Did you know that 84% of women wear the wrong size bra? Yep, 84% - crazy right? I always thought I knew how a bra should fit, but it turns out that up until last week I was part of that 84%.
Last week I headed along to Boux Avenue's AW16 launch, which was also a celebration of their City & Guilds Accreditation for their bra fitting service. To be completely honest with you, I hadn't had my bra professionally fitted in at least five years, but in that time I'd changed my size based on my own judgement, mainly due to a little weight gain. I didn't think I was wearing the wrong size, but clearly 84% of women don't.
I didn't really realise how important it was to wear the right size, until the past week of me wearing one of my brand new bras. Previously, I had gotten back ache if I hadn't had good posture (oh the woes of being a DD+) and my straps would also dig in at times, leaving my shoulders fairly painful.
The bra fitting service itself was such a great experience. I had put off going for one because I'm not exactly confident with my body, but the girl that was doing it was extremely lovely and I remembered that it's their job, and they see women of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis. I didn't feel embarrassed at all, and she started off by checking my current bra, measuring where necessary and recommending my new size. I then put my dress back on (which was also a bad choice on my part, but she offered me some of their pyjama bottoms to wear) before we both went out into the store to pick some new bras to try. I tried them all on one at a time, and when I had each bra on she popped back in to make sure it was all adjusted properly before we discussed how I felt it fit.
Not only did I get to find out my new size, I also learnt the tell-tale signs of a badly fitting bra. Boux Avenue call them their 5 Faithful Features for the best fit, but in a nutshell, you need to check the underband, straps, wire, centre front and the cups. Now, I can check myself when trying on a bra, and know what styles fit better than others.
After my fitting, I went with the gorgeous Bronwen balconette bra as it had the nicest fit from the five I tried. I also really loved the Sofia floral balconette bra, which is one from their AW16 collection, but they didn't have it in my size. As you can probably tell from the picture, I couldn't resist popping to another store the next day on my way home, and I managed to get my hands on it!
I absolutely love Boux Avenue and the service they provide, both with their bra fitting service and just in the store in general. If you haven't had your bra fitted in a while, I'd definitely recommend it, and if you're looking at buying some new underwear, you can get 20% off through my link here!