Posts Tagged: bras

Greener Grass

I had a long, enlightening conversation with a bra fitter a few months ago. We were deep in a discussion about style, dressing, and body image when she said that in her profession, every customer she’s met and helped felt has vulnerable and self-conscious.

“No one is happy with what they have,” she told me. “They all want what they haven’t got.”

I thought about my own breasts. I have always wanted them to be bigger. Always. And it wasn’t until I started complaining about them in front of my friends with larger busts that I learned many women would so much rather have small breasts than large. Or even medium. I’ve always had thick, wavy hair and always wanted thin, straight hair. Again, people have told me they’d kill for my hair. (Hopefully not kill ME …) And then I thought about an L’Wren Scott quote I’d seen years and years ago. read more

Originally posted 2013-01-10 06:15:59.

Bra Politics

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A while back, I worked with a client who didn’t own a bra. OK, to be fair, she owned several soft, relatively shapeless sports bras, none of which gave her breasts any support or shape. Her goal for the consult was to look more polished and professional for upcoming speaking gigs and press appearances, and when I saw how her clothes looked minus brassieres I knew this had to change. With some gentle nudging, she agreed to be fitted by a lingerie expert.

I left the consult feeling triumphant, and when we went on a personal shopping excursion a week later I could see a marked difference in her silhouette. As she tried on new clothes, she looked taller, more balanced, more like that hourglass shape that so many women strive for. read more

Originally posted 2015-02-19 06:30:54.

A Visit to La Bratique

Bras are a contentious topic. Finding ones that fit, understanding sizing and measurement, lack of resources, and many other factors mean that whenever we talk bras around here, hackles raise. I’m sure this time will be no exception, but hopefully, even if you aren’t able to take advantage of this particular resource, you’ll find my experience there interesting. And/or have the chance to gawk at me wearing a bra and a skirt. (Speaking of which, the remainder of this post is decidedly NOT safe for work. You’ve been warned!) read more