US20100210178A1 - Adjustable backless strapless bra - Google Patents

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US20100210178A1
US20100210178A1 US12/372,379 US37237909A US2010210178A1 US 20100210178 A1 US20100210178 A1 US 20100210178A1 US 37237909 A US37237909 A US 37237909A US 2010210178 A1 US2010210178 A1 US 2010210178A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41CCORSETS; BRASSIERES
    • A41C3/00Brassieres
    • A41C3/06Strapless brassieres, i.e. without shoulder straps
    • A41C3/065Strapless brassieres, i.e. without shoulder straps attached directly to the body, e.g. by means of adhesive
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41CCORSETS; BRASSIERES
    • A41C3/00Brassieres
    • A41C3/0028Brassieres with size and configuration adjustment means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41CCORSETS; BRASSIERES
    • A41C3/00Brassieres
    • A41C3/12Component parts
    • A41C3/122Stay means
    • A41C3/124Stay means with an articulated or bridge construction

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An adjustable backless, strapless bra comprises a pair of bra cups and a connector, wherein a fixing plate is disposed along a lower edge of each bra cup and a plurality of engagement holes are formed in the plate, and the connector has at least one engagement protrusion formed at each end for detachably connecting to the engagement holes, such that the connector adjoins the bra cups by each engagement protrusion being connected with the engagement holes of the bra cups separately to adjustably modify positions of the bras.

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    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a backless, strapless bra, particularly, to an adjustable backless, strapless bra having a detachable connector to adjust the wearing angle and the position of the bra cups at different degrees when in use.
  • BACKGROUND
  • A conventional fabric bra mainly comprises two cups, back straps and shoulder straps that are connected to the bra cups. One of the conventional bras has flexible steel wires disposed along the bottom edge of each bra for holding the breasts to enhance the breast shape and prevent mastoptosis, while the shoulder straps are used to pull up and adjust the position of breasts. However, the cups of the abovementioned fabric bra could lead to pinching and cause the skin to become red and swollen after the bra is fastened by the tight shoulder straps. Further, the steel wires inside the bra cups could also cause constant friction to the skin due to the tight shoulder straps and cause discomfort to the user.
  • A popular type of backless, strapless bra can have the bra cups independently attach to the user's breasts by an adhesive layer disposed on the interior surface of the bra cups, and are adjoined by a connector positioned between the inner sides of each cup. The abovementioned device is suitable for backless or low back dresses and with adequate support to the breast except for women with large, heavy breasts or with mastoptosis. As a result, there exists a need for an improved backless, strapless bra that is capable of providing equal or greater support to a broader range of sizes and shapes of breasts.
  • As a result of a vigorous research and development dedicated to overcome the above-described drawbacks on the existing strapless, backless bra, an adjustable backless, strapless bra that substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art is provided by the present invention, in so doing provides an adjustable backless, strapless bra suitable for a broader range of breasts for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the appearance of breasts without the binding straps.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The primary object of the present invention is to provide an adjustable backless, strapless bra, wherein a plurality of engagement holes are disposed along a lower edge of each bra, and engagement protrusions are formed at both ends of a connector for detachably connecting to the engagement holes such that the connector adjoins the bra cups by engagement between each engagement protrusion and engagement holes of the bra cups separately to adjustably modify positions of the bras and create different degrees of cleavage.
  • A secondary object of the present invention is to provide an adjustable backless, strapless bra with a connector detachably adjoining the bra cups by mated male and female adapters, wherein the mated male and female adapters are disposed at both ends of the connector and a fixing plate of each bra cup separately.
  • In order to achieve the aforementioned objects, the adjustable backless, strapless bra of the present invention comprises a pair of bra cups and a connector, wherein a fixing plate is disposed along a lower edge of each bra cup and a plurality of engagement holes are formed in the plate. The connector has at least one engagement protrusion formed at each end for detachably connecting to the engagement holes, such that the connector adjoins the bra cups by each engagement protrusion being connected with the engagement holes of the bra cups separately to adjustably modify positions of the bras.
  • Other objects, advantages and novel features of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment showing an adjustable backless, strapless bra according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the first embodiment showing a bra cup according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the first embodiment in use according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 4A-4C is a perspective view of the first embodiment showing how the bra cups is adjusted according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 is a partial perspective view of another embodiment according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 is a partial perspective view of another embodiment according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 6A is a partial perspective view of another embodiment according to the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 is a sectional view of another embodiment according to the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • Referring to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, an adjustable backless bra of a preferred embodiment of the present invention is illustrated, wherein the adjustable backless, strapless bra 1 comprises a pair of bra cups 11 and a connector 12.
  • Each bra cup includes an interior fabric layer 111, an exterior fabric layer 112, a wadding layer 113 and a fixing plate 114, wherein the interior fabric layer 111 and the exterior fabric layer 112 are made of thermoplastic fabrics; the wadding layer 113 is disposed between the interior fabric layer 111 and the exterior fabric layer 112, and the wadding layer 113 is a sponge layer or a sponge layer made of elastic chemical fibre to form the bra cup 11; and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer 2 is permanently grown to a most surface area of the interior fabric layer 111 for the bra cup 11 to independently adjoin to users' breasts when in use. Further, the fixing plate 114 is made of flexible material (e.g. the plastics) to be sewn on a lower edge of the exterior fabric layer 112 of each bra cup 11, and a plurality of engagement holes 115 formed in the fixing plate 114.
  • The connector 12 is made of flexible plastics and includes at least one engagement protrusion 121 at each of its end for detachably connecting to the engagement holes 115 of the fixing plate 114 on each bra cup 11 to adjoin the bra cups 11 at various degrees.
  • In practice, the interior fabric layer 111 of each bra cup 11 faces towards an user's breasts to attach and fix the bra cup 11 on user's breasts (as shown in FIG. 3), and to adjust the wearing position of the bra cups 11 on the user's breasts by changing the connection position of the engagement protrusion 121 of the connector 12 to various engagement holes 115 of the fixing plate 114 on each bra cup 11 (as shown in FIG. 4A-4C) to rotate the breasts inward to the middle of bra cups and push-up the breasts, such that the appearance of breasts is enhanced and a more shapely and natural cleavage is formed. In this embodiment, the engagement protrusion 121 further can be moved from location of engagement holes 115 close to the middle part of both bra cups 11 (as shown in FIG. 4A) to location of engagement holes 115 close to the outer part of each bra cups 11 (as shown in FIGS. 4B and 4C) to create different degrees of cleavage. Therefore, a user can position each engagement protrusion 121 to a different engagement hole 115 of each bra cup 11 separately to push-up each breast at different degrees to present a more natural look.
  • In practice, the connector 12 has an adjusting member for adjusting the length of the connector 12 to an adequate length to increase the comfort of users.
  • In practice, a plurality of engagement protrusions 116 are disposed on the fixing plate 114 and an engagement hole 122 is disposed at both end of the connector 12 to adjoins the bra cups 11 by the connector 12 (as shown in FIG. 5).
  • In practice, the fixing plate 114 and the both ends of the connector 12 can also be connected by male and female adapters; as shown in FIG. 6, a plurality of engagement holes 115 are disposed on the fixing plate 114 and a clasp 123 is disposed at each end of the connector 12 to adjoin the bra cups 11 by the connector 12. Moreover, various male and female adapters can also be applied to the present invention; as shown in FIG. 6A, a plurality of eyelets 118 are disposed on the fixing plate 114 and a clasp 123 is disposed at each end of the connector 12 for adjoin the bra cups 11 by each clasp 123 hooking a eyelet 118 of a bra cup 11.
  • In practice, the both ends of the connector and the fixing plate can also be engaged by various male and female adapters, such as a hook fastener and a loop fastener, or a velcro fastener set, for the connector to adjoin the bra cups by both ends thereof.
  • In practice, the fixing plate can also be made of a solid material, such as metal, to increase the fixing effect and durability.
  • Referring to FIG. 7, an adjustable backless, strapless bra of another embodiment of the present invention is illustrated, wherein each bra cup 31 comprises an interior layer 311, an exterior layer 312, a silicone gel layer 313 and a fixing plate 314. The interior layer 311 and exterior layer 312 are made of thermoplastic film material, and the silicone gel layer 313 is disposed between the interior layer 311 and exterior layer 312 to form the bra cup 31. A pressure sensitive adhesive layer 2 is permanently grown to a most surface area of the interior layer 311 for the bra cup 11 to independently adjoin to users' breasts when in use. Further, the fixing plate 314 is made of plastic material and disposed on a lower edge of the exterior layer 312 of each bra cup 31, and a plurality of engagement holes 315 are disposed on the fixing plate 314 for engagement protrusions of a abovementioned connector to engage thereto, and thereby adjoin both the bra cups 31 and modify the appearance of breasts.
  • Therefore, the present invention has the following advantages:
  • 1. The present invention makes a breakthrough in conventional backless, strapless bra having connector sewn in the inner side of both bra cups, creates a more shapely and natural cleavage, and provides original comfort and push-up enhancement.
  • 2. The present invention can adjust the wearing angle and position of the bra cups at different degrees when in use, such that the difference breast size or shape would look the same when the backless, strapless bra of the present invention is worn thereby.
  • As stated in the above disclosed, the present invention can surely achieve its expected objects to provide an adjustable backless, strapless bra creating a more shapely and natural cleavage by changing the engaging position of a connector to each bra cup.
  • It should be understood that different modifications and variations could be made from the disclosures of the present invention by the people familiar in the art without departing the spirit of the present invention.

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1. An adjustable backless, strapless bra, comprising:
a pair of bra cups having a fixing plate disposed along a lower edge of each bra cup and a plurality of engagement holes formed in the fixing plate; and
a connector having at least one engagement protrusion formed at each end for detachably connecting to the engagement holes, wherein the connector adjoins the bra cups by each engagement protrusion being connected with the engagement holes of the bra cups separately to adjustably modify positions of the bras.
2. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the fixing plate is a plastic fixing plate.
3. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the fixing plate is a metal fixing plate.
4. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the connector and the engagement protrusions are made of plastic.
5. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the connector is a flexible connector.
6. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the connector has an adjustable length.
7. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the engagement protrusions and the engagement holes are male and female adapters.
8. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein the engagement protrusions are made in a form of clasp for hooking the engagement holes.
9. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein a pressure sensitive adhesive layer is disposed in an interior side of each bra cup.
10. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 1, wherein each bra cup further includes an interior layer and an exterior layer, and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer is permanently grown to a most surface area of the interior layer.
11. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 10, wherein the interior layer and the exterior layer are fabric layers and a wadding layer is disposed between the interior layer and the exterior layer.
12. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 11, wherein the wadding layer is a sponge layer or a sponge layer made of elastic chemical fibre.
13. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 10, wherein the interior layer and the exterior layer are made of thermoplastic film material and a silicone gel layer is encased between the interior layer and the exterior layer.
14. An adjustable backless, strapless bra, comprising:
a pair of bra cups having a fixing plate disposed along a lower edge of each bra; and
a connector detachably adjoining the bra cups by mated male and female adapters, wherein the mated male and female adapters are disposed at both ends of the connector and the fixing plate separately.
15. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 14, wherein a plurality of engagement protrusions are disposed on the fixing plate, and a engagement hole corresponding to the engagement protrusion is disposed in each end of the connector.
16. The adjustable backless, strapless bra according to claim 14, wherein a plurality of eyelets are disposed in the fixing plate, and a clasp corresponding to the eyelets is disposed on each end of the connector.
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