If you have been wearing a bra for over 10 years, (and I have for 45) and you have, shall we say, boobs that give a natural cleavage, you are probably wearing the wrong size bra.
I have ALWAYS known about back sizes and the importance of them. Catalogues always explained about how to ‘measure’ for a bra, but the cup sizes available were very limited.
‘C’ cup was often the largest for about 30 years of my bra wearing days.
It increased to ‘D’ or ‘E’ about 10 years ago. That meant to find a bra that had cups that would encase my boobs I had to go up a couple of back sizes.
About 8 years ago I went to our local small independent Lingerie shop to be fitted, yes fitted, by eye, no tape measure in sight, and came home with a 34F instead of my trusted 38D! It was a bit of a shock and I had to get used to the support of a bra, a tightness that had not been there before.
We are, by nature, creatures of habit and comfort. When we find a bra we like/fits/is comfortable we stick with it. Plus, we are at a financial disadvantage too – we often have to pay more for our larger boobs and would need to part with at least £25 for a new bra – not something most of us can do very often.
Realistically – and be truthful ladies – we only need/wear between 4 and 6 bras. Generally speaking, when reaching for a bra to wear in the morning, we go straight to our trusted, smooth, comfortable non nipple showing bra. We then maybe have one or two ‘pretty, lacey’ bras for evenings. And quite often if you don your Maidenform/Spanx you don’t even get to wear the pretty ones.
So what do we want and need?
I don’t want to walk into a department store and see hundreds of pretty, lacey, sheer, multicoloured types of bras going up to a ‘C’ cup.
I would prefer less of that type of choice and, I would rather have a larger range of sizes, starting at 26/28/30” backs and in cup sizes over a G. All I want is something that gives a smooth outline, not necessarily ‘moulded’, pretty colours – all the rainbow colours and beyond! Just something that I can try on – and a choice. It’s unlikely that you will be able to get the perfect fit after trying on just one bra, and so ideally you want to have a choice of ten or so.
Most of us, don’t want lace, sheer, bows and lots of seams that give a bumpy effect under our clothes. How many of you only ever put on your Deco bra?
I always put a jumper or tee shirt over each satisfactory bra to see what it looks like under clothes. Yes it’s a faff but it is the only way to get a true effect, and to determine as to whether you really need another frilly bra.
Most of the time, we cannot buy successfully online. Someone else’s comments are only a guide as our boobs (even your own 2) are different, hang differently, with skin poking out in different places and wires that aren’t quite the right fit as someone else, even with the same bra size. Just think of the multiple visits to the post office, queuing to return the non-fitting bras!
We need local shops and department stores all around this country and every country that have a full range of sizes and some choice within those sizes. We don’t all have the luxury of living in or near London!
Go to your local store and tell them what you want and need, or write to the buyer. If they want to run a business, and not lose all their custom to the internet, they should start to listen.
And remember - it is not our fault we were wearing the wrong size bra. We had no choice but the choice is slowly getting better and we should persuade our shops to take that into account.