Myths about bra sizes

Myth #1: D is a large size.

False: D is not a large size. Women’s breasts range in sizes from AA to JJ. So D is right at the beginning of this spectrum. Fifty percent of woman are actually D and bigger.

Myth #2: The letter determines the size of the cup

False. The letter and the number together determine the size of the cup. As the number goes down, so does the cup size. Therefore, not all Bs are the same cup size. A 32C is the same cup size as a 34B and a 32B is a size smaller then a 34B.

Myth #3: You should wear a white bra under a white shirt.

False. A white bra will be clearly obvious under a white shirt. If you don’t want your bra to show, you should wear a colour that matches your skin colour or is a little darker.

Myth #4: To be supported, you should wear a cup too small.

False. To be supported appropriately, you should wear a supportive bra in your proper size.

Myth #5: To get nice cleavage, you should wear a bra that is too small.

False. You should wear a bra that fits properly and is designed to push up your breasts.

Myth #6: If it is uncomfortable in the back, get a bigger back size.

False. Often bras are uncomfortable in the back because they are too loose and move around causing friction. We often think that if something feels uncomfortable we need to go bigger, but often it is the opposite with bras. A bra may feel uncomfortable in the back because it is too big and therefore not supportive enough to hold the cups of the bra to the body. The weight of the breasts will pull the bra down in the front which will pull the back up in the back and the straps may even fall down. If the back of the bra is higher in the back than it is in the front, you should probably get a tighter back. The back of the bra needs to be snug – this is where the support comes from!

Myth #7: Once you know what your size is, every bra in this size should work for you.

False. There are many different shapes of breasts and different styles of bras work for different shapes. Even within brands, different collections fit differently.