brasWell, I posted a full bikini shot last year, so it was only a matter of time before you guys saw me in my underwear. I guess we’re officially friends now.

So ladies, let me ask you two questions. 1) Have you ever gotten a professional bra fitting? And 2) Do you own a really nice bra (and I’m not talking Vicki’s Secret $50 special)?

If the answer to one or  both of those questions is no, it’s about time to treat your ta-tas. My first fitting at Intimacy with the company founder and “bra whisperer” Susan Nethero was a game changer and I recommend it to everyone. Here’s how it goes down:

1. You go into a comfy, private fitting room with your friendly bra fit consultant.
2. She checks out your rack (don’t be shy!) and chats with you about your concerns. Any of these ring a boob bell: More comfort, less back fat, more support, straps falling, straps or underwire digging, weight change affecting bra size, more cleavage, less cleavage, finding T-shirt bras, finding sexy bras in a large size, etc? I thought so.
3. She may show you why your current bra isn’t doing you any favors…

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bra fit 3#Yikes.

4. Then she goes back out into the brassiere wonderland while you text your boyfriend/husband that you’re trying on sexy underthings (if you have a man and don’t do this, we need to talk), check your Facebook, and/or critique yourself in the mirror (PS, no one notices your crow’s feet but you, so give yourself a break, beautiful).
5. Your new bosom buddy returns with handfuls of gorgeous bras, she’ll put ‘em on you and adjust (and show you how to get the most cleavage), and VOILA! You’ll be in love…and wanting to toss your ODB (ol’ dirty bra) in the trash C-A-N.

Check out the difference. I mean, thanks ODB for making me look pre-puberty flat-chested and just overall not cute. 
Slide1In addition to the realization that I needed to do a lingerie inventory and toss those non-flattering f*ckers, I gained a lot of bra knowledge (braledge?), such as: You should buy bras so they fit snugly on the first (loosest) hook. They lose elasticity with time, so as that happens, you’ll tighten them to the next hook(s) so they’ll fit better longer. Also: You should be wearing your bra strap LOWER on your back for the most comfort, less back fat, AND more boost. It’s like a see-saw: The lower the strap in the back, the higher your goods up front. Exhibit A (it’s not me, btw):
bra before and after
That poor woman had been going through life with more rolls than a Panera and all she needed was a new bra…

Another FYI: You might be surprised about your size. I was wearing a 36B and they fit me for a 34C, and crazily enough, that actually is my size (despite what ODB is demonstrating above). Most women wear a too-large band size and too-small cup size, so you feel skinny and big-breasted when they fit you for a smaller band and bigger cup (SCORE). And don’t be alarmed if the cup size is much larger than you thought. Intimacy carries up to a K cup (not to be confused with your Keurig), so there is less variation between the sizes for the most perfect, true fit. Just like all women don’t fit into dress sizes 0, 2, 4, and 6, they don’t all fit into A, B, C, or D cups.

Intimacy’s fancy lines–PrimaDonna, Marie Jo (shown below), Empreinte, Simone Perele, etc.–are all European and made using a very intricate process with more pieces than American-made bras and the highest quality fabrics as well as a “double-coating” of the underwire for way serious comfort.

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Put one on and you’ll never go back to your Victoria’s Secret numbers (and their underarm fat enhancement). Yes, they may be more expensive, but they’re going to last longer (if you treat them well) and make you feel more confident about your chest region, which for some females, is priceless. Oh, and it’s not all sexy lingerie up in there; you’ll find plenty of pretty T-shirt bras (even lace ones that surprisingly work under tees and tight tanks).

Do I wear all Intimacy bras, you ask? I wish. I need a raise (or a sugar daddy) before that happens. But I do like to treat myself to a fancy-schmancy bra and panty set twice(ish) a year, which will make for a fab collection in the semi-near future.

Intimacy has locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Philly, San Diego, Scottsdale, and D.C. and the fitting is complimentary. If you don’t have a location near you, I recommend visiting Atlanta (I’ll buy you a drink, duh), finding a specialist in your area with great reviews, or seeing the lovely ladies at Nordstrom. And I’m not knocking Vicki’s because I know they have some fantastic fitters–I’ve just never loved their bras (sorry, ex-boyfriend who bought me one).

So grab the twins and take them to get FIT!

LYLAS,
Ashley

*Psst, we’re doing a giveaway for $100 Intimacy gift cards on the Witty + Pretty Facebook page, so head on over there (make sure you like the page) and enter to win!
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Comments

  1. Nikky Williams Chang says:

    Herro, new fan here. i want gift card but no see where enter? fank you.

  2. Widdi Turner says:

    OMG! I have never had a good fitting bra, but I figured I was so flatchested, what was the point? I went thru my lingerie drawer the other day and there are at least 4 different sizes, and all the elastic was shot in all of them. I seriously can’t remember the last time I bought a bra. I’m currently living in sports bras, out of laziness. HELP!!

  3. Never been fitted – I usually drop my moolah elsewhere and figured for a girl who can still wear bathing suit tops from the girls section probably doesn’t need to waste her time… but I’ve always longed for a really awesome set of lingerie because, well, I want to feel like a lady, dang it.

    I know of several gals who have gone and all swear it’s worth the time and money, so I may have to bite the bullet and do something special for the girls!

  4. Elizabeth W says:

    My main concern is finding something nice and pretty in my size! I feel a store like Intimacy could really help me out with my bra problems and I’d love to win a $100 gift card to check them out!

  5. [...] always on the hunt for the perfect sports bra. As a modest 34C (or so the experts tell me), I don’t need the MOST intensive support, but I do NOT like the girls to be bouncing around [...]

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