Thursday, March 22, 2012

The 30 and Below Bra Band Project

Are you a 30, 28, or 26 (or even smaller) band? Did you know that, at least in the U.S., even the big-name bra companies believe that there is no market for your bra size? Or that if you wear a band size that's 30 or under, you must be a "junior"? Do you want to do something to challenge this way of thinking?

A group of us (including Braless in Brasil, StackDD, By Baby's Rules, and Bras I Hate) have decided to come up with a project that debunks this myth. Here's the basic 411 to our plan:

"Recently at the Curve Expos in both New York and Las Vegas, brands that cater to large-busted women suggested that 30 bands and under were either for juniors, or that there was no market for them.  However, that is simply not the case. There are many women out there who need 30 bands and under, and we are not all juniors.  While we come in all different shapes and sizes, we all have a small back size in common. 
To prove that we are not all juniors and that we exist as a market, we have decided to create the Bra Band Project where we are looking for photos of women who wear 30 bands or under. We will make a flickr album and eventually a collage with our photos to show that we are not just juniors, but women of all shapes and sizes that need small bands.

We'd love your help, so please submit your own photo and band size using the form below or email it to brabandproject@gmail.com.  Note we need both your bra size and your photo. We cannot include a submission without both of those. If you are a blogger who would like to help out with this project email us at brabandproject@gmail.com."

Please use the form below if you'd like to be a part of this project! All we need is a photo, a bra size, and an age (if you want to share). The photo can be of you in everyday clothing or in your undies, either works. It's completely anonymous - we'll crop out faces if you don't have a picture that's just neck-down. It's open to anyone who's a 30 band or under, blogger or not, and to any blogger who wants to help out/repost.
[Update: Please note that you need to be at least 18 for us to use your photo.]

We hope it will serve as an eye-opener for companies (and anyone else) who believe that there is no market for 30-and-under bands, or think that small bands are exclusively for young girls. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


 Not sure what your band size (or bra size) is? Try out the bra size calculators in my previous post!

18 comments:

  1. What form below, Christine? :P

    I'm submitting mine on By Baby's Rules, since your form seems to be missing (maybe it's just me?).

    I definitely support this idea!

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    1. Yikes, looks like it got deleted when I was doing an edit! Thanks for letting me know. And thanks for contributing! :)

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    2. I only just fit the criteria! I'm thinking of going up to a 32 band because apparently my band doesn't have to be THAT tight (so all the bra fitters around here tell me) - but I have a 29 inch underbust so I figured I still counted enough to participate lol

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    3. Hey, if a 30 band fits, then wear it (same with a 32)! Fitters constantly try to get me to wear a 30 band rather than a 28 because that's all they have, even though I can fit my whole fist under them. :P Wearing a band that's even a size too big gives me back/shoulder pain and less support, so I have to wear what works for me rather than what fitters might say.

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    4. Hmm. I was about to say that I haven't had the opportunity to wear a 32 band, but that's not true. One of my old bras was a 32D and it was too loose. I've never had back or shoulder pain because my boobs are too small and I'd just wear the straps loose rather than have them dig in (so effectively I wasn't wearing a bra at all).

      I am going to think harder about this. I had assumed I was just being vain to wear 30 backs when clearly I get really bad back fat from it (yay), but maybe not.

      Anyway! I'll try to round up some 30 and under backed girls for you.

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  2. I'm supposed to be in a 26, but I can't get it in Australia. It drives me crazy. Most of the size 28 bras that I have become unwearable as soon as they stretch.
    I don't lack a chest either and I can't help that I was born with this frame! I NEED the back to fit or everything else will hurt. :(

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    1. I know how it is - often I find 28 bands too stretchy for me. We're hoping that this project will also help raise awareness for the need for more under-30 bands (especially 26-24)!

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  3. As soon as my bras arrive, I will definitely participate! Thanks for the heads up. This is a brilliant project and I commend you guys for pushing to make a difference. :)

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  4. Love the idea!
    great project. need support from the austrian/german community? just drop me an e-mail :)

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    1. Denocte, that would be awesome! I'll send you an email :)

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  5. I love this :) I'm a 26E (measurements of 25/31) but in some cases I could definitely get away with a 24F (Freya, for instance, have very loose bands I find). I hate that girls that wear bands smaller than a 32 are being ignored by so many stores (luckily the situation is better here in the UK), that's a huge chunk of the market. June at Braless in Brazil did an underbust survey and found that more than half of women in all weight ranges need a 32 band or smaller. When will they realise that a lot of us won't fit into the "normal" sizes of 32-38 A-DD?!

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty! It can be a slow process, but we're hoping that companies will see that there IS a need for more small band sizes! And we especially need people like you to contribute to the project to show the need for below-28 bands. Panache is supposed to release a bra next Spring that comes in a 26 bands - it would be amazing if more companies followed (and eventually even made 24-bands)!
      Also, hopefully the project will be a great education tool for all the girls I've come across online who measure themselves as a 26F or something along that range and think that since an "F cup" is HUGE that couldn't possibly be right...

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    2. It was only a few months ago when I found out my real size, I refused to believe it for a while because I was one of those girls who thought that anything above a C must be huge, and I'm relatively small chested. I tried a 28D in the end and it fit really well, I wear a 28DD in all but 1 of my other bras though. My mum is sick of having to sew extra hooks onto my bras so I think she'd appreciate an expansion of the size range too!

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    3. You were definitely not alone... I come across girls all the time who think anything above a C is "huge"!
      Even in the Bra Band Project, we've had several girls submit pictures as "a 26G wearing a 28F" etc, because they just can't find their real size to wear.
      Have you ever looked into ordering a bra from http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/? They do custom 24-26 bands!

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    4. I've considered asking Ewa to make something for me, but I know they can't be returned if they're custom-made, which is a bit annoying. I'm not sure if I want to spend around £25 on a bra that might not fit. They do have some lovely designs though...

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  6. This is a great project! I am from Canada and I wear a 30 F. I can only buy bras from exclusive stores that cost a lot of money. They are beautiful and last a long time but it would be wonderful to go into any store and buy one for much less money. I will be sending you a picture soon.
    Emily

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  7. Is this still going on? Should we still send in our contributions?
    ~ 28D/DD, small busted, average size, 37yr old mama of 4!

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  8. Is this still going on? D: I were so glad for finding this, because..it really feels like stores thinks I do not exist..): and then I saw that it's ''a bit'' old post.
    Woman from Finland, 55G/60F, 26G/28F

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