I’ve recently entered the wild, fascinating and slightly scary world of Yahoo! Answers.
On Yahoo! Answers, questions about bras abound. Among the jokes and twelve-year-old boys, there are some really interesting insights on how women think about their bras and their bodies.
When you talk to women about bra fitting, you start to learn the common problems, misconceptions and insecurities that women have about their bra size. But normally, these are private conversations between one customer and one fitter. To put those questions out in the open shows just how confused most people are about how bra sizing works!
These are some (sadly typical) answers to the question, “Is 34C an average size for my height?”
Let’s get something straight. There is a one inch difference between 34C and 34D. A single inch! How can one of these sizes be average and other be “disproportionate”? The reality is that both of these sizes are well within the average range, and so are 34DD, 34DDD… well, you get the idea.
Here’s more advice that could cause a lot of problems for the asker:
Once again, there’s the assumption that D cups and up are freakishly large, even though a 32E (or 32DD) is a very common bra size.
We’ve all seen the statistic that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. But how can this be a surprise when even strangers are willing to make judgments about your body based on a number and a letter? Who wouldn’t want to think that they are a “normal” C cup instead of a “disproportionate” D or (gasp) even larger? Until there is a more realistic and accepting attitude about the wide range of body types out there, there will still be too many women wearing uncomfortable bras.
P.S. If you’re having bra fitting troubles, skip Yahoo and call my Bra Fit Hotline instead! You can reach an expert bra fitter at 1-888-262-4887.