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!)