Thanks to my recent weight loss, my boobs have got loooooads smaller. How come all the weight comes off the fun parts first?! As a result, all of my bras are now feeling super uncomfortable and gaping over my cup. Not an attractive look, by any means. I was so skint throughout February that I couldn’t afford to buy myself any new underwear so when pay day rolled around (and coincided with a much-needed day off work to myself) then I took myself off to Debenhams at the Metrocentre to get my bra fitted.
I know there are all kinds of stats about how many women are wearing the wrong bra and I can’t really understand why it’s so many. I get it that you might be a bit embarrassed, but the women are so friendly and so used to what they’re doing that there is really no need to be. So I thought I’d dispel a few of the myths around getting your bra fitted and encourage you to go do the same!
Do I Have To Get Topless?
In a word, no. I asked to get fitted, the lovely lady led me to a fitting room and asked me why my current bra was uncomfortable and what I was looking for today. Note, she did not ask me my current bra size! She then left me to take off my top down to my bra. When she came back, she took a look at how it was sitting across my back and rang her fingers under the strap. She checked how the cups sit on my front and that was that.
Can’t I Just Guess At My Own Size?
Well yes you can, but chances are you aren’t going to get it right. Before I had my bra measured at the weekend, I was a 34DD. The cups were really baggy and the back a bit stretched, but I didn’t know if that was just because I’d had it a while and it needed replacing. If you’d asked me before my visit I’d say I had probably shrunk to a 32B or C. But the bra lady took one look at me and said I’m going to grab a 32DD. I thought, knock yourself out pet, it’ll never fit!
So off she went and grabbed me a load of pretty bras in a t-shirt style, as I’d requested, and left the room while I tried the first one on – a beautiful, floral bra with a contrast frill. It sat fine on my back but unfortunately I had a four boob situation going on. Couldn’t believe that a DD was now too small, even after my boobs had got so much smaller.
She came back, checked it over and declared she was going to get a 32E. I literally couldn’t believe it. I would never have even tried that size on in a month of Sundays before she mentioned it. Needless to say, it fit like a glove. And I left the changing room feeling more than a little surprised.
How do I know what style suits me?
You can’t tell just by looking. After I’d been measured, I grabbed a load of pretty bras and took them all to the changing room. I tried them all on and soon found that only about half of them felt comfortable.
I ended up buying more than I probably should, but I got a bit too excited AND there was 20% off all the underwear at Debenhams. I chose the original floral bra I got fitted with, which was in a two pack with a pretty white bra; a black and pink set that were in the sale for £10 and a cute as a button polka dot set with matching knickers for special occasions.
So now, over to you! Do you know if you’re wearing the right size bra? Do you know when the last time you got fitted was? Pop over to Debenhams and #knowyoursize today.