Women’s Bras – The Functions and Fashions

When the modern bra took over from the corset in Edwardian times it was to take on many new functions as well as becoming a major item of sensual lingerie. In 1977 the sports bra began its development and has gone on to become an integral part of most amateur and professional sports women’s kit. The level of extra support required depends on the ladies build and her level or activity.

Even if you are not partaking in high impact sports if your activity involves stretching that can be enough to course discomfort when wearing an ordinary fashion bra, so an increasing number of women wear a light control sports bra for activities such as gardening or fishing! A firmer control is better for racket sports, going to the Gym or even horse riding. An addition benefit that come with the modern sports bras is the fabric used in the manufacture as it is often designed to draw moisture away from the skins surface. It is a matter of personal choice if you wear anything over the bras as most are suitable as outer wear too.

Moving on to non-sports bras there are as many styles from which to choose as you can imagine, your choice should be governed by size and preference to achieve your required look because the style will dictate your final sculptured shape. Firstly decide how you want to look and then consider the best way to get what you want. The fitting guide at the foot of the page will help you purchase the correct size. A high pert well supported bust is generally seen as giving an appearance of youth as the aging process and life style does allow gravity to have its own way but with a good bra chosen with care we can right the wrongs and the cruel tricks that mother nature insists on playing on most of us.

It is also worth mentioning that a good bra can also help to avoid or correct certain physical ailments that can develop in the larger breasted among us. The old joke of “you don’t get many of those to the pound” is in fact true as a pound is the average weight of a breast, some more of course but if they are not supported properly you can suffer back pain. The weight of of the bust should be mainly supported by the band around the torso under the fullest part of the bust. If the support is from the shoulders the band size is too loose and may lead to a real pain in the neck! All of these attributes can also be found in sexy bras so you do not have to substitute glamour for comfort, and when matched with other feminine lingerie you really can have the very best of both worlds so feel free to be naughty and still look nice!

So let’s get to grips with the size of this problem. To find your correct bra size follow this guide.

1ST – Grab your tape measure, feel free to enlist the help of a friend and measure your torso directly under your boobs it does not matter if you use inches or centimeters but don’t combine the two!

If the measurement is an even number-lets say you are 30 inches (75cm) then you add 4 inches which will make your bust size 34 inches (85cm).

If you measure and find that you are an odd number say 31 inches (77.5cm) then you add 5 inches so this means you are have a bust size of 36 inches (90cm).

To calculate the all important cup size re-measure around the fullest part of the bust, then subtract the first measurement the bust size from the cup size this will give you the difference.

E.G. 38-34 = 4 whatever the difference is use the chart below to give you your cup size.

You bra size would be 34 dd.

Difference between bra size and cup size.


INCHES         -1———0———-1———–2———–3———4———-5———–6——–7———-8

CENTIMETERS(cm -2.5——-0———-2.5——–5———-7.5——-10——–12.5——–15——17.5——20

CUP SIZE   AA———A———B———–C———–D——–DD——–E———–F———G——–H

By using this method no matter what your natural build happens to, or your preferred style you will always be comfortable and show your figure off to the best advantage, so take a deep breath ladies and throw you chest out with confidence.