After all my bitching and moaning over the years about slipping straps and boobs invading my underarm space, I have bitten the bullet and taken myself to get properly fitted for a new bra.
Deep down, I knew all along the real problem was buying cheap bras without being properly sized, but when you're broke, you buy what you can afford. Right?**
But after hitching up one strap more than ten times a day last week, I'd had enough.
Last Thursday I went to David Jones, found where they'd moved the lingerie section to and asked a lovely lady to help me. I explained my problems and she selected a range of brassieres in a size that looked promising and we headed into a fitting room.
As we tried on each bra in turn, (well I tried on, she helped with hooks and straps), she explained to me why each one wasn't right, and what I should be looking for when trying on bras in the future.
I'd never had such a helpful assistant before.
She eventually fitted me into a bra that was so comfortable I didn't want to take it off again. I did take it off, of course, so she could snip off the tags, then I put it back on and asked for another in the same style and size, in black.
Then came the moment of truth. Payment. $64.95. Each. (ouch!)
Then she mentioned the current sale, which meant I got one of them for almost half price. Whew!
I'll admit to being light headed over this and confess to putting them on my department store charge card. I had to blow the dust off it first, I haven't used that card in close to eight years.
But I'll have enough time to set aside the money to pay in full by the time I get the bill.
The best part? They are worth the cost. I wore that first one until bedtime and didn't hitch up a strap even once and I didn't have boobs invading my underarm space.
Nor did they sag over the band after a few hours, like with the old bras, making me look like I wasn't wearing one at all.
All I have to do now is make sure they last long enough for me to save up for the next fitting expedition.
** yes, I'm still broke, but I don't have another dentist appointment until December, so while I'm putting aside money for that I'll add a few extra dollars to cover the lingerie purchase.