In my life time I have been a B Cup, a C cup, a D cup, a double D cup, an E cup and an F cup.
But after much discussion with other women, I have started to realise my regular bra shopping is a bit odd. Do you know how many women are out there that hardly ever go bra shopping?? It's outrageous. There is a cohort of grown, intelligent women walking around with the wrong size bra on.
For example, last night I was discussing this with a friend who was convinced she was a C cup and finally went to get measured (after sound advice from moi) only to discover she was an F. She was shocked.
"Yeah? So what?" I said, "I'm an F."
Apparently, being an F cup just was not plausible in her head. She was so attached to the 'idea' or 'belief' that she was a C cup.
Do we define ourselves in our head by our bra size? Like we do with our gender, our jobs and our relationship status?
Are our Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder sizes directly linked to our self perceptions?
One of my more traumatic teenage memories is of going to the Bendon Factory every week (maybe this is where my regular bra shopping stems from) and having my mother sigh as she had to purchase yet another bra (size double D) and having her exclaim loud enough for the entire shop to hear:
"Well they can't get any bloody bigger!"
Well, I've got news for you Mummy. They did!
I was always under the misguided illusion that after you had babies your titties got smaller - hahaha. That is a huge joke for me. I think my breasts might be like men's ears or noses - they will just keep growing until I'm dead and possibly after. But am I more comfortable with my fluctuating large breast size because they have always been 'big'? Big as in sore back big. Big as in men, women and small children like to take a good look at them when they are talking to me. Big as in people feel comfortable to comment on them "Wow! You have huge boobs!" as if they are commenting on an item of clothing I am wearing. My breasts have regularly been the topic of many conversations. So I don't really have a problem with having a large cup size. I was always resigned to having to walk past the racks of pretty tiny bras to find the ones with more support. Hey! Here's a news flash bra manufacturers - girls with big boobs like pretty bras too! Just because you have big boobs doesn't mean you automatically love the old lady glam look…..
Anyway, I digress. My point to this article was that many women do not get fitted regularly, they are obsessed with their one true cup size that is not even their REAL cup size and they don't buy bras for long spaces of time and by that I mean looooooonnnnng spaces. I knew someone who hadn't bought a new bra since they moved to New Zealand - 5 years ago!!
My response to finding this out was "Are you fucking crazy??"
This is completely unacceptable. I urge you all to go out bra shopping. Get measured! And don't expect your bra size to be a constant state of affairs.