Trends in Modern Bra Wear

Written by Antigone Arthur

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Interestingly,repparttar bra did not gain popularity until aboutrepparttar 145764 1920s duringrepparttar 145765 time ofrepparttar 145766 flappers when a flat chest was suddenly in, and women looked to minimize their bust line rather than enhance it.

Amongrepparttar 145767 first companies to jump onrepparttar 145768 bra making bandwagon during this time wasrepparttar 145769 Maidenform Company, who created bra sizes in different bust size categories. Asrepparttar 145770 breast minimizing trend ofrepparttar 145771 early 20s faded and society enteredrepparttar 145772 30s,repparttar 145773 idea of shape as acceptable became popular again, and Maidenform made an effort to make bras that would meet every woman's needs, including plus and full size bras.

Warner's was amongrepparttar 145774 first to create a cup sizing system that ranged from size A to size D, which are still standard sizes.

At no time does a bra prove more useful than during exercise or during pregnancy/maternity. You can rest assured that sports bra's which provide support during intense physical activity are most appreciated by women with large chests. Can you imagine what it is like to run without one?

Pregnant women now have nursing and maternity bras available to them, which make breastfeeding in public a much more easily accomplished task. New designs enable discreet feeding and offer comfortable support at a time when a woman's breast size may change or fluctuate in a time span of weeks or months. Some ofrepparttar 145775 more popular varieties are fashioned afterrepparttar 145776 sports bra style, that allow for fluctuations in size.

Findingrepparttar 145777 Right Fit Fit is EVERYTHING when it comes to wearing a bra. More than 90% ofrepparttar 145778 female population at one time or another buys a bra that doesn't fit properly. Fortunately you can easily measure yourself to ensure that you get a proper fit.

Findingrepparttar 145779 right bra size depends on two things: band size and cup size. Band size is usually measured in numbers, and generally ranges from 32 to 40+ (even numbers only). Cup size is alphabetical, and as discussed can range from an A to an EE or more.

To measure your chest you'll need a tape measure. Wraprepparttar 145780 tap lightly around your rib cage just below your bust line. You should then add five inches to this measurement, and that is your band size.

To measure your cup size, loosely wraprepparttar 145781 measuring tape aroundrepparttar 145782 fullest part ofrepparttar 145783 bust. For most women this is about whererepparttar 145784 nipple falls, or about mid-breast. You should then subtractrepparttar 145785 measurement you get from your band size. The difference measured equates to your cup size and runs as follows:

  • 1 inch – A cup
  • 2 inches – B cup
  • 3 inches – C cup
  • 4 inches – D cup

There are many thoughts on which bras are best. Some women prefer under wire bras because they believe they offerrepparttar 145786 best support. For some women, including nursing women however, under wire versions can be uncomfortable. Fortunately there is an incredibly broad selection of no wire bras that are flattering and just as supportive as their wire counterparts.

If you are not sure which you prefer, I recommend trying one of each. It won't take long before you decide which works best for you.

Antigone Arthur is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as plus size and full figure bras, see through and sheer bras, and sports bras.

Do You Need To Prepare For Menopause?

Written by Alicia Simpson

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As soon as you begin noticing changes in your menstrual cycle, especially if you’re in your 40’s, you should consult with your gynecologist, who will probably want to run a battery of tests. One ofrepparttar tests your doctor should perform is a blood test that will check your hormone levels.

But change is certain. There is no predicting your own passage through menopause; it may be long or short, bumpy or smooth. Nor can you foreseerepparttar 145739 time when you will begin it.

Whenever and however menopausal changes appear, it can be valuable to have information beforehand and while you’re experiencing menopause. Studies have shown that women who are prepared to take charge of their own health care tend to do best throughrepparttar 145740 menopausal passage. Information can function as your survival kit as you negotiate your way through this very important change in your life.

Alicia Simpson is a mother and housewife who experience menopause. Her new guide book: "Menopause without Stress" is to tell women that menopause is part of life you cannot avoid. Visit her Website at

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