On Thursday night I went along to the launch of Triumph’s Maison Triumph, a pop-up store and exhibition dedicated to the long history of Triumph lingerie (they’ve been around since the 1800s!), and of course celebrating their partnership with London Fashion Week. Spending the evening surrounded by beautiful bras – vintage or otherwise made me realise that I probably don’t treat my body with the respect that it deserves. I could feel the straps on my worn out old Topshop bra slipping down as I eyed up new lacy underthings over a glass of champagne.
I made my way back to the store last night (narrowly missing out on a talk by the wonderful Helena Christensen who has her own Triumph Collection) to see if I could pick up something that would make me feel a little more ladylike under my clothing – it was long overdue! Now, hands up if you’ve never properly been fitted for a bra? I had to admit that very same thing to the ladies at Triumph, who were shocked and offered to size me up straight away. 36C I am not! I looked at my old bra in shame, realising that it had no function. It turns out I’m in fact a 34DD, the kind of number and letter combination you can only dream of when going through puberty. Unfortunately, a large chest is no longer on my wish list, in fact, quite the opposite – my love for clothing with a high neckline sabotaged that. After explaining this to the ladies at the Maison Triumph, they pulled out a black minimiser bra, and I was amazed when I put it on. Of course, it wasn’t quite as comfortable as my old bra, but I could really see that it complimented my shape and pulled me in, improving my posture. I had a massive smile on my face when I put my dress back on and realised that my chest looked smaller!
Are you wearing the right size?
I grabbed a pair of matching control pants and proceeded to quiz the shop assistants on how to find the correct bra size so I could share their tricks with you – they couldn’t wait to teach me! It’s common knowledge that most women wear the wrong bra size (you’re bigger than you think, ladies!) so pick up a tape measure and listen up. To work out your band size, measure around your body where your bra would sit. Cup size is measured by trained eye – but as a rule of thumb, be sure that the underwire on the outside comes all the way to the side of the body. Also, make sure that the front and the back of the bra are parallel to each other – my poor old bra was sitting way too high on my back and offering no support whatsoever.
On Sunday 17th my pal Ruth from A Model Recommends will be hosting a fitting event from 10-1pm, but whatever time you head down, there will be somebody to help you find the right size and shape for you. If you’re already wearing the perfect fit and happen to be in Covent Garden, stop by anyway – their exhibition of vintage lingerie isn’t to be missed!
Maison Triumph is open until Monday 18th at 77 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden – be quick! x