12 Common Myths
Myth #1 - All ‘big boobs’ are a DD cup
For some reason, we have been brainwashed into thinking that boob sizes go from A-DD, DD being the biggest boob/bra size. DD is actually at the lower end of the scale, there is still E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, and K cup above that. So chances are that if you think someone has big boobs, they are likely to be more like a ‘G’ cup size (this is the most common cup size we sell).
Myth #2 - All D cups (or DD, or E, etc) are the same size
There are two size measurements in bras, the band size (for e.g. 10/32, 12/34, etc) which is your clothes size, and the cup size (for e.g. D, DD, E, F...). In each band size, the cup will have a different capacity, i.e. a 10D is not the same as a 12D...the larger the band, the larger the cup. If you get fitted as a 12D, you can’t wear any ‘D’ cup bra, as a 10D will be too small and a 16D will be way too big.
Myth #3 - If your bra cups are too small for you, then you need to go to a bigger band size to fix it
The first and most important part of bra fitting is working out your band size. The band of the bra anchors it to your chest, so it needs to be sufficiently firm around your rib cage, so as not to move. This means that any other band in that same bra style won’t fit you properly. If the cups are too small (but the band fits well), then you need to go up in the CUP size, not band size. Traditionally, it was difficult to find bras in cup sizes bigger than DD, so many women have been ‘making do’ with the wrong band size so that the cups fitted.
Myth #4 - Moulded bras are padded and make me look bigger than I already am
Moulding and padding are two different things. Moulded bras are shaped by a heat-machine process and can feature a single layer of fabric or be heat fused with a thin layer of foam or fiberfill to provide a stiffer, non-collapsing ‘set’ shape. Most moulded bra cups are permanently shaped, so keep their shape when worn. Moulded bras are especially handy if you don't want 'nipple show'. Padded bras may have extra layers of softer fabric making bras thicker than usual, giving a more uplifted look.
Myth #5 - ‘Minimisers’ make you look smaller
Bras marketed as ‘minimisers’ often have a tendancy to flatten or ‘squash’ your bust, so that there is no projection at all, making ladies feel like they look slimmer. This can give an unflattering shape as your breast tissue is pushed down towards your waist, so that there is less definition between bust and waist. There are bras available (not called ‘minimisers’) that, when fitted correctly, minimise parts of your figure and provide an extremely flattering and slimming effect.
Myth #6 - Women with ‘big boobs’ are usually fuller figured
All women come in wonderfully amazing shapes and sizes. As an example that this statement is untrue, one of our biggest selling sizes is a 8FF...just like the model shown here. She has an FF cup size, but her band or 'dress' size is an 8.
Myth #7 - If I wear a loose band, I won’t get ‘back fat’
Well, this one is not entirely inaccurate, you probably won’t get as much ‘back fat’, but chances are your bra band is too loose and your boobs will be unsupported and droop. A good fitting bra will be snug around the ribcage, but the band should sit parallel around the body and low enough that nobody will even notice. To get the uplift, the band needs to be firm!
Myth #8 - All underwire bras are uncomfortable
In 9 out of 10 situations, if an underwire bra is correctly fitted, it should not be uncomfortable. New bras are fitted quite snugly, so it takes a few wears and washes for them to loosen up, but if the size and style is right for you, you should find them comfortable. Alternatively, some people have quite sensitive skin, so they may want to try the non-underwired bras.
Myth #9 - No underwire, no support
At the other end of the argument is the idea that non-underwired bras don’t support you. Again, if a bra is properly fitting and is the right style for you, you should get the correct support. Non-underwired (soft cup) bras do not provide the same amount of separation as underwired bras, but should still provide uplift and they make great, everyday bras too.
Myth #10 - My boobs are not the same size, I can’t be normal
Just like feet, for most of us, our boobs are different sizes. This is very normal and in our shop we find that about 90% of women have one breast bigger than the other.
Myth #11 - The shoulder straps are what support your boobs and keep them up
The main support (approx 80%) that a bra provides is in the band. In order for your boobs to ‘stay in place’, the band needs to be firmly anchored around your rib cage. The shoulder straps are there to keep your bra upright and give that extra bit of lift to the cups, but they are not meant to take the entire weight of your breasts. Try this test: When wearing your bra, gently take the shoulder straps off your shoulders to rest on the sides of your arms. Does your bra band stay in place? If it slips down (along with your boobs), then your band is too loose, and it’s more than likely your shoulder straps are taking on all the work of supporting your boobs, creating discomfort and those 'dents' in the shoulders.
Myth #12 - You are always going to be the same bra size
Your bra size will change as much as your body changes...if you lose weight, gain weight, become pregnant or enter menopause, your body (and breasts) do change, therefore so does your bra size.