Monday, June 18, 2007
what's in a bra?
Correct, nothing family, knitting, cooking or dementing about this post. If you are a male, skip it. If you are a busty female who buys your bra at anything less than a top-notch bra shop, keep reading. I used to be a bra model. I have been fit more times than you can imagine. I will tell you than my size could change dramatically (and therefor the fit of the bras) within a 6 month span. Why am I making this post? Because I am a devotee of the well-fitting bra and the bulk of the information out there is WRONG about sizing. For years I was getting bras in a lingerie department of a large chain department store. Supposedly being "fitted". Now I know I was being fitted into what they had. Once a sales person told me there was "no way" I wore the size I claimed to wear. Another clerk informed me there was no such size (that was at Victoria's Secret, what a joke). So sales clerks reinforce the bad sizing. Get out a good tape measure. Hopefully enlist a very close friend to help you measure. Once we had a bra fitting party! We ordered Thai food, shared a glass or two or wine and buddied up for the numbers. Then we emailed a master fitter and got recommended sizes. We shopped online and we were all amazed at the difference a well fitting bra makes to your look, your attitude and your energy. Now I even wear bra-sized swimsuits. Makes all the difference and worth every single exorbitant penny. Go here for accurate, detailed bra fitting guides.
Read every single word of the fit information. If you underband size is small (like mine) you have to use a completely different set of fitting rules. Once you grasp it, it is life changing.