A brassiere, also known as a bra, is used to support one's breast tissue. There are many different bra styles to suit various needs.
- Main article: Bra history
Bra fitting methods, patterns, styles, and materials have evolved over time, and different concepts of bras have fallen in and out of fashion. Women used to wear corsets, and bras were created as a healthier alterative. Cup sizes were invented by Formfit in the 1930s, which stood for "small", "medium" and "full size". They added an "extra-large" soon after. It's worth noting that these cup sizes had nothing to do with breast volume, but, rather, amount of pendulousness.
Adjustable bands and straps were also invented soon thereafter, quickly followed by the decline of store fitter quality In the 1990s, elastic was added to bras, cup sizes above DD were finally invented, and the fitting methods have changed.
- ↑ Wikimedia Commons: "File:Modern bra fullcup.jpg"
- ↑ Wikipedia: "Brassiere"
- ↑ Big Boob Problems: "otterhugs' Summary of Bra History (Part 2)"
- ↑ reddit: Some history behind +4/underarm measurement
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Jane Ferrell-Beck and Colleen Gau: Uplift: The Bra in America
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Big Boob Problems: "otterhugs' Summary of Bra History" (Part 1)
- ↑ HerRoom: "Bra Fitting Guide - Infographic"
- ↑ A Bra That Fits: "otterhugs' Summary of Bra History (Reprise)"