Bras are strangely baffling things. Or at least, that's how it can feel when confronted with a whole new language to get your head around. After years of believing that bands and cups refer solely to the Spice Girls and small peanut butter confectioneries, all of a sudden adolescent realities dictate that we learn a whole new vocabulary. It can be incredibly unnerving and just plain inconvenient.
So, here at Lara, we thought we'd lend you a helping hand in dissecting some of this bra-lingo, and in particular, the term small back large cup. But, firstly, we just want to preface this post by highlighting that we hate this term. Small back large cup is just another way of lumping women with individual measurements and different bodies together and of justifying the absence of these sizes on the high street by side-lining them as “abnormal”.
At Lara, we recommend wearing the exact band and cup that fit your body, and so terms like small back large cup are irrelevant, as is any category that seeks to alienate or marginalise. But, since it’s a term that is bandied around so much, we thought that we would take a moment to think about what it means and why women with this particular frame often end up not being able to find bras in their size.
Small Back Large Cup
The cup size, meanwhile, equals your over-bust measurement minus your band size. So, at Lara, if your underbust measures 30 and your bust 34, we'll give you a 30D. Whereas, at a high-street retailer, they would most likely give you a 32B, because the smallest band size they would stock is a 32.
The Wren has wide double-layer straps and under-band elastic, providing optimum support without focusing the weight on any one particular point. It comes in grey, black and hot pink.
The Crop is made up of double layers of soft mesh, a wide under-band elastic and low back. The double layers also mean that weight isn't resting on one particular point, thus creating a balanced and super-comfortable fit. It's a really lovely minimiser, perfect for layering.
The Coral is an incredibly versatile style, suitable for big and small cups. The triangle shape, halter-neck and thick under-band create a snug fit and prevent back pain. The Coral also comes in every colour and is dress-friendly due to its low back and thin straps.
A word to those of you with a small back large cup size-we believe it's time that you find a bra that really fits you and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. Remember that the key is wearing the perfect band and cup size for you, it makes all the difference.
To get started, grab your measuring tape and use the Find My Size tool online. We are also about to extend our band size range to include 26 so stay tuned for the launch!