It’s a tough old life being a blogger. A couple of weeks ago I had a day out that’s the perfect example – I popped down to Cornwall, ate some mini pasties, tried on bras at the Mish Lingerie shop, had an ice cream… it was all very stressful indeed.
Who am I kidding?? It was awesome! Seriously, I know I must be about the most annoying person in the world, always blathering on about my mini breaks and days out, but bear with me today, for I bring you a serious message.
Today I’m talking bras.
First up, a confession. I am one of those women who dresses for comfort. I may only be 37, but wardrobe wise I’m about 68. If I could get away with ordering all of my trousers from a Sunday supplement then I probably would because, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t rather have an elasticated waistband? Unfortunately, this makes me a bra fitter’s worst nightmare, as I’m the sort of person to think ‘I’ll just go up a back size, just to be comfy…’
Ladies, this is not cool. It’s not really OK in your 30s to buy those ‘bras’ off the TV that come in packs of three and try to pass them off as sporty. I know bras aren’t exactly the most comfortable thing, but let’s not let ourselves go completely eh? Let’s at least make an effort during the day, even if it just means that the moment you take your bra off on the sofa, under your clothes, is all the sweeter because of it.
Mish Lingerie sells underwear and swimwear from their shop in Bodmin, and also online. I visited with a group of other bloggers to see for myself the full range on offer, have a proper fitting, and find out more about one of the key brands they work with – Panache. What I especially loved is that rather than bring in professional models to show off their products, Mish had asked for volunteers on their Facebook page – they’d been inundated with offers, and we felt very much in awe of the three ordinary women, of various shapes, sizes and ages, who were brave enough to strip down in front of a group of strangers. This made it much easier to connect with the lingerie, and to imagine how it might actually look on ourselves.
I have to say that when I went for my fitting I was feeling pretty confident – I had worn my very best bra, and thought it fitted OK. Oh how wrong I was. The sad look from my fitter said it all. I was given a few different styles and sizes to try on, and we settled in the end on a bra that was a 32 rather than a 34, and THREE cup sizes bigger than the bra I had arrived in. I was sent out as an example to the class, first in my old bra, and then the new one, and even under my t-shirt you could see the difference – my whole shape and the way I held myself had changed. It was a miracle!
Getting a good fitting bra isn’t really about measurements, so it’s always good to go and have a fitting in person if you can. Mish does have a handy fitting guide though, so you’ll know what to look for if you’re fitting yourself at home. Delivery is free and you can return anything that doesn’t fit, so if you can’t get to the shop then buying online is an easy option.
I was very disappointed in how badly I had been doing on my own and was thrilled to come away with a bra that actually fits! And of course I had a buffet lunch to console myself, just no room now in my bra to sneak home the leftover pasties…
Disclosure – I was invited to Mish Lingerie as their guest but all opinions are my own.