Brassiere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Anyone who is petite will tell you that it is sometimes frustrating to buy clothes.
We need to get items altered professionally, lest we walk around in cuffed pants and sagging blouses all day, or even worse, end up shopping in the "juniors" department.
I'm 5 foot 4 inches and slightly built. I have a small chest, which I was teased for mercilessly when I was younger. I used to feel really self-conscious about it, but I have since learned to love every body part of mine for what it is. Still, sometimes drunk fratdouches will make a comment about it...
[like that one time in Manayunk with my friend Zenaida-- we were standing outside of a club waiting for my friend, Tony, when some ugly-ass juice head walked right up to me and said "You have little tits!" with his stinking dingleberry breath. I was too shocked to react, though I wish I had clocked him dead in the face.],
... but I am completely happy with how I look and if you have a problem with my appearance, then you most likely have an even larger problem with yourself.
ANYWAY. Bra shopping was always a real nightmare for me. Victoria's Secret's cheap-o bras never fit me correctly and always had extra space under the arms or in other awkward areas, and department store bras weren't much better. These bras never felt right, and after an hour or so of wear would become incredibly painful. There had to be something better.
When I went to Macy's one day, to finally have my measurements taken at the advice of my mother, the lady who did my sizing could tell at first glance, with a shirt on, that I was wearing a bra that was too big for me. I had been buying the smallest sizes available at VS and other shops, but apparently my true size was even smaller.
Instead of meandering through malls and banging my head against the wall, I took to the internet and searched "30 A bra" and found exactly one website that made bras for petite ladies, The Little Bra Company. At the time (this was two years ago? three years ago?), only a few different styles were available, but I happily chose a black lace "Sascha" bra in my size and waited excitedly for it to be delivered to me.
When the package arrived at my office, I immediately went into the bathroom to try my Sascha on. It fit like a dream and, to my amazement, for the first time in my life I had cleavage.
I loved that Sascha bra so much. I didn't wear it every day, but eventually I wore it out. Because it cost nearly $100, and I was unemployed/underemployed for a long stint, buying a replacement bra was not a top priority. Instead, i wore those built-in bra tank tops from Old Navy under my clothes. You can do this thing when you are small chested.
Now that I'm working again, and have my bills and debts in check, I can finally afford to buy some replacement bras. And that is precisely what I did. The prices on TLBC actually seemed lower this time around, I guess because they are selling more units, which also allowed the company to expand their selection of styles. With all of the pretty choices, I had a hard time narrowing it down, so I got a few. Part of being an adult is getting proper underwear, anyway, so I considered it an investment. An investment for happier boobies.
My three new bras (in hues of rose, dark nude, and black) arrived yesterday. I'm wearing one right now and I feel amazing. There's something very mood-lifting about wearing a new bra, especially one that actually fits in all the right places.
Note: This post really has no point, except to say that I love my three new bras! And no, I was not paid to write about bewbs or The Little Bra Company by anyone, though with all the for-free product reviews I do just because I happen to love whichever product, I probably should start knocking on doors and soliciting for money.