I'm Tamara and I've been asked by Jj (the site maintainer) to be a resident blogger. I'm really excited to be doing this and sharing my thoughts and opinions on almost anything related to bras and bra fitting.
A little bit about myself: I'm 24, working in higher education and living in a large U.S city. I'm currently a 34G, but I'm a little afraid that my bra size will increase. You see, when I was 17 I had a breast reduction. I was wearing an ill-fitting 36G at the time, so I really don't know what size I was before. After my surgery, I was wearing 36C. A few months later during my first year of college I was a 36D happily shopping at Victoria's Secret and well...anywhere!
Fast forward four years, and I'm graduating college wearing an 36DD that 'fits' me. At this point, I wasn't sure what size my breasts were; all I knew is that my 36DD's weren't fitting and I was getting frustrated. So, I did what any other uninformed woman does... I just went up a cup, and even up a band size whenever looking for bras and hoped that it would fit.
Last summer, I heard from Jj about a national bridal boutique that offered amazing fittings. I booked a fitting for that weekend and my mind was blown. I was a 34F. Hearing the size was a bit of a shock because I had been there before, and thought that there wouldn't be many options. I know now and am here to say that there are many options for us all. The bra industry has definitely come along way
Now that you know a little bit about me, let's talk about a few new years resolutions:
1. Get fitted every six months and/or every 10-15 lbs you gain or lose
Since my fabulous fitting last summer, I gained a few pounds and noticed my bras weren't fitting properly. I went in, got re-fitted and I had gone up a cup. If you are in the process of losing weight, you may be loosing inches around your ribcage and that could effect your current band size.
2. Buy (and use!) a cup sized sports bra
No matter the size of your breasts a cup sized sports bra will allow your breasts to move separately, instead of as a unit which is better for the ligaments in your breasts. Choose a bra that is best for the type of activity you'll be doing, and that supports you. Do a bounce test before you purchase.
3. Buy a matching bra and panty set
Simply because it will make you feel good. My suggestion: the Freya Lyla set...it's one of my favorites and it always makes me feel sexy, even underneath a t-shirt and jeans.
4. Complete your bra 'wardrobe'
In my opinion, every woman should have the following bras: an everyday bra, plunge/pushup, convertible/ strapless, sports bra, balconette, seamless/molded cup. For larger cups, a three part cup is a necessity!
5. Try something new!
This goes along well with resolution #4. This is my one resolution that I will try the best to uphold. Molded cup bras and I have never gotten along, and this year I want to find one that fits me and makes me feel good.