How to get yourself a beautiful and cheap bra in your correct size?

You don’t like something about your bra situation? You think the choice available to you is too small? Bras are too expensive? You can’t buy your (correct) size in the nearest lingerie shop? Face the truth: nothing will change unless you do something. Don’t just sit, act!

These are the words of Turzyca, a lobbyist, starting a new thread on the LB forum. The thread about bra lobbying, about changing a bra reality, spreading the knowledge about bra fitting. The great thread that already has gathered a lot of ways to better the bra choice and the amount of good bra shops available. Today I’d like to share them with you so you can start acting too.

SHOPS:

Ask about your new correct size at shops that you used to frequent, especially if they remember you. Let this be a signal that they are losing a costumer because of this. If they tell you that you’re just another woman who read all this nonsense in the internet, just answer:”It may be nonsense, but it works. Now my bra fits better and it’s more comfortable.” Ask about a full range of bra sizes in shops that you go to anyway. You may discover a good one…

Generally if you do your lobbying in shops it’s better to be nice and polite – you can chat with shop assistants about designs, colours and sizes and mention that you have friends who need similar sizes that you do. You can say that another shop that happens to have them, sells everything fast because its costumers share information about it online. You maybe lucky and get to talk to the shop manager…

However, sometimes you may encounter salespersons that are simply so thick-headed, stubborn and closed-minded that it’s hard not to get irrited. In such sitations, don’t let them just get rid of you – shock them, lift your top and show your perfectly fitting new bra. Show that such sizes do exist. Something like that stays in mind, they remember it better than just your words.

INTERNET AND MEDIA

Are you active online on various fora and other social networks? Try some lobbying there. Why not start a thread about bra-fitting at one of those? Especially if it’s a women’s forum… Or start your own subforum about bra fitting… However if you want to do some bra-size advising, evaluate how good your bra knowledge is before doing it… Maybe it would be better to wait and learn a bit more. Consider also how much time you can devote to it – being a mod or admin of a forum takes time…This solution may require more than one person to do it.

Alternatively you can just add a signature that is a link to a bra-fitting forum or blog about it.

You can also use the link signature in your e-correspondence, especially private one. “Break out of Bra Matrix” may not sound the best in a business letter or a job application;)

React to every bra/breast related piece of news online. And there are quite a lot of them – all these snippets of information about celebrities and their outfits and/or bras/breasts etc. If you read commentaries under them you can often find desperate girls and women who can’t find a bra for their gigantic 36/38DD. You can help them – give links to where they can find information about sizes and shops. You can also find them under more or less scientific texts about breasts – react there too. In general – pay attention to all bra related information in the media irrespective of their correctness. Just show you care, write, call, stay interested in every way so that this subject stops being treated as something not serious. Show that there are (quite) a lot of us and let them get used to this situation where the subject of bra fitting is more and more widely discussed.

Another way of spreading bra knowledge online can be starting your own blog in any language… (that’s what I did). You can also write articles to local papers, or even a school newspaper. Try to get any access to any media – press, radio, TV. Even a short note or TV/radio appearance may help.

PLACES FOR WOMEN

Print out Tips for Tits * and leave it around all types of place where women gather – fitness studios changing rooms, beauty salons and hairdressers… If your hairdresser/beautician is a sensible women talk to her and convince her to spread the knowledge too – she has a lot of time for it spending a lot of time with her clients talking about feminine things – and bras and brafitting certainly fall within this category.

Ask your ginecologist, dermatologist or GP for permission to leave Tips for Tits in the waiting room. Get them interested in the subject especially if a correct bra size influenced positively your own health and well-being – no back/neck pain, headaches or chafings. Print out info from the net – there are already some more or less scientific publications about correct sizes influencing health.

Show your new bra in a changing room in your fitness studio or a pool. Smile and admire yourself in a big mirror – this attracts attention. It’s just a pity that bra labels are so small – if only the print on them was three times bigger so that everybody could see…;) Straight up and show the world that you don’t need to adjust your bra, let everybody see that your breast stay up high and proud all day long. Prove that having bigger breasts doesn’t mean they have to be sagging down.

TEACH OTHER WOMEN YOU KNOW ABOUT BRA FITTING

How many women you know wear incorrect bra sizes? Get the information to them too. Get your mum, aunt, grandmum and girlfriends a proper bra fitting. Bring up aware consumers – teach your daugher(s) how to choose a well fitting bra. Let their breasts stay anawere of pain caused by poking in wires and shoulders be free of deep red grooves. In this way you increase the number of demanding costumers. And perhaps your daugher will teach her girlfriends…

Teach your male friends about bra-fitting too. Some of them can be more open to this kind of knowledge than some women are. And your breasts as proof that this works can convince them that it’s worth talking to their girlfriends/wifes about it. They may even recommend you as an expert.

LOBBYING AT SOURCE

Last but not the leasts write to bra manufacturers. Let them clearly see black on white what is exactly wrong with their offer, no matter if it’s the insuffcient range of sizes or bad construction on bras that don’t agree with women’s anatomy, colours, prices, whatever… Just let them know about it, they won’t change anything without such signals from you. Don’t buy almost fitting easily available sizes at shops – say, you should have 32D which they don’t have but you buy a 34B – which almost fits but… you have bulges everywhere around the rims of cups, the band rides up and your breasts generally sag down. Just don’t add to the statistics saying that avarage women’s bra size is 34B which is not true.

These are definitely not all ways that you can use to spread the bra message around. You can easily come up with other ones. Be smart and don’t let them get rid of you. They throw you out through the door? Come back though the window!

I used/quoted the following lobbyists’ advice: Turzyca, Myszka.xww, kura17, antosia.mama, sineira, malina08, roza_am, swinka-morska, madelaine.eve

* Original of Tips for Tips by butters77,  English translation by nikusz

My Freya fits me

Do you remember Freya and its spring summer collection 2010? All those colorful, flowery bras???Today I’d like to describe more or of them. Stanikomania and Freya just organized a creative-literary-photographic contest for everybody willing to try her (his) abilites as a lingerie designer/writer/photographer. There were two categories that you could have entered, first one: paint your dream Freya, designing a bra and later on finishing a sentence:”I created such a Freya because…”. The other category was also artistic although it didn’t require having drawing or paiting skills, your task was to choose your favourite Freya bra and photograph it in some nice surroundings, later on you had to finish a sentence:”My Freya fits me because…” Just a few days ago Stanikomania announced the results.

Kasica of Stanikomania says:” You did a fantastic job. All the designs were so creative and you put so much energy and heart into them that it was really jard for us to choose the best. Your designs took us to the land of imagination, egzotic countries, the world of your childhood, the world of nature and also big city jungle. You showed how inspiring everyday life can be. And finally you proved that even such a simple thing as lingerie can become our dreams and desires.”

Ladies (and gentlemen), here are the results:

Paint your Freya

Main prize was awarded to Cissnei for her bra collection.

3 more awards went to: Czikiratka for “My heart beats stronger”, Bialy Vilk for “Freya U-boot” and Ludeczka for Indian Passions collection.

My Freya fits me

This category was won by Zanna and her “Ballad about well fitting Dolly” (obviously you don’t expect me to translate the whole poem…)

Another prize went to Nephtys for Freeyadom

There were 10 more special awards:

-Roksana_bianka – for how to look good naked;

-Nathd – for being aware of feminity at every moment of life;

-Czikiratka – for multi-aspect of world not only in photograph but in words too;

-Gekon-factory – for a cosmic project;

-Lady-freakish – for the energy of a folk motive;

-Sybla – for a dangerous charm of a dragon;

-Zanna – for the design inspired by the Polish school of animation;

-Megane – for a paradise butterfly;

-Lagrandaya – for cherries;

-NM – for a masterpiece;

(quoted from Stanikomania)

The gallery of all contest designs can be seen here. As you can see there were really a lot of of them and it’s clearly visible how difficult it was for the jury to choose…Stanikomania is now invaded by readers who want to comment about results, their preferences and desires – wanting this or other (or all almost all of the projects) to be produced. There’s a discussion about creativity in lingerie, about a clash of crazy and sometimes impractical designs with boring, everyday, invisible bras. The moment I’m writing this there are about one hundred comments there…

What do you think of these designs? Are you fans of practical, basic bras or do you rather prefer something that is very colourful, ornamental, lacy, sexy, creative etc.??? Which of these would you really buy if there was a chance of introducing them into Freya (or any other brand) collection???

It’s impossible. A story of BiuBiu

 Have you ever wondered why a big boobed woman finds it so hard to fasten buttons on the front of a shirt or can’t find a nice fitting suit or dress that will fit her breasts and at the same time won’t be baggy at the waist and hips? Why is it like that? Why, in addition to not being able to find a right fitting bra in every lingerie shop, can’t we find right fitting clothes? Don’t you start to have enough of brands that you just pay for the label and get a bad fit and equally often not good quality? You could sometimes say that owners of these big clothes brands don’t have eyes and just don’t see that their products are not suitable for real women – no matter if they have big or small breasts… And actually, if you really think about clothes that don’t fit for whatever reason, it turnes out it’s not only breast area that is problematic. It’s also hips and waist – it seems that being curvy there means problem finding well fitting trousers. Also the length of clothes is problematic – still not enough companies produce different lenghts and small people end up shortening their pants, dresses, skirts etc while tall people look a bit strange in too short clothes…

Maith, a Lobby Biusciatych related blogger from Poland tries to answer some of these questions in her latest article. Dear Ladies, let Maith tell you an impossible story of  BiuBiu (website soon available also in English) – a Polish brand that has made an effort and created clothes that include breast sizes.

This company shouldn’t exist at all. Why? Let me explain this to you in 4 points:

1.BiuBiu sees that women have breasts of different sizes and gives enough space in its clothes for our attributes. Normally brands limit their range of sizes to 4 or 5. They don’t care that we differ much more than that. BiuBiu produces clothes in up to 24 sizes. Let’s visualize this:

Typical brand: 34, 36, 38. 40, 42

BiuBiu: 34B, 34BB, 34BBB, 36B, 36BB, 36BBB, 38B, 38BB, 38BBB, 40B, 40BB, 40BBB, 42B, 42BB, 42BBB, 44B, 44BB, 44BBB, 46B, 46BB, 46BBB, 48B, 48BB, 48BBB

Do you see the difference? This must mean higher costs, so typical brands either produce for the minimum or we may be afraid that BiuBiu will disappear from the market. No, that’s impossible (faithfull customers won’t let it happen). Let’s ask the owner.

Bra-fitting: Kinga, what I understand is that these 24 sizes are a “maximum” version, how many do you have in a “minimum” one? How many sizes do you need to have to produce it at all?

BiuBiu: I don’t know how to answer this exactly. I don’t make such assumptions. I create my designs, think up the construction, I sew them and then test them on real women, put some amendments and I see how far it’s sensible to go. For example clothes made of stretchy plain fabric don’t look good on bigger silhuettes. Maximum version means sizes from 34 to 48 in two depths for stretchy fabrics and 3 dephts for unstretchy ones – this means 16 and 24 sizes. Sometimes I don’t make all them – I may skip 34 and 48 as there’s not such a high demand for them. I also take other characteristics of feminine body into account, also height. However I’m not able to vary the sizes more I try to make different lenghts of dresses though it’s not easy – means more pieces to sew. Sometimes I make short, limited series of a given model with a given characteristics. However I can’t afford it too often. Generally, the costs of production rise with each additional size – I’m still a small company and I can’t hold big stock either. It’s cheaper to sew one bigger series rather than to sew less pieces several times.

Bra-fitting: How to create so many sizes? Is there a software that allows to do it?

BiuBiu: You mean software for grading and modeling forms and preparing designs. It’s a tool that speeds up and simplifies work of a clothes constructor.

Bra-fitting: Is it possible to recalculate breasts sizes too?

BiuBiu: Unfortunately inputting date other than (so called) standard doesn’t let create a good construction. In order to recalculate clothes for bigger breasts it’s not enough to enter a bigger amount o centimeters (around boobs). It takes a lot of effort to make something that keeps breasts on the front. And the cost of this software with all the additional stuff is gigantic.

Bra-fitting: What about specialists or books?

BiuBiu: Books that teach construction and size charts used by clothes constructors don’t follow the times, they confuse having big breasts with obesity. An extract from such a book:”A way of calculating lenghts and widths of clothes at chest changes when it is over 100cm. It’s a rule that a healthy person reaches a maximum of 100cm around the chest during his/her development by expanding in other places. 100cm around the chest can be found on older people as a result of their being obese. “ Companies that construct clothes base on size charts from such books. Those I asked to help me work out, say, a suit are not able to do it. I thought that specialists with a lot of years of experience would succeed but what they came up with was something that was completely unsuitable to wear. Even though the were working with my size charts and listening to me remarks what they should be careful about (I have big breasts myself). It’s not about enlargening the form in chest area only, the whole construction needs to be changed – this is what they don’t understand. I had to do it all by myself then – long hours of sitting, calculating each design, each size, each element of a top or a dress.

Bra-fitting: Ok. So you do all the calculations by yourself as nobody is really knowledgable about it. You did it and you to a sewing work room and…?

BiuBiu: And there they look at me as if I were an idiot:”But how can it be like that? So narrow on the back and so much on the front? Who will buy such a thing? So many sizes? No, we won’t sew for you” or “well, yes, but it will be more expensive” It just shows how deeply ingrained some habits are – better to sew a lot of simple things as it’s faster and easier, and the fact that such clothes don’t really fit women is not important. Apart from that they only accept big comissions – don’t make small amounts. I’ve often heard:”dear lady, such things can be only individually tailor made”.

Bra-fitting: I know that even girls with small breasts complain about the lack of space in clothes at chest area. Big breasts don’t fit at all, the tops simply ride up over the navel, small breasts get flattened. I sometimes think a lot of companies make the front the same as the back with the exception of a neck shape…

BiuBiu: I already heard comments like:” We sew clothes for export to Germany or France and the front is always similar to the back. Who ever saw such a narrow back??? Didn’t you make a mistake with it?” No, I didn’t.

Now we’re passing to another “untypical” business behaviour.

2.BiuBiu produces in Europe. You could say, that in times when papers are full of news about companies that are moving/have moved their factories and production to the Third World countries, it is untypical. It’s true that those that move will earn more money, at least momentarily. However, it simply resembles a financial pyramide – they earn more money fast but later on we all lose on this.

3.BiuBiu doesn’t economize on fabrics either and proves that we don’t have to buy poor quality things or less or pay half a salary for a shirt to get a good quality product.

Bra-fitting: How is it possible that all the tops I have from you are still in unaltered shape even though I use them everyday while clothes from networks often: shrink after washing or vice versa, lose colour and start looking like rags?

BiuBiu: It’s a question of approach to a customer. Networks want to buy cheap and sell with a big profit. They demand lowest prices from producers, they in turn, cut these costs by buying cheap fabrics and comissioning sewing in Asia. It affects the quality. When I created BiuBiu I wanted the clothes not only to fit well, I wanted high quality too. That’s why I go to fabric wholesalers and factories myself, I inspect and check each roll of fabric – quality, who produced it, if it doesn’t contain toxic additives. I already have formed some opinions about many of them. I know quite a lot is of really good quality and I can be sure a blouse or a dress made from these will be enjoyed by my customers for a long time. Even threads that I use are “trusworthy” and have all the certificates that the’re not toxic. And I don’t comission sewing to unknown sewing work rooms in cheap countries. Everything is sewn in in my country.

You could probably understand the former points if these clothes were accordingly priced – meaning expensive. But they’re not.

4.BiuBiu’s prices are at an average (network) level.

BiuBiu: Small companies can have lower prices as they don’t spend a fortune on adverising. They simply don’t have money for it but try to do their best and produce the best products they can. Unfortunately it’s the companies that sew for peanuts from cheap fabrics in 3rd World countries, make big advertising compaigns etc, that sell a lot.

To cap it off I’ll tell you a real story – a lot of years ago my husband found fantastic shoes, impossible to wear off , at a very reasonable price. After a few years, when he came back to buy another pair – the brand no longer existed. If he had told some friends about it during that time, then perhaps the brand would still have been there… This is why I’m dedicating this article to BiuBiu.

BiuBiu proves that it is possible. Possible to sew more than 5 sizes, possible to include different breasts sizes, possible to sew in your own country, possible to use good quality fabrics and not charge a fortune for clothes made of them.

     

Boob-friendly swimwear

Last time I came down like a ton of bricks on swimwear that we can find in most shops, saying its size range is not sufficient to cover the variety our bodies can have.  Bikini tops (or swimsuits) that come in bra sizes (all of them) do make a difference  – have you read How to look good in underwear?”  That is why I’d like to show you what you can wear on the beach and be much more  comfortable and better looking.

Let’s start the ball rolling with the triangle tops – almost the most popular type of beachwear. Do they exist in bra sizes? I have to admit that an hour search through Figleaves and Bravissimo didn’t bring any results… The only bikinis that I found in this style come in clothes range of sizes (XS-XL)…  Frankly speaking I’m a bit surprised at this because as far as I remember last summers’ collections did have several pieces like that . (Did you see any wire-free triangle bikini tops in bra sizes in this season’s collections?)  However, even the one shown in the link wasn’t available in full range of sizes, you could only get it  from 30 to 38 D to F cup. As you probably remember from collages I showed here, D to F cups don’t really represent gigantic boobs, in combinations with smaller bands they can be even called small… Can the reason for not introducing this style into this summer collections be the fact that it doesn’t really give a fantastic support and also the fact that they are only good for slim girls with relatively small breasts? (I already mentioned in the previous article why it’s not really advisable for bigger busted and/or plumper women). So, if  triangles like this are not really available what else do we have there?

What about tailored type of triangles – halterneck style, also unwired, slightly padded for extra support? You can find a lot tops like that from Freya and a few other brands. Freyas this style are available from 30-38 D-F, although 38 only comes with D and DD cups. Midnight Grace and Zoggs come a little further there as one provides cups and bands from 30-36 D-FF (0ne cup more, one band size less) and Zoggs Sandon bikini top still can be purchased to H cup (although only with 32 back size, and the stock is already low).

As you see, tailored cups already increase the range of size, not by much, but it’s always something. What more do we get if we add underwires to the tailored cups? Triangle halterneck underwired bikini tops, these go up to GG, or even HH cups. Here you can say:” HH means quite big breast even with small back size. How can these girls wear halternecks? They are so uncomfortable and dig into the neck”. You are right about the size, but not about the comfort – properly fitted halternecks don’t do any discomfort to  your necks as most of the weight of the breasts is supported by the band.

The above photo shows halternecks from Freya, Panache, Fantasie.

If you like showing a lot of cleavage you can also find something for you as there are plunge bikinis for slightly larger breasts – such as this one  – up to a G cup. Mind you,  they are usually ligtly padded so getting it dry after a swim in the sea may take a little time…  Unpadded ones are available too.  If you’re an owner of (relatively) big boobs you can still show cleavage and wear plunges – a Polish brand of Effuniak just introduced 3 padded plunges into her shop – and the cup sizes there go up to LL. It’s just too bad that the website is not available in English yet…  The Effuniaks are at the moment the best constructed bras on the Polish market, some of the costumers that bought plunge bras from winter collection even nicknamed them elevator for the breasts” – see why – 80(36)L …

Another type of bikini which I’d like to show is a bandeau. According to some Lobbyists this style is quite dangereous – not everybody looks good in it (even if it’s good size), it may: make your breasts look smaller and your hips look larger and more masculine and emphasize even a little unfirmness in your breasts. There a quite a lot of celebreties that proved this fact (check out link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4) although in their case it’s also the fact that these bras are really badly fitted. The lobbyists’s  advice is – you can wear it if your figure resembles an hourglass, it it doesn’t – better choose some other style… Bandeau bikinis made by boob friendly brands have underwires, most of them reach a G cup :

Finally a style that can accomodate even larger breasts – underwired balcony bra, some of the models from Panache go up to K cup, though quite a lot of them are already sold out (it just shows that that sizes like these ARE bought by women). From what I’m browsing now I see that owners of H+ breast will already have some difficulties buying their size, fancier styles are mostly gone, you can still choose from simpler designs like Geneva (there’s also a red one in Figleaves though many sizes are now gone), there an Amalfi in Figleaves – and still a few of HH or J cups there… Freya didn’t do especially well in this segment this year as most of their “larger cups” go only up to HH (though I must admit they are quite tight and supportive ( already bought one, so it’s my own experience), so you may just choose a slightly looser band a fiddle around with a needle and thread…).

For those if you who like sunbathing but don’t want to show your tummies all the time there’s tankini. You want to tan – just fold it up, you want to walk along the beach and hide some unwanted folds – just roll it down. They are available in halternecks – just like this one – up to an H cup,  balcony style , wire free triangles etc.

And finally – swimsuits in bra sizes, with quite some variations on the top – you can get bandeau, halternecks, balconies, sports swimsuits – which are also available to H cup ( so you don’t have to put on a flattening tube and not look your best)… Figleaves also has quite a big selection of them – even too big – it’s easy to get confusud… I may just suggest sticking to boob friendly brands – those that don’t mark their swimwear as XS, S, M etc – check out: Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Shock Absorber… (seems like I really narrowed the amount of swimsuits….)

As you see I did most of my browsing in just two e-stores – Figleaves (that’s where all the photos come from) and Bravissimo, but there are many others online shops with lingerie and costumes, you don’t need to buy there. I’m not even mentioning British Ebay which is a deep goldmine of lingerie and swimwear in all sizes, quite often at bargain prices. Bargain prices… Well, I like buying on sales too, but in case of popular sizes they are gone quite fast and don’t last till sales:( If you wear 30-32G/GG whereabouts  it’s better to hurry, I noticed these get sold out the fastest… As for the Polish shop of Effuniak – if you’re interested, just write to them asking for directions how to order and how to measure yourselfs (there’s a “special” way for Effuniak bras) etc.

To cap it off I appeal to you – don’t maltreat your breasts on the beach with clothes sized bikinis! Your boobs are worth a better treatment.

Sunbathing versus bouncing and unsupported breasts

The weather’s getting better and better, another sunbathing season is starting… Well, it means that quite soon beaches everywhere will be full of women in badly fitted bikinis and swimming suits (and every time I see one I just feel sorry for her boobs, as usual). In this blog I continuously emphasize what a good size of everyday bra, sports bra or in this case bikini can do for your comfort and better looks. I’m going to do it this time too…

To start with, let’s look at what’s available in most shops, I did a round of snooping at Colombo. Well, what you can get are colorful, fance, nice looking bikinis in Calcedonia, H&M and other networks… But as usual, the sizes available are XS -XL (or 1-5(6) in Calcedonia), or 70 -85 A-D, sometimes E… Most of the time it’s even possible to buy a bikini top and bottom separately. Finally it seems that manufacturers noticed that having small boobs doesn’t necessarily mean having small ass or vice versa. So this is definitely a change for the better. But there’s still a problem with the top sizing – the available range doesn’t really cover the variaty of feminine bodies. Even if a given top can be tied at the back – so you can adjust it as you want, it won’t  look good on every woman. Especially if you have bigger breasts and/or more fat on your frame and a given  top consists of a string with two triangles, just tying it up tightly won’t give you the required support – as a thin string is too frail for that, it will only make you look like a ham. You need a band that is wider and more stable, one that won’t press to much into your body. And what is absolutely necessary for  bikini tops, is to have the same range of sizes as for everyday bras.

Here you can say: “Oh come on, I don’t need such a supportive bra on a  beach. The only thing I do there is lie on my towel and sunbathe (stroll along, swim etc)”. Well, I must admit there was a time when I thought the same even though I already had correctly fitting everyday bras. I assumed then that a nice, XL bikini in all colours of the rainbow would be enough… I was wrong:(  Actually it was a terrible experience. I’m not a really active person on a beach but despite that I somethimes want to move my ass from a deck chair, go and take a swim then come back, lie down again. I was already used to the comfort and stability of my everyday bras and I knew I could do everything while wearing them as my breasts were staying inside so when I suddenly couldn’t   move, bend down or do anything without my breasts falling out of the bikini, it was a huge disappointment.  And my looks were terrible – I looked as if I had had four boobs instead of just two:( I promised myself then never to buy again anything like models on the photo below are wearing. Btw, you would expect that celebrities and models know how to choose a well fitting bra, this colage shows it’s not like that, and if you browse through the net you will find more without many difficulties

The discomfort and awareness of looking bad are not worth wearing the fanciest or  the most beautiful bikini from a latest collection from any designer. Even if it had diamonds on it.

The photos of models in badly fitted bikinis come from beyondhollywood.com

How to make your breasts feel comfortable during a workout?

Sports shops everywhere are full of bras or bra tops such as shown on the photograph above. You are supposed to wear them when you workout and all of them fall within xs-xl in size category, or at best 32-38 A-DD. The question is: do your breasts really feel comfortable and supported when you wear these kind of sports tops and do a hi-impact workout (running on a treadmill, an aeroboxing or hilo aerobics class, playing tennis etc)??? Or do your breasts behave like two balls bouncing up and down drawing the attention of anybody willing to comment about dynamics of breasts of any size????  They do??? And you curse having breasts (no matter big or small) at all? Or you just avoid doing any sports at all because doing it is so uncomfortable and painful?

How to prevent your breasts from jumping up and down when you practice sports? To solve this problem, first let me remind you the basic rule of brafitting  – 85% of support of your bra comes from the band. Where does the support come from in case of the above type of tops when you have to stretch them in order to pull them through your head, and over your shoulders and breasts just to put them on?  Unfortunately, these can work only for relatively small breasts and low impact activities.  Why?

Let’s begin from the structure of the breast. What is it built of? Muscle? So that you can improve its shape by doing push-ups…??? Well, let’s look at the drawing. What do we have here?

Fatty tissue, glandular tissue, Cooper’s ligements and the muscle under the breasts.  The anatomy of the breasts  is very well explained by Maheda (one of the best Polish bra-fitters) in her article . If you devote some time to read it  you will see that apart from Cooper’s ligaments and skin there’s nothing that actually provides support from within your breasts, and even these two are kind of fragile and easy to damage. If you don’t wear a correctly fitted bra, things such as aging, weight fluctuations, nursing make your breasts look saggy with time and no miracle cream or exercise will actually be able to help you. Here I must recommend reading carefully the  paragraph about bras helping tone breasts. What Maheda has written there is very good news for a lot of women who feel less then happy with the looks of their breasts.

Now let’s look what is going on with your breasts when you do a high impact activity. Meet Dr Joanna Scurr of Portsmouth University who did a research how exercise affects women’s breasts and examined 70 women while they run on a treadmill. Tests were done for women without a bra, in normal everyday bras and in Shock Absorbers. The whole article from Science Daily about the research she did is available here . Don’t you find it interesting? I do. 2 years ago, before discovering my correct size (and bra-fitting rules) I used to exercise in my everyday bra and my breasts didn’t get any support at all, it was slightly better in a compression bra (I mean a tight sports top that provided support by flatting my breasts all over my chest) but  my looks were kind of questionnable when I was wearing it:( I must admit though I keep wondering about the results that showed that everyday bras didn’t reduce much of a bounce… Were all these women from the research wearing correct sizes? Do you remember the article about advanteges of good bra sizes? A lot of the lobbyists were emphasizing the fact that they were able to run to catch a bus without a discomfort and having to hold their breasts with their hands…

And here’s a short video of Joanna Scurr for you to see:

And here are some  animations presented on the website of ShockAbsorber  They are quite educational as they show that even smallest breast do experience the bounce. However, there’s a little snag here – they just show cup sizes like A, B, C, D etc without telling that with different back sizes these cups will differ – 65D won’t be equal to 75D etc. They also show one shape of relatively big firmness and not large weight… And there are many other types of breasts, each of us is different. Definitely, there’s much too research yet in this area.  

Another video (less scientific, more down to earth)  also shows very well in slow motion what happens to badly supported breasts is a Freya Active ad:

I hope here the difference between a sports top and a properly supportive sports bra is clearly visible (from 0:18 to 0:40). Women with bigger breast know this problem very well, women with smaller breasts may not really experience this bouncing to a big extent, but nevertheless it is there and they should get a proper support too.

Would you trust the scientists (what they discovered so far) as well as thousands of users of  bras such as Freya, Shock Absorber, Royce (another brand of sports bras available from 28-40 from D -J) or Panache. So here’s the message from us – these bras DO work! I wouldn’t change my Shock Absorber  to any Nike, Reebok, Adidas or any other sexy sports bra (just like the black plunge from the photograph at the beginning of the article, btw, how can any woman workout in something like that???) for nothing! I’ve had it for almost a year and a half and it’s still with me – unstretched, even though I use it very often – 4-5 times a week. The difference in comfort is great – I can run, jump, do whatever hi impact activity I choose and my breasts  stay “plastered” to my chest, the bounce is almost eliminated. I agree these bras don’t look particularly nice (but this is not their function – they are not supposed to be sexy push-ups) and they peak out from under every sports top, my breasts look like cones or rockets (still, I prefer this shape rather than flattened pancakes that I had when I wore Nike sports bras)… Tell me one thing, why do you go to a gym? To work out or to pick up fitness instructors? Even if you go there for the latter;), the handsomest fitness instructor or personal trainer is not worth having breasts looking like spaniels ears in the future.

I hope that I’ve convinced you that wearing a real sports lingerie (such as shown on the above photo) is beneficial for your breasts. I just feel sorry when I see women with bouncing breasts exercising in whatever circumstances (jogging in a park, running on a treadmill, doing a body attack class), my own boobs simply start to hurt just from looking <shuddering>

The photographs of sports bras from the first collage come from various sellers on Ebay, the photos of Freya Active, Shock Absorber, Royce and Panache come from Figleaves. The diagram of a breast comes from Breastcancersource.

What does it mean to wear D or DD cups?

Do you remember the note about G and GG cups? I wanted to show you then what G and GG breasts really look like and bust the myths related with the perceived largeness of this cup. Today I want to do the same – but this time I’d like you to have a look at real D and DD cups. Thinking about this cup most people have a picture of big breasts in their mind. If we (I mean – the Lobbyists) try to convince a woman who wears a 34(70)B that her real size is 30D or 30DD, she’s usually shocked to hear that and voices a lot of protests, main of them being “I don’t have such big boobs”.  It’s not only women who misperceive the bra sizes, some bra manufectures are also of an opinion that D and DD cups belong to big boobs and that’s why it’s not necessary to produce bigger ones (as bigger ones can only be worn by some freaks of nature).

It’s high time to finish with this attitude. These harmul stereotypes make millions of women  in the world wear incorrect bra sizes. Ladies (and gentelmen – if any bothers to read this blog) – I’m giving you “Real D and DD busts” in correctly fitted bras- a collage made from photos that readers of Balkonetka post on that blog.  See for yourseves: 

Are these really big breasts????

As you can see, these are slim girls with relatively small breasts. This colage has nothing to do with common belief about “dong” or “double dong” (from that stupid video from you tube that I posted in the note about G and GG cups)…

You may feel suprised though that there are only 28,30,32 and a few 34 bands on the photograph… Well, I agree bands higher than 34 (and also 28Ds) are not really represented here, mainly due to the fact that few wearers of 36 from Balkonetka haven’t sent their consent to use their photographs for this action. I’m still waiting for them to agree, then I’ll be able to replace the collage and show you a more represantative sample.

So far I would like to thank the following girls: alex24, elftherini, magdus, anulla1974, migotka, agugabi, espera_nza, amytyst89, sellenka, minimka, tigga, nivalis, gosha, ava.adore, sunako, sencha, jantarrka and minimka.