I can’t remember how I stumbled across @CaralynMirand on Instagram but I’m so glad I did. She’s simply a great person to follow on that platform, and has so many useful tips that she shares in her feed, stories, or on videos.
Since following her I learned that she feels very strongly that women need to get properly fitted for a bra, and that is something I’ve been interested in doing now that I’ve had children and am finished breastfeeding. On Monday she “challenged” me to go get fitted at Nordstrom, her top recommendation for places to get fitted, and I said yes!
I asked Amanda to come along as well, and after mentioning this adventure on stories my friend Kathleen chimed in that she’s been wanting to go do that as well. The three of us met at Nordstrom in the morning and went through the fitting process together.
We had a very nice and helpful consultant and it didn’t take long for Kathleen, Amanda, and I to start sharing how different the correct size bras felt when we put them on. It took a few size tests for some of us, but ultimately we ended up all leaving in quite different sizes than we walked into the store with!
I was recalling fit tips that Caralyn has shared in the past on her Instagram account and the bra fitter followed those as well. I went from wearing a 36B to a 36D! I was really surprised to see how well this new cup size fit my silhouette. The consultant shared that a lot of people (including me!) think “D cup means the breasts must stick far out”, but it’s really more about width than projection with some shapes. When I was wearing B cups, I was spilling out of the sides, but as soon as I put on the D cup I experienced what it felt to fully fit into a bra and have it lay flat against my ribcage.
I simply cannot recommend doing this enough. I feel so much more comfortable than I did in my other size, and I learned a lot about different bras and which ones are best for different shapes and sizes.
For example, one style that Caralyn mentions often is a “cut and sewn” bra, which is similar to a “soft cup” bra. This style doesn’t work for me as I’m lacking fullness near the top from breastfeeding, but for women with fuller breasts, this style is often very flattering and supportive. It was helpful to know these differences and see how the shape worked on my body.
A few Q & A’s:
One. Do you need an appointment to get fitted at Nordstrom? No, you just walk in!
Two. What if I don’t have a Nordstrom near me? (working on getting an answer for you asap!)
Three. Is it uncomfortable/embarrassing? Not to me, but of course, everyone has different comfort levels. There is no reason you cannot try on the different cup sizes in private, but it’s likely that the fitter will need to take a few measurements while you are wearing a bra.
I’ll happily answer more questions if I am able, but I must say that Caralyn is the best resource here. I only know what I know from her and my personal experience today!
I ended up with 3 bras from the brand Natori. I’ve bought bras from that brand before and love them, though obviously, I was wearing the wrong size. I’m so excited to see how different my tops look now that I feel more confident in the right shape and size bra!
P.S. We’re doing a giveaway over on Instagram, be sure to enter before Friday 2/21/20!