We’re talkin’ the old days here, or we were yesterday. Back then I was built along the lines of Madmen’s Joan Harris, but it didn’t last long. Life has since sanded off a lot of that padding, which is fine with me.
I mean I’m not thin like the girl modeling the baby doll top from yesterday: the fattest thing about her is her belt buckle. My situation is that even though I have been going to Weight Watchers for five years now I have yet to reach my lifetime goal even though we inched that goal up ten pounds to accommodate My Changing Body. (There’s a catalog with a name like that and it sets my teeth on edge. It’s for us older gals.)
If I’m skinny-looking at all I’m the keep-the lights-low-while-in-a-bathing-suit kind; the Skinny-With Cellulite kind and hey, why can’t that be a look?
But I’m not here to talk about my personal architecture.
I’m here to talk about bras.
And the best advice you can get about a bra is: SPEND THE MONEY. GET A GOOD ONE.
One of my daughters talked me into going to the Really Good Bra store once and then there was no turning back.
What they tell you at such a store is:
· You may have all kinds of upholstery around your torso but what they measure is the size of your rib cage. They take that measuring tape and they s-q-u-e-e-ze until they can feel your bones, sunk under there like Lost Atlantis. They write that number down, take a glance at what you’ve got up front and come back with a bunch of bras that make you want to laugh out loud. They said I was a 32 bandwise, me, a person who has to head for the XL’s when it comes to tops.
· The front of the bra has to touch your sternum. If it gaps out there, you need a bigger cup.
· You have to clasp it low on your back for maximum lift in the front.
· You have to bend forward way as you ease the thing on.
· You can’t ever to put these babies in the washing machine and finally…
· You have to come back to the Fancy Bra Store and keep buying bras there because costly as they might be, they certainly do do the job.
Save your pennies therefore. A picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t that what they say?