Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Size Matters!

One of the most important elements of every outfit is one that is mostly hidden or invisible if it fits correctly. Never underestimate the importance of a bra that supports and fits well.



There was a threat of rain today and it was a cool morning so I wore jeans, a tank top and very light weight jacket. The tassel necklace and clothing are from Chico's and the shoes are from T.J.Maxx.

Now lets talk about how things can go wrong with this outfit. Fit is very important and it starts with the foundation. If the bra is too small it will be very uncomfortable all day, not to mention there will be unattractive spillage and pulling in all the wrong places. If I remove my jacket in the afternoon, do I really want this to be what people see? I think not!




Note that I am not nearly as thin as you thought I was. 
I dress to conceal and draw attention away from those jiggly bits and the muffin tops.




This bra is too small in the band and a cup size too small so I would never wear it at my current weight. As much or as little as five pounds gained or lost can mean a different bra size. If you haven't been fitted for a bra in a few years, I highly recommend it. Wearing the correct size makes a huge difference in your comfort and also how your clothes look. You will actually look thinner in the correct size.

While we are on the subject of bras, I can't think of one reason to ever buy a white bra. No matter what color you wear it with, it is going to show through your clothes. I have two colors: nude for almost daily wear and black to wear with darker colors.

Bras and panties should hug you, not cut into you. I never want to have VPL (visible panty lines) any more than I want a bra that takes center stage.


Now lets take a look at the correct size bra with a white tank top.



I am wearing Vanity Fair Beautiful Benefits Full Figure (Style #76-380).

  

Oh that's much better! Now you know why I almost always wear that third piece. 



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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Which brand and style are you wearing in the correct photo, Susan? I have been fitted and each and every time they leave the breast too low. I think your fit is and level are perfect. They say it should be exactly between the shoulder and elbow- but for me, short waisted- I need higher - above the mid point.

Polly Sue said...

Oh Wow!! Susan, do you have a brand or style that you like? I am a similar body type..

nomadjanet said...

I also love a third piece, it gets a little challenging during a.Texas August but looks so much more put together. Where do you recommend.getting a bra fitting? By the way, love the jacket and the look.

Susan said...

I am wearing Vanity Fair Beautiful Benefits Full Figure (Style #76-380)

Robin said...

Thank you for a very informative and honest blog. I was a bit surprised to see you in a white tank. Previously you had blogged about not wearing white near your face. That comment surprised me because of your hair color. I have salt/pepper grey. I had my "colors" done years ago and am a winter so I thought I should wear white rather than beige near my face. What seasonal "color" are you? Always look forward to your blogs!

Susan said...

I have been told I am a cool summer but I love black and white. I just try to compensate with makeup and sunglasses if I wear a color that is too harsh for me.

Soma is a great place to get fitted for a bra but I recommend measuring yourself and then trying on several bra styles and sizes to find the right one for your body.

Laura said...

Great post and excellent information. Thanks for being a guinea pig!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan, I would love to know what brand of panties you would suggest if you have a muffin top? I have a muffin top and my waistline on the panties seem to always roll down. Love your blog!

Lynn said...

Thanks for being brave enough to show the before. It sure proves the power of three....

Chris Robson said...

Susan, awesome blog! You prove the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words!" I have lost 10 pounds, hope to lose 5 to 10 more, so yes I will be getting fitted for a new bra ASAP! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Susan for a very informative post! A picture is worth a 1000 words. Recently I've gained less than 10 lb, but upping my bra cup has made a tremendous difference in my clothes appearance. The lesson here - buy a new bra, not new tops! Thanks again! ~ Betty (SC)

Susan said...

Vanity Fair Perfectly Yours Seamfree Tailored Brief Panty 13083 works best for me.

christy said...

A great post. As other commenters have said a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Thanks so much for being brave and using your pictures to illustrate that buying a new bra is more important than buying new tops.

Chris, BC

Joanne said...

Does Vanity Fair make a "Fat But Flat" bra? haha! That's what I would need.

Becky said...

Very nice post. Thank you for being so open and vulnerable. I have a lot of respect for people on the web who are so real. Did you keep the same tank top on? Or did you change up to a larger size? I won't wear a shirt that shows my surplus, even with a jacket over the top. At my age, I WILL at some point be ripping my jacket off for a power surge! Respectfully, Becky W

Susan said...

I did change to a fresh tank top in the same size for the second picture.

Donna said...

Very nice post...corralling the girls is something most of us struggle with at some time. One of my favorite bras is Shapeez Unbelieveabra. It is a pullon with a smooth back, which is so comfortable. Most women wear a bra that is far too small.. As with anything we wear, fit is everything. You are the best for being so candid.