The Difference Between Fuller Bust and Fuller Figure

Fit Tips by Sugar Candy - November 20, 2019
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A lot of women get confused between fuller bust and fuller figure.

A fuller figured woman isn’t necessarily fuller bust.

A fuller bust women may not be a fuller figure either, but she also could be.

This is especially difficult when buying clothes for either party. You can be fuller figure without being fuller bust. Or you could be fuller bust without being fuller figure.

What is considered a Full Bust?

If your bust measures larger than your hips – then you are fuller bust. This is a generalisation actually.

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Some women will have much larger hips, a smaller frame and waist and still be considered a larger bust.

Take Kim Kardashian for instance. She is still considered fuller bust, but has an itty-bitty waist and a not so itty behind.

We could break it down and say if you are bigger than a D cup, you’re fuller bust. But this all depends on the size of your underband also.

For example; an 18D would not be considered fuller bust, but would be considered full figure. If she was an 18G – then this would be fuller bust and also fuller figure. Confusing no?

What is considered a Full Figure?

This all depends on what clothing brand your are shopping for and it’s difficult to put it down to measurements. A tall swimmers shoulders could measure the same as a shorter fuller figure women, so let’s not go there.

Some brands sizes for fuller figure are specifically ‘down-sized’ to make you feel better and therefore purchase more items. “Hey, I’m a size 6 here but usually wear a 10 at The Gap” – where are you going to shop?

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So, what is the difference?

Basically – you can be a size 6 body and still be in the fuller bust category (so to speak). Fuller Bust is referring to the size of your breasts only i.e. F cup and above.

Fuller Figure is referring to your clothing size or body shape not the size of your bust. You can still have a small bust and still be considering a fuller figure. A lot of women that are fuller figured tend to have difficulty finding clothes to fit if they also have a fuller bust.

There are however, some instances though when you can be both a fuller figured and have a fuller bust.

Fuller Busted vs Plus Size

Bra design

When designing bras we keep in mind the needs of the women we are designing for, because fuller busted and fuller figured women have different needs.

A smaller framed girl with a fuller bust i.e. 30H requires extra support in the cup for lift and support, strong supportive wider straps and a wider back band.

This is because her bust size is much larger in proportion to her body frame. The back band provides approx. 70% of the support and should be fitted firmly along the rib cage.

A fuller figured girl i.e. 40D will not require the same amount of support in the cups because her bust is smaller in proportion to her body size and her body frame is able to carry the breast weight better.

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Bra sizes

Bra sizing can be incredibly complex and some brands have more than 70 sizes in one style. So it’s important to know your size and what fits you, as well as what styles suits you.

It is recommended that you go to a specialist bra fitter especially if you are fuller busted. These bra fitters have access to multiple fuller busted brands and have experience in fitting a fuller bust.

A good fitting bra will not only feel supportive but should feel comfortable all day long.

An added bonus is that a well-fitted bra will enhance your figure and give you a more defined shape, resulting in a newfound confidence!

REMEMBER: The letter of your bra size is referring to your bust size and the number is referring to your band size. On their own they are irrelevant and will make no sense.

On their own they are irrelevant and will make no sense. For example, if a girl is a 32G, she will have the same sized (not shaped) breasts as a 40C. Just like a 32C will be a different sized breast to someone who is a 42C – but hey, they are both C cups.

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