Discovering My True Bra Size
By Leanne, age 16, United Kingdom
I am going to talk about a Marmite* topic - some people will love it and others hate it. Guessed what it is yet? I want to talk about bras. Did you know, there are many, many women all over the world who don't know their correct bra size and wear bras that are way too small for them? I was one of them!
Today was the day I decided I was going to see what size I actually am. This is how it went:
I started by asking some women at the desk to get my bra measured. I did this at Marks and Spencer, a popular department store in the UK, which was slightly embarrassing as there were grown men about. But not to worry, there were many people waiting for the same thing as me. I waited comfortably in the seats until they called my number. I went into a fitting room, and the female clerk told me to take my top off but leave my bra on.I know, right?! Pretty scary, but it was fine. She was old enough to be my mother which made it very easy.
So I did what I had to do, and waited for a moment, then she came into the room, whipped out her tape measure, and measured below and above my bra. From that very quick measurement she knew what my bra size should be.
I exploded with shock. I was always wearing the smallest bra I could find. I'm a very petite person and just went with whatever my mum thought I was. So I tried on the size she recommended and found that it was such an amazing fit. When I went back to my old bra, I realized that it was way too tight. It's funny when you notice!
It's important that you wear the correct size for so many reasons. A bra is for support, and it needs to be comfortable to wear every day. It's not embarrassing to get measured, and you can go with your mother or even your friends, which makes it much more entertaining. By not wearing the correct size bra, excess breast tissue can build up near your armpit, and you may see a lump that may make you feel self-conscious. Many people are on a waiting list for an operation to remove it, such as my friend. So go get fitted! Afterwards, you can go treat yourself to some new underwear, which is always a bonus.
Take care my lovelies!
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Editor's Note: * Marmite is "a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: 'Love it or hate it.' (Wikipedia)