I Took Someone for a Bra Fitting!

I am back.

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ee-hee, it was a fun time

I had internet problems during my vacations, and it made me pretty angry for a while, but since I was in Miami Beach having a nice time, I decided to take vacations from the blog, as I was unable to write, and come back with news later. Now I am back and ready for this new year, which will be Under the Unders’ second year and my 20th year (actually, I turn twenty today, the 13th. Isn’t that exciting?). I hope it will be a great year and I have the intention of keeping the blog updated and with lots of nice pictures and good content.

Back to the main topic, while I was in the city, I took my mother and a friend to get fitted at Intimacy, located on Aventura Mall. They both wanted to shop at Victoria’s Secret, obviously because of the store’s different options and low price (specially on the Semi Annual Sale). Knowing that Victoria’s Secret has probably one of the worst fitting services on the US, even though they got my sizing almost right -I could be a band or two smaller, but I actually feel pretty comfortable in a 32D-, I decided to take both of them to real fitters before they shopped.

Each one went a different day and got fitted with a different person, but they both were middle-40s women that never got fitted. The fitting method was the same, and I got to write one of them down, apart from taking some pictures of the bras and store (since I wanted to preserve the women’s identity, I didn’t take pictures of them), in an experience I am about to describe now, for the ones interested in bra fitting and for the ones who would like to know how a fitter works.

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The store shopping bags. Bras are quite expensive there, but the fitting job is really awesome.

Arriving in the store, we were received with smiles and may-I-help-you? faces, for whom I said we wanted to have a fitting. So, the fitter took us inside to one of the fitting rooms, where the lightning was pleasant, and explained that they did not used measuring tapes. Asking what size the customer usually worn, I helped providing the information on what did a brazilian size meant (42=34B, 44=36B and so on), and the fitter explained to both of us they didn’t use measuring tapes, they would be trying on bras and fixing little problems so that the customer would eventually find the perfect bra.

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Details of the fitting room

Following that logic, the fitter brought to the customer a 30E bra, a Marie Jo ‘Avero’, which was clearly too tight on the back, but just a tad big on the cups. She went away and brought a 32D, another Marie Jo ‘Avero’. The fitter on my first visit was keen to explain every step to us, but the one on the second seemed a little tired, so I was the one that explained to the customer, my friend, that she brought a different size, bigger on the back but a little smaller on the cups, and the letter changed because when we go up a number on the back, we must go down a letter on the cup, although she did went a letter down, because after the D, there is the DD bra. I thought this second woman could have had a little more care when talking to someone that never got fitted (I stated that on the beginning of the talk), but maybe she just forgot about it or assumed we knew it.

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After trying Marie Jo’s bras, we ended up hanging them on the wall.

After concluding that a 32D was a good size for her (she was wearing a 34B when arriving, which is the Brazilian 42 size), the fitter proceeded to ask what kind of bras the customer would like to try. Since she was not looking for anything specific, the fitter was requested to bring something sexy that could be worn on a regular basis. Then, as the customer said she liked the model with push up, the fitter brought two Chantelle bras, the ‘Opera’ and the ‘Merci’. The Opera was her favorite, because of the lace details – and I agreed it looked really good.

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Chantelle Opera bra, in dark grey.

They did have matching panties, which was good, and the color of the bra was a pretty easy color to match with other ones. Overall, I really like the experience in taking family and friends to get fitted. In addition to that, I guess that being inside the fitting room while that happened helped me understand a lot more about the process of fitting, which I intend to know more and more each time, since it’s exactly what the brazilian lingerie market need the most.

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Chantelle Merci bra. Another great option, but more colorful.

Now my friend could easily buy at Victoria’s Secret. By having the correct number of her perfect bra, she can choose which model will she take, being comfortable in many styles, in a wide range of prices. It just took us a little step to another store, one with real experienced fitters – or at least some with knowledge of that subject!

You can visit Intimacy’s website and schedule your own fitting, if you wish so.

On that subject, I would like to link some of my friends articles on Victoria’s Secret bad fitting process:

Bratabase’s Why You Shouldn’t Go to Victoria’s Secret for a Fitting

Boosaurus’ In-Store Bra Fitting: Victoria’s Secret

Braless in Brazil’s Remeasuring for Victoria’s Secret

Miss Shapen’s Victoria’s Secret Crappy Fitting Techniques

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I Took Someone for a Bra Fitting!

Sutiã Brasileiro: Resultados

Disclaimer: This post is connected to my last post in portuguese. It shows the results and comments of three girls I helped with my article. All of them feel more comfortable with new bras, even if some of them don’t fit perfectly. It’s extremely important to try on the bra you’re about to buy, but sometimes this is impossible (specially when shopping online from another country). 

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Por conta da minha última postagem em português, aquela que ensina a achar o sutiã certo, recebi mensagens de mulheres que decidiram trocar seus sutiãs por uma versão do tamanho certo. É muito importante entender que as mulheres brasileiras não têm o exemplo diário do uso de sutiã com duas medidas, por isso muitas vezes é difícil compreender a importância ou se adaptar. É preciso manter suas medidas sempre atualizadas e buscar sempre juntar o conforto com a beleza. Foi isso que as três mulheres que aceitaram dividir suas histórias comigo fizeram.

 

Thai Miranda

Tenho uma diferença de uns 30cm entre a medida do busto e abaixo do busto (sendo que tenho 116cm de busto!) e estava com muita dúvida do tamanho. Depois de ter resmungado um pouco, e tido um pouco de dúvida ao usar a calculadora, consegui descobrir que meu tamanho era 40G. No dia seguinte eu comprei um sutiã no site Fresh Pair.
 
Estava com muita vontade de comprar um sutiã diferente dos que eu sempre tive, um modelo colorido e cheio de detalhes, mas essa primeira compra era uma aposta… não tinha como saber se tudo ia dar certo sem provar, não é? Então escolhi um modelo que julgo ser um “curinga” e com um preço que não ia doer tanto se desse errado. Chegou em exatos 30 dias!
 
As alças são removíveis e tem 6 ‘casas’ para encaixá-las, o que dá várias formas de uso. Como não sei muito sobre costuras, não sei dizer se ele é o sutiã certo para meus seios, mas me senti muito confortável nele.
 
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Comentários: A história da Thai era bem complicada. No Brasil, os sutiãs disponíveis em lojas de departamento e na maioria das lojas de lingerie têm taças do tamanho B, mas os seios dela eram do tamanho G! Dá pra imaginar o desconforto… Podemos ver que ela ficou insegura quanto ao tamanho, mas isso é um problema que pode ser resolvido. Muitas lojas têm uma política de devolução, ou seja, se o sutiã não for como imaginou, basta apenas pagar o frete de volta pra loja e pedir outro. Isso varia de marca para marca, mas sempre vale a pena checar no site que se compra. Quanto às costuras que ela mencionou: estão certas! Para seios plus size/full bust (seios tamanho DD+ com costas largas/seios tamanho DD+ com costas finas), é bom que o sutiã tenha costuras verticais e horizontais na taça, como esse da Thai tem. A maioria das marcas plus size oferecem isso, mas é sempre bom verificar!
 
 
Thays Gonçalves
 
Eu usava tamanho 40, 42 ou até mesmo 44 dos modelos das lojas Marisa e C&A. Eles deixavam meus seios tortos, deformados ou até mesmo sobrava espaço no bojo. Tanto sentia isso que me sentia desprotegida, não dava pra correr, por exemplo. 

 
Há alguns dias atrás eu fui pela primeira vez na Loungerie, provei cerca de 20 sutiãs tamanho 42B (ou 32B US) e estou muito feliz com o resultado! Finalmente o nome que minha mãe dá aos sutiãs faz sentido, eu amo meus novos segura-teta! 
 
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Comentários: Você pode ter reconhecido essa imagem do nosso Guest Post, onde Thays contou sobre sua cinta liga da Kiss me Deadly!  O sutiã, a outra aquisição dela, também é lindo. Pela foto, fica um pouco difícil analisar precisamente, mas tenho minhas dúvidas quanto ao tamanho da taça. Acho que poderia ser um número maior, já que o aro parece estar terminando ainda no tecido dos seios dela. De qualquer forma, ela se sente confortável nesse, e isso é muito importante. De lado, conseguimos ver que os seios não são comprimidos dentro do sutiã, dando um formato muito bonito para eles.

 

Larissa Magdaleno

Demorei muito tempo pra me encontrar no mundo dos sutiãs. Eu sempre tentava me encaixar nas formas e tamanhos das lojas mas nunca funcionou muito, pois além de ter muito peito, minhas costas são largas. As taças nunca susentavam direito, o sutiã ficava subindo nas minhas costas, era um desconforto só.
 
Uma das maiores frustrações de ter seios grandes é que é difícil encontrar um sutiã em lojas mais em conta que sirvam e que não sejam de amamentação… mas enfim. Fui de loja em loja, gastei muito dinheiro à toa, mas agora finalmente aprendi como comprar o sutiã perfeito pra mim. Não adianta um meia-taça, nem muito fraquinho. Tem que sustentar, a taça tem que ser maior mesmo.
 
Eu tenho dois métodos pessoais pra comprar sutiã que vão além do olhar-tocar-medir-experimentar. Eu gosto de andar pela loja com o sutiã, correr e pular com ele. Se ele faz com que meus peitos pulem pra fora com o menor movimento, eu não compro. Pareço doida dentro da loja, mas ajuda bastante!
 
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Esse sutiã rosa é da Miz couture, mas eu comprei numa loja física. É um dos mais bonitos que eu tenho, porque infelizmente é complicado comprar sutiãs lindos e maravilhosos pro meu tamanho (que varia entre o 48 e o 50D)  num preço que caiba no meu bolso. 

 

Comentários: A Larissa me enviou algumas outras fotos com um sutiã da Triumph que ela julgava mais confortável, mas com um tamanho errado. Mesmo esse rosa tem alguns “errinhos”. Para começar, o tamanho da taça é menor do que deveria, acredito que ela se sentiria mais segura e confortável em um tamanho maior. Como mencionei no sutiã da Thai, uma mulher com seios grandes deve, ao procurar por sustentação, tentar encontrar costuras horizontais e verticais, esse sutiã da Larissa tem somente a costura horizontal. Porém, só podemos avaliar a sustentação ao usá-lo, e acredito que pular pela loja seja realmente uma boa maneira de testar! Ainda assim, sugiro que a Larissa -ou qualquer outra mulher com um corpo parecido- procure em sites como o que a Thai encontrou, ou o Sophisticated Pair, onde sutiãs plus size/full bust são bastante encontrados!

 

Muitas vezes, pequenos erros são comuns. Mas mesmo assim, podemos entender que a possibilidade de encontrar um sutiã que caiba é muito boa e faz com que as mulheres se sintam melhor com seus corpos. É muito importante lembrar que não existe um tipo de corpo errado, que a roupa deve se acomodar em sua pele, não o contrário. Um sutiã bom pode mudar seu dia e fazer você amar seu corpo ainda mais!

Sutiã Brasileiro: Resultados

UK Lingerie Trip

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A funny picture of myself in Camden Town, today. London is an amazing place.

So, this is about to be a little post with plenty of photos and a bit about how my first days in London have been. I won’t be telling details about everything related to my trip because I guess just the lingerie parts are important (since this is, obviously, a lingerie blog).

First of all, I met Mira from Lost in Lingerie. She and her parter are absolutely lovely, we had a great time together. We got to talk about our lives, lingerie plans, I saw a preview of the next photoset that will be on her blog, we laughed a lot and I ate something delicious.

Mira and I after brunch, on St. Pancras railway. Beautiful place, sweet people.
Mira and I after brunch, on St. Pancras railway. Beautiful place, sweet people.

After that, I went to the famous Oxford Street for a walk and some shopping. I knew that Victoria’s Secret was near there, so I stopped by because I needed a bra that wasn’t about to be expensive, I needed proper fitting and I needed lounge pants and soft, cheap, cute panties. Victoria’s Secret may not have my favorite marketing strategy and I may not agree with all the magic that surrounds the idea of being an Angel (specially as I was a model before and I have felt how hard this is), but I really like some of their pieces and the smell of their body washes.

The back of the wings worn by Doutzen Kroes in 2011 in the Ballet section
The back of the wings worn by Doutzen Kroes in 2011 in the Ballet section

Therefore, I entered the big store and, after a few minutes mentally screaming “OH MY GOD” to the Angels outfits exposed, got to the fitting rooms for a proper fitting. As I’ve been measured as a 34B by a VS lady a while ago, I wasn’t very sure about the pink measuring tape they had around their neck. But the method they used was really nice, as a matter of fact. The lady measured my back and came to the conclusion that I was a 32 (something I already knew, since the band on the 34 was too large). Then, she started on a B cup and I tried it on, even though I was sure that I was a C cup. Then, she brought me a C cup and… it was too small. Maybe my boobs got bigger as I put on some weight (yay!), maybe they were always like this and I had never noticed. However, I tried on the next cup size and it fits just perfect. I can finally assume that I am a 32D girl.

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That stated, I bought a basic black bra (oh, not all VS styles come in this size. I wanted one from the PINK section because they are comfortable and cheap, so I could only find one), a lounge pant in this dark blue shade which I loved and some panties. And I got a PINK dog, which is lovely. Is my second dog (they are cute! you can tell that I get excited with these silly stuff because I can’t get in touch with them home, only when I’m abroad).

Sometimes, I like sexy panties. Sometimes, I like funny ones.
Sometimes, I like sexy panties. Sometimes, I like funny ones.

Then, on the next day, I got tired of funny patterns and cotton. I walked to the nearest Agent Provocateur store and, as they were on sale, I could buy a whole lingerie set. Normally, I would only have money for a bra, or maybe a bra and some panties that did not match. But not this time. The lady that helped me was absolutely sweet and we ended up having a good time trying on bras on me. Her middle name, by coincidence, was Manuela! I got caught between this set and a bright pink one. I thought for a bit and decided that I already had enough black things (besides the fact that I am probably going to get some more tomorrow…), so I would go for the bright pink and red one. And so I did!

The chosen one. I really, really love this. It's totally out of my comfort zone.
The chosen one. I really, really love this. It’s totally out of my comfort zone.

I am still going to buy stockings to match this set full of satin and lace, and tomorrow I have time to visit some other stores. I will be sure to take more pictures and share them all with you!

UK Lingerie Trip