Sunday, 25 August 2013

Hey, +4 method. The 1970s called. They want their technique back.

"I'm sorry I'm in such a state, I was just fitted for a bra at *insert famous high-street store here* and they fitted me at a larger back size than I was before I lost 3 stone. It really upset me and I was hoping you could help."

No, that isn't a 'worst case scenario' made up line. That is something that was actually said to me at work, just a couple of months ago. The sad truth is, that a woman in her early 20s was fit as a 38 band in this particular high street shop, having been a 36 band when she was 3 stone heavier, and actually only a 32 band when correctly measured by me that same day. Needless to say she was over the moon and is now a returning customer.

And unfortunately, this is something we get more often than we would like. It seems that a vast majority of high street stores that offer a measuring service are fitting girls at a much bigger back size than they actually are, meaning that their bra will raise up at the back and fall forward at the front, effectively defeating the purpose of the bra all together.

Unfortunately, the customers then take the advice of the supposedly trained fitter and refuse to believe their actual size when fitted correctly, protesting that it's "too tight" or that they "don't want [their] back fat showing". The number of teenage girls I fit who wear, for example, 34C when they should be in a 30F or even 28 is astounding.

I am a BestForm trained fitter and always fit to the bra instead of the person, as I am a firm believer in the fact that you do not simply have one bra size. I for example wear 30F in some Fantasie and Freya styles, 32F and E in BestForm, 30FF in Curvy Kate, 32G in Knickerbox, 30F in Lepel and 32E in Triumph. The high street shop in question, whose name I will kindly not mention, have fitted me between 34 and 36 C/D. Shocking, isn't it? 

Part of me wants to say that it's because they don't stock lower than a 32 or higher than a DD. Another part of me wants to say its because they were trained by watching a video. 

Who am I to judge anyway? It makes me happy when I send people away in a good fitting bra that makes them feel confident and sexy.

What was your last fitting experience like?

Love and lace forever, 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Curvy Kate 'Princess' Review

Courtesy of the ever-wonderful D-K cup lingerie brand Curvy Kate and their great PR and social media team, I received this beautiful Princess in the black colourway as part of their #FreebieFriday competition on Twitter. Now, I was sitting around a pool sunbathing in Fuetreventura when I received the message that I had won so you can imagine that I was totes on cloud nine!

My package came wrapped up beautifully in hot pink tissue paper! Adorable!
Being a girl with a small back and big cup, it was always a given that I would love Curvy Kate. Their designs are practical, comfortable and supportive, all with the extra bonus of being drop dead gorgeous! The Princess, in particular, is my personal favourite. It gives a beautiful rounded shape thanks to it's excellent side support, comfortably holding you whilst making you look and feel like a true 'Princess' all the while! As a bra fitter myself, I love seeing ladies reactions when I put them in the Princess. I've even had one lady cry because she didn't know she could look so lovely and was excited to feel sexy for her husband again! Aww!

Please do excuse the many colours of my chest- that's what sunburn does to you. Wear sunblock, kids.
I think the thing I like most about the Princess is the super sweet and bang-on-trend raised polka dots, giving a lovely velvety texture to the bra too! Adorable flower lace adorns the edges of the cup and straps, adding a more feminine touch. In other various colourways, the flowers are duel toned with a ribbon running through, beautifully demonstrated in my Wine/Grape Princess, the Seasonal colourway from AW11.

Needless to say, I am SO excited for the Tigerlily/Rose colourway from the SS14 collection and simply cannot wait to get my hands on it! I can imagine that the peachy coral hues look wonderful with a tan! 

Again I would like to give massive thank you to Himare and the Curvy Kate team for the stunning set, and best of luck to everyone retweeting away next Friday!

What is your favourite Curvy Kate bra?

Love and Princess sparkles, 

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