Saturday, 25 January 2014

Breast Shape and Separation

Have you ever noticed that when you try on two different bras in the same size and same brand , one might fit great while another fits terribly? As there are many different breast sizes, there are also many different breast shapes and levels of separation. Today I will discuss two common breast shapes, three common levels of breast separation.

Shallow breasts with broad roots
Deep breasts with narrow roots

Shallow breast broad root

These breasts have a base with a large radius, but do not stick out very far horizontally. The diameter of the root is much larger than the depth. Many women with smaller cup sizes (A-DD) have this shape . Most of the breast tissue clings closely to the ribcage. Here is a diagram of how shallow breasts with broad roots look with far-apart separation, medium separation, and close together separation.





 Projected breast narrow root

These breasts have a base with a smaller radius and stick out a lot horizontally. Many women with larger cup sizes have this shape, but many larger breasted women also have the shallow breast broad root shape. Most of the breast tissue sticks right out. Here is a diagram of how projected breasts with narrow roots look with far-apart separation, medium separation, and close together separation.




Levels of breast separation

If your breasts are three or four fingers widths apart at the sternum, you have far-apart separation breasts. If your breasts are one or two fingers widths apart at the sternum, you have medium separation breasts. If your breasts are touching, you have close together separation breasts.

Bra Model Suggestions 

As I have shallow breasts with broad roots that are far apart, I suggest the following bras for people with my breast shape depending on level of separation:

Shallow breast broad root far-apart separation - most b.tempt'd bras
Shallow breast broad root medium separation - Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Lined Demi
Projected breast narrow root far-apart separation - Panache Tango Plunge
Projected breast narrow root medium separation - most Freya bras

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Lined Demi - A Review

Review of Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Lined Demi Bra




 

After getting my two b.tempt'd push up bras I decided that I needed some every day bras that had no padding or push-up. Luckily for me, Nordstrom carried some lovely 30C bras by Betsey Johnson. I got three pairs; one in Virgin White, one in Raven Black and one in  Pussycat Pink.



Band Size: Good enough. What I still really want is for band sizes to come in odd numbers, since I measure a 29" underbust. I would like to try a 28D or a 28DD but alas, no retailers near me sell those sizes. Thus, I am still wearing size 30 bands.

Cup Size: Excellent. There were no underwires poking into my breast tissue; there was also no gaping or wrinkled fabric. Cup size is just right.

Cup Shape: Excellent. This brand is also known for having good bras for shallow breasts with broad roots. 

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: This bra was made for people who have broad root breasts that are moderately spaced. I have broad root breasts that are far apart. The centre gore is too narrow! Also, the inner part of the underwires are too high and dig into my sternum.

Verdict: This is a 75% good bra.





b.tempt'd b.wow'd Push Up - A Review

Review of b.tempt'd b.wow'd Push Up Bra





For the longest time I was stuck in the Bra Matrix, not knowing that there existed a whole world of smaller band sizes for petite women like myself. One day, as I was feeling frustrated and trying to search for bras online, I came across sites like Thin and Curvy and Venusian Glow. They enlightened me on the existence of the elusive size 30 band. I did some googling and found that b.tempt'd, a spinoff brand of Wacoal, carried size 30 bands in a variety of cup sizes. I ordered a 30C in Candy Pink and one in Night.

 

Band Size: Good enough. What I really want is for band sizes to come in odd numbers, since I measure a 29" underbust but the world does not revolve around me. Thus, I will be content to wear size 30 bands.

Cup Size: Excellent. This is a padded push-up bra so it is supposed to feel tight and push the breasts up and in.

Cup Shape: This brand is known for having good bras for shallow breasts. This model is no exception.

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: This is a push up bra, so the cup spacing and centre gore is slightly narrower than some other b.tempt'd bras. It is still a very good choice for anyone with far apart breasts who wants to wear something that will push the breasts up and in.

 
 

How to measure your bra size the right way!

There are many mainstream US retailers** that will tell you the wrong way of measuring yourself. Many salespeople will tell you to measure your overbust or to add 4 or 5 inches to your underbust measurement. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. Here's how to do it the right way.

You should ideally be measuring in front of a mirror so that you can tell whether you are holding the tape straight. You will need a non stretchy tape measure.
  1. Put on your best fitting, non-padded bra.
  2. Measure around your rib cage, immediately under your breasts. Keep the tape as straight and horizontal as possible. Exhale. Then measure tightly under your breasts. This is your underbust measurement. If your underbust measurement is an odd number, say 29, you should try both band sizes around this (28 and 30).
  3. Measure around the fullest point of your breasts. This is your bust measurement.
  4. Now subtract your band size from your bust measurement. (For example if you measured 29 and were going to start with a 30 band and your bust measurement is 33, then the result would be 3. If you were going to start with a 28 band the result would be 5.)
  5. Each number is a cup size. The US system goes: A,B,C,D,DD,DDD. The UK system goes A,B,C,D,DD,E,F,FF,G,GG,H,HH,J. The EU system goes A,B,C,D,E,F. 
  6. If you thought you were a 34C, and you come up with something like 32E, don't worry! Everybody has a different size and shape, and we should celebrate it, not deny it. Many people have a distorted idea of what a “normal” size is because most mainstream retailers only offer band sizes 32-38 and cup sizes A-DD. 
    If you want to know my favourite brands that come in a larger range of sizes, click here.

    Once you have figured out your size, remember that it is just a starting point. You may still need to go up or down in the band or cup. You may also find that certain styles or brands of bras are incompatible with your breast shape. You will eventually find your perfect fit!

    **Most US mainstream lingerie retailers suck. However, I have found one exception: Nordstrom. Nordstrom is somewhat better than all the other mainstream retailers in this category as they actually carry a good selection of bras in band size 30. They also carry band size 28 but the selection is small and they do not have a wide variety of cup sizes. If you live near a Nordstrom store I recommend going there and trying on some items.