This week I have been very lucky to attend a #FreetheSqueeze bloggers’ event at Mish in Bodmin with Panache Lingerie. Boobs talk, women in underwear, food and more, and I think I actually lived a lot of men’s dreams for the day. When I arrived the lovely Mish asked me ‘Does your bra fit’ and of course I said yes, and then started thinking ‘does my bra fit?’.
We’ll get on to whether I was anywhere near right after I tell you a bit more about my day.
I picked Hannah from Cupcake Mumma up from St Austell train station and drove her to the event, which was great as not only did I get to chat to Hannah who I was meeting for the first time for longer, but it also meant I wouldn’t be the only one who was late if I got lost. My sense of direction is notoriously bad, and I admit we got lost, but not for long.
After being offered drinks and a beautiful selection of fruit shortly after our arrival, I had the chance to speak to some of the other bloggers.
In addition to Hannah, I met Jo from Slummy Single Mummy, Elle from Garden of Eden, the wonderfully colourful Alison from Shut the Frock up (I misheard her blog name at first and was a little speechless until I realised my mistake) and Sam from Sofa Dodger.
The gingerbread women that they gave us were just the cutest, and hilarious with their edible ‘boobs’. I definitely had to eat one and Jo had a pose with one at the end.
Everyone at Mish was really friendly and couldn’t do enough for us, I can really see why they have such a loyal group of customers. Their customers are so loyal, that some of them were the lingerie models for the day.
Their confidence was so lovely to see, and even better that they were all different sizes, which really let us see how the different bras suited different frames, and how some were very universal.
We got to see some really gorgeous lingerie from Panache’s different ranges, and also some of their gorgeous swimwear, all of which are really supportive.
Mish explained to us that the majority of women in the UK (and possibly the rest of the world!) wear the wrong size bra, and make some common mistakes when choosing what they think is their bra size.
She has a frequent stream of supposed 36C customers come in to her shop, the majority of whom leave with a completely different size once her trained staff have re-sized them through a proper fitting.
We learnt that the majority of the support of your bra should come from the actual band that goes around your body, not from the straps. The straps do their job, but if you are relying on them for the majority of your support, then you will be putting more strain on your shoulders and your bra won’t fit.
A lot of people see that they have bulges over their bra straps and go up a band size to compensate, but Mish said that this can make things worse as they don’t have the correct support that they need, and often it’s the cup size that needs to be increased to fit in the excess breast tissue that’s trying to migrate.
The lovely Zehra from Panache talked to us about Panache’s lingerie ranges, and explained how they have a different range for the different types of women who buy lingerie, and that everyone is catered for. Their bras are well designed, functional but extremely pretty and comfortable as well.
Panache is primarily a D+ lingerie brand, but even those who think they couldn’t possibly be this size should see as when wearing a properly fitted bra your size may be larger than you think. Mish does also stock other brands of lingerie, so would always be able to sort you out!
We were spoilt with a gorgeous lunch at this point in the day, before having our own fittings done.
Now this is the part where I admit I was completely wrong about my own bra size. I was so sure that I was correct in my 34D size, but Mish proved me wrong and I have a new bra set on order (my colour and size combination was out of stock) in the size of 32G, as you can imagine my 34D was not doing a lot to support me!
The bra in this size that I tried on instantly made me realise how badly fitted my own bra was, as it just felt so much better and much less squashed. The hashtag for the event was #FreeTheSqueeze and it was very accurate in my case.
When fitting in person the lovely staff at Mish look at you in your current bra and assess which part needs changing, the band, the cup size or both and then get you to try some bras on to see which is the correct fit. This worked really well for the bloggers at the event. Mish has even ‘fitted’ people over Skype before and gotten the size right.
When you order from Mish’s website, their fitting guide explains how to tell if you have the right size bra and what you may need to change if not. Unlike traditional measurement techniques, this seems to work a lot better, and Mish’s return rate is a lot lower than most large national retailers. So if you are wondering ‘does my bra fit?’ you should definitely check their site out, or if you’re in Cornwall pop to the shop in Bodmin!
I have to say a quick thank you to Panache and everyone at Mish for a brilliant day, the beautiful underwear winging it’s way to me, and the gorgeous goody bag.