Ergonomics researchers in
The researchers, writing in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, described a woman’s breast as “a very complex 3D geometry," and pointed out that the existing system might be "inappropriate" for categorizing breast size. They say there are more than 100 key measurements necessary to produce the perfect fit, and bra sizes should be based on a new depth-width ratio, the so-called DWR.
If adopted around the world, the DWR system will replace the “Alphabet” bra formula devised in the
According to the news magazine, Irish Health, the HK Polytechnic offers a course in bra studies, or designing intimate apparel. Many lingerie manufacturers have factories in the region, a circumstance that could speed the adoption of the DWR system.
The DWR method would increase the number of existing bra sizes by between eight and 16 size combinations, offering more choice.
"This is the first time that a bra-sizing system protocol has been proposed based on 3D nude breast characteristics," the researchers say.
Sources: Telegraph; Irish Health; Sydney Morning Herald