Thursday, February 10, 2011

Embrace Your Shape Series. Part 1

There is a misconception that full bust means full figure. They are actually two different body shapes. Over the next few blog entries we are going to focus on different body shapes and what works best for each them. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule (I know, I am one of them), not all the advice will apply to your unique shape. As you read on you may say to yourself “that’s my shape”. Great, keep that suggestion and get it working for you, if it doesn’t apply to your shape than discard it and move on. You may even find you are a combo of two different shapes. You are not alone. We are all so unique that you can’t completely box us into just one category.

So what is the best shape to be? Simple. There is no best shape. You are distinct and one of a kind. Despite what the fashion magazines tell us, it isn’t a popularity contest. We are never going to look like the models in those magazines. Heck, the models don’t even look like that in real life. The goal is to work with what you’ve got. We all want what we don’t have- I want long lean legs but it is never going to happen so instead of trying to figure out how to stretch the bones in my legs, ouch! I am going to focus on my assets. And that’s what we want you to do.
Your body shape has very little to do with what the scales say or what size clothing you wear but rather it is determined by your measurements, a proportional description of your figure. A woman of any shape can be of any size and any size range: petite, average or tall. You may have heard of our body shapes labelled as fruit: The Apple, The Pear and the Hourglass. The Hourglass? That is not a fruit. Who came up with these categories ?

No matter your shape or size, the first step is building on a good foundation. Ah. Good old foundational garments are not what they used to be. And thank God for that! When is the last time you had a bra fitting? A year, two or maybe never. We can’t emphasize enough how much of a difference it makes in how your clothes will fit and how you will carry yourself by wearing a proper fitting bra. You and those around you will see a new found confidence and may even ask “have you lost weight?” just from putting on a supportive bra that lifts the girls up, and puts them where they should be. If you have ever complained about the back riding up, your cup runneth over, or the straps keep falling then you need to see a professional fitter.

When is the last time you cleaned out your panty drawer? It’s time to sort through the good, the bad and the ugly and ask yourself a few questions: “Would I be horrified to let the ER team see me in this?”, “Is it stretched out and thread bare?”, “Are the leg bands digging into your thighs?”, “Is the seat saggy?”. At The Girls Bra Shop we have beautiful matching panties for most of the bras. They are made for real curves and hug in all the right places. We also have some really great basics like Warner’s, Calvin Klein and Hanky Panky. Talk to any of the Girls and they will tell you all 3 brands are staples for any lingerie drawer.

So let’s start with a good fitting. You can book an appointment or just drop in. Stay tuned for when we take a look at the Apple Shape and what styles work best for her.

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