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Houston, we have a winner!

Okay, I’ll admit that don’t have any, um, of her stuff, including the bills, but I am not posting a photo of me in the new, um, purchase.

But I did promise I’d return and report.

So here is breaking news! An update of Round #2 of the Great Bra Hunt. In case you missed Round #1, here’s the short version:

▪   I got a flyer from Jockey Bra with an option for a private, AT HOME, fit kit.
▪   I FAILED MISERABLY at first attempt at fitting
▪   And I threw the kit away before making sure my fit, well, fit.
▪   Jockey Bra sent me new kit. With guidelines on which area of the kit to focus on in my new fit process. 
▪   I tried again. Ordered two more bras. (Did not throw away kit, though I can no longer remember where I stashed it so I “wouldn’t forget where I put it.” I am putting steps on my FitBit looking for it, though.)

So I ordered two styles to try. I decided to, um, give the two styles a workout (i.e. wear them more than once), before rushing into a purchase, though there was a clear early winner.

The problem with “testing” a bra is that you can’t wear them several days in a row. Apparently a bra needs at least a two day rest from the arduous task of fighting off gravity on behalf of the girls. So imagine one of those time passing songs here while I attempted to actually test the bras for comfort and long-term fit. (Though “long term” is problematical at my age. O.O )

While I waited, Jockey Bra sent me some coupons. And then some more coupons. My favorite was the birthday coupon that expired in….wait for it…2013.

I didn’t notice this until it failed to pass the online test and I had to CALL. On the PHONE. And—horror of horrors—got a DUDE. Yes, I’m a sexist when it comes to ordering bras. Even on the phone. When he realized I was ordering bras, he could have at least pretended to be a girl. IMHO.

Now I totally realize that a phone can not determine sex by osmosis when a call is placed to an order center. But with so many freaking options, couldn’t one of them be: “Press 8 to choose the sex of the operator who will take your order.” (They sell dude and gal stuff, so yeah.)

So I stumbled my way through my order, and the application of the “expired” birthday coupon, and my favorite style is now incoming. (Yes, all three are white. Deal with it, dude. Don’t you know serial killers only go after women wearing matched lingerie sets? I read it on Facebook, so it must be true.)

Overall (the male order taker notwithstanding), I give Jockey Bra high marks for delivering on their promise. I’d give them better marks if I could have done my order and coupon online w/o the intervention of a human, but Life Happens.

So, if you’re like me and don’t want to submit to the lingerie store fitting process, Jockey Bra is a good alternate option. (And no they aren’t paying me to write this blog, more’s the pity.) I would suggest you try at least two styles to try before committing (commiTING, not commitTED). I was surprised that the style I thought would be the most comfortable fit wasn’t. So assume nothing. And if you don’t want to end up talking to a dude, check your coupons carefully. Still not sure that 24% was worth it.

Okay, how do you feel about ordering dude/gal stuff from the opposite sex? I mean, I know I’m old-fashioned—it kind of goes with being…well seasoned—but am I seriously out-of-date or just indulging in a personal preference? I can’t promise to change a deep, visceral response, but I might try if the comments all run against me. Or not.

In any case, all comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value) that can be enjoyed by dudes and gals. I always announce a winner the first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,

Pauline

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Update on the Great Bra Fit Adventure
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11 thoughts on “Update on the Great Bra Fit Adventure

  • August 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm
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    A good friend of mine in Nashville dragged me to a bra fitting place. The bra fit and the woman knew her business, but I still tend to head for Kmart and the 18hr bra.

    • August 20, 2014 at 9:43 am
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      Yeah, just penetrating the department store to the lingerie is a challenge. I like quick and easy and having stuff sent to me has spoiled me for “live” shopping. LOL (I’m haunted by What Not to Wear though. They always seem to start with the bra fit. LOL)

      • August 20, 2014 at 11:11 am
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        I have a love/hate fantasy with What Not To Wear going through my closet. But also about what they’d choose for me instead. Love the idea, but I’m pretty darn sure my experience turn out to be like one of those amusement rides I get sick on, but everyone else loves.
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        • August 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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          Would never want to be on the show, but do sometimes hear their voices in my head. Lol

  • August 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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    I don’t mind the professional in-store fitting (as long as it’s a gal helping me), if it’s via a true specialty shop and not a chain. (We have one here in Austin and they take pride in knowing their stuff.) But by now, I already know my size pretty well. If I gain or lose weight, I’ll get it rechecked. And yes, they helped me understand my sizing better. Because my size, according to most venues, doesn’t exist. Whatever. I blame it on being short. But in either case, it makes finding a good product more difficult. And if there’s anything I believe in investing in, it’s a good bra. IMO, someone needs to open a Short ‘N Busty shop stat. I’d buy stock in that.

    That said, I have ordered bras online at a sweet little lingerie website called http://HerRoom.com. They carry just about every size, brand and style imaginable. AND they have detailed reviews. It’s a great place just to do recon, when you’re uncertain what you want to do yet. And these are reviews that will tell you the bra size of the reviewer so you can compare notes. Because let me tell ya, not all bra styles are suitable for all bosoms and those styles do not have consistent attributes across different sizes either. PLUS, Her Room has a handy bra fitting help section that helps you realistically look at not just “size” but shape of said bosom to help you pick styles that are better suited for you. It’s a few questions and screens of stuff to look through and answer, but it’s free and worth your time. The site’s great, check it out and no, I don’t work for them or get paid or anything. Though if they offered me free bras… I’d take them and run. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your bra-some adventures Pauline! 😀
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    • August 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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      I am signed up for Her Room! I was so excited when I read about them. So I took my professionally fitted bra style to them…and it was a discontinued style! I kid you not! I have NEVER been able to get more than ONE bra anywhere until Jockey Bra. It’s like the Bra Gods were having a joke on me! LOL And I have to say, while I honor bra fitting experts, I’m glad I no longer have to expose my spillage and saggage to them. LOL Many thanks for stopping by Julia!

  • August 18, 2014 at 10:06 am
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    This has all been good to know as I hate bra shopping with a passion yet know that the current ones are rapidly approaching the end of their life. Thanks for discussing this as I would never have even thought to look into online ordering through Jockey as they’re labelled in my head a company for those who need bras more for show than support.

    I’m ambivalent about talking to a guy when ordering bras, guess it would depend on the types of questions I would want answered.

    • August 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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      Yeah, I was able to order online the first time. When it went wrong was when I did the fitting wrong. LOL It was interesting. I did think of asking for female, but figured I’d just get through it fast. Only it wasn’t fast. He had a little trouble grasping my very simple order, probably because I was so mortified. LOL I was able to talk to a woman about my fitting problem. Had I gotten a guy for that call, would have not hesitated to say, oh no. I need a woman. LOL

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