We all know by now that after losing 55kg I have been left with a whole lot of excess skin. As I have shared many times, the part of my skin that I’m most self-conscious about is the excess skin I have been left with under my arms. Having lost so much weight I also have a lot of excess skin on my breasts too so whilst I have lost a whole lot of boob, I still tend to fit a fuller busted D cup.
This can make shopping for clothes a nightmare, but even more so bras too. Trying on the wrong bra can leave me with the worst underarm rolls, but the right one can hold the skin in place and whilst never completely hiding it, can minimise its visibility.
I never knew how important a fitting was for helping me choose the right bra until I headed into Farmers this week. Farmers have always been my go-to for quality lingerie at a great price and so I took advantage of their free bra fitting service. I saw Helen at the Hornby branch of Farmers and immediately she put me at ease with any nerves I had about getting a bra fitting.
All I had to do was shed my top – and even that was optional – and she was able to measure. Once we had my size, she took me out into the store and we chose a few options for me to try on. Farmers have so much to choose from, that I had quite a few. I took a few from the classic Bendon range, as well as some from the fuller ranges Berlei and Triumph.
I tried on each bra and showed Helen so she could adjust as necessary. I felt totally at ease, not self-conscious at all and came out with two Bendon bras that fit me well, and most importantly are so comfortable. There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable bra!
With excess skin and fuller breasts, I find I need a thicker strap to strap the girls into place as well as a thicker, soft and somewhat stretchy band that I can pull up to hold my skin in.
I went with the classic Bendon Body Contour Bra which is super soft, seam free and came in a gorgeous navy colour. It’s perfect for everyday wear and ridiculously comfortable. I also came out with a Bendon Yvette Underwire Bra – not my usual to buy a soft cup bra but I tried it on a whim and loved it. It’s super comfy and the black lace means I can feel a little sexy too! Personally for me, Bendon was the best I tried on as I found the way they cut under the arms perfect for not accentuating my excess skin. They also give my breasts a great shape whilst supporting them in place.
Bra fittings are important to get every few years as our bodies change for so many circumstances; whether you’ve lost a whole lot of weight, had a baby, aged… We all go through it and making sure we have a bra that fits us makes such a difference in comfort and shape. I am so glad I went in and saw Helen at Farmers: it was so easy to do, I felt relaxed and comfortable, and it only took a few moments.
The great news is that alongside their lingerie deals between the 19th-25th of June, Farmers is having their ‘Perfitly You’ Lingerie Week Competition:
Be in to WIN a $1000 Lingerie Shopping Spree. Simply get fitted in store by one of Farmer’s trained consultants, make a lingerie purchase and swipe your Farmers Club Card between 19th June – 17th July and you’ll automatically go in the draw!
So there you have it – my main tip for finding the right bra to fit. It’s obvious, but important: Go into Farmers and get yourself fitted for free! It makes all the difference.
Please note: This post was sponsored by Farmers, but all opinions are my own.