Patent Number: 6,168,498

Title: Brassiere

Abstract: A brassiere is dislosed including a pair of shoulder straps. A pair of cup members is located generally below the shoulder straps, each of the cups including an inner contact layer covering the breast of a wearer and a unitary outer compression layer slidably disposed in covering relation to the inner contact layer. The outer compression layer is substantially coextensive with the inner contact layer. An adjustment assembly is disposed between each outer compression layer and its corresponding shoulder strap. A securing assembly is adapted and constructed to adjustably secure the outer compression layer to the shoulder strap. Attachment of the outer compression layers to the shoulder straps lifts and compresses the breasts of the wearer to reduce the potential for inertial movement of the breasts. A method of reducing inertial movement a brassiere wearer's breasts is also disclosed. In a brassiere including a pair of cup members and a pair of shoulder straps, a downward force is exerted on the wearer's breasts sufficient to reduce upward inertial movement of the wearer's breasts. An upward force is simultaneously exerted over the entire frontal area of the wearer's breasts sufficient to reduce downward inertial movement of the wearer's breasts.

Inventors: Wagner; Penny Jo (Columbia Falls, MT)


International Classification: A41C 3/02 (20060101); A41C 3/00 (20060101); A41C 003/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018