This week, we’re looking at finding the right bra for your body type. Getting the right bra is about more than finding the right cup size or band size – women come in four main shapes and body types, and if you know what type of body you have, you can better match the bra style and design to your personal shape. With the wrong bra, you can emphasize unflattering proportions and make your body look top-heavy. With the right bra, you can enjoy a more comfortable fit and a shape and silhouette that flatters your body type.
A 2005 Study Outlines Differences in Body Shapes
Body shape isn’t what clothing designers and manufacturers think. A 2005 study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University revealed that manufacturers were designing clothes for a small minority body type. The study found that the traditional thin “hourglass” figure that most designers use as a basis for their designs only represented 8 percent of women.
The most prevalent body shape was a rectangle or banana shape, with 50 percent of women having this body type. 20 percent were pear shaped, while 14 percent were apples or inverted triangles. Designers were making clothes for the smallest minority of hourglass women, and the rest of us were left to try to find cuts and styles that weren’t as unflattering to our body types.
Today, this has changed. Many designers realize that women have different body types; due, in part, to this study. But some designers still based their designs on a certain body type, so it’s important to understand what your body type is, and how to dress it.
Finding the Right Bra for Your Body Type
The ideal way to dress your body type will make your body seem proportional. You’ll need to utilize different techniques to do this depending on your body style. If you’re larger on top, for example, like an apple or upside-down triangle, you’ll want to look for bras that minimize your bustline. Cleavage-enhancing bras and push-up bras typically only serve to make this body type seem more top-heavy, and make the proportions to your bottom half look more “off.”
If you’re larger on the bottom, on the other hand, you may want a bra that emphasizes your bust to help balance out your wider hips. Padded bras, push-up bras and bras designed to emphasize the fullness of your bust can help you create flattering proportions and look great in your clothes.
You can’t find the right bra if you don’t understand your body shape, though. This week we’ll look at the four different ways of classifying female figures, and help you find the right bra styles to emphasize your features and create the most flattering silhouette. There are many different ways of classifying the female figure, but we’re going to look at one of the most common models – the same model used by North Carolina State University in their body shape study. Here at Big Girls’ Bras, we want to help you look your best, so we’re going to help you find the right styles to dress your body!