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Something so important that every single woman should be doing at least once a month is checking her breasts for lumps and bumps that are unusual. Now everyone’s breasts are different but the sad truth is most people don’t know what’s normal for them or not.
Enter CoppaFeel‘s new “Hello Boobs” promotion! You can text them with the names of your boobs and they’ll send you free reminders to give you friends a check!
It really doesn’t take much, and for the peace of mind of having someone text you every so often reminding you to check Fred and George (or Pinky and Perky – totally up to you!) it really is worth it.
Recently I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my clothing and just my general dress sense and I’ve been asked a lot about where I shop and what types of clothes I buy only to be met with comments like “Oh but I shop there too and I never find anything that works for me”. Well I’ll tell you a secret, looking good is half about confidence and half about knowing your body shape.
I for example, am a fairly classic hourglass. My measurements are 39-29-39. if you visualize this into a line drawing it should look something like this;
Now there’s tons of “classic” shapes such as apple, pear, hourglass, boyish. If you’re looking to find your body shape, get yourself a tailors tape measure (one of decent length – those tiny ones from IKEA don’t cut it), and measure around the fullest part of your bust (A), the smallest part of your waist (B), and your hips (C). Now, for my favourite bit.
Apple Shaped – When you are larger round your waist than your bust or hips
Athletic – When all your measurements are pretty much the same
Hourglass – When your bust and hips are roughly the same and are larger than your hips
Inverted Triangle – When your bust is larger than your waist and your hips are the narrowest part of your body
Pear Shaped – When your hips are larger than your waist or bust
Over the next few weeks I plan to write a series of posts on how to dress your different body shape – but for now what shape did you find out you were? Was it different to what you thought you were?
Something that’s quite dear to my heart that I want to discuss is underwear. It’s something that we all have in our wardrobes, whether they be displayed lovingly with matching briefs next to them or embarrassingly tossed at the back only to be fished out again the next morning.
Now as every big breasted woman knows, finding bras that fit and are not only functional but pretty to boot is a difficult task. As recently as 10 years ago most bra companies didn’t go higher than a G cup, and indeed nowadays some of them still don’t – at least for certain styles. However for those of us DD+ ladies there is a wide variety of options with companies like Bravissimo and Curvy Kate making their cups larger as time goes on with new companies filling the market from other ends of Europe so that we’re never at a loss for where to shop!
I like to think of myself as a bit of a bra connoisseur with several different styles in my wardrobe, all of which make me feel sexy whilst also being supportive and functional. However I came to realize whilst at work that I am certainly amongst the minority – even my smaller breasted colleagues find their bras a curse and a few of them don’t know what size they’re wearing, much less which one they should be wearing or how the bra makes them feel, instead hiding themselves in badly fitting plain black/white or grey bras.
Curvy Kate’s “Ella” in Navy/Coral – how could you NOT want to wear this?
Now I’m a big advocate for “dressing for the job you want, not for the job you have” and for wearing things that make you feel great, whether it be sexy, modest, feminine or fun and I don’t think that should stop on one layer of an outfit. A great fitting underwear set can make you feel on top of the world and ready to face anything – in fact I’ve never had a bigger confidence boost than finding out my correct bra size and wearing a great fitting sexy bra. Even if it was just under jeans and a t-shirt.
You could easily walk into M&S or Next and buy a bra off the rack without trying it on but women who’ve been fitted professionally will also know that every bra company sizes slightly differently. Personally I wear a 32G in Freya, a 30GG/H in Curvy Kate and a 30G in Ewa Michalak. But it still seems that nowadays women in the UK are more willing to go along with the bra size that they’ve been buying since they were teenagers (usually too large in the back and too small in the cup) rather than risk having a bra fitting, a totally painless and (in my opinion) necessary stepping stone on the path to womanhood.
Of course for those who don’t fancy the idea of whipping off their top for a stranger to see their undies there are many bra fitting guides out there on the internet, however none of them can really be taken for gospel – take the recently updated Simply Yours guide that’s caused an uproar amongst lingerie bloggers. But for an excellent bra fitting guide do check out this one over at Thin And Curvy.
So do you pour over underwear catalogues as much as fashion magazines or could you care less about what’s underneath? Are you afraid of fittings or a self-proclaimed bra fitting extraordinaire? Is it just as important that you look good underneath your clothes as well as to the outside world? Or would you rather keep buying the same black bra hundreds of times over from the same store until they fall apart?
Welcome to my blog “A Day In My Wardrobe”.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first shall we? I’m a 25 year old married woman with a great interest in fashion. I have, and always have had, a great interest in the latest trends. When I was as young as 12 I was reading fashion magazines and cutting up my jeans to fit in with what was happening on the catwalk hoping to become a bit more like the models of “Seventeen” magazine.
I’ve spent a good portion of my life hating my body and dressing myself in my dad’s t-shirts in an attempt to hide my shape because according to society, and therefore to me, I was too curvy to be pretty. It’s only really in the last four years that I’ve really accepted my shape and only in the last 18 months that I’ve really learnt how to dress myself properly.
So in this blog I hope to help curvy women find clothes that suit their body shape. Whilst my posts are likely to be mainly outfit photos (though I am planning on reviewing clothing as well) I hope this will give some help for other woman who don’t know where to go to dress their curves or who are just stuck in a rut.
Thanks for reading my first post and I hope you see you around the comment box!