Dearest bra burners and bra wearers,
Every year, the prekinder teachers I worked with would take their students on a bear hunt after reading them Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s picture book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Maybe, once upon a time, you even read the book with your babies? In the book, a family heads out on a beautiful day to catch a big bear, adding that they aren’t even scared. They go through the tall grass, a cold river, a dark forest until they find the bear. And discover they are scared after all. With their teachers in the lead, our students would ‘hunt’ all over the school for signs of a bear…through the library, under the tables in the cafeteria, over the jungle gym on the playground.
Today we are going on a bra hunt. As you probably already know, a bra hunt can be about as scary, if not scarier than a bear hunt. My bra hunt started several months ago…good thing I packed a lunch! PC and I were at the outlet mall and I wandered into Vanity Fair to be measured and check out their bras.
Why is it that women’s lingerie stores and departments are ‘manned’ by young girls barely out of training bras themselves? The Vanity Fair clerk did at least seem to know how to measure me. And her measurements agreed with the bra size I have been wearing for several years…a 36D or 38C. With her help, I gathered a number of bras to try on, and found one that was very comfortable. At least for the 30 seconds I had it on. Only problem, I wanted a nude and they only had the bra available in black and white in store but were expecting a shipment ‘soon’. She would call me when they arrived and I could avoid the shipping costs involved in ordering it online.
She never called. And trusting that she would, I didn’t write down the name of the bra to order it myself. It might have been this one, the ‘Body Caress full coverage wirefree bra’. My bra hunt continued.
Y’all know how I love the capsule wardrobe style challenges hosted by Alison at Get Your Pretty On. I take Alison’s advice as gospel on trends, accessories, and basically getting dressed every morning. BTW, registration for the 2018 winter capsule wardrobe style challenge is now open. Please join me and use my affiliate link, here, to register.
So when Alison recommended the Soma Enbliss bra in a recent review on her blog, I decided to try one, especially loved the idea that this was a wireless bra. Of course, El Paso doesn’t have a Soma store so I had to resort to ordering online. However, when I did a little research about their many different bras, I decided the ‘Enticing Lift unlined full coverage bra‘ was the best bet for shoring up my ‘girls’. I placed my order. Using the measurements from the gal at Vanity Fair, I ordered a 38C.
The Enticing bra was so pretty on the model online but not quite so enticing on me. Here’s how it looked.
See those pleats? Not a good look under clothes. Or over them, for that matter. Back to Soma it went. Shame. It was comfy for the 30 seconds I had it on.
Asked them to exchange it for another but they refunded my money instead. Hmm, does that mean all of the Enticing Lift unlined full coverage bras come with those pleats at no extra charge? The bra hunt continued.
For years, once I outgrew my Sears training bras and could afford better bras than the inexpensive ones at Walmart, Victoria’s Secret was my go-to boutique for all things lingerie. But the last underwire bras I had purchased there became torture devices by mid-afternoon of a full day’s wear. That darn underwire. Must have been invented by a man. Yet VS bras hold up well and look so pretty. Plus, it feels kind of sexy to walk through the mall carrying a large tissue filled pink and white striped VS bag. Decided to head to the VS and boy, did I pick the right day. All bras were $35. Panties were 10 for $25. The store was upside down!
Thank goodness, PC found a bench outside the store and contentedly played Empires and Puzzles on his phone, while I continued my bra hunt.
I asked to be measured by the sales girl, who could have been my granddaughter. She giggled saying she had only done measurements a couple of times. Of course. She came up with a 36D or 36DD. Whoa! Double D? I’m not even nursing!
I tried on several bras and wound up purchasing ‘Perfect Shape full coverage push-up bra‘ in dream lavender Rio lace shine in a 36D. Does anyone else buy bras in their husband’s favorite color? Really wanted a nude bra but the Perfect Shape was sold out in that color. The bra hunt continues for a nude bra that works well under tees.
Enter True and Company
In the midst of my hunt, I came across these great graphics created by the folks at True and Company on untangling how a bra is supposed to fit and feel. Never realized how important the straps are!
The support system….the skeleton of the bra. This is the part that gives my skeleton fits. Along with that beloved underwire. Maybe my ‘girls’ just tax my bra bands too much.
Provides additional support. Who knew?
When I first tried on my Victoria’s Secret bra the other day, it about strangled me. The straps were adjusted to their shortest point and the bra fit more like a choker. Once I adjusted these pulleys, the Perfect Shape bra became a whole lot more comfortable and actually fit over the right parts of my anatomy.
My priority here has always been pretty. Are they lacy? Do they sparkle? Do they make my breasts stand at full attention? Never realized they were supposed to feel like little pillows. Did you?
So, now that I know what to look for, I am going to continue my bra hunt. Thinking maybe I can find the perfect bra over at True & Company. ‘True Body underwire‘ in dulce, I am looking at you. Or maybe an ‘Everyday Calvin full coverage bra‘ in bare? With True’s guarantee and free returns, I am certain to find the tee shirt bra that works best for me. Heading over right now to take their Fit Quiz. And check out some of their best sellers, here.
We’re friends, right? So, you won’t mind me asking what is your favorite bra and why? Have you tried Vanity Fair, Soma, Victoria’s Secret or True & Company? Do you have trouble finding someone old enough to vote who can give you an accurate measurement?
When my baby girls were baby girls, they used to call breasts by their own word…’bubbles’. Wasn’t that cute? And bras were called ‘bubble dresses’ or ‘bubble dressies’. My sweet babies. Won’t be long before they are buying bubble dressies for their own babies.
Hope to be able to try a True & Company bra or two and get back to you on the results of my bra hunt for the perfect tee shirt bra. It is safe to say I can rule out Soma from the start. Those pleats kind of defeat the purpose behind a tee shirt bra.
Have a productive Monday, girls! Thanks for spending a few minutes of it with me!
Hugs and kisses,