I had the opportunity this week to spend an evening at the fabulous Hotel ZaZa in uptown Dallas with a few fellow contributors to Dallas Moms Blog. The suite was decorated with old school Hollywood pinup photos, dark paint, leopard couches, and luxe touches. While we were there, we had wine and cheese and other snacks that I don’t get to see much of in my house full of dairy-intolerant toddlers.
Other things that we just don’t see a lot of in our house…
…Wacoal’s line of bras and lingerie!
Yep, we were there for what was, in my case, a much need bra fitting!
I knew I was overdue for this fitting. Heather from CottonBabies wrote a great post about why we need to stop and take time to get refitted after having children, and just this past fall, Amber wrote about her fitting in NYC while attending BlogHer. After breastfeeding two babies in 3 years, I had very little idea what size I actually am anymore, and honestly I was a bit afraid to find out. This is why they gave us wine.
When I got back into the fitting room, the super hip New York bra fitting expert took one look at me and declared me a 30 band size. This was not a surprise, since I typically get 28 or 30 when I measure myself (at which point I give up). If you are familiar with ladies’ undergarment shopping, you will recognize this as an extremely difficult band size to find. You cannot, for instance, just go to Target or even Victoria’s Secret. Most brands don’t go below 32.
Here’s where I learned something, though: did you know that the cup size alters a bit for smaller band sizes? For example, a D cup for a 30 band size is smaller than a D cup for a 40 band size. Makes sense, proportionately. This news made me super excited, because I turned out to be a “larger” size than I thought I would be. All is not lost!
Fortunately, Wacoal bras come in band sizes from 28-46 and cup sizes from AA to HH. Their b.tempt’d line has some super cute styles, with a slightly smaller size range. Both lines are conveniently available at Macy’s, Dillards, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.
And now, I will leave you with some compelling facts from Wacoal’s Bra Expert, Liz Smith:
- 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong sized bra
- A woman should be fitted once a year
- If you gain 5 – 7 lbs, your bra size will change
- It only takes 15 minutes to be fitted for a bra
- Most women wear their bras 1 – 1 ½ inches too big in the band and 1 cup size too small
- The average woman has 27 bras in her lingerie draw and wears the same 2 bras repeatedly
- A bra should be worn once and then washed to extend her life
- After washing and wearing a bra 100 times she needs to be replaced
Well, if that doesn’t make you want to go out and get fitted, I don’t know what does…
Good luck and good fitting to you!
NOTE: I was given a free fitting and bra from Wacoal at this event, but I was not obligated in any way to write about them or my experience. Opinions are my own. I just felt like you really hadn’t had enough TMI posts from me lately. You’re welcome.