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buying a bra

i went shopping for bras recently. needed a major bra over-haul; threw out the old ones, needed new ones with power support.

i prefer them in incandescent colours or monotones of black/white. not that into flowery patterns – but i love lace and satin.

so anyway, bra shopping, for the uninitiated, is a really tiresome process. this is especially so if you have substantial amount of flesh on your chest, and that you’re female, and that you have real boobs, and that you want them to sag at a really slow rate [not that anyone wants them to sag, but face it, gravity does exist]. i say tiresome cos after you find one that catches your eye, you would then need to feel the cup, gauge the cut, visualize the look, find your size and then try it on. then you need to strip topless, bend over, wear the bra, and hook it up. then you’d need to see how it looks from every angle possible. then you’d stand still and see how it feels with your boobs in the cup. then you’d need to move a little – walk a bit, hop a bit, dance a bit, jiggle a bit – see how it holds up, and how it shifts around your chest.

there isn’t really a standard guide to what a good bra should be like, but there are some general advice i’d give:

  • fit – you have to know your size, and no self-delusional arguments please.
  • cutting – i much prefer demi and three-quarts to full; but full cups usually have more support.
  • straps – on or off? if the straps are removable, the bra should not budge even a millimeter when the straps are off.
  • hooks – front or back? i don’t care, so long as it is comfortable. 1,2,3 or 4 hooks? the more hooks, the more support [think corsets].
  • padding – removable or not? i prefer them to be removable; more flexibility this way. material of padding? preferably non-liquid..

regardless of the above advice, i usually would just buy the bra if i feel and look good in it when i try it on.

hi miss, may i help you find your size?

yeah sure. i’m looking for ##X and ##Y, just need to see which fits better, depending on the cutting.

-ogling, with a frown and slight disbelieve-
hmm.. do you mind if i measured you, just to be sure?

move on to next counter —

hi miss, may i help you find your size?

yeah sure. i’m looking for ##X and ##Y, just need to see which fits better, depending on the cutting.

-ogling, with a frown and slight disbelieve-
hmm.. do you mind if i measured you, just to be sure?

— move on to next counter —
— repeat —

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