As promised, I am back with part 2 of my blog series where I talk about my quest to find the right bra for my petite yet busty frame. In the part 1 blog, I talk about why I had been wearing the wrong sizes and my bra-shopping journey so far.
Cut to 2017, I am in the USA and looking for strapless bras for several of my off-shoulders and dresses and I have more hope since this is the land of Victoria Secrets, right? Wrong, Victoria Secrets sized me and told me that they have nothing to offer me. Why? Because I was a size 32F according to them and they did not have that size. So they kindly referred me to Soma , another specialized bra boutique in Michigan and Nordstrom. Soma and Nordstrom were in the same complex so I decided to visit them. Soma failed and then I pretty much thought that there was no hope for a combination like mine 32F. Why I say combination is because of the 2 variables involved- the number and the letter in the size. The number say 32, 34, 36 measures the band which goes around the torso under the bust and the letter say A,B, C,D measures the cup size. The problem is that mainstream bra-makers just assume that women with bigger chests also happen to be plus sized so the cup size (what the letter stands for) increases in proportion to the torso size (what the number stands for). If you do a search for F cups on the internet, more often than not you will find images of plus sized women because of this assumption.
To go back to story, I went to my final resort of the day- Nordstrom. My life finally changed so to say as I found the right strapless bra which would give me much needed support without distorting my shape. Of course I could not have done it without the expertise of the fitter. She patiently worked with me till I was satisfied with the fit all the while bringing me different styles and sizes to see what worked best for me. It felt liberating to know that I can finally wear all the off-shoulders of the world without worrying about the bra suddenly dropping in the middle of a party or a run to the bus-stop.(true-story, by the way).
From now on, I trust her blindly with regards to bra-fitting and would recommend you to get yourself professionally fitted every 6 months. As painful as the process of trying on is, bra sizes can change with changes in body, weight and age so it is imperative to get yourself sized when you have major body changes or life changes which can lead to the former.
The strapless bra that I am raving about is this one. It comes in 3 different colors and can be worn in 3 different ways. I would buy these in all 3 colors because the have stood the test of time for me. Even though the bra is lined, it does not make my chest look bigger than it is. I highly recommend this for you and so are other women who have rated it at 4.7 out of 5. Check out the reviews if you need any more convincing, plus with Nordstrom you have a very smooth returns process so you can take it back if it is not the right size.
If you live in Michigan or in Kolkata and want to be professionally fitted, please reach out to me for the contact details of the fitters who I have found genuinely helpful and knowledgeable. If have had such great aha moments with a professional fitter or lingerie brand please do let me know in the comments below. We could all benefit from the information.