On being supported

This may seem like a very similar vein of post as my previous one, but in fact it’s really different. It’s a bit of a PSA for the ladies, so guys, you may not find this interesting. Or, you may find it very interesting. Whatever floats your boat really.

Ladies, if you have never been professionally fitted for a bra, drop everything and go NOW. Find your local boutique – department stores are not all that great – you may need to seek it out. Go on, google it now. I’ll wait.

This will be one of the best things you’ve ever done, especially if you’ve been losing weight, or gaining weight, or neither. I’m serious. I spent my entire life convinced that I had no access to pretty lacy bras. Bras that made me feel feminine. Bras that I could look at and feel pretty but know that they were completely functional and not bras designed for 12 year olds and just sized up. Because we all know how well those bras fit.

A few months ago I took a friend to get fitted at Secrets from your Sister, a store we have here in Toronto – I found out that she had lost 70 lbs but she was still wearing the same bras. Can you imagine? So we went and while I was there, I got fitted too. I also went broke because those bras are not cheap. But they fit. And once you’ve been fitted, you realise how a bra should really fit and how awful all your old bras are. You get an urge to go home and throw out all your old bras but then you realise that you don’t have enough money to do that. Luckily, you can set up a wishlist and I’m slowly working my way through it.

Last week I took my mother to get fitted. She’s 61 years old and has fluctuated in weight all her life. Three years ago, she had a breast reduction but she’s still fixated on her bra size. I wanted to take her to get fitted properly, to show her that cup size doesn’t matter, but back size is vital. For the first time in her life, she has pretty bras.

On Sunday, I went back for me. I brought some strapless bras (which need alteration because they don’t make them in a 28 back!) and two ADORABLE everyday bras which make me smile when I see them. I also bought something for my mom off her wishlist. I may be a little broker but I feel pretty and supported. My bras make me smile.

And for that, I think everyone should get fitted. Are you wearing the right bra?

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5 thoughts on “On being supported

  1. I went to the Victoria’s Secret outlet in town and they measured me as a 36D, but they DON’T CARRY that size at the outlet. Sigh. I guess I’ll have to drop some $$$ on good bras too. πŸ™‚

  2. Victoria’s Secret bras are not my fave and neither are their fitters either. Considering the massive changes in your body recently, I’d recommend looking for a more specialised bra fitting boutique – it may be super expensive but definitely worth it.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that if I’m willing to spend money on my shoes (because I know that cheap shoes = foot pain for me), I should expect to spend money on good bras and treat them well. Handwash all the way.

  3. I went to a Hanes outlet store one time and got fitted. The “fitting” consisted of a newbie employee measuring me around my bust WITH MY BRA AND SHIRT ON. Her measurements were an entire band and cup size smaller than what I actually needed. Needless to say, I was disappointed – I walked out with the same size bras I already had. 😦

    I love that you are blogging everyday again!

    • I think that the problem with outlet stores and many department stores (not all of them) is that it’s a bit of a crapshoot as to who you get to fit you – it could be someone with a ton of experience and you get an awesome experience from it, or it could be a new girl who knows nothing and doesn’t really care. It’s why I love the store I go to and I’m terribly sad that there isn’t one in Australia/New Zealand. Maybe my purpose in life is to open one?

      I’m making a concerted effort to blog everyday and I’m loving it – it’s getting my creative juices flowing so I’m more inspired to write everyday. It’s funny how the cycle works!

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