Lighten up - it's just fashion!

So I’ve alluded, within the past few posts about having trouble bra shopping.  So, I might as well get it all out there for you – in hopes that maybe you can offer some advice.

As you have likely read, I’ve lost weight this year – nearly 50 pounds – and I aim to make it at least to 52 by the end of the year.  So that we can say that I lost a pound a week average.

I think we can safely say I’ve been screwing around/plateaued since July – and that’s kind of a shame, but this is a lifetime thing, so if it takes awhile so be it.

Anyway, you’re not reading this to see me self-flagellate about my stall out in the Weight Watchers journey.

The point is this .  I started  the year in a 42DDD bra.  Matt points out that the Triple D is for D-D-Damn!  But a 42DDD on a 234 pound woman is nothing – it’s not really even proportional.  As I started to lose weight, I realized I’d need to rethink the bra situation, and I ended up with two new bras – 40DD – Bali brand.  Which made me pretty happy, actually.  Now, I ended up getting minimizers, because I was looking a little down and out and the minimizers  brought everything a little more front and centered.

But, in the process, it also smashed everything down a little, so I looked heavy and flat-chested at the same time.   I don’t know – it worked, but I knew I could do better.

Add to that, I’ve been wearing two bras (one black, one tan) for the better part of this year and they’re starting to look rough.  So Saturday, I headed to Macy’s for a little refresher.

I thought I knew what I wanted.  I thought.  But I pulled a few and learned I had no idea what I was doing.

I borrowed a  tape measure from the sales clerk, who didn’t even try to offer to help me – hooray for apathy.  Turns out, I’m not so much 40DD or even a 38DD.  I’m a 38DDD.


Now, Macy’s was clean out of all of the styles I wanted in my new fun size, so I started walking toward Lane Bryant.  And I passed Soma.  So, you know – I thought I’d give them a shot.  I bought from them once before and was a little disappointed.  But how soon we forget, then remember.  The clerk there was trying to juggle me and another lady.  She determined the same thing I’d determined on my own at Macy’s. That I’m a 38DDD.  Now, they don’t have much in that size, so she was going to bring a few other sizes just to see.  Which means she was determined to get me into a bra, whether it fit or not.  She ended up bringing me the perfect bra – but they only had one of them, and it was a 38DDD – the size she told me they didn’t even have in that style.

So, rather than acknowledge her mistake, she started blustering.  No thanks.  I left braless and dejected.

I looked on their website, and they do make that style in that size, but I’ll be damned if they have any in colors I can actually wear under clothes.

So I’ve been keeping my eyes open.

I also tried on a few of my older bras – and I have a Lane one that seems to be working, and would be great in a better size.  So I may head over there later this week and give those a try again.

I don’t know – I just feel a little overwhelmed. 

I had to spend a little money on clothes so that I wasn’t coming to work naked or in clothes that made me look like I’d gained back the entire 46 pounds  – so I have a few new things and they look nice, but I’m so sick of spending money.

So I may just have to settle on looking flat for a bit.

Any suggestions?  I swear I’m not a mutant.