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New Year, New Size

After a long holiday hiatus, I decided to jump back into Miss Underpinnings. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Rip Roarin' New Year. If anyone out there has made resolutions, I want you to add one more to the list: Go get fit!  And I don't mean the gym. January is the greatest month for reassessments and renewals, so why not apply that concept to your lingerie drawer? It's the perfect time to get remeasured or resized.

I know, I know. In most parts of this country, it's cold. Frigid, puffer coat-cold. I don't even want to take my socks off in January, never mind my boob-hiding sweaters. Plus, I ate a lot of Christmas cookies. I'm not 100% ready to face the effects of those delicious sugary treats on my midsection. After the extravaganza of gift giving, I am broke too.

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Sure, there's a few reasons why this isn't the best month for a new bra. But, consider this: a correctly fit bra is a makeover in itself. Finding a bra in the proper size can make you appear slimmer, reduce back and shoulder pain, and give you a heaping shot of confidence. Many of my resolutions involve a heavy time or money commitment. With a professional bra fitting, the process is relatively quick, modestly priced, and the change is immediate and undeniable.

Even a bra fitting extraordinaire like myself can forget to get an annual size assessment. When I was fit in the U.K. several years ago, I assumed I would be the same size for...well, a long time. This past summer, I realized that I was having some of the same undergarment issues as my customers (loose band, cups gaping or spilling over). I whipped out my handy tape measure and now I think I'd be more comfortable in a 28GG in some styles.

Even if you're relatively confident of your size, I would recommend a bra fitting for anyone who's experienced the following in the last year:

  • Pregnancy

  • Nursing

  • Weight gain

  • Weight loss

  • Surgery on your upper body, including shoulders, back, or breasts

  • Repetitive bra usage, i.e. wearing the same bra for several days in a row

  • Any common fit issue, i.e. band/cup movement during regular wear, cup gaping, breast over spill

Bottom line: Go see your local fitter. It's the cheapest, easiest, sexiest makeover out there.

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