Today, I went bra shopping. For most of you, this is a simple thing. Not for me. I haven't bought a bra since my reduction, so I had no idea what size I am. Wait, that's not true. I have been living in sports bras for the last 2+ years. I decided today that I wanted something a little girlier...maybe even a sexy black one. I've never owned a black bra...they don't make them in my old, huge size.
I was all excited as we entered Walmart. That's right, Walmart. You see, I was never able to buy a "cheap" bra at Walmart. Heck, I couldn't buy an expensive bra there, either. They didn't carry my huge size. I always had to go to the department stores in the mall, where the sales ladies would look at me like I was a freak. (If you are a big girl who doesn't wear expensive clothes and you have to shop in a department store, you know the looks I am talking about) Anyway, I headed to the bras, and was overwhelmed by the selection. My only problem was, I had no idea what size to start with. I know I am pretty big around, but I have no idea what cup size, so I grabbed a bunch of different sizes and styles and headed for the fitting room.
Not one of them fit right.
The first one I tried on wasn't thick enough under the arms. When I had my surgery, they cut me from under one arm to under the other arm. My skin kind of comes to a point now under each arm, and the thin straps were not comfortable. They didn't cover enough and cut right into that skin. So, off that one went and I tried the next one. The cups were too big. It was a "C". The next one was a "B", and the cups were fine, but the same thing was wrong with the side part. And the same thing was wrong with all of the rest I had in there.
My excitement quickly turned to frustration when I realized that I wouldn't find a bra that fit properly. Resigned, I headed over to the sports bras, and still didn't find any that I liked. Of course, they didn't have the style I am currently wearing, and they are really comfortable. I guess I'll have to make a trip to the mall and deal with the stares as I try to find a bra that will fit properly.
I am not looking forward to that at all...