As a woman, I am flawed. There’s something wrong with me. Most people would never notice my defect. It has sort of been my own secret kind of shame. (By now, you’re probably thinking “this must be something really terrible.”)
Here it is: I don’t own a bra that I can stand wearing for more than three hours at a time.
Seriously, I’m a wife, a mother, a business owner, a world traveler – and I wear pull over the head comfort bras – all the time. And if I could get away with wearing nothing, I would. True confession of the most ridiculous kind. Did I mention that my dearest friend is Carla Mackie, a Master Bra Fitter and owner of Uplift Intimate Apparel? This little tidbit might help you understand my shame. So, why am I telling you this? I’m writing this because I’ve learned that I’m not alone. I’m not flawed. There’s no shame. There’s a solution, and for me it took time.
After trying on hundreds of bras over the past 2+ years, I’m thrilled to announce that with Carla’s help, I’ve found a bra that I really like (love is strong word that has to be used carefully). I can wear this bra for 12+ hours without wanting to rip my skin off. It feels great and it shapes me beautifully. And now I understand how women can write these glowing reviews for Carla, Katie and Sarah at Uplift. I get how having a properly fitted bra can be empowering – like the Superman suit that Clark Kent wore (or better yet, Wonder Woman). And guess what, the bras that work for me might not work for you. Here’s the kicker .. your “Wonder Woman” bras are out there just waiting for you to find them.
The moral of the story is that Carla didn’t give up on me, even though I was more than ready to give up on myself. She kept having me try on bras .. different sizes, different styles, different designers, different fabrics. She made me try on bras at different times of the month, of the year. She talked to the designers she worked with and the reps that support them look for a solution for me. And the only thing she ever said to me was “we haven’t found the right bra for you yet.”
I’m a believer. I’m no longer flawed (in this area). There’s no shame. I’m a woman who wears “big girl bras” that are properly fit, and I look and feel fabulous wearing them.
The next giant to slay .. underwear! Stay tuned!