooden drawers housing luxurious lingerie, I asked what they had for
someone who wears a 36A. "Love, you could never be a 36A."
"I was recently measured. I am a 36A," I said, knowing that I had been
measured by a sales person at that pink lingerie store taking over the
planet one mall at a time.
"I'm certain your frame is much smaller than a 36. Have you been fitted
here before?"
"No."
"Would you like to be?"
Smaller than a 36... If Queen Elizabeth trusts them with her jewels, then
there must be something to it. "Yes. I'd love to."
Instead of tape measuring, Tanya, my personal fitter at the Knightsbridge
shop, looked at me bare breasted and announced that I was a 32C. Which of
course, made me giddy with laughter. You see, there is no way I could be
a 32 "C" because my breasts are, quite frankly, too little. A "C" cup
belongs to a woman with large, bodacious breasts.
How could a woman with small breasts wear a "C" cup?
Tanya explained to me that, like many women, the shape of my breasts are
wider. It's common for many small breasted women to go up a cup size or
two to get the correct fit. Through time, our breasts change due to
weight loss, pregnancy, the birth control pill, age, sports and other
factors. All of this affects our cup size.
I had to stay and find out if Tanya was right about me. She proceeded to
bring me in the most beautiful, girlie bras that I've ever seen in 32C.
Guess what? They fit!
All I could do was hug her.
Not only did Tanya make me feel completely comfortable in my new
gorgeous, cleavage enhancing bras, but also she gave me the best lingerie
experience ever! After all, who goes into a store thinking they're a 36A
and walks out a 32C?
How could I have such discrepancies in my measurements?
1. The sales person at the "nameless" pink lingerie establishment
measured me in clothes--which could have made my band size larger
2. I'd lost five pounds between fittings--which will make the band size
smaller. For this reason, Rigby & Peller recommends getting fitted (or
measured) every six months
3. Tanya, the fitter at Rigby & Peller, took into account my breast shape
(which called for a wider cup size, even if my breasts don't look like a
typical full "C")
What does all of this mean?
I consider myself small breasted. To look at me, you'd think that I could
never in a million years fill out a "C" cup. But what I learned at Rigby
& Peller is that the shape of a woman's breast is just as important as
the band size.
Rigby & Peller has established that of the women who go into its store
"...approximately 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. The most
common mistake is wearing a bra too large in the back (band size) and too
small in the cup which causes all sorts of unsightly problems."
What will wearing a band size that is too big and a cup size that is too
small do?
1. The band will ride up the back. Look at yourself in the mirror
sideways. Instead of your breasts being level with your band, your
breasts are lower than the band in back. The band should fit snug, but
not cut into your skin, producing back cleavage
2. The cups will gap at times, giving the impression that you aren't
filling out your cup. This is not true, the cup size is too small
3. You will see material crease on the sides of your bra, signaling that
the band is too big
You may feel the need to adjust or pull down your bra in front or back as
it rides up
If this is happening to you, do the following:
1. Figure out your band size. Get a tape measure. Measure it snugly
around your back and under your chest. If the number is even, add 4 to
get your band size. If the number is odd, add 5 to get your band size.
For example: If you wrote down 32, add 4 and your band size will be 36.
Voila!
2. Go shopping. At a store, try on bras in your band size with cups 1-2
sizes larger than your original cup size. For example, if you normally
wear an "A" cup, try on "B" and "C" cups. More than likely, you'll find
that due to your breast shape a larger cup size will flatter your breasts
and enhance your cleavage. Keep in mind, you need to try on several
brands when shopping. Each brand will cut bras a little differently.
You'll find there are a couple brands that work best with your breast
shape.
It's highly recommended that if you've measured your bra size (cup and
band) with a tape measure and you're are still having trouble, try
getting fitted the old fashioned way like Queen Elizabeth. Get personally
fitted at Rigby & Peller in London. If you can't go there, then you can
get the royal results by doing it yourself. Either way, you'll feel good
about yourself and look confident no matter what the tape measure says
about your cup size!
Gayvin Powers is a writer and lingerie guru. I've been addicted to
finding gorgeous lingerie ever since I bought my first hideous training
bra. If I'm not dreaming about lingerie, I'm perusing stores for it,
seeking it online or designing it. I just can't get enough!
http://www.evesapples.blogspot.com


				
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