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The Red Bag… Continued!

March 16, 2009

Oprah and Tyra both had shows devoted to finding the right bra.  I can’t link to one of Tyra’s shows because she apparently did dozens of them relating to bras.  They talk about wearing the right bra all the time on those makeover shows.

Here’s the rest of the picture for you, taken from this site — and their motto is, “Change Your Bra, Change Your Life” so that has to tell you something!

clair de lune lingerie

From what I’ve seen/heard/read, 7 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra.  I guess you could figure that’s not a really big deal,  but don’t we have enough making us uncomfortable?  C’mon now.  At least once a month most women deal with cramps and fatigue, and sometimes bloating.  The rest of the time we’ve probably got some back pain going on from carrying kids, loading and unloading them into cars, picking up toys, making beds, doing laundry, etc., etc., etc.  Even if you don’t have kids, you’re still doing laundry, cleaning, and maybe you’ve got neck and back pain already because I’m sure there’s another statistic that shows us how we’re all inviting carpal tunnel, eyestrain and other issues with how we sit at our computers.

So you want to tell me that you really want to add the different stresses that come with wearing the wrong size bra?

That just doesn’t make sense, especially when it’s pretty simple to remedy the situation.

If you’re the shy type, you can measure yourself at home.  There are tons of guides online to tell you how to find the number around and the cup size.  Here’s one.   Here’s another

If you’re not shy and you don’t mind a stranger putting a tape measure around you, head to a department store or lingerie store and get fitted.  It doesn’t take long, and these women (usually) know what they’re doing.  From what I’ve seen on the numerous TV shows focusing on bras and read in articles, most women are shocked at their real size, and the right bra is way more comfortable!  If you’re hesitant to spend a ton of money in a department store or lingerie store, fear not!  Get fitted, and try on some of their bras.  Then head to Target or Kohl’s and check out their selection.  You can usually find similar styles for half the price, and at least you’ll have a head start about which size you want to pick and take to the dressing room!

Now, for you hot mamas out there who maybe have had children, especially those who have nursed children and wonder what happened to those things of beauty you were blessed with, I will give you my own wise (?) words of wisdom.

Do not be afraid of padding.  Either you’re not ready to admit that you need some assistance in the lift department, or you think padding is for members of the Itty Bitty You-Know-What Club.  If you fall into either of those categories, it’s time to get over it!  I fell into the second category.  I’ve been wearing a D cup since I was in college (can you say “late bloomer”?) and I thought padding was for special occassions or those who were moving up from using Kleenex.  Then I had a baby and nursed her, and all of a sudden I was watching Playtex Secrets commercials with great interest.   Maybe you don’t need padding (I’m only narrowing my eyes at you a little), but bras like that offer a little extra support.  Otherwise, do not fear the cookies — that’s another name for the small, removeable pads in some bras… And they don’t have any calories!

YOU WILL LOOK BETTER!!   You can click this link and see Oprah’s Bra Intervention pictures (NSFW), but they don’t really tell the full story.   Having your girls (tatas, boobies, whatever you call them) in the right place makes a huge difference with what you’re wearing!  Also NSFW, these pictures show some before-and-after shots.  The pictures show a woman in her ill-fitting bra and then in the top she was wearing with the bra.  Then below that, you see the new bra they fitted her in, and her with the same top and the right bra.  BIG DIFFERENCE! 

Feel better and look better, all with one article of clothing.   Cross my heart!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 16, 2009 7:45 pm

    Ha! You’re wonderful! Thanks for all the info; the wisdom will not be wasted on this nursing mom. 😉

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