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Below is a list of acronyms, terms and their meanings, used in bra-fitting communities.


AcronymsEdit

  • ABTF - A Bra That Fits
  • BBB - big bust/bra brands
  • BBP - Big Boob Problems, also Bra Band Project
  • BH - German shorthand for "büstenhalter", means "bra "
  • BHs - plural of "büstenhalter", means "bras"
  • BTT - break the tape; Measurement used in calculating starting-point bra sizes
  • CK - shorthand for Curvy Kate
  • EM - shorthand for Ewa Michalak
  • FOB - full on bottom ; breasts where the tissue is located mainly on the bottom half
  • FOT - full on top ; breasts where the tissue is located mainly on the top half
  • NSFW – not safe for work; post contains content considered unsuitable for a work environment. Examples are pictures of bare breasts or someone in a bra
  • OBoverbust
  • PLN – Polish Złoty New, the currency of Poland
  • SBPSmall Boob Problems
  • SFW – safe for work; the post doesn't contain images that may be considered unsuitable for a work environment
  • TTS – true to size
  • UB – underbust
  • VAT – value added tax, a tax added to the sale of goods

TermsEdit

  • blue shape - refers to the color given to the relaxed and natural shape a bra cut gives; coined by bra blogger Bras I Hate & Love[1]
  • bra matrix - the small selection of bra sizes most companies and retailers sell, typically means bras in bands 32-42 and cups AA-DD
  • bravangelizing - portmanteau of "bra" and "evangelizing"; Refers to 'converting' others into using a correct bra-sizing method
  • center pull - the way bra straps pull when attached towards the center of the cup
  • circuit - Polish-to-English translation of "obwód", means the bra band
  • cradle - they way a clasped bra looks like when the cups aren't graded properly in larger cup sizes[2][3]
  • Deco - a popular bra style from Freya
  • fit check - a request for input on how a user's bra fits, accompanied by pictures of the user in the bra or bras
  • grade/grading - taking a bra pattern and creating a new one for each bra size; i.e. not just taking the pattern of a 28DD and scaling it up for a 28JJ, or taking the pattern for a 34DD cup and putting it on a 28FF
  • green shape - refers to the color given to the front-and-center shape a bra cut gives; coined by bra blogger Bras I Hate & Love[4]
  • migration - tissue migration
  • projected – breasts that stick out from the body, usually short or narrow
  • purple shape - refers to the color given to the rounded shape a bra cut gives; coined by bra blogger Bras I Hate & Love[5]
  • Rack - Nordstrom Rack
  • scoop/scooping - refers to scoop and swoop
  • shallow - breasts that are close to the body, usually tall or wide
  • side pull - the way bra straps pull when attached to the sides of a cup
  • sister size - bras that have the same cup volume, but are on different band sizes
  • swoop/swooping - refers to scoop and swoop
  • tack - when the center gore of a bra sits flat on your sternum
  • unicorn – someone who fits into a size in the bra matrix, typically 32-42 AA-DD

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bras I Hate & Love: What Exactly is a "Good" Shape?
  2. Stanikomania: Trójkątne kobiety, czyli rzecz o biustonoszach, które na nikogo nie pasują
  3. Venusian Glow: Why do G+ bra cups push the breasts apart ?!?
  4. Bras I Hate & Love: What Exactly is a "Good" Shape?
  5. Bras I Hate & Love: What Exactly is a "Good" Shape?

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