Just for the record, there are no photos in this post *phew, says the reader!*
Whilst getting ready for a bit of a do last week I had a bit of a wobble. I dug out my Little Black Dress which I just squeezed in to, only to realise my underwear let the dress down.
I’ve bought new clothes over the years but my underwear – my bras in particular – haven’t kept up with my changing shape or role as a mummy. I have some pre-pregnancy fancy ones, old sports bras which don’t see the light of day any more and some everyday, well-worn stretchy ones which saw me through two pregnancies & out the other end. But I have no idea which one is the right size.
It’s estimated 80% of UK women wear the wrong bra size & we don’t replace them often enough. Experts say review your bra size every 8-12 months as our bodies change, we gain & lose muscle tone and simply get older!
I am one of the 80%. And I didn’t realise just how wrong my current bra size was.
So, I visited John Lewis in Brent Cross, London and it’s bra fitting service which is free and available in most stores across the country. It’s advisable you make an appointment especially if you want to be fitted at the weekend when it’s busier, either online or in person in-store.
All lingerie departments have their own fitting rooms, and they do feel more relaxed, grown up and a kids-free zone.
I wasn’t sure how much I’d have to show to be fitted and I was pleasantly surprised that it was very little. With a quick glance of my off-white bra the Fitter was able to assess me, no tape measure required.
My current underwear ranges from 34AA to 32B, and I naively thought because I was small I needed a small cup size. How wrong I was.
My fitter diagnosed me a 30DD. Yes, Double-D. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be saying that! I thought those kind of sizes were for the likes of the Kardashians. But I got it wrong.
The Fitter brought in virtually every bra she had on the shop floor which was my *new* size, so I could browse, choose & try on at my leisure, but never did I feel pressure to buy. Although I did!
From personal experience the right fitting bra feels like you’re not wearing on but makes you look amazing! Post pregnancy and after breastfeeding two babies, I’m certainly no Beach Babe but after this fitting service & the purchase of two new bras I certainly look and feel ten years younger.
Disclosure: I haven’t been sponsored to write this post, I’m writing it because the John Lewis Bra Service was non-intrusive, delivered a specialist service and two-thirds of us are probably wearing the wrong sized bra & risking nerve damage, poor posture & pains in our neck, shoulders and back, according to The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.