• Fri, May 24 2013

High School To Offer Bra Fittings Class

bra fittings class for high school students

Remember how awkward and frustrating it was to find the perfect bra size? Well, one school in Derby, England is going to help girls with that problem rather than just leave it up to their parents (many of whom might have no idea how to properly measure and judge). That’s right: a bra fittings class!

At Derby High School, preteen students will be taught how to choose bras that properly support their breasts, measure themselves and determine which sizes they each are. Their teacher, Mrs. Karan Hopkinson, will help them understand their bodies better, which is wonderful since most sex ed and the like don’t discuss certain aspects of puberty like bras; typically, there’s a whole lot of “here’s what will happen” but not enough “here’s how to deal with it.”

Naturally, as with anything involving female and education regarding their bodies, some folks are pretty pissed about the idea. For example, Stephen Green from the U.K.’s Christian Voice thinks that it’s the “mother’s job” to do this, somehow forgetting the fact that (A) not everyone has a mother in their lives (B) not all moms know how or have time to help their daughters figure out the perfect bra. He believes that this is “solve a problem that doesn’t exist,” which I assume is because he never had trouble with bras, thus rendering it irrelevant. I am, of course, a big fan of the idea since many women spend years and years trying to figure out which size was theirs.

A properly-fitted bra makes life so much easier, but honestly, I wore the wrong size bra until I was 21, when I finally got fitted and realized I wasn’t a 38C, as I had somehow believed I was; I’m a 34/36DD. As soon as I began wearing the proper bra, I looked better in my clothes, my back felt much less stressed out and my shoulder’s didn’t have that awful line when I removed my bra at the end of the day. Of course, had I known all that was possible like five years earlier, that would’ve been snazzy, so kudos to this school! It’s wonderful to see an establishment offer practical help, too.

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  • Tits McGee

    This is a great idea if, and only if, it’s done properly. The last thing teenagers need is to be subjected to the Victoria’s Secret over-the-boobs measuring system, or made to feel freakish if they need anything over a DD. Best case scenario: they’re taught early that bands below 30 exist and that a DD cup is on the dainty side of medium. (This goes for boys too).

  • Eileen

    I’m surprised there’s any market for this – can’t you get fitted at pretty much any lingerie department?

    Actually, one of my high school teachers worked in a lingerie department at the mall, and she apparently fitted many of my friends’ moms. Personally, though, the idea of my high school teacher talking about my breasts is mildly horrifying (why I avoided that department and bought my bras elsewhere for years), so I do hope the school takes into account that lots of girls might want to opt out, especially if this woman also teaches other subjects.

    • T mcG

      You can get fitted at pretty much any lingerie department, but most of them will do it badly. If you really need a 30GG, you might get fitted into a 34DD because that’s all they carry or because they don’t know how to fit. That’s a lot of difference in comfort and shape. If schools do this the right way, it could have an amazing effect on the sizes manufacturers are willing to make and the bra-fitting advice they give.

      It’ll probably be an embarrassing subject – if they stick to talking about boobs in general, and don’t ask personal questions, it could work. Just a slideshow of fully-clothed women + actual bra size could kill a lot of myths.

  • Beth

    Much ado about nothing. Any time you acknowledge to that there is a difference between the “boy parts” and the “girl parts” of school-age kids, some member of the Christian right is going to come out of the woodwork to express their outrage. It’s best just to shrug and go about your business.