The Search for the Elusive White Bra

Actual picture of me modelling a bra for you all because I am perfect.
Actual picture of me modelling a bra for you all because I am perfect.

Women go bra-shopping. It’s just one of those things we do. I went the other day with the intent of purchasing a plain, white one to wear beneath white cloths so that you can’t see it through the material. Fair call. Plus, somebody had given me a gift voucher for a nice store for Christmas. So there I was, perusing the shelves, looking for what surely has to be one of the most common coloured upper-underwear garment ever. Wrong. I seemed to be visiting a store devoid of white.

Until! Oh! There they are! But wait, where are all the sizes… A whole rack of 10A /10B and nothing else. I asked my mum to help me look, surely her age and love of bargains gives her shopping experience I don’t have. Nope, not my imagination. “Just look for any colour in my size, then.” And nothing, a whole store devoid of my size that I thought was one of the most common sizes of all.

A thought confirmed in a second proper lingerie shop when an older woman around sixty told me that the bra companies have stopped sending in enough in my size, “It’s probably one of the more common sizes but the companies seem to think that you can’t have it in a 10, they think we all need to start at 12. And now that summer is over, they stop making whites as often.” I won’t give you my exact size, but I am neither smaller chested nor very large, I’m in the middle. And apparently, the middle aren’t compensated for.

I visited all the proper bra shops in town to no avail, so wondered into one of the chain department stores that aren’t supposed to have the same quality asย specialtyย stores. Ha! There they were, a whole wall full of them in my size in every style and all white.
And amazingly, for $6. I went back and bought two more (one white, one black) for $8.48. What kind of magic is this? Great quality, great fit, comfortable, attractive, and cheap? I love department stores. There is a stigma that clothing from these kinds of places aren’t as good quality as that purchased from a ‘proper’ store, or that they aren’t as ‘cool’. Well, you know what is cool? Paying $8.48 for 2 bras. Suck on my savings.

I once decided to splurge on an Elle Macpherson bra. I thought that because it was a famous person’s brand, sturdy feeling and $40 dollars that it would last. How very wrong. Every top brand bra I have ever bought has gone bad much quicker than the chain-store counterparts, the only exception to this rule being one of the Kylie Minogue ones (yeah, Kylie).

Yes, this will be inconspicuous under my white shirt.(I actually want this.)
Yes, this will be inconspicuous under my white shirt.
(…I actually want this)

I realise that this is a post dedicated to ranting about bras, but it simply baffles me that in Australia, in 2013, women are hard-pressed to find a regular-sized, white bra from lingerie shops. I am baffled that all the bras in those shops today seem to be ruffled, lacy, hot pink or see-through. All of which are perfectly fine, it’s just that sometimes I want something, you know, plain. I’m baffled that women will pay even above $50 for one bra, when they could be buying it for $6 bucks from Big-W (exceptions no doubt to those with extra-large chests, or seeking the bright colours / ruffles / lace). Bras are important. They give support. They aren’t ‘dirty’, or a secret, they are awesome friends to women.

In kind of related news, a story about breasts.ย 

In even less related news, one of my favourite people has begun a website through wordpress, called SAME, that gives you an insight into her truly artistic, original minded, thoughtful, intelligent brain. I could give this lady so many compliments that you would start to wonder if I was being sarcastic, and I hope she doesn’t mind me posting about her.

A cool change in weather has come in today, so be prepared for some frequent posting! May all your underwear shopping be merry ๐Ÿ™‚


13 thoughts on “The Search for the Elusive White Bra

  1. Oh my, I loathe bra shopping. I always buy the two for one offers as well. It’s almost impossible to find a perfect fit. And I agree…the expensive ones really do seem to die faster. I heard somewhere that you’re only supposed to hand wash your bras and not too often. Uh huh. I just throw mine in the machine.

  2. I have the exact same problem but with all clothing. It’s also impossible to find a bra without wire or padding that pushes the boobs up under the neck to choke you and make them 3 sizes bigger. (Manufacturers must think we are all porn whores or something).
    I think it’s discrimination against women. It’s something we really need and can’t do without, but have no say really over what’s available.
    Wish I could make my own bra company. I’ll call it “Bitties Titties” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I was about to buy one the other day only to discover it was a ‘Boost 200%’ one. A 200% boost might put my chest under my chin indeed! I understand women who want one though, if they are smaller chested or older and need a push. Just not every bra has to be a push up…

      haha Bitties Titties, nice.

  3. Looking great as usual, there, Jen! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    On a recent rare occasion I was staring at the telly I saw, an ad, possibly featuring the lovely Ms Hawkins, for a bra that was only $54! WTF! I’m thinking I hope my missus doesn’t spend that much on bras. I’m glad to hear that can be bought for a far more reasonable $6. I hope, no, I’m sure she knows this too. If not, then my energy bill is nothing to worry about in comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Absolutely!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
        Of course that’s what I meant. I blame the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout which has the N and the S keys right next to each other (See Wikipedia). And the fact that my keyboard doesn’t respond well to rapid double presses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. A post dedicated to bras – yes and no.
    There is the far wider `problem` of the fashion industry, celebrities and shoddy merchandise.
    So you see, there are far bigger things out there than your bra. . .

  5. Why is is so difficult to find an average sized bra that’s just white, black or nude?! I have been on many bra shopping trips to help sisters and friends find their size, in colors that don’t look like neon signs that scream ‘Look! Look at meee!’
    You have summed up the frustration of that search quite nicely. Bravo!

    1. I’m glad to know it isn’t just me, this way I am neither crazy nor blind! Though, it would probably be better if other women were actually getting the bras they need haha :/
      Looking for a good one that’s also plain has become a day long event.
      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I hate bra shopping as much as shoe shopping! Nothing every fits and I end up leaving the store annoyed. I totally want that peacock bra too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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