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Friday, September 24, 2010

The first thing I put on is the last thing I think about...

fair warning... if you don't want to hear me talk about underwear and such, skip this post...



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:

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

Then some others that caught my eye:
Agent Provocateur at ShopStyle

Elle Macpherson at ShopStyle

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?


vintageglam1234 said...

Hey Lori
Great post!
I love Elle Macpherson bras too, they are so pretty.
I think i'm leaning towards workhorse bras more than pretty bras these days. I used to love little frilly details, and cute bra straps, but I find they are just not practical and tend to show through my clothes. I'm on the lookout for a new strapless nude bra - these are wonderful things that look flawless under anything really!
Well, I guess it's also due to the fact that i am married now and don't need to "impress" as much..hehehe

LilMissSeamstress said...


My heart goes out to you, I have had the same issue with my babies ever since.. well pretty much all the time.

I personally never believed on Victoria Secrete push up and what not bras.. but recently found out their line for a smaller sized girls(not junior..)forgot the name of the line though... Purchased just a very basic workhorse bra and absolutly satisfy!! Now I own the same bra and bought multiple and it became one and only bra I wear for last 2 years.

Lori said...

Thanks girls!

@Jen I never was able to get used to the strapless bras for long periods of time. Let me know if you find a good one!

@LilMissSeamstress I will look into VS's line for smaller sized girls, I don't think I've ever noticed any mention of it?

LilMissSeamstress said...

OK the line is(was) called Intimissimi, and also found out that Victoria Secret discontinued... good thing I bought multiple bras.. I am safe for a while.

Now I am back in search for my perfect bra...

Lori said...

@LilMissSeamStress thanks for looking that up. Too bad it was discontinued! I guess they had a hard time toting that line when they were pushing (lol) their push-up bras all the time...

gck said...

I like Calvin Klein for smaller sizes. Their stuff tends to be plainer than Elle MacPherson, which is my personal preference. I've bought them from Nordstrom Rack, and online sales (Macy's, Bare Necessities, etc.) can be great if you already know a size/style that fits well.

Lori said...

@gck me too! My old bras were Calvin Klein. Neutral racer backs. They were so comfy and held up well. I'll have to stalk them in my new size now!

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