Have you ever been professionally fitted for a bra? I’m embarrassed to say that up until a few weeks ago, I had not. I’m not even sure how I determined what my size was. I think I got my first bra years and years ago, and went up a size every time that first bra felt too tight. Now, as an adult, I’ve been wearing the same size for years and years and hadn’t given it very much thought until Chantelle Paris invited me into Saks for a professional fitting.
I was intrigued (I already was familiar with Chantelle’s lingerie – it’s really beautiful and excellent quality), but the invite made me instantly wonder whether or not I was indeed wearing the right size. Spoiler alert: I was not.
I headed to Saks and met up with Chantelle’s brand consultant, Nicole Liccardi. I was a little nervous. Was I going to need to get completely topless? (No.) Would it be weird and awkward? (No.) Of course, standing there with a stranger in just your bra is a little bit weird, but Nicole immediately put my mind at ease.
The fitting took just a minute (it turns out I was wearing one cup size too small — oops) and then we got to the fun part. Trying the bras on! Next week I’m going to tell you more about the bras I tried (and a fun contest the brand is running) but I loved everything I tried.
If you’ve never been professionally fitted, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s really important. Nicole told me that she’s had clients look like they’ve dropped 10 pounds upon finding the right size and style bra. My own bra transformation wasn’t quite as dramatic, but I definitely felt like the bras looked better on… which made me feel a lot more confident.
photography by Lydia Hudgens.
In collaboration with Chantelle Paris.