How Replacing My Bras Made Me More Comfortable With My Weight Gain

CW: weight gain, body image

Now that bra fittings have been allowed to take place again after the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England, I knew it was finally time to get myself fitted properly and stop wearing bras that have been in my wardrobe for many, many years. I had bras in different colours, styles (and sizes!), but the one thing that linked them all together was that they didn’t fit me anymore.

So, after a pre-university wardrobe cull, which was ruthless, I ended up having to say goodbye to around 11 or 12 bras, and being left with only two. This was quite tricky for me, not only because it meant I needed to go out and invest in new underwear, but because it meant coming to terms with the real reason why I needed this new underwear: my lockdown weight gain.

My body has changed, including my boobs, over the last few years; it’s natural. But the last year has exacerbated the issue. However, when you put the last year into perspective (a global pandemic, during my final year of university, plus I haven’t bought new bras in years), it actually felt okay and that it was actually the right time for this change.

The thing I need to remember is that my body has been with me all the way through everything – the good, the bad and the ugly – and I should be proud of myself for getting through it all and proud of my body for carrying me. Plus, I should feel confident in what I wear on my body, and I do, I just have been harsh on myself recently by not accepting the changes that have come over the last year.

However, being able to get a bra fitting now has changed everything. I have now bought bras in the right size, in new styles and patterns, and I feel amazing. Especially when I wear a matching set; it makes me feel like I have my life together and that I have a sexy secret underneath my clothes, which inevitably makes me feel more confident. Plus, my clothes now fit properly and look better, which in turn makes me feel happier in how I look. It’s important that everyone feels happy in how they look and confident in what they wear and it’s vital to have good foundations to do this: good underwear that fits you!

You should get fitted for a bra every 6 months to ensure you have the right fit for your breasts and body. It’s something I definitely need to start prioritising, as I think it’s been at least 6 years since I bought bras…and now that I have new ones, it has really helped me. It has helped me come to terms with my weight gain, made me feel sexy again when I see myself in my new underwear sets, and gave me confidence outwardly by looking great in my clothes again.

So, now that we can get fitted again, why not go out, get a bra fitting and treat yourself to some great underwear? It helps in more ways than you think.

Image courtesy of Uliana Kopanytsia

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