25 Things You Didn't Know About Your Bra  

Lisa Waugh
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Should you wear a bra? A 15-year French study says no. The study says bras make your boobs sag. Others propose that bras make your breasts look perky, protect you during exercise, and make you feel secure. But do you know everything there is to know about your bra? 

If you’re considering making the bouncy leap into the bra-less world, we’ve got tips. (Not just those kind, either.) We’ve also got bra facts, fit advice, health updates, and the history of the bra. Just in case you want to be the designated bra knowledge keeper on your trivia team.  

Your breasts are your buddies. And much to your grandma’s horror, we may be entering the era of side boob and full-on nipples right out there in the open as an every day occurrence. There will be a day where breasts will fail to shock in America. Until then, we’ve got Sweden and France.  

Bra-less may be nice, but if you play sports, want to keep your breasts in place, like to enhance them, or you’re a big hugger, you probably want to strap one on. Choosing the right fit and style is an important part of a woman’s fashion. It can make a huge difference in how you feel. So choose well.  

Bra or no bra, here’s to the girls. Let’s celebrate them with a few bra facts. Maybe afterwards, you’ll be able to determine if you should wear a bra or not. 
$16 Billion Was Spent On Bras Worldwide In 2014

Considering that the average woman owns nine bras, wears six, and is always looking for a better fit, big time bra sales makes sense.  

American Boobs Have Gotten Bigger

Today’s average bust size is 36C, which has increased from a 34B over the past 15 years. 

Source: The Laughing Stork  

Mary Phelps Jacob Invented Her Version Of The Bra Because She Was Sick Of Her Corset

The first bra was patented on Nov. 3, 1914 by a young woman.  

Nineteen-year-old Mary Phelps Jacob didn’t want to wear a corset to a debutante ball, a garment she called “boxlike armor of whalebone and pink cordage.” She created a backless brassiere as a substitute. “[The first bra] was basically just two handkerchiefs sewn together, and the bias of the fabric created sort of cups,” says Lynn Boorady, fashion and textile technology chair and associate professor at Buffalo State University. "But it was lightweight [and you would] tie it around your neck. It looks like a halter top bikini, I guess, but not quite so conforming.” 

Women may have worn Jacob’s bra at home, but they still felt the societal pressure of wearing their corsets outside of the house. Jacob would change her name to Caresse Crosby (sure, why not) and didn’t pursue any kind of profits from her invention. She sold the patent for her bra to The Warner Brothers Corset Company in Bridgeport, Conn. for $21,000.  

Her famous quote about her invention: “I can’t say the brassiere will ever take as great a place in history as the steamboat. But I did invent it.”  

That fact is under dispute and many experts agree that the true inventor of the bra is Herminie Cadolle. More about her on this list. 

A French Study Found That Wearing A Bra Makes Your Boobs Saggier

A study by sports science researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon at the University of Franche-comte found that braless is best. The 15-year study of 330 women, ages 18 to 35, revealed that not wearing a bra had no effect on what gravity naturally does to breasts. “On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,” Professor Rouillon told France Info in an interview.  

The study found that women gained more tone and supporting breast tissue if no bra was worn. The braless group had a .3 inch-lift in their nipples compared to bra wearers. Bras could possibly hamper circulation and reduce breast tone with time.