Bra fitting at M&S

Today, after a visit to Bravissimo, I decided to nip into Manchester’s M&S. I initially planned on just trying on a 36G to show how poor a fit the +4/5 method gives..

Hand indicating where the wire needs to be

Hand indicating where the wire needs to be

Green lines showing roughly where the band should start and end on me

Green lines showing roughly where the band should start and end on me

Which it obviously does. With my measurements of around 30/43, I usually wear a very comfortable, very supportive 30JJ. Today, measuring closer to 31, M&S suggests I wear a 36 band. Pictured is a 36G, the size suggested by House of Fraser. All of the obvious signs of a poor fit are there: the wires are not flat against my ribcage, I have “double boob” at the top, the band rides up, and the wires are sitting on breast tissue at the side.

I was going to leave it there, until I saw an empty appointment slot, in just 20 minutes. Having been told that the fitters have been re-trained, I booked it and grabbed myself a 38F to be fitted from. Continue reading

My bra size revelation (the perils of +4!)

For my entire bra-wearing life, from the age of 9 or 10, I wore a 34 back. My mum put me straight in a 34A, then a 34C by the age of 12, a 34DD at 13, then a 34F at 14, and I carried wearing a 34F/FF from then on. That is, until about a bit over a year ago, when my breasts decided to start growing again, to the point where they were barely in the cups anymore. Despite it being clear that I needed to go up about 3-4 cupsizes to perhaps a 34H, I put this off. The main reason? The +4/5 method. Continue reading

A little late to the party…

Bravissimo Manchester outside 1 Today. I went to Manchester’s Bravissimo! For the first time. Slightly embarassingly… I was rather excited. What can I say, it’s not every day I get to try on bras made for my size!

Though the shop was a lot (a lot!) smaller than expected, there was still a great range on display, with more in stock on request.

Despite having no appointment, upon arrival both my sister and I were promptly directed upstairs for a fitting. There was comfy seating, posters explaining how a bra should fit and what a well-fitting bra can do – even the mannequins had been properly fitted!

Our names were taken and we sat down, until our fitters came and took us to separate dressing rooms. Continue reading