Blethers and blahs

Random ramblings from a chaotic life

What bra size are you?

on August 15, 2007

I know, I know, it's a very personal question and one I really don't need the answer to, honestly!  As I usually do at this time of year, I was sorting through my school clothes and getting rid of all the stuff that is past it's best or is no longer worn, for whatever reason. 

I usually try to pick up a few bits in the sales that will tide me over till the autumn when the cardis come back out of storage.  I also decided to buy some new undies – hence the title of the post.  I very carefully measured myself and then spent an hour looking at various ways of calculating what bra size I should be buying.  In the end I shopped at a well known high street chain which had thoughfully posted cards which indicated what size of their bras you should buy, depending on your measurements. 

I was any one of 7 different sizes from the online search.  In the store I tried on the size they recommended (which was different again to the sizes my online search suggested I was) and was immediately reminded of a useful hint I had seen online " you should be able to comfortably fit a finger under a well fitting bra, if you can't it's too tight".  Well this baby was so far from too tight I could have fitted both hands under, with room to spare!

In the end I chose several different sizes and brought home the ones that fitted – which were different again from the selection of sizes I was meant to be.  Sometimes I think the ancient chinese might have been onto something with their breast binding – at least that was more adjustable for different sizes than most bras! 

The other thing that really bugs me about most bras is that the straps adjust at the back.  Why is that?  I can't get my hands round my back to loosen or tighten the straps with the bra on – I have to keep taking it off to adjust it and then putting in on to see if it fits.  Why?  Why can't bra designers put the adjustments at the front or part way over, if it has pretty straps?

I once went to a specialist shop to be measured for a bra, it was one that had been praised highly by a colleague so I thought I was safe.  I endured an hour of rather painful manipulation while I was fitted and various bras were tried on for size.  I left many £'s lighter and with three bras that I could only bear to wear for about half an hour at a time.  After that they became so uncomfortable I had to take them off, although they all felt very comfortable in the shop.  Even the bras I left with were not all the same size! 

I think the moral of this tale is that buying a bra is hazardous to your emotional health and buying one that fits and is comfortable is very, very stressful, not to say difficult.  Buying one that fits, is comfortable and even looks nice – the jury is still out on that one, lol. 

For now I will leave you with a  page I did for this weeks UKS team challenge.  I did it in Photoshop again, just to make sure I could.  I changed the colour of the pic a bit too.  It is Katy looking very downhearted and very strange with straight hair.  I think she looks way older than her 2.5 years in this one, she is going to be a heartbreaker.  It was made with a kit from Shabby Princess called Eclectic Collage.  Take care x x x

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