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?