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O dd things are happening in women's bras. In recent years, the average British bra size has jumped from 34B to 36D, which means that while women's backs have grown one size, breasts have jumped up two. Many department stores have increased the range of cup sizes on offer to meet the ballooning demand.
Last week, Debenhams started stocking KK bras, which were ly only available in specialist stores. In a country where one in three women is overweight, you'd think there was a simple, fat-related reason for this, but obesity alone doesn't explain the jump in cup size, nor the biggest growth area in bra sales: smaller back size and bigger cup size.
Judging by recent underwear figures, there are more slimmer women with larger boobs than ever before. Women are happy about this. Men are happy about this. But no one seems happy to explain why this is happening.
Do you know how to work out a bra size? But though a survey found that the average British woman owns 16 bras at any one time and buys four every year, fitting them is a surprisingly tricky activity. The traditional method re like an A-level algebra problem. You take a tape measure and wrap it round your chest at the lowest point where a bra sits. You record this figure in inches. You add four to this measurement if the is even, five if it's odd — and the resultant is your band size. Then you wrap the tape round again and measure the fullest part of the actual breasts.
Next you subtract the band size from breast size to find your cup size. If the s are the same, you're an A cup. If there's an inch difference, you're a B; two and you need a C cup and so on. Alternatively, and many bra experts say more accurately, you can weigh your breasts by dunking them into a full bowl of water and measuring the displaced liquid, with 1 litre of water equalling 1kg.
It's accurate but useless. You can do precisely nothing with this information, as no bra manufacturer measures boobs by the pound. Unsurprisingly, as no one enjoys maths or physics homework, the modern way to find the correct fit is to go to a shop and get someone else to do it for you. Egged on by TV stylists, such as Gok Wan and Trinny and Susannah, who've long been rhapsodising over the merits of a well-fitted bra and the wonders they work on your shape and posture, more and more women are doing this.
ly they could go a lifetime buying new bras by guessing or simply choosing the size they'd always worn. They made do. But trained fitters can now be found in almost every lingerie department; instead of relying on water or tape they add an element of mystique to this already complicated process. Fitters are like boob whisperers, their pronouncements made on look and feel as well as measuring. How can you measure volume with a straight line? As a result of all this bra buying and breast scrutiny, we have more information now about the dimensions of the average British boob than ever before.
And what's surprising is how wrong most women were about their bra size. For us it's now 32D. That's happened in the past 18 months, and watching the sales coming in now, we can see that it won't be long before 32F becomes the biggest seller. The retailers' findings are borne out by Britain's breast biomechanics research unit at Portsmouth University.
It's a niche academic field, but there is a team of researchers studying how much breasts of varying size move during activity and how trajectory changes with different types of exercise. Their aim is to improve the de of sports bras. This finding cannot be explained by weight change alone. How do the women react to this news? The breast is made of glands, fat and connective Any big breasted woman out there.
But the breast has always been more than the sum of its parts. That's why these new figures about bra sizes are interesting. If the average shoe size was up, no one would give two hoots. But breasts are sexy and thrilling — most of us want to have or to hold a perfect pair of boobs. Their preferred size and presentation are culturally ificant, and the idea of what makes an ideal breast changes.
Social psychologists have found that preferred size increased steadily from the flat-chested s up until the early s, when smaller breasts became more popular again. Research in the late s found larger boobs were yet again more appealing.
We know that the way we regard them changes, but there hasn't ly been such a ificant variation reported in breasts themselves.
It's a peculiar moment of synergy, when culturally we like big breasts and women have suddenly discovered that they have them. Because big, bouncy, natural breasts are in — not the bee stings of sallow models that have made fashion in recent years so sexless, nor the overblown boob jobs that seemed, if you looked at magazines and films, the only viable alternative.
Fashion houses have ignored boobs for decades, but now underwear as outerwear is a top trend for summer, with every label from Dior and Bottega Veneta to Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs pushing bra tops and corsets. And this spring's recent round of fashion shows featured many models who actually jiggled as they walked, rather than the size-zero coat hangers who usually rule the catwalks. In Milan, Prada's collection celebrated curvier figures and accentuated the bust.
Fashion hasn't wobbled so much since Vivienne Westwood's last platform shoe collection tumbled down the catwalk. Lara Stone has become one of the most talked-about models of the moment, not just because she's engaged to David Walliams but also because her gap-toothed pout and fuller figure make such a welcome change. Part of that appeal is her C-cup bosom, and she's not the only busty model who's finding favour. Of course bigger doesn't always mean natural, but that does seem to be a requisite now.
On TV, actress Christina Hendricks has become the standout star of the show Mad Menpartly because of the feistiness of her character, Joan Holloway, but also because of her mesmerising embonpoint. In film, Disney has also come out as an unlikely champion of the natural breast. A recent casting call for female extras for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film specified: "Must have real breasts.
Do not submit if you have implants. Clients often refer to Jordan and say, 'Don't make me like that. They bring pictures from the internet, or of FHM models who aren't famous but who happen to have nice breasts. I just don't see patients who want massive knockers. Instead of paying for them, women seem to have developed bigger breasts all on their own. Lingerie manufacturers deny that vanity sizing — when manufacturers alter the measurements of a dress size so that heavier customers can wear what appear to be smaller clothing sizes — is responsible for the seismic cup-size increase, but there has been something of a revolution in bra manufacturing in recent years.
Bras are phenomenally complex garments and their construction has long kept deers and engineers busy. As an article entitled "Brassieres: an engineering miracle" from the February issue of Science and Mechanics journal states: "The challenge of enclosing and supporting a semi-solid mass of variable volume and shape, plus its adjacent mirror image, involves a de effort comparable to that of Any big breasted woman out there a bridge or a cantilevered skyscraper.
Her de degree was in 3D de, specialising in silversmithing. You have to be able to understand 3D forms to be able to create great-looking and fitting bras. In the past, women couldn't wear the 32G or 34FF bras that are currently flying off lingerie department shelves, because they simply didn't exist. Katie Halford, founder of vintage-inspired lingerie label What Katie Did, which creates glamorous underwear from s and s patterns and materials, says, "Only 10 years ago it was nearly impossible to find anything bigger than a D cup on the high street, and things have certainly improved.
In the 50s, cup sizes only came in B to D and if you were bigger than that you were encouraged to go up a back size instead — I've got vintage corselettes in bizarre sizes like 56B. There's an extra panel of fabric in each cup to allow volume curve. There are slings down the side of the cups that hold the wearer's breasts securely to minimise movement.
The underwiring bands have greater stretch to open up and frame the breasts. The underband and shoulder straps are modular, so that some parts stretch while others don't, to create an excellent fit. There are styles with plunging necklines that achieve the same look as smaller cups — a lot of engineering has gone into them.
The improved range of styles makes people more comfortable about purchasing these larger sizes. They're pretty bras. But even if the underwear industry isn't pandering to vanity sizing, you can't underestimate the effect of women's vanity on their purchases. Modern bras may be feats of engineering, but all women know that if you want to buy a bigger cup size, there are easy ways to do so.
Improved bra engineering has not improved the disparities in sizing between different brands. You'll be a B cup in one brand and a D in the next. It creates a lot of confusion when we're deing breast enlargements. We talk about form, proportion or shape.
Changes and sizing inconsistencies in the underwear industry aren't the whole story. There are various other theories posited in the media for this bosom expansion. Most of them seem to tie in with the most fashionable current cultural fears and are rather gloomy. Could bigger breasts be the result of binge drinking and bad diet? There have also been a lot of alarming stories reported about xenoestrogens — manmade chemicals that are present in everything from weedkillers and food preservatives to make-up — which may be responsible for everything from increasing breast size and the early onset of puberty in girls to causing males to develop female sexual characteristics.
They may yet be revealed to have wreaked havoc on the biology of the human race in the imminent future, but right now there's apparently not enough conclusive proof to say either way. His main area of research is breast cancer, so he's studied the effects of xenoestrogens because, yes, they've been implicated in the development of that disease, too. It may be that if you get an exposure to xenoestrogens at a young age there may be an even more profound effect.Any big breasted woman out there
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