Today is International Women’s Day! I wanted to highlight IWD by discussing something exclusive to women (yes, more exclusive than cosmetics). So while half of New Orleans is busy flashing their ta-tas for Mardi Gras, let’s chat about bras. Yeah, I know, most people think feminists are man-hating bra burners, but that’s just not true. The original bra burning incident was actually orchestrated by a reporter. So yes, I’m a feminist who wears a good bra, and I’m dang proud of it.
Most women struggle to find a good bra because most stores stock a limited range of sizes, something like 34A – 36D, and those sizes don’t even come close to fitting everyone. Of course, salespeople won’t tell you that because it means losing a sale, so they stuff you into an ill-fitting bra and send you on your way. Meanwhile you’re left with slipping straps, sliding bands, underwires that poke, and a sneaking feeling that something is wrong with you for not fitting the mold.
A few years ago I carted myself off to a boutique called Intimacy that specializes in bra fittings and carries a wide range of sizes (32A-44H) in store so you can try them on. Better yet, they offer free consultations and fittings with salespeople who actually know a thing or two about the stock. They take the time to help you pick out bras according to your needs and bring multiple sizes, since often women don’t wear the same size in every brand. Yes, you have to be partially naked in front of another woman, but in all honesty it’s not a terrifying experience. It’s sort of like the doctor… they see naked bodies of all shapes and sizes every day. And if you were really anxious, I’m sure you could ask them to step out while you change.
The other thing I love about Intimacy is that they offer free alterations and deliver the altered bras to your doorstep quite quickly. I bought 2 bras last week, requested alterations, and they arrived in exactly 7 days.
If you don’t have an Intimacy nearby, search for other independent boutiques in your area. The lingerie department at Nordstrom is also a good place to try, and for cripes sake don’t go to Victoria’s Secret. For bra fit troubleshooting, try this site.
While wearing a good bra may not bring about equality for all women, it can certainly help you stand tall and feel more confident in your everyday life. I hope this International Women’s Day has been good to you, and that a well-supported bosom is in your future
If you know of any good boutiques or sites with info about bra fitting, please leave links in the comments!