While I know that its a really good idea to get measured for bras reasonably often, I haven’t actually been measured in…um…2 years. I ended up going to House of Fraser last weekend in Cabot Circus, and compared to my previous experience at John Lewis, it was kinda disappointing. Took off my top, measure, measure, given a bra to try, shoo’ed out of the changing rooms. Not quite the 45 minutes I spent at John Lewis with the lady fetching different bras and explaining the differences in fit. (Did you know that despite the standard sizing we all know and er, love, sizing varies between brands so much that some brands don’t do the double letters?)
I was told that my new measurement was up 3 bands and down a cup from what I previously was told – I understand bands going up (cause y’know, chub) but going down a cup? The benefit of changing sizes at least is that my size seems to be a little less common (at least judging by the tiny amount of choice at House of Fraser – 3 styles out of the whole department?) so perhaps I’ll be able to grab a few bargains in the sales?
(For the readers who’ve been about for a year or so, the personal shopper was at the till when I went to pay, and she was just as rude as before. Perhaps she just hates me. Or people.)
After spending £90 on three bras, I thought I’d have a look online for cheaper alternatives – I needed to replace all of my bras, and I can’t afford to cough up £30 for each one!
I had heard of Boux Avenue* before, but this was my first order. £22 for 3 bras (with the matching pants, of course) was a much nicer price to pay. The website is pretty as well, with nice clear photos, easy navigation but with little embellishments that make it feel more chic than some of the high street lingerie chains. The website allows you to set a profile where you tell it your sizes, and it will then highlight items available in those sizes. Sounds really obvious when you think about it, but I can’t think of any other website that does that!
My order came gift wrapped – its free, and its something they suggest to make your purchase a bit more special – lets face it, any parcel is way more exciting when its wrapped up in pretty lace printed tissue.
I bought the Antoinette* set, the Greta* set and the Origami* set – there’s a buy 2 get 1 free offer on at the moment as well. The sizing seems a little smaller than the bras I bought at the weekend, but still very comfortable. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to post a photo of me wearing the bra – that’s just too weird)
I’m definitely going to be buying more from Boux Avenue, it’s so nice to find pretty bras at affordable prices, especially when they goes up to a 40G in most styles at the same cost as a 30A.
(this was in no way sponsored, I just really liked these and wanted to share, especially as its apparently National Underwear Day today where we’re encouraged to chuck away the ill fitting, greying, wires popping out bits in our undie drawers.)