Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Wonder of a Properly Fitting Bra

I have a 'a good rack.'  It's just the luck of my genes.  I'm super-duper hourglass shaped with nice boobs.  I don't want to sound brag-y, just frank.  Some people have beautiful long legs, other's beautiful hair.  Best to just own up to what's working for you.

 I can't express the importance of a properly fitting bra enough.  I've known this for a long time and thought I was practicing it.  I worked at Victoria's Secret when I was a freshman in college.  I thought I knew how to measure myself for a bra and had a good enough understanding of the bra world to be able to find a proper bra.  My bra wearing history has gone from 34B, to 34C, to motherhood and nursing ending around a 36C.  And that's where I was when I walked into Barbara's New Beginnings on Saturday afternoon.  I walked out in a 32E.  Seriously.

I'm no teeny-tiny 90 pound petite lady.  I'm very 'normal,'  155 lbs, 5 ft 4 inches.  I wouldn't NEVER thought my rib cage was a 32.  But guess what?  In a 32, I get some actual 'lift.'  The 'girls' are no longer resting on my abdomen.  This is awesome.  I learned one reason I was fitting myself wrong, was that I was measuring my rib cage too high.  I checked out my reflection and noticed, "Hello, hourglass figure, where have you been hiding?"  Oh yeah. in that way too big bra.  I bought one bra and I think I'll need to return often for a second, because now I fully realize how poorly all of my others are fitting.

My advice to you, ask around, find a specialty bra shop and be properly fitted.  If you can't find one, I'd start with a higher-end department store like Nordstroms.


  1. Hilarious! I just got fitted for a new bra too and was thinking of blogging about it. Though I lost 50lbs since last buying one, I went UP two cup sizes! What? A good bra makes ALL the dufference!

  2. Hi Jessica, Could you send me your email (caroline starr AT yahoo) so that I might stash it away for the Gone With the Wind read along? Thanks!


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