I still remember my first bra fitting. It was a terrifying experience that my mum had to trick me in to. I was an early bloomer- about 10 or 11 at the time, and I remember being so self conscious of the C cup that developed (virtually overnight!) on my chest. It didn't help that I was one of the few girls who looked this way, and as much as I hunched there was no hiding my new boobs. They were here to stay. Back then there weren't any of the young and fresh stores that we are lucky to have today, so it was off to the local lingerie boutique which was owned by a lovely lady- and as lovely as she was she couldn't help the fact that she was a little old and out of touch. I walked in and was immediately greeted by what looked like an explosion of beige lace doilies crossed with Madonna's cone bra. As much as I wanted to pretend my boobs didn't exist- there was so way I was adorning them in something reminiscent of my Grandma's lounge room.
I kicked up a fuss until she found a navy soft cup bra lurking in the corner. It would do for now.
Cue a couple of years, compliments from the opposite sex and I now praise the boob gods for blessing me with these (now E/F cup) babies.
I must admit the idea of getting fitted still isn't the most exciting idea to me- the thought of a stranger telling me that I'm actually two sizes bigger than what I think I am (and that God forbid I need to throw out that favourite bra from 2010) isn't particularly enjoyable. But it's something as women, we have to do- not just as an excuse to get fancy new bras every now and then- but because it actually (believe it or not) plays a part in our health.
I recently got fitted by the absolute angel Rachel, at the Bras N Things Chadstone store. This was a fitting like no other- Rachel and I had- as she called it a bra party. After taking my measurements (this look no longer then a minute) and working out that I was a 12e ( Rachel explained to me that this can change depending on the style) she grabbed some options from the floor and we had a play. The thing I loved about Rachel was that I didn't feel like she was trying to pressure me into certain styles- we were just two girls having fun- while one happened to be in her knickers :p
30 minutes later and me trying on nearly every style in the shop- I managed to cut it down to my three favourite styles.
Check out the Bras N Things Bra Fitting guide online and be sure to pop into your local store for a complimentary fitting! There's no excuse to not get fitted regularly these days- a quick 1 minute fitting with a trained fitter could literally save you years of back pain and poor posture!
If you have any questions about my fitting experience, comment on my Instagram and share with me your Bras N Things hauls! I'd love to see! xx