This is a guest post by my lovely friend and fellow blogger Emily, who has recently gone through quite a journey with her boobs!
Now, I am in no way claiming to be a professional bra fitter, but since becoming a big lingerie fan, I’ve come to realise how important it is to be wearing the right bra size. With lockdown and so many people working from home, so many girls are just giving up on wearing their bras because ‘it feels better to not wear one’, and if that’s the case I am here to tell you that you’re probably wearing the wrong size!
Ever since I grew boobs and got measured, I have been a 36 back. Every time I got measured, they insisted I was a 36. My cup size has increased from a C, to a D, and then the last was an E. Little did I know that I’ve been wearing the wrong back size for a very long time.
(This is me wearing a 36E before being fitted)
It’s recommended for us ladies to be getting fitted regularly – every 6 months, to be precise, to ensure we’re wearing the right bra size. The last time I was properly fitted in Bravissimo was nearly 4 years ago, and they told me I was a 36E. My heart dropped, bigger cup sizes are IMPOSSIBLE to find in high street shops because most places size by dress size, or they just don’t go up that high and if they do they are just uncomfortable and poorly made. But I was still stubborn, and whenever I found a bra my size I bought it, no matter how cheap, nasty and unsupportive they were.
In August, I got the amazing opportunity to take part in Curvy Kate’s ‘I am Curvy Kate’ campaign, where they chose normal everyday women to model in their bras so that when customers are shopping they can get a better idea of what a particular bra may look like on themselves. When I applied, I had to submit three photos of myself in my bra and submit my bra size. I had NO idea I was wearing the wrong size, and when I showed up on the day they took me to be fitted into four different bras.
Can you IMAGINE my surprise when I was told that I was not a 36E, and instead a 34FF? I have never been smaller than a 36 – or at least I might have been all this time, and my whole life has been a lie. They even said that if I preferred a tighter fit I could even sister size to a 32G. Honestly I must have stared in disbelief for a good minute or two. The fact that I could fit into a 32 was absolutely mind-blowing.
(And this is me wearing a 34FF. Honestly, the difference is INSANE!)
I wore a selection of 34FF bras for the entire day, and I’ve never felt so comfortable wearing a bra in my life. It was almost as though I wasn’t wearing a bra at all. The four different styles I wore by Curvy Kate were Victory black, Lifestyle black (what I’m pictured wearing above), Top Spot white, and Luxe Biscotti. Normally I would be very wary of my straps slipping, or boob spillage, but these bras fit so perfectly that I barely worried about any of that. I didn’t want to get changed back into my 36E bra. It felt SO wrong when I did. I went home and threw away every bra I owned, and bought new ones in my right bra size. It didn’t even bother me that I now had to spend more money on bras because my size was going to be even more difficult to find – most places don’t sell bras with a smaller back size and a bigger cup size because I don’t feel like any of them actually understand how bras work. These bras were supportive and comfortable, so of course I wanted to fill out my wardrobe with bras that actually fit.
Why it’s important wear the right bra size
I cannot stress enough how important it is for girls to be getting fitted regularly. Our bodies are constantly changing, and our boobs need support. If you’re wearing the wrong bra size, it can cause back pain, shoulder pain AND neck pain. I’ve been paying a lot of attention to companies and their advice on bra sizing – and especially in the current state of the world, knowing the signs of whether you’re wearing the wrong bra is super helpful, as a lot of us can’t go out and get a professional fitter to help us out. So here are three tips to help you out if you don’t know whether you’re wearing the right bra size.
- Your band needs to be sitting horizontally and firmly across your back. If it’s not and is riding up your back, then you should be wearing a smaller back size.
- Your straps need to be tight on your shoulders but not tight enough to dig into your skin.
- You shouldn’t be spilling out of your cups. If you are, you need to be wearing a bigger cup size.
For a more visual guide, you can go to Curvy Kate’s fitting room for more information! And since our access to companies that do fittings are incredibly limited right now due to the C-Word, you can also contact the ‘bra whisperer’ here, where you can send her three photos (front on, from the side and the back) of yourself wearing a bra, and she can give you some guidance on what size you should be wearing! Honestly it works, she knew I wasn’t wearing the right bra size and literally predicted the correct size that I ended up wearing for the photoshoot just from these three photos.
It’s important for not only our health to be wearing the right bra size, but for our confidence! Wearing a well fitted bra makes me feel comfortable, confident and honestly, pretty damn sexy.
Have you been for a bra fitting and been surprised by the results? Or has this post inspired you to think twice about your current size? Let me know in the comments!
You can read more of Emily’s posts over at her blog, https://emilymumbles.wordpress.com/ where she chats very candidly about being a single lady, shares her bizarre travel experiences and even gives us a peek at her creative writing!