I know that Friday’s post felt a little like a school lesson and less like lingerie shopping, but you’re almost to the fun part, you just have to find out your size first (get a bra fitting). I know that this isn’t at the top of your to-do list, but do it. 85% of women wear the wrong size bra, 90 million in our country (do a little of your own research if you don’t believe me)! So the odds are stacked against you, I’m afraid, which brings me to my first warning when lingerie shopping:
1. DO NOT WALK INTO A STORE AND TELL THE SALES GIRLS YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT SIZE YOU ARE. Because most likely, you’ve changed since you last knew your size.
2. DO NOT FIT YOURSELF. You don’t know how. It will be much faster and less agonizing if you just leave it to the professionals.
3. DO NOT EXPECT TO FIND EXPERTS AT VS (Victoria’s Secret). Yes they have cute stuff, but the necessary size ranges and fitting knowledge is just not there.
Okay, excuse my “shouting”, I just needed to make sure we are all on the same page. I strongly recommend going to Nordstrom or Intimacy stores to be fit, because of their consistency in fitting/breast health knowledge across the country. There are plenty of free standing lingerie boutiques that are great, but it depends on where you live so message me if you want a referral in your area!
Most expert fitters know your approximate size just by looking at you, but they will take a few measurements to be sure. Some places like you to have your shirt off, others don’t mind if you leave it on. One thing that is helpful to remember: bras are a lot like jeans. Even if you have a “size” every brand and style fits a little differently. Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out your size (sizes, depending on brands) and what shape flatters you best. Be patient. Don’t go bra shopping with only 20-30 minutes to spare. Plan on the whole event taking around an hour to be safe.
So, now that you are rushing to your phone to call and schedule an appointment with a bra fitting extraordinaire, I’ll say adieu; tomorrow we begin SHOPPING<3