Saturday 2nd September 2017 – Had Another Hell Of A Day, Trying To Buy 38H to 42J Bra

Day 2 of trying to buy a comfortable supportive bra.

I hate clothes shopping, and only do it out of necessity, and for functionality.  I have got approval to buy interview clothes, but I really need a new bra, and footwear with a negative heel that can accommodate orthotic insoles, as my feet need to pronate outwards more, as I have knock-knees, and foot/knee/hip pain, (as the footwear from Orthotic Dept at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is unwearable).

I arrived in Birmingham City Centre just before 9am, and tried in the market first, no luck. Then I quickly popped into Sports Direct, no negative heel footwear, and nothing comfortable that could easily be modified.

Then I went to Debenhams, and was fitted/measured as 38H by “A”. She helped me as much as she could, fetching all kinds of bras for me to try. Nothing was perfect. There’s a huge selection of bras there, but I wanted (ideally) seamless cups, not lacy as it irritates me, and just comfortable to wear. Very little choice for large-bosomed ladies, that want comfort and support without lace or irritation.  In the end, and out of desperation, I bought a two pack of bras 38H, the cups were lovely and seamless, but with a bit of a lace trim. My boobs haven’t got a gap between them like the bras have, so I’ll wear them for a bit longer at home, to see if I can tolerate wearing them, otherwise, they’ll have to go back.

I tried a couple of shoe shops, but nothing comfortable or with a negative heel.

I walked to Bravissimo in Cannon Street, which is the main reason I went into Birmingham today. I was so disheartened by now, that as soon as assistant “S” started talking to me in the changing/fitting room, I burst into tears. “S” was lovely, she said I wasn’t the first woman to burst into tears trying to find a comfortable bra. “S” scurried back and forth, I tried wired, non-wired, sports bras, even bikini tops. I was there for ages, & measured as 40H. I wasn’t happy with anything. In the end, the least worst option was 40H wired, with comfy cups, but the bra was digging in my stomach. I took it upstairs, still unsure whether to buy it or not. I started crying again at the till, and talked to another lovely lady on the till. I decided against buying it, because if it’s already uncomfortable to wear after a few minutes, it wouldn’t get any more comfy if I wore it all day. The lady on the till looked on-line, and suggested RigbyandPellar (London), and also one other made-to-measure company. She also suggested “Yours” in the Bullring.

The staff at Bravissimo were as helpful and kind as possible, but I was let down by the lack of choice of a simple, comfortable bra, for my size and needs.

Feeling depressed & miserable, and trying hard not to cry or get emotional, I made my way back to the Bullring, and found “Yours”. I tried on several bras. Even though they stock a bra collection that is only a fraction of the variety at Debenhams and Bravissimo, I found the best bra yet! 42J, 100% polyester, no lace, no bells and whistles, and the most comfortable one thus far, £17.99

Unfortunately, this range starts at size 42, so on the tightest fastening, it might be a bit loose, especially if it stretches with wear. But I bought it, then made my way out of Birmingham as quickly as possible, too hectic for me. My feet killing…..

Got back home mid-afternoon. New bra is washed and hanging on line, to wear tomorrow, for proper test of comfort. Fingers crossed.

Incredibly disappointed that for a city the size of Birmingham, with its fair share of heavy-bosomed ladies, there’s almost fuck all by the way of choice for a simple, comfortable, supportive bra.

About slowlyrotting

I am constantly having to deal with several different benefits issues. I've got Appeals and Tribunals coming out of my ears, and have pretty much lost any faith I ever had in the British Justice/Tribunals system. I've lost count of the formal complaints I've had to make. I've had numerous interactions with the DWP, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, etc for years, so I've literally got several hundred posts (maybe thousands) to compose for this website. I can't post them to here as quick or as often as I'd like to, for a variety of reasons. Over the last few years, I have endured a conveyor belt of shit decisions from HMCTS. The piss-poor postal services that HMCTS, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, the DWP, & CSA rely on (bulk printing and several different carriers), compound the ineptitude of these departments and agencies. I intend to go back years, eventually. But at this rate, I don't think I'll ever get to post everything I want to. You can see from what I've put up so far that I've got a lot of crap to deal with. I'm probably not even 1% or 2% done. I am slowly rotting....................
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