Thursday, 31 March 2011

I sleep with my hands across my chest, and I dream of you with someone else.


Ladies. Let’s talk about boobs.

I don’t know a single lady who is happy with hers. Whether they’re too small or too big (or fit into a myriad of other complaints), generally, boobs are just a pain. I think that attitude is why so many of us don’t bother to get measured as often as we should, preferring to live in blissful ignorance. I wear my bras until they fall apart, and usually replace them with cheap ones from Primark – it’s really not an area of my wardrobe I pay much attention to! But I don’t think I’m alone - when I told my friends I was off to get measured at Bravissimo, I was met with lots of ‘Ooooh, I so need to get measured, I have NO idea what size I am!’ (and more than one person asked if I had to model their bras on my blog – um, no. Not that kind of website.)


I paid the Covent Garden store a visit and was really impressed with the service. They don’t use measuring tape at Bravissimo, instead they assess your size by eye. I’ve worn a 36DD for quite some time, and was preparing myself to go up a cup size or two (I’d predicted that I might be a 34E) – I was actually measured as a 32G!! My fitter came in with her arms full of bras and I tried them all – there were at least 20. I found out that because of my shape, I can’t wear balcony bras – I tried one on and it wasn’t comfortable at all – so went for the Freya, a lovely purple leopard-print plunge model.


I also tried on a few strapless bras and marked a couple away for future reference (wedding season’s coming up!). It’s the bane of my life that I can never find one to fit me properly – I’ve always just assumed that I was built to wear straps. So I’ll be road-testing one of these in the summer, definitely! (I’ll be sure to report back)

If you’re putting off getting measured, I urge you to pop in to a Bravissimo store if you have one near you. The fitters are so friendly and instantly put you at ease, and they are so helpful. Wearing bras that don’t fit right doesn’t do you any good at all – it’s not great for your posture, and can even make you look larger! When I put my dress back on after trying on the new bra, it fit so much better. And a fitting is free – so you really don’t have anything to lose…

(Thank you Hayley for the BOOBZ pic at the start due to my lost calculator!)
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21 comments

  1. I am one of those who secretly complains about her boobs but never say it out loud. And yes, finding a good-fitting bra is like a fight.

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  2. Its a shame that we don't have a Bravissimo in Bristol, because all the bras look gorgeous!
    We're very grown up for the calculator pic.

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  3. Love the bra you picked, it's really pretty.

    I've been measured a few times at M&S but always find the fitters a bit snotty (at our local store anyway) and often different types of their bras require completely seperate sizes- soemthing I discovered without their assistance.

    I feel a trip to Bravissimo coming on, because I have developped a distinct penchant for pretty underwear, and nothing better than pretty underwear that fits properly.

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  4. I share the same name as your bra. :)

    x

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  5. This is a great post; I've been putting off getting fitted for a while now, I think purely out of childish embarrassment! But, there is a Bravissimo near me so I might pay a visit when I've been paid :)

    x

    Oh, and I love the post title. Maximo Park <3

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  6. Ahh the first photo made me laugh.
    I don't think I've been measured in 10 years >.<
    I'll just try to guess what size I am and take a bunch into the changing rooms.
    Great post btw.
    Harriet

    dreamcatchersandgemstones.blogspot.com

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  7. Love the bra you picked! BOOBZ are brilliant hehe :) x

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  8. it's so weird, I have been having so many 'boob' conversations with people over the past few weeks! I'm actually heading to Bravissimo this weekend as I am certain my measurements are wrong and all of my bras are so uncomfortable!
    x

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  9. I must be in the minority then as I absolutely ADORE my boobs!! As a C cup though I can't actually wear anything from Bravissimo, which is a shame in some ways as some of their stuff is OK but expensive, whereas I can find perfectly fitting lingerie in high street stores - woohoo!

    I think there needs to be more awareness of HOW to actually measure yourself for a bra, and how to know whether one fits you or not, something which should be common sense for anyone needing one!!

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  10. I am quite lucky that my mum insisted I was fitted properly when I was younger and that meant I was confident enough to be properly assessed. The one issue I have is different stores measure up differently but I find that with clothes!

    Maria xxx

    P.S. I love the boobs picture too, really made me smile :D

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  11. I love mine! No one should feel embarrassed about getting properly fitted - it's quick, painless, and really VERY necessary. A girl once scoffed at me when I said "you wouldn't wear the wrong size shoes, so why wear the wrong size bra?". I was so angry that she wasn't aware just how important it is to be correctly fitted (even if you're at the smaller end of the spectrum). A badly fitted bra is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to problems (including back problems). You chose a lovely bra, by the way!

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  12. I have heard nothing but good comments about Bravissimo. Why won't they ask MEEE to road test them! Like your choice too, rrowr x

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  13. Oh I wish I had a Bravissimo in my town :-( I was measured in M&S by a snotty old woman years ago, maybe I should get measured again?? I actually look like a 12 year old boy when I take my bra off, I'm ok with that though haha!

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  14. I've been going to Bravissimo for a few years now and have nothing but good things to say about them! Despite being a student with limited funds I always find the money for bras from there because the comfort of a supportive/comfortable bra is just invaluable to me... and they're really pretty too!!

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  15. wish someone would make a bravissimo for people with mini-boobs and massive backs!

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  16. I love Bravissimo! I used to get really bad back ache and my straps constantly fell down. I can't believe I went for years being annoyed and uncomfortable before getting measured. They have some really pretty bra too :) x

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  17. I seem to get told that I'm a completely different size in every store I visit! Need to give Bravissimo a try....I walk past their CG store all the time but still get a bit shy about buying/browsing bras - bit ridiculous really! x

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  18. Love the maximo park lyrics. And bra wise i'm the same with my tatty old primarks!

    x

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  19. I'm also a huge fan of Bravissimo - ever since getting measured for the first time, bra buying has become so much better! I love the Freya deco bras - I am accumulating quite a collection now! Please check out my blog for more lingerie related reviews:

    www.undercoverlingerista.blogspot.com

    xo

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  20. The last time I got measured in M&S (trusty M&S... you can't go wrong.. or can you?) they told me I was a 30D!! What a joke. I've been a 34A forever and ever... and no amount of wishful thinking is going to get me near a D!! I might just have to check out Bravissimo and find out what they think!

    xx

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  21. Lovely post - I do love Bravissimo, though i think I'm an M&S girl at heart!

    I am pretty happy with my boobs, though i used to hate them when I was younger as they were always bigger than everyone else's.

    I am very guilty of wearing my bras to death and not buying more when I need them though, definitely need to do some shopping!

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