Bras Bras Bras...
I honestly hate bra shopping so much and I'm sure many of you curvy ladies do also. I find it so stressful and nearly impossible to even attempt to find a decent fitted bra. All of my experiences seem to be awful.
What usually happens on a bra shopping occasion is well, I pop into debenhams and pick up a few pretty bras and discover that they don't have my size which slightly lowers my self esteem but then when I find a plain bra that has my size. But because of the variety of styles bras come in it is so hard to actually get the bra to fit correctly and I get so annoyed I absolutely hate it. On my last little browse into the store I found Ted Bakers beautiful range of bras however I can't fit into them and it made me think that something should be done because I know so many women are becoming down and so self conscious because of such simple matters that could be fixed so easily. I know that I get so anxious and frustrated within a short amount of time - by the end I just want to give up and get home as soon as possible.
Not only are larger sizes not made as much but actually when you try to get a bra fitting professionally they will actually only measure your back size now which I think is so silly and completely useless. You can usually measure your back size yourself by working out whether or not you can fit a finger in between the bra and your back and if you could that would mean the size is obviously too big. With your cup size it is a lot harder there is a lot of factors you have to consider and I have never known my correct size so I have to guess and try them on untill I find something that is considered in my eyes as ok which still isn't really good enough. A bra should be an item that a lady feels comfortable and lovely in, something that will flatter her individual figure and style but unfortunately the designers I believe only design for the smaller sizes which is such a shame. A successful designer should be able to cater for everyone, not just a small variety of people...
It is so disappointing that we are not thought about in the designers eye as much, okay so yes there are some designers that cater for larger cups but we shouldn't have to feel different to anyone else. A lot of people class you as fat just because you have larger breasts when really most of us aren't and it's such a shame. Everyone is equal and designers should really bare that in mind and in the future I hope to see some beautiful larger bras instead of just plain within high street stores especially. For a larger cup size we have to pay out so much more which most of us can't actually afford and seeing cheap bras in local stores such as New Look, Topshop and River Island really can be disheartening. It's such a chore trying to shop for something that should be a pleasant experience to shop for.
By writing this little rant I really hope someone big in the industry has a little read and tries to make a difference. Even adding sizes up to a G would make such a difference to women. I personally don't feel comfortable sharing my bra size and I know it's the same for many others. Women shouldn't be left feeling upset, stressed and less confident after a shopping trip now, should they? Surely women's feelings should come first and plus increasing your sizes would increase the businesses income so I just don't understand why they don't already.
What do you think about this topic? Is bra shopping as stressful for you? I would really love to hear about your experiences in bra shops and the customer service you received as it really is an important topic.