Does My Bum Look Big In This?

When I was 16 I went to M&S to get my bra fitted for the first time. It was a revelation, being able to run without giving myself a black eye, wearing tight tops without looking like a four-boobed alien and without them falling out everytime I leaned forward. As I’ve got older you’d think that I would maintain that, wouldn’t you? But the truth is, my dress size and shape haven’t changed that much in the intervening nineteen years, I was measured when pregnant, and that was it. How silly is that? How can I expect my clothes to look good if the scaffolding is all wrong? 75-85% of women wear the wrong size bra, this can cause problems with your back and shoulders, headaches as well as damage to the breast tissue. Not very sexy.

I watch my 7 year old son building lego and stress to him how important it is that all the pieces fit together and are secure, I figured it was time I took my own advice and held an audit of my underwear drawer.  The results were more than a little embarrassing, and not just because of the amount of hole-riddled, greying, ill-fitting knickers that were taking up vital space.

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So, I was brutal. Out went anything that didn’t fit, was ugly, was holey or had changed colour. It was quite liberating, and scary to see how few adequate undergarments I owned. Now, as much as I would love to shop at places like Figleaves, or Myla (ooh, the prettiness) I can’t afford to spend that sort of money, let alone on something that isn’t visible. So I stick to good old Marks & Spencer for everything from bras to pants to tights. I have just been to the M&S sale in town and refilled my drawers drawer. It was great, lots of pants for £1, but, more importantly, bra’s. I made sure I tried them on before leaving the shop. All of them. and the difference is shocking. I feel cleaner, why, oh why do I insist on keeping undies that are 10 years old? I wouldn’t keep a top that is that old, full of holes, saggy and mishapen! I feel more comfortable and my clothes look better. It’s a revelation.

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Now, don’t worry, I am not going to inflict photographs of me in my underwear on you. No-one needs to see that. But, my point is, that we underestimate the importance of good underwear. You can’t skimp (geddit) on it. It must fit, it must be comfortable, and it must look good under your clothes. If you aren’t sure whether you are wearing the correct sized bra, try taking this quiz from Panache in the first instance. Or pop into a local shop, most lingerie  stores offer a fitting service, as well as shops like M&S and Debenhams. So, no excuse! Get ’em measured, out with the old, in with the new!

Do you get measured regularly?

Todays Outfit

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Ok, I admit that I am pretty dull. I cannot be separated from my Baxters. When I shuffle off this mortal coil I expect to be buried wearing them. My love for them runs deep, but, since there was a faint whiff of spring in the air and I felt like cheering people up I decided to wear something nice and bright. That’s where the jacket comes in. It was in the H&M sale for a fiver, this is probably the closest I can get to it, and I love it. Worn with a fairly neutral top (H&M again) it just puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Especially now I’ve dyed my hair dark brown. Boots are my lovely Blowfish Moody’s, I can walk for miles in these. The scarf has been on and off all day, and was a fiver from Amazon. All in all, a bright, cheerful outfit in which to greet the daffodils and returning birds.

Until next time, happy fabulizing, peeps!

5 thoughts on “Does My Bum Look Big In This?

  1. I cannot stress strongly enough that you should NEVER allow anyone from M&S to fit you for a bra. I am convinced that is why 70% of British women wear the wrong size. They also have a very limited range of sizes- basically if you are at all on the slim side, they will NOT stock your size. They’ll say they do, and point you to a 32C or whatever, but most women size 8 and below will need a 28 or 30 band, and a cup that is E+.

    I could bore on for quite some time on this subject 😀

    • 😀 I saw loads of 30 backs in there, in fact, I’d say 60% of the bras were 30 or lower, I have had some terrible experiences though. one woman measured me as a 36B. Now, I’m not exactly voluptuous, but I’m not a B (it looked pornographic) and I have a small frame. I laughed at her and went and got my usual size

  2. I read this the other night and went to sleep with the kindle on my face I was so tired – it was not a personal slight on your writing just stupidly tired but I’ve been meaning to come back and comment. I have a terrible time with the measuring in M&S actually. The ladies are always obliging enough but they can never quite decide what size I am (seems I’m between cup sizes) and when I was pregnant, they gave me a size which was more suited to my pre-pubescent self than the expanding one which I should have been at 6 months pregnant. So I’ve been making it up as I go along and as long as my cups do not over runneth. Having said that, my best fitting bras at the moment are a couple of nude t-shirt bras from Primark at £2.99 each which seem to be doing the job perfectly and give me nice lines under my tees. I can’t stand the underarm muffin bulge either so finding perfect bras which also flatter is really difficult.

    Jacket is a bargain at £5. I saw one of their H&M Trend ones the other day for £20 and I was very tempted but I was good. I can’t believe it either.

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