They say 70-80% of women wear the wrong bra size.
This little nugget is usually shared by a "fitting specialist" employed by some hoity toity department store. She'll whisper it in your ear as she's taking your measurements so she can tell you which of their overpriced bras you should really be wearing. It's meant to reassure us, to make us feel like we're not alone.
But I'm here to tell you the reason 70 to 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size is that the manufacturers don't make bras that will even begin to fit most of us. I've measured myself, I know what size I should be wearing, and they don't sell it at most stores -- and if they do, it's not at a price I'm willing to pay.
This is a problem, and dare I say it? A crisis. We deserve pretty, well-fitting bras, too, dagnabit.
I appreciate the manufacturer's vote of confidence, but contrary to popular belief, not all of our cups runneth over just because our band size is over 36. When bra shopping, I generally have three options:
- Buy the smaller cup size and sacrifice a few inches on the band. Sometimes I can make this up with an extender, but not always.
- Buy the larger cup size in order to score a good fit around, but look for a 'molded' cup as it's more likely to hide my secret -- that there's not enough of me to fill up that cavernous space.
- Buy the lace or satin cup in a comfortable band size and resign myself to wearing bulky sweaters and jackets so no one can see how the excess material has bunched up and wrinkled.
This is why I proposed the Pump Up Bra ages ago. Why should I expand to fill the bra? Shouldn't it conform to my contours (or lack thereof)?? Where, oh where, is a fashion engineer when you need one?
Ladies, perhaps we should form our own movement. Forget Wall Street, let's Occupy Victoria's Secret.
I'm sure we'll get lots of support from the men in our lives....