V. Parthasarathi, T. Raaja Priya, S. Sivaranjani, A. Dhivya
Department of Fashion Technology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 641004
It is necessary to evaluate and analyze the brassiere design problems to alleviate the problems in terms of fit, support, elastics and fastening. With an aim to achieve a perfect brassiere, designers have a strong drive to develop a super quality brassiere with high performance and proper usage of components and materials. The encapsulation brassiere was more effective than compression brassiere in controlling breast displacement. The main problems were shoulder straps digging into the shoulder and shoulder straps slipping off the shoulder. There are several design flaws associated with these sports brassiere which lead to discomfort, pain and swelling of the breasts. Tightness around the chest may also cause beast soreness. The straps are often very thin and cut into the shoulders of women. The most effective brassiere had a unique inverted-u shape bounded seam over the upper and side boundaries of the cups with a wide cross-back design. Wicking materials are used in this type of brassieres to give comfort and breast supporting pads having pad components to give adequate support. The inner layer consists of silicone material which can increase the adherence capacity due to its high coefficient of friction. This review paper contains details about the design and development of sports brassiere.
Keywords: sports brassiere, brassiere fit, straps slippage, breast discomfort