Rewind: Happy boobs

Posted on | August 3, 2012 | 20 Comments

I’m out of town for a few days at BlogHer in New York City! Instead of leaving the blog quiet, which was my plan, I thought I’d re-post some of your favorite entries based on pageviews. If you loved it the first time, you’ll love it again, right? And if you hated it the first time then my sincere apologies are extended to you. If we just met in the elevator, then hi, please enjoy this thing I wrote about one time.

And then my boobs sang.
Originally published January 11, 2012


last week, i had a life changing experience.

like, the heavens (or whatever) opened up, michael c. hall looked down upon me and smiled. johnny depp did a roundhouse kick while kittens licked a tattoo of a narwhal onto me as an IV drip of the most perfect americano poured into my veins.

i had my first bra fitting.

you guys. LIFE CHANGING.

those of you who have had one, or multiple even, like normal people who don’t put off things like i do, probably just threw your hands up and yelled “I KNOW RIGHT!”. those of you who are in my boat and have never had one probably just covered your boobs at the thought of having someone fit you for a bra.

i’m here to suggest demand each and every one of you run, don’t walk, your ladies into a bra fitting RIGHT MEOW.

i was one of those lucky/unlucky ones who got boobs at the age of like 9 and got to figure out how i felt about that at the same time everyone else got to figure out how they felt about that. it was terrible, awkward, and i have never had a very good relationship with my boobs because of it. i resent them for lots of reasons – they made guys oogle me, take me less seriously, and most recently, they didn’t help me feed my baby when i needed them to. they aren’t my favorite, is what i’m saying.

so i guess instead of trying to make them the best they could be, i punished them by completely ignoring what would help them kick ace. LIKE A PROPER FITTING BRA. so i bought cheap bras at target in whatever size i assumed i was.

i’ve been wearing a 38 C or D for as long as i can remember. where did i get this number? one can only guess.

so last week, i was getting my stuff packed for a very important trip where i’d be on camera a lot. i told Scot there was no way i could go do such a thing with my ladies being all sad and…well, really effing sad. so i went to nordstrom for my first ever bra fitting. at 30 years old. that is approximately 21 years of boob-life without so much as someone measuring me or telling me my cup size.

so you can imagine my surprise/horror/omgwtf-ness as my boob handler matter-of-factly told me i was a 32DDD.


and you can imagine her surprise/HORROR/OMGWTF-ness as i informed her that i have been wearing OH MY GOD NOT THAT SIZE for my whole life. i wasn’t sure if she was going to hit me or pass out. i can only imagine what it’s like for a boob handler to hear how terribly boobs have been mistreated and neglected. it probably hurts their heart something fierce. suddenly in my head, my boobs in a bra too large and ill fitting sadly moped across a screen while sara mcLachlan sang in the background. i had the ASPCA commercial of breast situations happening.

she couldn’t get me the right size fast enough. within minutes my sisters were holstered into the most amazing, well fitting, glorious boob holster i had ever worn. it had memory foam cups you guys. and when i heard the size of my boobs, i was terrified i’d look like some sort of adult film star with the right size bra, but NO, they looked perky and not too big at all and that is when i saw ryan gosling. and he was all “hey girl. your boobies look hot today”.

since i doubt it’s appropriate to mouth kiss a boob handler, i thanked her profusely for changing my life and promised i’d come back to her for more bras in the near future (because let’s face it, i now own ONE bra that actually fits). when i put my old bra back on to go pay and leave, i think i heard my boobs say the f word. it wasn’t until then when i realized how dire my situation had been.

i will be mortally offended if those of you who have never had a bra fitting do not heed my advice to buck up and go get one. ESPECIALLY those of you with larger sisters. your life will be altered forever. your clothes will fit differently, your boobs will look amazing and you will all around be more comfortable. please do it. for the boobies.

tips before you go: shave your armpits and pick the sales person that looks the most friendly. they don’t see everything but you are in a bra-only situation. if you’re a mom, this probably won’t even bother you as everyone and their brothers have probably seen your nipples at some point, amirite? this is actually MILD compared to pushing a crotch monkey out of your nether regions.

be prepared to be at least a little bit shocked at your actual size. i mean, i was wearing a bra SIX INCHES too big for me around the chest. and 3-4 cups sizes TOO SMALL. no wonder my boobs were BFF’s with my belly button. GET THESE TATA’S SOME SUPPORT FOR CRYING IN THE RIVER. i learned that your shoulder straps should never be at the tightest, and same with your clasps in the back. that means the whole party is too big. there is also a correct way to get into a bra that involves a little shimmy at the end so they get into place. i went to nordstrom and had a wonderful experience, but i know a lot of places do bra fittings.

ok, i’m done. i think. hope you could read the post ok over the SINGING OF MY BOOBS. they have never been so happy.

now go back and re-read taking a drink every time you see the word boob. cheers!

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  • Dorien

    Haha, this is incredibly funny. (Un)Fortunately, my mother kind of took me with her once she thought my boobs were ‘fullgrown’ so I had to suffer immediately (with my mother next to me!!) But well, I do know my bra size now..


  • Kelsey McEvoy

    This is such a great post! “Getting fitted for a bra” is on my 101 in 1001 list, immediately followed by “And then buy a bunch of bras that fit properly”. I don’t know why I haven’t had this done yet but this post is just one more sign that I need to get my butt in gear and go get my boobs professionally measured. Well, after I’m finished breastfeeding, anyway. 


  • Katrina

    This is a perfectly timed recycled post since I just had my first boob fitting and it really did CHANGE MY LIFE. I was in Victoria’s Secret, desperately heading to the fitting room with 8 different sized bras because I was clueless when a nice salesgirl took pity on me and whipped out her tape measure.

    She did it right over my shirt and just gave me a guesstimate of what size I should be wearing but my boobs have never looked better.


  • Cally Graham

    You are hysterical. LOVE your style so much. Guess I’d better go get a fitting ASAP! I’ll probably giggle all the way through it recalling this post. :)


  • Kelli Gase

    I’m so glad you re-posted this!  Love it!  I almost fainted when I had my first fitting.  Holy wrong size.  And I need to go again because after 2 pregnancies in less than 2 years and breastfeeding 3 kids (no, I didn’t find a spare kid somewhere to nurse, I had twins!) the girls are in SAD shape.  


  • Cassandra Loynd

    Perfect!  Your wordage is prime, & btw, I once thought I was a 36B…wrong.  Turns out I’m a 34C, which is the “sister size,” but yea, WAY better fitting.  & that memory foam…dear God!


  • Sam Ellison

    I love this. Every word of it. It is definitely on my list to go get a fitting. I was measured once and found that I was a 34DD instead of a 36D, but there’s been weight loss and gain and loss again since then as well as boobies getting older, so I should probably just go do a full on fitting. 


  • OTandET

    This post just makes me want to motorboat you like crazy in a completely uncreepy way! My ladies are BFFs with my belly button like whoa and they also AREN’T identical twins :/ is a bad scene… as soon as I’m done breastfeeding this goes on the “must” list for sure.


  • sallie

    YES to bra fittings! i always wore a 36C. had a baby. got huge. got fitted for a 34H nursing bra. holy cow. baby grew. boobs shrank. went back for post-breastfeeding fitting. found out that i’m a 32DDD. what??!! my boobs have never been happier! oh, and i was fitted at nordstrom and loved it!


  • Catherine Gubbels

    This was the VERY first post I EVER read of yours! (sorry for my shouty capitals).. boob drinking game and I was hooked! 


  • Heidi

    I just recently found your blog and I am totally hooked now because of reading this boob post!! I had the same *cricket* experience getting the girls measured. I giggled with delight in the dressing room upon seeing how good a bra could look. My toothless baby sat on the floor of the dressing room grinning too! Hilarious. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face today for sure.


  • Kacie

    You completely crack me up! Yes.. a well fitted bra is AMAZING (picture Oprah saying that).



  • Erma

    The first time I read this my belly hurt from laughing so hard and I deemed you my favorite person that day. I then decided to put “get a bra fitting” onto my 30 Things Before 30 list because my boobs deserve justice too. Thank you for making my day. again.


  • michele

    SAME EXACT SITUATION here.  Same end-size result.  What you will LOVE to discover is that in some brands, 32DDD = 32E, or, what I like to call “32 E-for-Elephantitis-of-le-Boobies.”

    all that said, thank god for Nordstom’s Boob Handlers.  


  • Carissafaye

    Are you frickin kidding me? I just laughed out loud so many times while reading this (laughs ranging from a little chuckle to full on both-hands-covering-my-face-cracking-the-f-up-like-a-crazy-person) that my boyfriend thinks i am full on BANANAS. 
    <3 Carissa


  • Tchrt

    Omg!! I’m crying because I’m laughing so hard. I read this to my hubby as he is sitting next to me and it just isnt the same as a girlfriend so I immediately sent it to my BFF who will appreciate the hilarious true facts about boobs from this post. Thanks for sharing!


  • Juliasmath

    Does Nordstrom carry 32DDD? I’m a 32D and cannot find that size… I *was* 32A which I also could not ever find except in the teen dept and really I’m way too old for zebra and sparkles as everyday wear… Just my luck to go from a size I couldn’t find to a size I couldn’t find. Can’t wain for trying!


  • Katie!  I am your newest follower, can’t wait to read more!


  • Yo

    I can totally relate. I’m 32 dd and sometimes a 34d. Unfortunately, here in my country. People are no so ahem gifted. So finding a good bra that fits ismalwaysna struggle. Ohnn please share some fashion tips for gifted people haha.


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