Are A Cups Status Symbols?

A Cups are In

Is the new trend in clothing sporting an A cup?

I've been reading a lot about body image and trends in shapes lately.  It seems the A cup is in, a status symbol linked to being thin.  After all, not a lot of size 14 women (the average American dress size) have A cups.  Is it fair to judge a woman by her bra size? As I watched the Emmy's last week I noticed breast augmentation seemed to be down on the red carpet.  The women sporting them seemed to stand out and look, well, "fake."  There were lots of backless dresses and even though haute couture designers know how to design a dress to keep the girls in, it was clear a lot of women didn't need much help.  Good, I thought, natural is making a comeback... (I'm not going to start on the weird puffy lips). When we entered the 21st century, the average American  bra size was 36C, ten years later it's up to a 36DD.  The sale of larger cup bras is growing faster than that of the C cup and below level, so clearly the demand is to hold in larger breasts, not smaller ones.  Rising obesity isn't the only answer though; hormones in the foods we eat and, yes, breast augmentation are factors too. Women with A cups have been getting a bum wrap for years.  One study showed that 83% of men prefer a C cup and larger.  There are even support groups and online communities for women with small breasts. So should we be applauding the ladies who are A cups and proud of it?  Should we shun the C cups for their voluptuousness? What silly questions!  What next?  Shun all blondes and covet brunettes?  What would actually be great is pretty and functional bras plus lots of admirers for every size.  I hope a man would go out with a beguiling woman regardless of cup size.  We like to be appreciated for our brains and our beauty, be it gorgeous eyes, silky locks, or decolletage. Everyone has something they can flaunt and play up. So what do you think?  Are you happy with your breast size?  Would you swap 'em for more or less?  How do you feel about the great bra hunt?  Let me know your thoughts. Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

18 Responses to Are A Cups Status Symbols?

  1. Tara Burner September 6, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    this coming from a DD
    it’s impossible to find good bra’s and trendy clothing that fits! :(
    If I was smaller, WOW to all the clothes I could wear and like on me.
    Am seriously considering ‘downsizing’ and ridding myself of some of the ‘twins’…
    besides the bra/clothing factor do you know how difficult it is to really do some of the yoga poses and run with DD’s lol
    but, personally I don’t think bra size should matter but yet I know many ‘men’ who go by bra size..hmmm does that mean women should go for jock strap size when basing their decision to date a man? things to ponder! lol

  2. Lisa Johnson September 6, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Ha! It’s true size shouldn’t matter, etc., but it actually does. And I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been DD (nursing period) and went to a yoga class with hilarious consequences. Although the guy next to me was riveted ;-) I true wish I could wear those backless dresses that seem so effortless and chic and I’m a C. Thanks for the comment Tara :-)

  3. Dansull123 September 6, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    From a guys standpoint, I like natural breasts. I don’t care if their A, B, C, D, Z doesn’t matter as long as they are real (and symmetric), and what your body was designed to naturally carry. M’lday is a little “top heavy” so to speak, and I hear the SAME cries from her as Tara echoed.

    “I want a REDUCTION I can’t fit in clothes, everything has a DBA (designated boob area) and the line cuts across my nipples!”

    If you don’t like the way the clothes fit that were designed for flat chested models, by gay men, start designing clothes for women with curves, there’s more of you out there!

    Augmented boobs feel like a basketball, reduced boobs have disgusting scars. Just be happy with, and accept what you have!

  4. Deb September 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I agree with Dansull123. Both examples of wanting more or less are symbolic of “The grass is greener” mentality that can be so easy to get sucked into. I’m happy with mine either way leaner or not.

  5. Lisa Johnson September 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    LOL, a good description of the current design scene I think … It’s easy to go from not fitting to too trampy though, a lot of women wind up in shiftless and boxy as a not so great compromise … here’s hoping the designers start to design a little better for their customers :-)

  6. Patricia Boisvert September 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    At 55 years young, I am 36B-26-36 and have NEVER been at loss for men. My theory is it’s because I am kind, a good listener, and generous to other people. I don’t flaunt anything.

  7. Lisa Johnson September 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Patricia, more power to you! L–

  8. Marialexandra September 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    I’m a small woman, always been a “full” A or small B and I have been the butt of jokes in my family since I can remember (specially amongst my younger brothers) but it never bothered me and I have never felt the need to get the girls enhanced. I’m happy the way I am and the fact that I have always been secure about myself image has been partly the reason why my bra size was never an issue when dating or with my husband. My husband, who always considered himself to be a “breasts man” has never implied I go bigger and loves me the way I am, tiny, petite and small cup size. Personally, as a fashion designer, I prefer the smaller cup sizes, but what is important is that women feel good with themselves no matter what size they are and that they love what God gave them, big or small, A or DD, and if not, thank goodness for plastic surgeons and advanced medicine!

  9. Lisa Johnson September 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Marialexandra I’m so glad you commented on this post. Thanks for giving your thoughts … L

  10. sweatymama September 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    .. I was always a b or full b before I got pregnant .. than I went to a c… and a d when nursing.. almost e maybe, HUGE! I nursed my first and the first three months of my second daughter (after that had to stop medical reasons). I started working out after my second was born, had never worked out prior besides forced gym class in school. I lost weight and my huge breast feeding mama boobs dissapeared. At first I wasn’t used to it.. but, as I have kept my slim figure.. I have grown to love my smaller size a cup. I think it took me to fall in love with my I used to think I gotta have another baby someday I need my boobs back. But, lately I love my new athletic figure and if I go out fancy there’s fancy lingere.. and they don’t look so small!

  11. Lisa Johnson September 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Angela it is truly amazing what lingerie can do isn’t it?

  12. Seth Lipkin September 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Not status symbols themselves, but yes: a marker for the status symbol you mentioned: thinness. I’m not sure to draw the line between “healthful thinness” and “fetishized thinness”, of course. I get ill looking at Vogue, if that’s any help.

    I’d pick quality over quantity any day, and no, I will not define “quality” in this forum! :-)

  13. Lisa Johnson September 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Seth thanks for the comment! I know what you mean, it’s a fine line you’re walking, I can appreciate you balance of honesty and getting in trouble. ~ LJ

  14. Tara Burner September 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I can so imagine the guy next to you in yoga Lisa! LOL
    and yes backless dresses and shirts are not in my wardrobe! :(

    and Dansull123 scars or not I’ll be downsizing seeing how when you’re a DD it literally is painful (back/shoulders)

    Marialexandra LOVE your comments :)

  15. Bridget September 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Tara, I hear ya sister. My girls are ample, and I own like 10 different bras because each outfit requires a different one.

    Also, thanks Dansull. Refreshing to hear a man be realistic and appreciative of real women and their bodies.

    If I had a flair for designing, I would absolutely design for curvy voluptuous women. Take Christina Hendricks. She has a lot of help dressing those curves. I have the same, exact hourglass figure she does: although I am older and don’t exercise enough. :) And men seem to like it. I mean, I still get hit on at 42 y.o. BUT..I have an extremely difficult time buying clothes – even when I have been working out a lot.

    I loved when Christina said she actually loved her body MORE 15lbs heavier – she felt full figured and sexy. I feel the same way. I actually like my girls and my body for the most part – until I have to try to dress!! :)

  16. Lisa Johnson September 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Bridget, thanks for the comment, refreshingly honest and true. This is a great thread! :-)

  17. Tammi Ricks September 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m 13 and I have c-cups… it seems like a lot, but most girls reach sexual maturity at 14, so I probably won’t get any bigger. Sometimes I wish my breasts were smaller (people always think i’m 16) but I also do love my curves. To sum it up, there’s always going to be pros and cons to every cup size, so you just have to deal with what you’ve got.

  18. Lisa Johnson September 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Tammi, Amen to that … :-)

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