And then one day, we had boobs. If you’re anything like us, this day was followed by an awkward trip to the mall with your mom. Together, you’d walk to the ‘underwear section” of your local department store until you came upon a bra in a box that featured an image of an adolescent girl wearing a sweat band around her head and a tennis racquet over her shoulder with an expression that suggested, she too, just started wearing a bra yesterday and that it was fucking great!
Somewhere between now and then, we’re guessing that the initial excitement that came with wearing a bra and the street cred you gained on the playground as a direct result has since faded. What we once viewed as a sure sign of womanhood has since become as a consistent reminder of our age and the fact that gravity . . . is a dick.
Say what you will about your bra, we’re guessing that you’re not giving it a) enough credit or b) enough attention. Like any beauty regime, the right sort of attention must be paid to the foundation and our bra is the foundation to any outfit.
This is our friend Amanda.
More specifically, those are her girls Thelma and Louise. Libertee loves Amanda to pieces and it was because of that honest and pure love Libertee confided to her dear friend that her ill-fitting bra it was making it appear that Thelma and Louise had already driven off of the cliff. . . but with the right bra we could change that.
The Business of Boobs:
Because she wasn’t wearing the right bra, Amanda was distracting from the fact that her body looked amaze balls as a direct result of a recent weight loss and continued butt-working-off. This change in her body needed to be celebrated and the way to throw that party was to start wearing the right bra. That’s the thing about the girls – they’re always changing. Gaining weight, losing weight, having a baby, or finishing breast feeding – your boobs will change; it should stand to reason that your bras should change with them.
If you’re like 80 percent of women out there, you’re wearing the wrong size of bra. STOP THAT. Here’s How: Go to Victoria’s Secret, or any established undergarment store and ask for their help – that’s what they’re there for. Don’t just ask for them to take your measurements – invite them in, have them take a look and for Pete’s sake – listen to what they say. We understand that it might be awkward for a total stranger to accompany you into the change room half-naked, but we ask, what’s worse: standing half naked in front of an underwear fitting expert, or having the entire world see you in an ill-fitting-bra? We thought so.
Wearing the wrong size bra means that it’s not fitting you properly – cups that overflow, or cups that gape will do equally bad things for your body. A well-fitted bra will not only improve your shape, it will equally boost your confidence and comfort. It turns out Amanda was in fact wearing the wrong size bra. We knew it! Previous to her fitting, Amanda was wearing a 38 C; after her sizing, she is now wearing a 36 D!
Take a look at the difference:
Wearing the right bra is essentially like high heels for your boobs. Having the girls up and paying attention where they should, will essentially lift them away from your rib cage which is categorically the smallest part of a woman’s body. Exposing more of the smallest part of your body will not only make you look taller, it will serve to make your clothes fit better and work to flatter your shape. See what we mean! (We’re not kidding when we say we honestly didn’t tell her to change her posture at all – the improved posture / sparkle in her eye was a natural and welcome reaction to a bra that fit correctly.)
Worth Every Penny!
We acknowledge that bras are an investment – but one, well worth the money. You wear a bra everyday and it is important to purchase a good quality piece that will do good things for you and your body, day in and day out. Once you’ve made the investment – take care of it. Follow the wash and care instructions – you’ve spent all of that money, no need to throw it away. Bras should not be placed in the clothes dryer – the heat and the tossing about will detract from the bra’s shape and burn out the elastic on the straps – your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder just can’t take that sort of abuse. Be nice!
Even once you’ve been fitted, if you’re in the market for a new bra – try it on before you buy it. Different bras fit differently, period; be sure to consult with the resident expert before your purchase. Furthermore, be sure to capitalize on the tee shirt that places like Victoria’s Secret keep on hand. Seeing what the bra looks like in this basic wardrobe staple is an excellent test of buy-ability – and a more accurate indication of what your boobs actually look like in the bra.
Thelma, Louise: looking good, ladies!