Adhesive bra construction including vertical support strap (ce soir lingerie) chest heart pain

The prior art is replete with bra constructions comprised of separate left and right breast cups. Each breast cup is typically provided with adhesive on its rear facing surface for adhering to, and supporting, a user’s breast. In some such designs, each cup is provided with a wing adapted to extend laterally to near or under a user’s arm to enhance adhesion area. Although such constructions are often adequate to support smaller breasts (e.g. A, B cups), they are generally inadequate to support larger breasts (e g. D, DD, DDD, G, H cups). SUMMARY

The present invention is directed to a bra comprised of separate left and right breast support members. Each breast support member is formed of substantially planar material having front and rear facing surfaces forming a cup in the rear facing surface including a concave cavity sized and configured to accommodate a user’s breast.


The cup rear facing surface, including the surface portions in and around the cavity, carry a reusable pressure sensitive adhesive for adhering to a user’s skin. In accordance with a significant aspect of the present invention, each support member also includes an elongate support strap, preferably formed of clear transparent material, extending vertically from an upper region of the cup’s periphery. A rear facing surface of the strap also carries a reusable pressure sensitive adhesive for adhering to a user’s chest and shoulder regions.

Preferred embodiments of the invention are especially intended for use by women having large breasts (e.g., C cup and above). In order to comfortably support and contain large breast tissue mass, each cup preferably includes an underwire stiffener member located near its lower periphery.

Each cup in accordance with the invention can be formed of any suitable planar material such as spaced fabric plies sandwiching foam material therebetween or spaced silicone plies edge sealed to contain a silicone gel. The planar material preferably is somewhat stretchable to well conform to the shape of a user’s breast. As is known in the art, the planar material can be formed by various known techniques including molding.

In typical use, a user will place her breast in the cup’s cavity and then manipulate the cup while also pulling upwardly on the strap to position the cup and breast in a desired location and orientation. When properly positioned, the user will then smooth the cup and strap while adhering them against the user’s skin in the chest and shoulder regions. The elongate strap is preferably sufficiently long, e.g. about 23 cm (9-10 inches), so as to provide ample adhesion surface area for adequately supporting a large breast tissue mass. The user can place the free end of the strap over the user’s shoulder or, for a halter option, extend the strap behind the user’s neck. By manipulating the position of the strap and cup, the user is able to adjust the breast lift as well as the spacing between the breasts to optimize comfort and appearance. The cup material is preferably slightly stretchable to conform to the breast shape and the strap material is preferably transparent to help conceal the strap.

Attention is initially directed to FIG. 1 which illustrates a preferred embodiment of a bra 10 in accordance with the present invention as worn by a model 12 having left and right breasts 14, 16. The bra 10 is characterized by separate left and right breast support members 18 and 20. Each breast support member includes a cup 22 for covering and supporting a breast and a thin elongate strap 24 configured for adhesion to a user\’s skin primarily in the chest and shoulder region.

FIGS. 2A and 2B respectively depict plan views of the right and left breast support members 18 and 20. Member 18 is the mirror image of member 20 but otherwise substantially identical. FIG. 3 shows the cross section of support member 20 which includes the cup 22 and strap 24. Cup 22 is formed by substantially planar material 26 having a front facing surface 28 and a rear facing surface 30. The material 26 depicted in FIG. 3 is comprised of a thin outer ply 32 carrying the front facing surface 28 and a thin inner ply 34 carrying the rear facing surface 30. The plies 32 and 34 sandwich a pliable material 36 therebetween. In one exemplary embodiment, the plies 32, 34 are fabric and accommodate foam sheet material 36 therebetween. In an alternative embodiment, the plies 32, 34 comprise silicone sheets sealed at their edges so as to contain a silicone gel material 36 therebetween. The material 26 preferably is somewhat stretchable to conform to the shape of a user\’s breast.

Cup 22 defines a concave cavity 40 extending into its rear facing surface 30. The planar material 26 can be formed to define the cup and cavity by techniques known in the art such as employing appropriate heat and pressure to shape/mold the cup.

As seen in FIG. 3, the cup 22 is preferably shaped to define a relatively smooth curve extending from an upper cup region 42 to a rower cup region 44. In order to provide greater support and shaping, an elongate stiffener member 46 is preferably integrated into the cup 22 lower region 44 between the plies 32 and 34. The stiffener member 46 is preferably comprised of a plastic or metal wire 48 jacketed by a protective tube 50 and located above the lower peripheral edge 52 of the cup 22 as is best shown in FIG. 5.

In accordance with a significant aspect of the present invention, the breast support member 20 includes a strap 24 extending upwardly from the upper peripheral edge 54 of cup 22, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. The strap 24 is comprised of thin flexible material, preferably being optically clear and transparent to assist in concealing the strap when worn with certain overgarments. The strap 24 can be fabricated integral with the cup 22 but more simply can be attached to the cup upper peripheral edge 54 by any of various technologies including welding, gluing, stitching, etc.

The support member rear facing surface 30 extending along both the cup 22 and strap 24 is coated with a reusable pressure sensitive adhesive (not shown). A protective removable plastic sheet (not shown) is provided in end user products for temporarily covering the adhesive to facilitate handling.