Email Archives: The Skinny on Bra Design

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Not all bras are created equal. We're not referring to appearance, but function. Some bras are more comfortable than others, some provide more support. Some of this difference comes from finding the right bra for your body. But a large part of the difference comes from the way a particular bra is designed.

It's amazing how little most of us know about bra design especially considering we wear one almost every day of our lives. Most of us aren't even aware that the majority of support comes from the bra band, we assume bra straps do the heavy lifting.

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Designing a good supportive bra involves complicated engineering. What is basically a few ounces of material and a couple of pieces of ribbon must support our breasts in the position we want, without pinching, rubbing, poking or digging.

The bra has to stay in place throughout our daily activities, slipping bra straps and bands that rise up on our backs are not acceptable. The bra has to give us the shape we want under our clothes. And, we expect our bras to be attractive and not look like they were produced by a communist-era government, as one BGB customer wrote.

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What distinguishes a well-designed bra? It begins with the design concept and pattern. While all bras have basically the same parts, what goes into those parts and how they fit together makes all of the difference. Designing a comfortable and well supported bra for larger cups is more of a challenge. Larger breasts weigh more than smaller breasts and supporting that weight in a comfortable and attractive fashion provides more of an engineering challenge.

The design process for these bras can take a year and half. During this time, the pattern is constantly being revised and improved. Fit models test the bras for size, comfort, support and wearability. The pattern is adjusted and the fit is tested again. The process continues until they get it right.

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Special Fabrics The special fabrics used in designer bras are more than luxurious, embroidered laces. Designers work with fabric manufacturers to create fabrics for their specific bra designs. For instance, they specify how much stretch they want in a fabric or how pliable or rigid they want a fabric to be. The degree of stretch controls both how well the bra holds you in place and how long the bra will last.

These engineered fabrics cost more than commonly available fabrics. And the patterns have to be tested again once the fabrics are selected because different fabrics provide different results even when they are sewn from the same pattern.

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Construction Some designer bras have more than 50 individual pieces, each performing a specific function. This attention to detail is what provides the exceptional support available in these bras.

This level of design and detail is expensive and is usually only found in bras in the designer or luxury category. Many women purchase these bras because they want to treat themselves to an exquisite piece of lingerie; others gravitate to these bras to find a larger cup size. And there are a large number of women who wear these bras because the comfort and support they provide aren't available in other bras.

If you want to discover for yourself the difference a well-designed bra makes, check out the exquisitely beautiful, extremely supportive and very comfortable designer bras from these brands: Chantelle, Conturelle, Elomi, Empreinte, Le Mystere and Prima Donna.

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