Did you know 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? I didn’t. And I certainly didn’t expect to be one of them.
But I was. I WAS.
It was becoming more and more clear to me that it was time to go bra shopping. It had been awhile, years even, since new bras had seen my drawers and, well, things just weren’t fitting well. I chocked it up to stretched out or worn out bras, but then I saw an episode of Bethanny Ever After (love it) where a friend dragged Bethanny to get a bra fitting. (The best part of this is that I was watching that episode on a plane to Las Vegas and caught a few side eyes from the guy on the aisle seat. It’s not porn, sir, it’s EDUCATION.)
Needless to say, my interest was piqued and I promptly put out a call on Facebook to those I trusted to recommend a place to get fitted and a fitter if they knew one. Turns out most major department stores offer this service, as well as a few boutiques, but I chose to go with Nordstrom as that was the most highly recommended.
And really? The chance to title this piece “My Nordstrom Rack” was just too awesome.
My fitter was delightful and I learned she had spent some time at Victoria’s Secret in sales and fitting there as well. So, clearly, my chest was in good hands. (Ahem.)
First came the measuring tape – around my ribcage, just under where my current bra was and around the fullest part of my chest as well.
Revelation: For the past, oh, 15 years, I’ve worn a 34B. And for some of that time I’m sure I was a 34B. I am no longer a 34B. I measured as a “full” (huzzah!) 34C.
No one was more shocked than I. Next time we meet in person you’re totally going to be looking at my boobs, aren’t you?
See? Get fitted, ladies.
My fitter brought me several different styles of bra to try on and they ranged from full cups to balconets and t-shirt bras to lacey sexy numbers and even some push-up styles. Eventually I found and fell in love with this Natori Feathers bra, a new style recently featured in Nordstrom’s catalog.
Bra Fitting Facts
1. The lifecycle of a bra is only 6 months. Maybe a year if you are SUPER careful with care.
2. New bras should be worn on the first hook set of the clasp. As it stretches over the six months or so, move to the second and then the third hook.
3. Bras should fit snugly, but never leave a mark.
4. Most of the time if your straps are falling or even uncomfortable, you are wearing the wrong size. This could be either cup or width sizes.
The Care and Keeping of Bras
Handwashing is best, but to keep your bras in tip top shape, never wash them in harsh detergent or Woolite. The chemicals in them will break down the fibers and cause them to misshape. (And we don’t want to look misshapen.) If you can’t handwash then use a lingerie bag and wash on the gentle cycle. NEVER put a bra in the dryer – either lay them flat to dry or hang them up.
When putting your new and clean bras away stack them one behind the other in the drawer. Never fold the cups – it damages them.
Bras on left = correct. Bra on right, front corner = wrong.
Photo via swingbabydoll flickr
“Big” Isn’t What We Think It Is
What do you think of when you think of a woman wearing a Victoria’s Secret bra? Large, voluptuous and sexy? Would it surprise you to know that many of their most popular and “sexy” bras are not available in anything larger than a 40 DD?
Our perceptions of bra sizes as a population is way off. When we hear size “D”, we think enormous almost porn-sized breasts. This is not the case – and speaks to why so many women are wearing the wrong size. Our perceptions of size are simply wrong. At this particular Nordstrom the average size in a fitting is a DDD. I was astonished.
Getting fitted takes anywhere from a half-hour to two hours depending on how many and what kinds of bras you are searching for. I was only looking for a few day-to-day pieces to get my lingerie drawer revamp underway for now and I was done easily in a half hour.
It is worth every minute.
How about you? If you had to guess right now what your REAL size is would it be bigger or smaller than the bra you are wearing? I’d love to hear what the real story was — go get fitted and report back.
Your rack will thank you – and possibly your partner.