The Lane Bryant Experience
The Lane Bryant Experience: I have been on a serious plus size shopping spree lately, searching for new places to shop and revisiting old ones. As we all know, no matter how fly the outfit may be, if you don’t have the right bra to hold up the girls then the outfit falls flat. I typically go to plus size specialty shops that are extremely expensive and has a plethora of bullet bras. You know the ones, cone shaped with stitching on the outside with huge straps. Not so cute. I’ve often resolved to getting bras that are the largest cup size the store carries with some slippage underneath. I know it sounds crazy, but for most of the outfits that I wear the large straps and stiff cup just won’t do.
I recently visited my local Lane Bryant to shop for some cute plus size outfits for Full Figured Fashion Week; have to go in style, right? I was all set for bras, having bought my usual brand the day before. The lovely Sales Associate approached and offered a bra fitting. I looked at her smiled politely and said, “I know that you don’t have my size, you never do.” She leans in and says “Let’s just get you measured and see what we have.” I followed her to the fitting room. I didn’t want to be rude but I knew this was a waste of time.
She asked what I was looking for so I just gave her the extreme need- a bra with balconette cut with convertible straps. I knew that she didn’t have my cup size. I had been measured to be a size H in other bra fittings but have never found that size in retail stores so I stopped looking. She brought back some styles to see if she was on the right track. She had in hand a beautiful bra, black, convertible straps in a size 44H!!! I was blown away!
So, I put on this bra and was transformed, literally. I really hadn’t realized how wrong the bra I was wearing was for me. This beautiful creation lifted and shaped me to perfection. Now it was time to shop. I walked around STRAPLESS!! I wanted to see if it will hold like it was supposed to. I am happy to report that after bending down, reaching up and walking around the girls continued to salute the sun!
As for an outfit for FFFweek, I tried on several plus size outfits and finally settled on a lovely ensemble that flattered my newly supported curves. I looked for accessories and could not find any bangles to match. My beautiful Sales Associate literally gave me the bracelet off of her arm! Of course I wore my new found treasure out of the store, I can’t be seen wearing that other bra again.