To whom it may concern:
This is a ribcage:
This is a breast:
The reason they look like entirely separate body parts is because they are… entirely separate body parts. Therefore, they can grow separately on any given individual. No, I don’t mean that breasts will wander off and migrate to the top of the shoulder or anything. However, one’s breast size is not inherently dependent on one’s ribcage size, nor vice versa.
Do you maybe need a picture?
Essentially, it is possible for someone to have a ribcage and bust combination in any of the four quadrants, not just one and three. Please stop assuming a linear relationship between band size and cup size. It is hurting my boobs. There are 42AAs and 28HHs — and plenty of sizes in between and outside — who would appreciate it if you could understand this simple relationship and design your products accordingly.
Similarly, those sports bras and bikini tops in sizes like small, medium, and large? Not specific enough. Small where? The ribcage or the cup? I mean, I imagine this system works out okay for folks who are close to the same size in band and cup — but I wouldn’t really know what that’s like. It’s decidedly less workable when you are, say, a medium through the band but an XXL through the bust (or any other combination where boob and rib are more than one size apart).
At this point, I don’t even really care if they’re pretty. I just want to be able to have a sports bra that supports without trying to crush my shoulders down into my boobs and my boobs down into my lungs.
Think we can work on that?