Now ladies, I don’t know about you but I personally hate a bra that doesn’t sit right because not only can it be uncomfortable, it can also look unsightly. If my bra is not right, I just don’t feel right, no matter what I’m wearing.
A few years before I returned to Botswana after living abroad for many years, I worried about being unable to find a good bra shop where I’d be able to buy good quality bras at affordable prices. But more than that, I was worried about being able to find the right size bra because I don’t wear a regular size. If you are blessed or cursed with a big chest (whichever way you choose to look at it!), it’s hard enough for ever woman to find the right size bra. The problem becomes even bigger if you are small but have a big chest. Even in England, it wasn’t always easy to find good quality size 32 E/F bras.
For some reason, manufacturers seem to think that if you are petite, or have a small frame, you must have a small cup size. A lot of Batswana girls and women, who are often ‘gifted’ in the chest area will know that this isn’t always the case. I should know because I fall in that category. So naturally, when I left England to return home, I stocked up on good, sturdy bras, most of them from Marks and Spencer because I didn’t think I’ be able to find them easily in Botswana. I’d looked before but never found them anywhere.
Recently when we went food shopping at Woolworths, my husband suggested I look again and to my delightful surprise, I did manage to find 3 size 32 E bras! They were also very good quality comparable to the ones you find at Marks and Spencer!
What’s more, I’ve since learnt that Woolworths also offers a free bra fitting service. I think this is fantastic and hopefully, those who didn’t know will see this article and take advantage of the service.
Statistics say almost 80 % of women wear the wrong bra size and don’t know what to do about it.
10 Signs that you are wearing the wrong bra size
- Your band rides up in the back. When you stand to the side and look in the mirror, your band should fit firmly and horizontally across your back. If it rides up in your back, it’s too big.
- You have dents on your shoulders. Your bra’s band isn’t giving you the support it should, so your straps are taking the slack and digging into your shoulders. You need to try a smaller band size.
- The centre of your bra lifts off your chest. The middle piece between the cups should sit flat on your rib cage. If there’s any space, your cup size is too small. Try going up a size. You should be able to lift your arms over your head without the underwire rising up.
- You have spillover over the top, sides, or bottom of the cups. If you have the dreaded four boobs, it’s time to go up a cup size.
- You have back bulge. The moniker suggests you have back fat, but it’s just your bra being too tight and squeezing your skin. Your band is probably too small.
- Your neck or back hurts. You may not be getting the right support from your bra because it’s the wrong size. Take yourself over to a Woolworths near you and get sized properly. It’s free and well worth it.
- Your straps keep falling down. Because they may have stretched with washing, try tightening them a bit. If they still keep slipping even after you’ve adjusted them, it means they are no longer supportive. You could either try going down a band size or get fitted, in case your bra size has changed.
- Baggy or wrinkly cups. When the cup is too big, the telltale sign is the fabric bunching up. Go down a cup.
- The underwire pokes you. Not all underwire is uncomfortable. Go up a cup size to keep it from digging into your skin.
- You wear your bra on the last hook. You should feel most comfortable on the middle hook. That way, when your bra stretches over time, you can tighten it. If it’s already too loose, go down a band size.
Nothing feels as good as wearing comfortable underwear. I’m sure you’ll all agree, if the underwear doesn’t sit right, it spoils the whole outfit. So although there are suggestions on how to address ill-fitting bras, I would personally get fitted regularly to be sure I have the right size bra. That for me is the best solution.
Have you struggled to find a good bra in Botswana? Where do you get good quality bras in Botswana? Please share with Yourbotswana.