Did you know? 10 Facts About Bras (and boobs)
To celebrate the start of our Bra Fit event we wanted to find out more about that area of women’s bodies that generates so much attention and intrigue. Images of women in undergarments, topless or in bras have been around since ancient times, so what is it about breasts that people are so interested in?
You might know the often mentioned statistic that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra but did you know any these other busty facts? You can even test your friends and family after to see how much they know!
1. The average bra size in the uk is 36D up from a 34B 10 years ago, and at least 50% off British women wear a D cup – to find out how you compare you can read our lingerie buying guide for tips on how to measure your bra size.
2. Breasts contain 4-5% of the body’s total fat – that’s why we have a higher % body fat than men!
3. Bras, or brasseries, as they were originally known entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 1911.
4. The first patent for a bra was taken out by Mary Phelps Jacob in 1914 in the USA, the ‘bra’ was fashioned from handkerchiefs and a strip of ribbon.
5. Wearing the wrong size bra is associated with health issues such as back pain, indigestion and even headaches – make sure you’ve got the size right with a FREE bra fit in store.
6. The average women owns 9 bras – that’s more than we do!
7. The Guinness World Record for the largest natural breasts is held by Annie Hawkins – Turner with a cup size of 40ZZZ and combined weight of 8 stones – now we bet she really has trouble finding a well fitted bra!
8. $16 billion US dollars was spent worldwide on bras last year – that’s a lot of lingerie!
9. It’s most common to go up a cup size and down a band size once you are properly measured for a bra.
10. It’s also very common for the left breast to be slightly larger than the right – so don’t worry, you’re not alone.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about boobs and bras– share any we’ve missed or tell us about your own bra fitting experiences in the comments below.