A few months ago, while opening gifts on Christmas eve, I received an envelope from my husband that contained a gift card to a popular lingerie store of a larger than average monetary value. My first thought was that my husband was encouraging me to pick up, ahem, “something nice,” but when I looked up from the gift in my hands to meet my husband’s gaze with a flirty smile he said, “You’re always complaining about how cheap and uncomfortable the one bra you own that you’ll actually wear is. Go buy something comfortable. Buy more than one.”
I laughed out loud, not only because my husband had taken notice of the number of times over the years I have complained about my ill-fitting underwear, but that he clearly felt more compelled than I did to change the situation.
Apparently, I’m not the only woman walking around wearing a garment under their clothes that is best described as a torture device. A recent poll of 2,000 women by a U.K. retailer, Sweatshop, (I’m not even kidding — that is the name of their store) found that more than 25 percent of the women surveyed were currently wearing a bra that did not fit them.
Some other statistics from the study:
- 1 in 10 women did not know their real bra size.
- 1 in 3 women said they had never been properly measured and fitted for a bra.
- 74 percent of women buy bras without trying them on.
- Over half of women surveyed own bras they have never worn.
- Most women own approximately 9 bras, but regularly wear only 3 of them.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while reading this study. I am guilty of all of the above findings and it makes no sense. We wouldn’t (at least I wouldn’t) buy shoes that were the wrong size without trying them on and then walk around miserable every day for years in them, so why do so many of us do this with bras?
I took my gift card, got fitted, (Turns out I was wearing the wrong size. Shocking, I know.) and purchased several bras that were a comfortable fit. I’m a little embarrassed that my husband had to push me to finally do it. Having comfortable undergarments has made a big difference in how I feel in my clothing.
Are you part of these statistics? What stops you from getting fitted and purchasing comfortable lady garments?
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