A decent bra vs a boob job
Any woman who’s had a baby is likely to tell you that her boobs are now shot to pieces, whether she’s breastfed or not. Some will tell you they are desperate for a boob job if only they could afford it. Others say they would like plastic surgery but are afraid of the risks. I used to think I would like to have my breasts operated on once I’d finished having children, but I’ve since changed my mind.
However this doesn’t mean that I am in any way happy with the state of my chest these days. Far from it. I’ve always had a fairly generous chest size in comparison to the rest of my body – I’ve been wearing a D cup and upwards since I was 13 which stands out on my size 10 body. The huge downside to having big(ger) boobs is that gravity pulls them further down. Hmmm, attractive!
But I’d kind of resigned myself to having a saggy chest as I knew I didn’t want to go down the surgery road.
Then a couple of months ago I was invited to an event held by Chantelle, at their HQ in London. I went out of curiosity (it’s a French brand that I recognised from my days in France) and because there was going to be a presentation on making the most of your chest, including a bra measurement. I decided I had nothing to lose.
It was a real eye-opener. The presentation was given by Sandra, a woman who has worked in this industry for decades and really knows her stuff. Everything she said made sense, and I learnt so much. Including bad habits I had that weren’t doing me any favours!
Then came the moment of truth. Getting measured. Since stopping breastfeeding last November I’ve been meaning to do this. I was wearing a 34D which I realised (following the presentation) was the wrong size for me, but just how wrong was it?
So I’m a 32E. Not a massive difference, so not that big a deal you might think. Which is what I thought until I tried on a 32E Chantelle bra. It looked GOOD. I looked GOOD. Then Sandra suggested I put my top back on to see the difference the right bra can make.
O-M-G!!! It looked like I had had that boob job. Suddenly I had this beautiful chest. These pert breasts. That were up where they once used to be. I could have cried.
I didn’t need an expensive and potentially dangerous boob job. I just needed a decent bra in the right size.
The next day I posted a bit about this event on Facebook, asking if anyone might be interested in a similar event in the future, and the response was immediate and overwhelming. YES!
So, in response to those of you who are interested (and anyone else out there) I am now organising an event with Chantelle in October:
What will it cover?
- A presentation explaining how to make your chest look better and how to stop it from deteriorating any further!
- A bra fitting.
- There will be samples of Chantelle lingerie for you to look at, to try on and to order. I was amazed at the difference in quality between the Chantelle bras and my usual M & S bras.
When will it be?
- Friday 10th October 2014
- You can arrive anytime from 6pm until 8pm. The presentation will run 8-8.30pm and there will be the chance to get measured, look at the lingerie and chat to the Chantelle experts before and after.
Where will it be?
- Chantelle HQ, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
What will it cost?
- The event is free of charge, however places are limited so book early if you are interested.
Is it open to anyone?
- The event is open to any women, whatever their age, whether they’ve had children or not, pregnant or not pregnant, breast-feeding or not.
I’m interested, what next?
- Email me directly: FranglaiseMummy@gmail.com to put your name down. It will be a case of first come first served.
Whilst Chantelle bras are more expensive than some High Street brands, they are still very reasonably priced, considering the quality and the effect they have. Expect to pay around £40-60 for a bra.
Did you know that more than 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra for them? Wearing the right bra could help you drop a dress size, make your clothes look even better and improve posture.
Since 1876, French label, Chantelle lingerie, has developed an exceptional know-how, passed on from generation to generation of seamstresses. This expertise, reflected in the quality and comfort of Chantelle products, offers women everyday underwear with the most precious fit.
If you can’t come to the event you can get fitted at any of the stores mentioned below or buy directly online:
Selfridges, Harrods, selected House of Fraser and John Lewis stores, Figleaves.com and independent lingerie boutiques nationwide.
Just to prove how amazing these bras are I may even share a photo of me in a Chantelle bra in my follow-up blog post after the event…..
Disclosure: I genuinely believe in Chantelle’s products and so am keen to share this with others, to remunerate me for my time Chantelle have gifted me a bra and underwear set.