Shopping with “the girls”

Bra shopping. As a young woman, venturing out to buy bras was fun. The hardest part was deciding between the lacy, dainty ones and the silky ones that made you feel as if you were keeping a very mysterious and sexy secret underneath your t-shirt. Well, those days are long gone now. At my age, bra shopping becomes a practical outing as I attempt to remind “the girls” that pointing down at my belly button isn’t the look I am trying to achieve.

Yes, when a woman reaches a certain age, the breasts seem determined to acquaint themselves with the belly button. So those lacy, dainty bras that worked so well years ago can’t handle the job anymore. At my age I need the industrial-strength bras that yank the boobs back up to attention. Unfortunately, these bras are the type that you definitely want to remain a secret under your t-shirt.

Bra shopping when you have breasts that are losing the war on gravity not only reminds you that this venture has forever changed from being  fun to boring, but it also unleashes another horrifying fact: you are now buying underwear that your mother would approve of.

Luckily, in a few years I’ll be able to enjoy shopping for those lacy, dainty bras in beautiful colors instead of the typical hospital white and boring beige “breast hoists”  that make up my bra wardrobe now. When my daughter and I go out to shop for her first bra I will allow myself to be transported back to the age of choosing a bra because it looks pretty and not because it keeps my breasts out of my waistband.

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  1. Even with my smallish size, buying the first over the shoulder boulder holder made me think of my grandmother. No more spaghetti straps, no more strapless gowns. Whenever my daughter visits and I wash clothes I shed a little tear. Gravity may be good for some things, but not our backsides and ‘the girls’

  2. I just went on my first post-baby bra shopping excursion which I should have done months ago. I’ve never been a fan of ‘the girls’ and pregnancy and breastfeeding did them NO favors. Finding a bra with no padding and straps that won’t dig into my shoulders wasn’t an easy task but I must say it was worth it, it’s amazing what a good fitting bra can do for a girl and her girls!

    • Hi Julie. Thank you for your comment. I heartily agree that a good-fitting bra is worth its weight in gold. The “girls” need to be comfortable.

      Two Loons and a Book

  3. You should be able to find something sexy no matter what your size. Keep looking! I wear a 38DDD and my bra is sexy.

    • Christina, thank you. Will keep on looking through the industrial-strength bras to find something remotely sexy.

      Two Loons and a Book

  4. I can definitely relate to the “girls” pointing South these days and the grooves permanently marked in my shoulders from those pretty spaghetti straps of long ago! I still use my utility bras for those special occasions when working, running and jumping and still try to get away with wearing thin strapped, brightly colored double D’s. Bake pain is a sure side affect of my vanity.

    My oldest daughter has inherited my more than buxom breasts and is showing signs of shoulder wear and tear at her tender age of 21. My 12 year old and youngest daughter was also an early bloomer. Maybe we’ll be able to enjoy many years of vicarious shopping expeditions before the words “utility bra” enter her vocabulary!

    So nice to meet you via voiceBoks!

    • Rebecka, thank you for your comment. I have enjoyed your blog as well. Food is a subject near and dear to my heart!

      Pam Johnson-Bennett
      Two Loons and a Book

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