A Quick Guide for when You Discover You No Longer Have Big Boobs.
(This is meant to be lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek commentary on how our bodies change
and is no way a comment on the rough journey of dealing with a mastectomy)
First, don’t panic. It happens sometimes, even to the best of us. After all, it happened to me and I’m surviving. (first world problem!) I’ve recently lost some weight, partially due to effort and partially due to stress. It’s not as if I’m a petite person, I don’t remember measuring under 5’, (I’m 5’10” now) and my change certainly was not as drastic as Jennifer Grey after her nose job*, for me, it was just enough to make me look twice in the mirror. It’s always an adjustment as our bodies change, especially when we feel it’s one of our more prominent features. It’s not just that we need new clothes, sometimes it can change how we think about ourselves.
Second – buy new bras. So, with my identity crisis in hand, I decided to take this opportunity to try something new – an independent bra store. I’d never been before. I always assumed that the bras would be too expensive and too frilly for me. Given my recent vow to up my lingerie game, and my recent friendship with some amazing women in the lingerie industry (hi Erica! <- the very awesome owner of A Sophisticated Pair), I decided to give it a try.
I could tell as soon as I walked through the door at Sweetest Sin in Red Bank, NJ that I had been mistaken in my opinion about independent lingerie stores. Angela has a beautiful selection, and the prices really vary – from the very affordable to the I’d-really-love-that-and-I’m sure-it’s-made-well-but-I-can’t-justify-the-rent prices. (but they were great to look at!)
The first thing Angela and I did was assess my current bra situation. Given my recent change, there was some room in my current bra. Next, she measured me and informed me that I’m now a 32DD. Wait, what? (I’ve varied from a 36C to a 36D to a 34DD) Then, it was time to try on something new. Angela handed me a beautiful selection of bras across price ranges. One of the prettiest was one of the most inexpensive, but it didn’t fit right. (hey, boobs have different shapes, you can’t win them all!) I ended up buying 3 bras, one that was in the splurge category, but it was a fantastic color and felt great. Just because it’s under my clothes, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be pretty!
I have never had such personal experience in a lingerie store. It’s almost enough to help me adjust to my new look. I’m not going to knock some of the mall stores, I’ve had good luck in a few of them, but this small business experience lived up to the hype: great selection, quality merchandise, a variety of prices and personalized service. So, crisis of body or not, I highly recommend that you find your local lingerie store and stop by. Supporting local businesses is awesome, because the money goes right back into your community and, of course, the perfect bra is (almost) priceless.
*This is not a commentary about plastic surgery, one way or another. Jennifer Grey looked very different after the procedure, although she looked lovely before and looks lovely now. NOBODY puts Baby in a corner.
**Yes, the title of this blog is a Brady Bunch reference.