Crikey I hate buying bras. So often I’ll get them home and find they’re actually too tight or too saggy, because I never pay any attention to the sales ladies who ask me, “Now are you quite sure you know how to fit your bra correctly?”
Yes, I reply. Because I want to get in and out of the shop as fast as possible.
Just as I think I’ve got my size taped, and dash back 6 months later for a new bra, I’ll decide to buy a different make of bra – or as I and my juvenile friends once used to call it – the-over-shoulder-boulder-holder, and Hello! Surprise! It doesn’t fit.
So I then end up in the changing room (with a sales assistant prodding me and tweaking straps – there’s just no dignity in being a woman, is there?) and 10 bras later I’ve found ‘The One’.
Then when The One is exhausted from too much being thrown in the washing machine (I know I know, they should be washed by hand, but seriously who has time for that?) I traipse back to the store and find that brand is no longer available and my bra size in another make just happens to be completely different.
So I spend a long time looking at All The Pretty Bras, even fantasising about the dainty little things I might have worn as a 20 year old, and end up in the changing room with some sensible strong looking bras which my husband will look at, sigh and say, “Gosh there’s just so much Bra!” but which in reality are perfect for everyday life, walking and exercise.
There will be a couple of more gorgeous lacy things which I will probably purchase, and I know will only ever be worn for Going Out.
And it takes me much longer than is strictly necessary to find a good fitting bra.
Don’t get me started on underwear.
“How much?” I exclaimed incredulously to my Mum when I looked at some pretty knickers in Marks and Spencer’s recently and realised I could buy dinner for that amount.
“Why don’t you buy some in a packet, they’re less expensive?” She replied.
I looked at the 5 in a packet she pointed to.
“But they are like bloomers!” I exclaimed.
“Are these more your thing?” she said, picking out a pack of thongs.
I gave her The Look and we both burst out laughing.
Thongs were, I’m sure, designed by men. I can honestly not believe that a woman would come up with such a ridiculous, and expensive piece of underwear. I’ve tried them and hate them and feel trussed up like a chicken if I ever try to wear them.
When I see women with droopy pants and very firm flirty evidence of thong fabric above them I want to ask them, “Really – How? Why?” I’m sorry if that’s you. It’s just not for me.
I know, visible panty line and all that, but still there are other ways to disguise a panty line.
Off with my ranty pants – each to their own, I guess.
Anyway, I’m all right for bras and underwear at the moment.
How about you?
How to fit you Bra Correctly
- Use a traditional tape measure
- Measure under the bust
- Measure around the fullest part of the bust
- The difference in inches between the two measurements gives the cup size, so A cup for 1 inch, B cup for 2 inches etc.
- The measurement around the full part of the bust will give you the bra size.
- Bend over when you put the bra on so that your boobs fit nicely into the cups.
- When secured, the bra hooks should be on the first catch to give room for any stretching as it gets worn.
- Underwires should not dig in.
- You shouldn’t bulge out all over the place when the bra is on – not around the back, or shoulders or over the cups.
- Straps shouldn’t be too flimsy.
- The bra should sit flush with the skin at the front and not gape.
6 Things I hate about buying a bra.
- I love pretty coloured bras with patterns. However I’m not always organised when I throw my clothes on in the morning. I have ended up pink faced and pink braa’d as the polka dot pattern shines through a white T-shirt in sunlight, which I’ve thought nothing about in the cold light of morning at home.
- I hate the hangers. Five bras and those itsy-distsy hangers in a changing room and I’m gnashing. Perhaps I have poor small motor skills, but honestly they put me on edge.
- I do not like the way that my boobs seem to be edging out to my underarm region. So these days I hate trying on and really really dislike that podgy bit of flesh between bra and underarm which bras seem to successfully squidge out above and to one side.
- Different makes of bra always seem to be different when it comes to sizing. I’ve been a B cup and a D cup all in one try-on.
- They might be great feats of engineering, but hell, they are so expensive.
- I like push-up bras for evenings, but my decolletage has begun to look crinkly – Help! So now I’m no longer a wonder bra type of girl and I’m in search of a make that can iron out the orange peel look.
- I hate the time it takes me to buy a bra.
Have you got any tips for buying bras? What’s your favourite make? What’s your favourite style? Sports bra, underwire bra, front close bra, no wire bra?
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