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The Anatomy of Bra

The Anatomy of Bra
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A bra is a form-fitting undergarment designed to support a woman’s breasts. Mainly bra is used to support the women breast. But today, it’s a fashion wear. Also, it gives shape to the breast with comfort and confidence too. It’s a garment that needs some highly technical preparations, stitched with a lot of tiny pieces of fabric, with so many sizes. It’s washed every day, so the seams and structure need to be extremely durable. It’s very different from your other clothing; as it remains in direct contact with the skin.

Some of the common styles include backless, balconette, convertible, shelf, full cup, demi-cup, minimizing, padded, plunge, posture, push-up, racer back, sheer, strapless, T-shirt, underwire, unlined and soft cup. As a matter of fact, up to 85 percent of women wears the wrong size, worldwide.

BRA: Components
Even though woman wears the bra every day, but still they don’t really understand this garments. Knowing your bra is cut and sewn can have a big impact on how it fits your unique shape.

Cups.
The breast sits comfortably in the cups with underwire flat against the chest.
The cup size letter is actually a measurement of how far your breasts project from your chest. Each letter signifies one inch (1″) increase in your body’s circumference around your bust line. When you take your bust circumference measurement and subtract your under bust circumference measurement, the result represents your cup size in inches.
Usually, there are seams on the cups, the more the seams there are, the greater the ability to create shaping and strengthen the cup. This is why woman frequently sees different piece cups in bras for larger sizes. The seams on the cups are also topstitched to further strengthen them and to eliminate any potential abrasion.

Straps.
The main purpose is to stabilize the bra. They are made up of all elastic or have a non-stretch front half with an elastic back half, fit securely on the shoulders. Bra straps can be in different variations like wide, narrow, removable, padded, conjoined, and length adjustable.

Gore / Bridge.
The center gore is the part of the band which sits between the cups. The wider the center panel, the better the bra will fit a woman with wide-set and separated breasts.

Band.
The band sits straight around the body and fit is secure.
Also known as “bra frame” or “bra base,” a bra band is that part of a bra which goes around the ribcage. The band includes the bra’s sides as well as back. A bra’s band is intended and arranged to carry the weight and thrust of your breasts.

Underwires.
The purpose of underwires is to contour the natural shape of your breasts. The underwires give the best shape and definition to a bust line. Underwires are the key to supporting in a bra.

Sides / Wings.
The sides and back of your bra can play a decisive role in giving you support and can be involved in creating or preventing flesh bulges. When you look at an unhooked back closure bra, on each side of your cups a piece of fabric is sewn on which the hook & eye back closure system is implanted. Many refer to these two pieces as bra wings. It is for the situation when you know that many times a bra does not have a side seam, so this piece of fabric acts as the side and back of a bra.

Hooks.
Bra’s back closure hooks should fit snug on the first set of loops. As your bra gets worn and the natural stretch takes place with the time, you will then be able to tighten your bra by hooking on the other sets of loops. The hooks and eyes securely hold the bra together while the bra is under tension. They usually have multiple positions so the bra can be loosened or tightened for the individual figure and can be adjusted over time as the bra elastics wear out.

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