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Using Breast Forms vs Enhancers

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In the last 2 weeks I have received several calls from women that would like to enhance their breasts so that clothes will fit better, and they would feel more attractive.  There are several ways to go about achieving this problem.  If your breasts are uneven, the first thing to do is fimd a bra that will fit the larger side.  Then we fill in the space on the other side.  Enhancers work best for women that have good enough breast tissue, but just want to look fuller.  Most enhancers are small slices of silicone  that are placed in your bra over the breast and will give you a more fuller look.  This is great, and works well for alot of women.

 However, most of the time the enhancers look funny in the bra, do not completely cover the breast, and do not give the look you want.  If there is 1/3 to 1/2 of space in the cup, a partial breast form or a full form is needed.

 The partials are great, as they are silicone shells, and will fit over the entire breast.  The clincher here is finding the right size.  Trial and error.  Several of the women I spoke to last week needed a full form – they had very little breast tissue, or were a large band size – over 42 with small breasts – around a AA, and  they felt like they looked silly.  I recommended a few different polyfill forms to try.

These are inexpensive, soft, and look great.  All the bras we have are pocketed, so whether you are using an enhancer, or a full form, they will fit beautifully into the bras.   Call or write for more information on how to fit.

Measuring For A Bra

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Below is an example of how to measure to get a good fit.  Although some formulas say to add 4″ to the measurement you get underneath your bra band – I think you should start with adding 2″, and then determine how tight or loose you want your bra to be.  Remember, as you go up in band size, the cup will get a bit bigger.  Sometimes to compensate for that, an extender will be the perfect solution.  


How to measure and fit a bra:

Step 1, Measure for Band Size:

measuring bra band sizeKeeping the measuring tape parallel with the ground, measure around your bra directly under your bust after expelling all air from your lungs – you want this measurement to be as small as possible. Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number.

If the measurement is even, add 4″
if the measurement is odd, add 5″

Step 2, Measure for Cup Size:

Measuring bra cup size
Standing straight, with your arms at your side, measure at the fullest part of your bust (while wearing a non-padded bra) making sure the measuring tape is parallel with the ground and not binding.

Round all fractional measurements to the nearest whole number.

Step 3, Calculate Your Bra Size:

Subtract your band measurement (step 1) from your cup measurement (step 2). Generally, for each inch in difference, the cup goes up by one size.

Step 1: 34″ under measurement +4″ = 38″ band
Step 2: 40″ over measurement
Step 3: 40″ – 38″ = 2″ or Cup “B”
Your size would be 38B

Important Note: this measuring system tends to become less accurate as the cup sizes go above a D. Additionally, some manufacturers name larger cup sizes differently. 

Difference Standard Cup Size
0″-1/2″ (1.3 cm) AA
1/2″- 1″ (2.6 cm) A
2″ (5.1 cm) B
3″ (7.6 cm) C
4″ (10.2 cm) D
5″ (12.7 cm)  DD or E
6″ (15.2 cm) DDD or F
7″ (17.8 cm) G
8″ (20.3 cm) H
9″ (22.9 cm) I
10″ (25.4 cm) J