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Which Bra Components Contribute to Incorrect Bra Fit in Women Across a Range of Breast Sizes?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The purpose of this study was to investigate whether different components of encapsulation-style bras contribute to incorrect bra fit among women and whether this was influenced by breast size. The fit of five key bra components of 309 women’s own encapsulation bras was assessed using professional bra fit criteria among four breast size categories. Overall, incorrect fit prevalence was greatest among the cups, front band, and strap components of the bra. Although no significant difference was observed in overall bra fit between the four breast size categories, a significant difference was observed between groups for the front band, underwire, and strap components of the bra. Individual components of encapsulation-style bras are associated with incorrect bra fit and these vary with breast size. Incorporation of three-dimensional breast volume/shape and torso dimension data into bra component design could improve bra fit and breast support for women across the size spectrum.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Coltman, C. E., Steele, J. R. & McGhee, D. E. (2018). Which Bra Components Contribute to Incorrect Bra Fit in Women Across a Range of Breast Sizes?. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 36 (2), 78-90.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044159815

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5461

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 78

End Page


  • 90

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The purpose of this study was to investigate whether different components of encapsulation-style bras contribute to incorrect bra fit among women and whether this was influenced by breast size. The fit of five key bra components of 309 women’s own encapsulation bras was assessed using professional bra fit criteria among four breast size categories. Overall, incorrect fit prevalence was greatest among the cups, front band, and strap components of the bra. Although no significant difference was observed in overall bra fit between the four breast size categories, a significant difference was observed between groups for the front band, underwire, and strap components of the bra. Individual components of encapsulation-style bras are associated with incorrect bra fit and these vary with breast size. Incorporation of three-dimensional breast volume/shape and torso dimension data into bra component design could improve bra fit and breast support for women across the size spectrum.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Coltman, C. E., Steele, J. R. & McGhee, D. E. (2018). Which Bra Components Contribute to Incorrect Bra Fit in Women Across a Range of Breast Sizes?. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 36 (2), 78-90.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044159815

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5461

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 78

End Page


  • 90

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States