Leather Loves the Ladies

What could be better than warm leather hugging the Girls?
Sleek, clean with a hint of danger.
Black Leather Bras~

Tom Ford Perforated Leather Bra Net-a-Porter $1200

Alexander McQueen Black Leather Bustier Net-a-Porter

Gucci Tom Ford 1998 Black Leather Bra

Isabel Marant Black Leather Bustier

Saint Laurent Black Leather Bra MyTherese $1490

Alexander McQueen Black Leather Bustier w buckles Net-a-Porter

Marlies Dekkers Femme Fatale Black Faux Leather Bra $195

House of Theodora Black Leather Balconette Bra AUS $150


“Over the hills and through”…the Overwire Bra

The overwire bra was popular during the 1950s and created a slightly softer look than the bullet bra. The cups are wired above the chest, creating a beautiful projected bust and often the bra features a deep V in the center, making it perfect for low-cut strapless dresses The placement of the wire doesn’t really do any technical function like the underwire of today, instead, it offers a different shape compared to other bras. The overwire did feature heavily in strapless bras as the wire helped defy gravity by keeping the bra shape intact.

Modern overwire bras are a niche market and you’ll find the odd one being produced by vintage/retro reproduction lingerie companies: Bettie Page Lingerie and Dita von Teese Lingerie or you can just buy vintage…


And, yes, dievca took liberties in combining “Over the River and Through the Woods”, plus “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” for the title…


My…how you have grown. (lingerie repost)

CleavageA post about Bra Sizing from 09/24/2014 – dievca is finishing her move.
(a battle about a storage unit is ensuing~)

Granted dievca is much larger than when she trained as an elite athlete, but her increase in bust size is a little more than she expected. she thinks it is age….

34B, 35B (true measurement? REALLY? who can find a 35?), 34C, 34C/D?????

More than a handful? ARGH~

Time, once again, to get measured properly for a bra.

dievca feels that the best way to measure your new size is to go to someone you trust and ask them to measure you.  NYC has some wonderful places, but across the country  the availability for correct measurements are slim because of  poorly trained / old-fashioned bra fitters.
You might get something like this:

bra+sizes.+Dam+whats+your+favourite+size_explanation funny

Back to reality….

A Bra that fits correctly is a godsend — buy three.  They make you look better, feel better, help your back, etc.  If you have to fit yourself for a bra – here is some advice, directions and tools for measuring correctly and finding your correct size.

Bra Myths

    1. MYTH: A = small, B = on the small side of average, C = on the large side of average, D = large, DD = HUGE

      TRUTH: Cup size is not static – that is, it is not an absolute measurement of volume. The only way cup size has any significance in relation to volume is when it is combined with a band size. DD cups on a smaller band size (28/30 for example) are actually quite small. On a larger band size (38 for example), they can be quite large. The following graphic can hopefully help you to understand these concepts a bit more clearly. DD is by no means the largest cup size. Some people need a G cups, as well as women who need cups in the K-L range.

      Bras

***Plus your breast size changes throughout the month and your life, as dievca is realizing~

  1. MYTH: Professional fitters know what they’re doing.

    Bra measurement-example-photoTRUTH: Many fitters use outdated fitting methods. They often add inches to your real underbust size. This is left over from an outdated fitting method where your bust measurement correlated to your band size; today, the band size is based solely on your real underbust measurement. In addition, adding inches to the underbust allows the fitter to put you in a smaller cup size. This way, stores can carry a very limited range of sizes (usually around 32-38A-DD, particularly in the US) and put as many women as possible into those sizes.

     

  2. MYTH: You have measured yourself and found your “true” bra size. You should be able to go out and buy any bra in that size and it will fit well. WRONG!

    TRUTH: Unfortunately, bra shopping is not that easy. Manufacturers can vary in their construction and a woman who needs a 36F in one bra may very well need a 36FF in another (or an even more drastic difference). In addition, shape plays a very important role in the fit of a bra. Even though a bra may have the right volume for you, if the shape of the bra does not match the shape of your breasts, it will seem to be the wrong size.

Signs of a Good/Poor Fit

To decide if a bra fits well or not, you must look at each part of the bra. This includes the band, the straps, the cups, the wires, and the gore (which is the piece in between the cups, over your sternum).

Good Fit Poor Fit
Band Cannot be pulled out more than 2” from the body and is not uncomfortably tight. Please note that red marks from a band are normal when it is tight enough, as long as the band is not painful. Rides up in the back, can be pulled out more than 2” from the body, or is uncomfortably tight
Straps Are not painful and do not fall off the shoulders Dig into or fall off of the shoulders
Cups Are filled completely but not overflowing Have wrinkles, or spill out on the top, sides or middle to create “quadboob”
Wires Follow the root of the breast (where your breast tissue attaches to your chest wall) Have empty space on the outsides (are too wide) or sit on breast tissue (are too narrow)
Gore Tacks (touches your sternum) Floats (does not touch your sternum)

If you have a medical condition where you have a dip in your chest wall -Pectus Excavatum -you may not get a tacking gore even with a proper fitting bra; you will have to rely on the other fit points to decide if your bra fits properly or not.

THE NEWEST WAY TO MEASURE BRA SIZE!

Bra Measuring

CLICK  for the Bra Size Calculator: Plug in Your Numbers!

 

Bra Size Comparison

 

Ill-fitting bras are not a unique problem to bigger busted Ladies. If you think your breasts are small, you don’t have to settle for the bras you find in department storeOnce you find the perfect bra, you’ll wonder how you ever dealt with a poor fit bra Your breasts, back, posture, and the rest of your body will thank you.

BAND SIZE CONVERSION

Underbust* (in) UK US EU AU BEF
25-26
27-28
29-30
31-32
33-34
35-36
37-38
39-40
41-42
43-44
45-46
47-48
49-50
51-52
53-54
55-56
57-58
59-60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
145
150
155
*The calculator uses inches to find your bra size, these underbust measurements roughly correlate to each band size. Centimeters are more exact, but we didn’t want to confuse anybody by adding them in.

 

CUP SIZE CONVERSION

In. Difference UK US EU AU BEF
0.5
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
DD/E
DDD/F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N



AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*After cup size H, EU and BEF sizes don’t translate from UK/US sizes as well, due to the use centimeters instead of inches. The same is true for AU sizes after an F cup, although this is mainly due to a lack of standardization in the sizing models.

Brands that offer larger sizes with their measuring system after the name:
Chantelle FR
Cleo UK
Curvy Kate UK
Elomi UK
Fantasie UK
Fauve UK
Freya UK
Goddess US
Gossard UK
Lepel UK
Masquerade UK
Natori US
Panache UK
Parfait by Affinitas UK
Prima Donna EU
Simone Perele EU
Shock Absorber UK

When shopping for the correct fitting bra, make sure to measure yourself correctly and be patient enough to try on many different brands and styles. Be open-minded and pay attention to fit.

1955 Bra Advertisement

 

For More Information:
***An excellent and passionate resource : http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/

Please weigh in: Pointy Bras (lingerie)

Gentlemen (and Ladies), please weigh in on your opinions about the pointy-shaped brassieres.  Cones, Conical, Bullet and Torpedo.  dievca’s not sure what she thinks…

Your breasts would lead the way into any room…

Definitions:

What is a Cone Bra?

A cone bra is the bras of the 1940s, lifting and separating with a subtle conical shape. Cone bras are not padded and give a soft feminine silhouette.

What is a Bullet Bra?

A bullet bra is a distinctive type of bra that creates a pointed or bullet shape to the breasts. This is achieved by spiral stitching which emphasizes a pointed appearance. The bullet bra was built on the softly conical bras of the 1940s but with a much more defined finish.

Conical Bras vs Bullet Bras

The term conical bra is often uses interchangeably with bullet bra which can make things more than a little confusing. The conical or cone bra has a less defined shape and lacks the spiral stitching that truly defines a bullet bra.

What about the Torpedo Bra?

The torpedo is the distinctive shape created by the bra, a pointed or torpedo shape to the breasts. This is achieved by spiral stitching which emphasizes a pointed appearance. Bullet bras are often called torpedo bras and vice versa.

Overwire Bras

Overwire bras are another popular 50s shape. Overwire bras (as the name suggests) are made up of a soft cup, often sculpted, and a wire running around the top of the bust – they are strapless but give great support – making them an excellent choice for strapless gowns and tops.

Thank you to TrueCorset and BoredPanda


The Size of Their Fruit

“Well, that’s why you’re having so much trouble. The fruit method is what we use when we have men who don’t know their girlfriend’s bra size. It’s simple. You ask them to compare their girlfriend’s boobs to either a lemon, an apple, an orange or a grapefruit, and from that, you can get a rough estimate of their bra size.”

“You’re kidding, right?” I said in disbelief.

“No,” she said, shaking her head. “A lemon is a 34A, an apple is a 34B, an orange is a 34C and a grapefruit is a 36C/34D.”

From Christopher Pilny, click here

Simone Perele Eden Lingerie in Orange

According to Christopher, dievca is an orange and she bought a little lingerie in Europe to celebrate that fact.
What size are you?
and what would your Sir or Madam think with a peep of that color?

Or does this chart fit you better?


Brains behind the Bazooms!

Betty Brosmer (bio below)

Both men and women are obsessed with breasts.  Men tend to ogle women’s “head lights,” while women wish for a different size than what they carry. Florence Williams authored an entire book on the subject in 2012, in which she said that the average bra size has grown from a 34B to a 36C in the last 15 years.

Yet, according to sales data and customer surveys collected by national lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average American cup size has gone from 34 B in 1983 to a whopping 34 DD in 2013.

34DD? Really?

The change might be due to better education on bra fit, breast augmentation, and obesity. And a woman’s breast size can reveal more than just how big (or small) her breasts are — it can speak volumes when it comes to her personality and lifestyle.

Intimacy (and Cosabella) believe that the demand for larger sizes comes from a mix of better customer service and an awareness among the customers themselves. “Instead of forcing D+ breasts into A to D cup bras, women are beginning to purchase larger cup sizes (G cup, for example) that actually fit properly,” said a rep. “[Twenty years ago] the American market carried less than 20 sizes, so women with bigger breasts squeezed into bras that were two or more cup sizes too small. Therefore, the idea that breast size is increasing is perhaps slightly inflated due to women actually purchasing larger (and more accurate) bras for themselves.”

BIGGER BREASTS, HIGHER IQ

Contrary to popular and unfounded belief, large-breasted women actually have higher intelligence than their less-endowed counterparts. A 2011 University of Chicago study found larger-breasted women scored an average of 10 points higher than other women in IQ tests. Women with average-sized breasts also scored higher than those who were the smallest size in the group. The women were divided into five categories based on their breast measurements: extra-large, large, medium, small, and extra-small breast sizes.

It has not yet been determined why the correlation between breast size and intelligence may exist, but it’s suspected to have something to do with sex hormone levels. They help determine a woman’s breast size. Also, it could be linked to the possibility about natural selection where intelligent men prefer larger breasted women for reproductive partners to ensure their offspring will inherit a larger breast size and higher intelligence.

Lisabeth Scott

Top photo:  Betty Brosmer is the co-founder of Shape magazine, which has been the number-one women’s health magazine for decades. Now in her late 70s, Brosmer continues to write two magazine columns that are syndicated worldwide and seen by several million people each month.

Bottom photo: Lisabeth Scott went back to school at USC when she was in her 40’s and her film career was finished.  She became involved with Real Estate.

A Thank You to “Racked” —Erika Graham 


My…how you have grown.

CleavageGranted dievca is much larger than when she trained as an elite athlete, but her increase in bust size is a little more than she expected. she thinks it is age….

34B, 35B (true measurement? REALLY? who can find a 35?), 34C, 34C/D?????

More than a handful? ARGH~

Time, once again, to get measured properly for a bra.

dievca feels that the best way to measure your new size is to go to someone you trust and ask them to measure you.  NYC has some wonderful places, but across the country  the availability for correct measurements are slim because of  poorly trained / old-fashioned bra fitters.
You might get something like this:

bra+sizes.+Dam+whats+your+favourite+size_explanation funny

Back to reality….

A Bra that fits correctly is a godsend — buy three.  They make you look better, feel better, help your back, etc.  If you have to fit yourself for a bra – here is some advice, directions and tools for measuring correctly and finding your correct size.

Bra Myths

    1. MYTH: A = small, B = on the small side of average, C = on the large side of average, D = large, DD = HUGE

      TRUTH: Cup size is not static – that is, it is not an absolute measurement of volume. The only way cup size has any significance in relation to volume is when it is combined with a band size. DD cups on a smaller band size (28/30 for example) are actually quite small. On a larger band size (38 for example), they can be quite large. The following graphic can hopefully help you to understand these concepts a bit more clearly. DD is by no means the largest cup size. Some people need a G cups, as well as women who need cups in the K-L range.

      Bras

***Plus your breast size changes throughout the month and your life, as dievca is realizing~

  1. MYTH: Professional fitters know what they’re doing.

    Bra measurement-example-photoTRUTH: Many fitters use outdated fitting methods. They often add inches to your real underbust size. This is left over from an outdated fitting method where your bust measurement correlated to your band size; today, the band size is based solely on your real underbust measurement. In addition, adding inches to the underbust allows the fitter to put you in a smaller cup size. This way, stores can carry a very limited range of sizes (usually around 32-38A-DD, particularly in the US) and put as many women as possible into those sizes.

     

  2. MYTH: You have measured yourself and found your “true” bra size. You should be able to go out and buy any bra in that size and it will fit well. WRONG!

    TRUTH: Unfortunately, bra shopping is not that easy. Manufacturers can vary in their construction and a woman who needs a 36F in one bra may very well need a 36FF in another (or an even more drastic difference). In addition, shape plays a very important role in the fit of a bra. Even though a bra may have the right volume for you, if the shape of the bra does not match the shape of your breasts, it will seem to be the wrong size.

Signs of a Good/Poor Fit

To decide if a bra fits well or not, you must look at each part of the bra. This includes the band, the straps, the cups, the wires, and the gore (which is the piece in between the cups, over your sternum).

Good Fit Poor Fit
Band Cannot be pulled out more than 2” from the body and is not uncomfortably tight. Please note that red marks from a band are normal when it is tight enough, as long as the band is not painful. Rides up in the back, can be pulled out more than 2” from the body, or is uncomfortably tight
Straps Are not painful and do not fall off the shoulders Dig into or fall off of the shoulders
Cups Are filled completely but not overflowing Have wrinkles, or spill out on the top, sides or middle to create “quadboob”
Wires Follow the root of the breast (where your breast tissue attaches to your chest wall) Have empty space on the outsides (are too wide) or sit on breast tissue (are too narrow)
Gore Tacks (touches your sternum) Floats (does not touch your sternum)

If you have a medical condition where you have a dip in your chest wall -Pectus Excavatum -you may not get a tacking gore even with a proper fitting bra; you will have to rely on the other fit points to decide if your bra fits properly or not.

THE NEWEST WAY TO MEASURE BRA SIZE!

Bra Measuring

CLICK  for the Bra Size Calculator: Plug in Your Numbers!

 

Bra Size Comparison

 

Ill-fitting bras are not a unique problem to bigger busted Ladies. If you think your breasts are small, you don’t have to settle for the bras you find in department storeOnce you find the perfect bra, you’ll wonder how you ever dealt with a poor fit bra Your breasts, back, posture, and the rest of your body will thank you.

BAND SIZE CONVERSION

Underbust* (in) UK US EU AU BEF
25-26
27-28
29-30
31-32
33-34
35-36
37-38
39-40
41-42
43-44
45-46
47-48
49-50
51-52
53-54
55-56
57-58
59-60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
145
150
155
*The calculator uses inches to find your bra size, these underbust measurements roughly correlate to each band size. Centimeters are more exact, but we didn’t want to confuse anybody by adding them in.

 

CUP SIZE CONVERSION

In. Difference UK US EU AU BEF
0.5
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
DD/E
DDD/F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N



AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*After cup size H, EU and BEF sizes don’t translate from UK/US sizes as well, due to the use centimeters instead of inches. The same is true for AU sizes after an F cup, although this is mainly due to a lack of standardization in the sizing models.

Brands that offer larger sizes with their measuring system after the name:
Chantelle FR
Cleo UK
Curvy Kate UK
Elomi UK
Fantasie UK
Fauve UK
Freya UK
Goddess US
Gossard UK
Lepel UK
Masquerade UK
Natori US
Panache UK
Parfait by Affinitas UK
Prima Donna EU
Simone Perele EU
Shock Absorber UK

When shopping for the correct fitting bra, make sure to measure yourself correctly and be patient enough to try on many different brands and styles. Be open-minded and pay attention to fit.

1955 Bra Advertisement

 

For More Information:
***An excellent and passionate resource : http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/