What I Never Knew about the "girls" - My Bra fitting Experience
A common question I ask my clients is "Have you ever had a professional bra fitting?" I usually receive one of two answers "Yes, at Victoria's Secret." or "Nope, never have." As a stylist, I am not satisfied with either of these answers. Undergarments are the foundation for what we put on top of them. If your foundation is sloppy, lumpy, rolly, bumpy, ill-fitting, saggy or worn out, what do you think what we put over it will look like?
I do have something to confess before I continue writing. What I tell my clients I wholeheartedly believe but, I have not exactly taken my own advice when it came to a professional bra fitting. Okay, before you start throwing rocks at me let me explain...I am very, how shall I say this....SMALL. I am, I cannot find a cup size small enough, small. I know this is ridiculous, but it never occurred to me that I would benefit from getting fitted, I just thought for years, "What would be the point in fitting my tiny booblets?" They would probably fit me and say, "For you...er...umm...just wear these cloth napkins tied together with string." or something crazy like that.
I recently decided, if I am telling other people to do this, I should stop being a hypocrite and do it myself. So I put on my big girl pants and booked an appointment at the Professional Garment Center with the owner, Sonny. And it was AWESOME!!!
I wanted to document the process, so I asked Sonny to take some pictures. So consider your self warned, there are some photos of me in a bra below. This is vulnerable for me, but I felt compelled to share this experience with my lady readers.
First, let me show you the bra I wore into my fitting (sorry about my skin being a florescent white). I'll also explain what my main bra issues were:
Here is my Victoria Secrete Lined Demi Size 34A
So my biggest complaint with every bra I have ever owned is the straps, they NEVER stay up for me. I am constantly adjusting them and pulling them up. I think I have developed a little bit of a hunch back trying to keep them from falling over the years :( The other problem, which I mentioned before, I cannot find a cup size small enough. My breast is not filling out this cup. An A or double A is too big....so I thought.
Here is the back of the Victoria Secrete bra. Notice It is on the tightest setting in the back clasp.
I got the measurement around my ribcage taken, which determines what number you wear in your bra like the 36, 34, 32...etc. I measured at 29" What?! I have been wearing a 34 for YEARS!!! I am not the best at math, but I think that 5 inches off would make a lot of difference for a bra.
And here is my replacement Bra :)
This Bra is from the UK. They don't carry anything smaller in the states than a 32"
And what is my very anticipated new bra size...????
A SERIOUSLY SHOCKING 28DD. Yes, I am a double D and never knew it. Because this bra is smaller around, my bra straps stay where they should. The scale for this bra is much smaller than my previous 34A, so it fits my shoulders and ribcage perfectly. I seem to be standing straighter already :)
Here is the back of my new brassiere :) So, I measured at 29", but bras as I'm sure you have noticed are measured in two's. So, I could have done a size 28 or 30. Sonny informed me that bras stretch, so the 28 will be perfect once it stretches out. She gave me an extender to give me a little room until it stretches and then I'll stop using it. This bra makes my chest feel supportive and lifted, something I never thought my chest needed.
So, I am beyond thrilled with my fitting and new bra. I can't even imagine how much it would help ladies with larger chests!
I hope this information was helpful, or at the very least entertaining :) Thank you for reading.
P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you been professionally fitted? What did you learn?