I've been thinking a lot about intimates lately. It's not like my brain is sex-addled or anything! Get yo' head outta the gutter! I'm not thinking Fredrick's of Hollywood or anything - er not that I'd judge if that's your thing... but I digress...
I mean, as I lost weight over the past year or so, it was obvious when I had to replace my clothes. I went through sooooooooooooo many pairs of jeans, a bijillion sweaters, tops, jackets etc. In fact, it was my weight loss that prompted my huge reliance on thrifted clothing, because it became too expensive to get a whole new wardrobe at full retail prices every time I went down a size (which was about every few months).
But, the last thing I thought about were my intimates. I don't know why. I just didn't. Recently, my friend convinced me it was time to get the correct size underwear. Oh man, let me tell you about underwear that fits! WOW. It's like a whole new world. No wedgies, no weird fabric bunching under clothes...
Then I started to realize that with all the weight loss, not only did I lose booty, but I lost cup size - well, cup size plus chest size.
In fact, I'm back at my very measly high school chest size: 34A. Back in high school, I used to be anxious about being relatively flat-chested. I once had a high school boyfriend tell me I could use a little MiracleGro for my chest (THAT relationship didn't last long). I had people tell me I was so flat that I looked like a boy. I tried every push up bra Victoria Secret wanted to sell me.
But now that I'm older, honestly, I see things a little differently. I don't have any bouncing problems or pain when running. I can forgo a bra if need be with summer clothing. I don't have to worry about my chest giving me back pain. I dunno, I guess I LIKE having a small chest! So I didn't really mind when I realized it was time to go down a size. I was happy to see a recent NY Times article, letting me know that I'm not alone in my embracement of what little mother nature gave me :)
So anyway, that was my little self-revelation, and musing at how far I've come since high school in terms of accepting and loving my own body.
But now, I'm on the hunt for new bras. In general, I'm a gal who loves her work horse bras - the nude racerback ones are particularly comfy and resist bra strap exposure troubles. But, I'd also like a few nice ones that make a gal feel extra pretty! I've noticed a lot by Elle Mcpherson at Nordy Rack that have gorgeous lace. And I've been scoping out a few around the nets:
of course starting with a few at Anthropologie:
Then some others that caught my eye:
But do y'all have any favorite intimate brands? What do you look for in your bras? Do you go for the workhorse bra or the pretty bra?