Thursday, November 6, 2014
This brassiere will self-destruct in 10 seconds...
Lifting the straps wasn't helping. Why not? Lifting the straps always helps. The band just seems to... What the? I'm in the office bathroom. I lift my shirt and present my back to the mirror. The whole left side of the brassiere band is... torn?? How much pressure are my tatas putting on this brassiere?
I'd noticed the week before that the double-sided fusing tape that sticks the front and the back of the band together was a little more visible - that it was hanging around under my armpits - looking a little worse for the wear, but it's a freaking brassiere! Sure they get dingy, the cups and band might get loose, under wire might start to poke you, but this brassiere was BROKEN.
It must be these newfangled, wide, comfort bands that they're throwing on all these brassieres. Well, all the brassieres for the women in their 40s, who want to mask the back pudge and armpit pudge, while still lifting the girls to parallel from the ground. Nice soft, extra wide, malleable, elastic-y, tuck in your extra flesh, comfort bands that are all the afore-mentioned adjectives, but really don't lift and separate all that much.
In all my 46 years on this planet, I have never had a brassiere break on me before. For the price you're shelling out for the really well-made ones, I feel that brassieres are supposed to last... indefinitely.
Okay, I just Googled it. It is recommended that you replace your bra every 6-9 months. HAH! Show of hands... who replaces their brassiere every 6-9 months? I just asked around the office - apparently they do. But I work in an office of mature, well-put together women. Crap, now I have to research. Apparently I should have 3-5 everyday bras in rotation and I should never wash them in the washing machine or put them in the dryer. Who has the time to hand-wash delicates?? I don't put mine in the dryer, but they do go in the washing machine in a delicates bag. Also, word to the wise, if you have a larger cup-size, your bra won't last as long either. Excellent, I am now being punished for having a D cup.
So let's just do the math. 3-5 bras, at an average cost of $45 each (not the Victoria's Secret 2 for 1 deals, but not the chichi, made in France, $175 ones either) ... So... $180 (ish) every 6-9 months? That's $360 a year. PLUS TAX. That's $406 a year. Really? What woman does that? I now have to start a savings account to pay for brassieres. My $1.11 a day for support account.
I look into my bra drawer and I have bras that are, Sweet Jesus, there are some in there that are over 20 years old. That can't be right. Yes, many of them are the 10-seconds-to-naked bras - for show and nothing more, it's probably due to their age that these items look better when one is horizontal rather than vertical.
"Hi there sailor... ready to come in to pier?" 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2... and... NAKED.
My Mom just bought me a fancy schmancy strapless bra this past summer. The support it offers is EPIC. I can jog in this strapless brassiere, not one word of a lie. Mind you, its massive molded cups make me look like a G cup instead of a D. Rissa saw it and decided to wear one cup as a helmet. Not a wonder that when I'm wearing this bra under men will almost have a brain aneurysm trying to meet my gaze.
I can't put it off any longer. I have to go bra shopping this weekend. I'm years behind in bra purchases. I'll simply block off three to five hours on Saturday and try on everything in my size range. My change room will be a revolving door of decolletage. I can do this. I can invest this time in better breast support. It could be much worse, I could need a new swimsuit.