Dallas Image Coach, Julie Bartlett of Colour IQ, believes it’s time to measure up

Dallas Image Coach, Julie Bartlett of Colour IQ, believes it’s time to measure up!

Annual appointments are not always the highlight of the year, but this one will help you avoid the pain of those pointy wire tips poking you mid-day or making you appear to need quad coverage when all you really need is a good fit.  Yes, it’s the annual bra fitting!  Have you had yours yet?

The mere fact that you can comfortably spend each day tucked behind your blouses, tops, and jackets should be enough to cause you to run to a quality lingerie store to be fitted each year.  But, noooo!  Sometimes we wait decades.  Ewww!  Sorry for that visual but rounding up the girls is part of being a woman.  Are yours in the right place?  Check to make sure they are mid-way between your shoulder and your elbow.

Why each year?  Because they change and alter each year.  These are not static creatures, ladies.  Because there are the ‘BC’ (Before Children) bras and the ‘AC’ (After Children) bras. Then there are the Before 50 bras and the After 50 bras.  These include anti-gravity materials or it’s simply stronger metal piping to keep the girls above the knees.  Nonetheless, I’m sure you could supply your own reasons for being fitted – even if it’s just re-supplying for another year or to rid yourself of the splitting seams or droopy lace that once topped off the pretty garment.

It is a good plan to work with a professional fitter.  These women know how to fit any bust line ever introduced to womankind.  If you want to start at home, first, then use these guidelines:

1.  Wearing your cleanest, most recently purchased bra, measure around the fullest part of your bust.  Write down this measurement as #1.  Example:  37 1/2

2.  Then, measure around the rib cage just beneath your bust.  This is measurement #2.

3.  Add 5 to measurement #2, rounding up to the nearest even whole number.  This will be the band size of the bra.  Example:  28 1/2 + 5 = 33 1/2 (rounding up to 34)

4.  Subtract your band size (34) from measurement #1 to determine your cup size.  Example:  37 1/2 – 34 = 3 1/2

5.  Your cup size is:

Nearly A, if the difference is less than 1″

A, if the difference is 1″

Nearly B, if the difference is greater than 1″, but less than 2″

B, if the difference is 2″

Nearly C, if the difference is greater than 2″, but less than 3″

C, if the difference is 3″

Nearly D, if the difference is greater than 3″, but less than 4″

D, if the difference is 4″

DD, if the difference is 5″

DDD, if the difference is 6″

You got the sizing picture?  There are a wide variety of lingerie shops to help you find the perfect bra so you show up fabulous in everything you wear.  Take my advice:  Shop before they drop!  Thank you.

As your Dallas Image Coach, it is my mission to help my clients always look fabulous, without being a slave to the whimsical ways of fashion trends.  I am passionately committed to making sure my clients always look their very best in order to help them achieve their personal and business goals.  If you have any questions or are interested in a personal consultation, please give me a call at 214-223-2200.