When an invitation from Wacoal for a complimentary bra fitting came across my Inbox, I decided I was probably a good candidate. I have been wearing the same Gap cotton wireless bandeau bras for several years now, and they really do nothing for my figure.
Trying to remedy this, I went to the Town Shop a few weeks ago for a "real" bra fitting. (The Town Shop is a venerable uptown NYC lingerie shop, known for an expertise in finding the right bra for the right person.) Their fit method was unconventional. The girl looked at me and pronounced my size; a tape measure never touched my body. I bought some bras. But after wearing them a few times, decided that they weren’t quite right.
Today's visit to Wacoal was my second chance.
First, I got to see some very lacy and colorful pieces from the b.tempt’d line, Wacoal’s collection aimed at a younger and hipper customer. Then, I was led to the fitting room to meet with Larisa, a salesperson and fitter from Bloomingdale’s. My first shock was that I was already wearing a b.tempt’d bra, albeit in an improper size. (So much for being label-conscious.) My second shock was when Larisa, after measuring me several different ways, pronounced my size. Turns out I'm a cup size smaller than Town Shop had predicted. Instant breast reduction.
Larisa gave me a very basic, neutral, molded t-shirt bra in my correct size, and it was a revelation. I didn’t even feel it on my body. No straps cutting in, no gaping sides.
Liz Smith, Wacoal’s “Bra Lady” (what a great title!) has these bra tidbits to share. I’m not sure I’m a believer in all of them, but I am ecstatic that I look a bit perkier now because of her wisdom:
--Every woman needs eight bras: seamed, seamless, contour, strapless, racerback, push-up/minimizing (depending on your need), sport, “drop dead sexy.” --Eight out of ten women wear the wrong size --If you gain 5-7 pounds your bra size will change --Most women wear their bras too big in the band and too small in the cup --The average woman has 27 bras but only wears the same two over and over --A bra should be worn once then washed for longer life, rather than wearing repeatedly between washes --After washing and wearing a bra 100 times, it should be replaced (I’m skeptical of this one, coming from a bra company and all)
Tell us your bra war stories.