Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Post That Has You Turning Around in Front of the Mirror...

I've heard it said that one of the almost surefire ways to tell real from fake is that girls with real boobs have back fat and girls with implants generally don't.... of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but it does tend to hold true if you know enough people to do a little research ~ and I do.

My mother's best friend, very well endowed and cursed with what she feels is more than her fair share of back fat, shared this life lesson with me sometime in high school and I've been very scientifically gathering data ever since.

As such, I'm conscious of the way my bra fits.  My girls are pretty small and for whatever reason, I've always taken care to "showcase" them in the best light. I mean, from a fashion perspective, an ill-fitting bra can ruin a look... make your girls look like torpedoes... or droopy when they're not... or that line that women get when their cups overfloweth... or the ridge that appears when they are in a padded push up and their cups underfloweth.

When I put my bra on, I actually pick my girls up and pull them into the cup... no simply strapping my bra over the top like I did when they were pre-kid and perky~ this very important lesson was taught to me by A MAN who seriously and totally professionally gave me the best bra-fitting I've ever had...when I was 8 months pregnant!  Heck, by making sure the whole enchilada is in the cup I went up a size... to a B, so you can see why for me this is important.  When I wear a snug shirt, I turn around and do a quick glance to make sure the band is in the right spot and nothing is squeezing out where it shouldn't be.

I was people watching in a friend's church the other day ~ and silently judging... I know, I know, but it's one of the demons I can't seem to squelch... I'm working on it~ and an attractive, thin woman slid into a seat a few rows ahead.  Bless her heart, I could see her bra didn't fit.  She hadn't turned in the mirror before she left ~ tsk tsk.  The back of her bra was pulled way too low ~ Tighten those straps, Mama!~ and she was quite thin, but the band was so tight that she had this whole roll of what was probably skin, but looked very much like back fat, sticking out from underneath the band.

Then she turned to look at the person next to her and with great embarrassment, I realized I knew her! *shock*  This means I knew she was someone who greatly, almost too much so ~Hello pot, I'm kettle, you're black... realizing that me saying someone else is too obsessed with their appearance is every so slightly hypocritical~ and that she had once again, just slightly missed the mark. I would gladly share these tidbits with her over a glass of wine, which is the only way I'd have the "courage" to do so, but she doesn't drink, so she will just have to continue back-fatting her way around town in her ill-fitting bra!
 
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16 comments:

mj said...

FInding a bra that fits is the single hardest thing I have ever had to do - fashionable speaking. And back fat, of which I have plenty, is the devil.

Jennie said...

The key to the back fat problem is a looser shirt -- but you're right that women don't actually know how to correctly put their girls into the bra in the first place. And how does one tell a friend?

Michelle Nahom said...

Uh oh - mine probably aren't too great either! Never really thought about it but now I am going to!

Tamara Camera said...

I agree about putting them in the cup, manually, and it changes everything! I've had a lot of bra fittings over the last few years - during nursing, after nursing, etc. So I've changed sizes several times. Good fittings matter!

Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said...

I still put mine on the way I did when I first got it: I put it around my tummy and hook it in front, then wiggle it around to the back and then up. Never mastered hooking it in the back and never will.

The Dose of Reality said...

You have to go to Nordstrom. Hands down the single BEST bra fitting ever!-The Dose Girls

Kim said...

The best bra and shoe advice I ever got was from a man.

Angelwithatwist said...

Oh how I wish it were that easy to fit me.. I am weird shaped, under my boobs is smaller and invariably slides up regardless of bra. Period.

imakemyselfthequeen.com said...

I was actually a bra fit consultant for 5 years (and manager of lingerie for 3), the scooping them into the cup thing is a trick of the trade ;) Sometimes it helps to do that maneuver while bending over.

I can agree that a good fitting and the right bra make all the difference. BUT, bras are meant to contain breasts NOT back fat (and the same can be said of underarm fat/rolls). If your back is fat enough it's going to continue to be fat and look fat and show rolls regardless of what kind/size bra you're wearing.

Some customers could not understand this. They would look awesome from the front in the bra they were fitted in and then obsess over the back fat. It was all I could do not to say, "If you don't want the back fat you're going to have to lose weight!"

That being said an ill-fitting bra can make even a thin person appear to have back fat when they don't, or make the rolls on a heavy person much worse! Getting fitted can definitely minimize just how offensive the back fat is ;)

Leah said...

Now I'm gonna have to check! I never thought of it ( but now that you say it - I have totally seen it on OTHERS of course:))

Ilene Evans said...

I definitely need a new fitting! It's been a while and a few kids since my last one!

Andrea B. said...

Ugh. Bras suck.

Hate 'em.

You might have to tell her. Even if she hates you after. ;)

Mimi B said...

My girls are little. After 4 kids and nursing all of them you'd think there'd be a bit left over for me! Nope, they sucked the life right out of them. I <3 the Wonder Bra. I won a few a couple years ago and I love them! I was also taught quite a number of years about about lifting my girls into place and although it really doesn't do much, I know I've tried! =)

Kat said...

Oh boy, now I'll be checking myself out in the mirror before I leave home every day. I chose bras from Mama Kat's Prompts too talking about our love/hate relationship with them but somehow never touched on the subject of back fat. How could I miss that?!

Cyndy Bush said...

Can I just be really nasty right now for a moment? K, thanks.
My kids' stepmom, who goes out of her way to be EVIL to me, has the nastiest case of backfat I have EVER SEEN. Now, she is a BIG girl, but OMG, at one of the kids' events, she sat in a hard school chair, and her backfat....overfloweth. Over the top of the chair. I almost took a picture.
I really am not judgy usually, but for her, well, she is an exception. ;-)

Kat said...

Cyndy, I just had a good laugh imagining that picture posted on Facebook with the rest of the event's pictures; no comment, just the pic. If she's nasty to you, a few evil thoughts are certainly allowed ;)