I’ve been following this updated gym routine since January (I know, a New Year’s Resolution that I’ve actually stuck to for longer than 2 weeks!), and I’m pretty chuffed to have dropped a dress size and lost 9kg in just three months.
I’ve done it in a really sustainable and healthy way, and I find myself much stronger, fitter and healthier than I can ever remember being since I was a teenager. I can rock a chaturanga in my weekly Yoga session without breaking a sweat, and can keep up with a 45 minute body pump without… ok, there’s lots of sweating involved in that kind of class.
I really do feel great for it, and I’m not just talking physically. It’s definitely true what they say that exercise benefits mental health as well as physical health; I’m much more balanced and chilled out for it, and my confidence is definitely on the up.
That said, one of the huge downsides of this is my change in boob size. Whilst it’s not CRAZY dramatic, only a cup size or two, it’s definitely enough to render all of my bras useless, and I need to bin them all and start again. Nobody looks cute in a gappy bra.
When restocking your entire boulder-holder kit includes re-investing in sports bras which cost in excess of £30 each and notoriously pricey full bust bras for every day, you can be sure that a lot of money is going to be involved in re-stocking my collection.
That dreary reality aside, when you’ve noticed a significant amount of boob size change (and it’s more of a permanent change than a ‘time of the month’ fluctuation or temporary weight loss/gain for whatever reason), now’s the time to go get fitted. You should really be getting fitted every 6 months anyway just to keep yourself checked up and to ensure you’re still wearing the right size, but if, like me, you’ve been avoiding going to get fitted because you’re worried about having to basically re-purchase all of your lingerie collection, please don’t forget the likes of My Curves and Me, eBay and Brastop for some cheap restocking – full bust lingerie needn’t be too expensive if you know the right places to look for cut price stock!
I’m not quite financially ready or mentally prepared to repurchase everything I own, so I’ve narrowed down my top drawer into a makeshift ‘capsule collection’ – the sets that are most essential sets that I need in order to function and wear most of my outfits without too much trouble. For me this means a black bra (my go-to everyday), a ‘nude’ bra to wear under white/light coloured tops and at least two sports bras.
So, as I’m in the market for new bras, I’ve been taking a good, hard look at my collection to determine the favourite bras which will be making the cut for a repurchase, and that will allow me to have at least the basics that I need.
One of which is definitely the Cleo Marcie, which thankfully is available as a continuity product from Panache. Thank the lingerie gods! I’ll definitely be picking this up in black for my everyday black bra, and, let’s face it, probably also in the cheeky pink version available on sale right now at Figleaves.com. Because I’m all for bra favourites on sale in pretty colours…
Since I am at the gym so much, and my routine is so varied, my sports bra collection has been pretty well loved in the past few months. My favourites for most activities are the Freya Active wired sports bras, which hold you pretty solidly in place even in the most strenuous of boot camps.
As such, one of these will DEFINITELY be added to the repurchase list.
For yoga and strength training my preference is the Panache non-wired sports bra which gives you just the right amount of support whilst maintaining a more relaxed, comfortable fit which allows you to stay fully in the zone. This is another essential that I’ll be picking up in my new size, for sure.
Now, for the nude bra. Cleo’s Marcie in nude would be the obvious choice, but it seems to be sold out EVERYWHERE, so with summer round the corner I’ve been thinking of all the different scenarios when you might need a nude bra, and it makes sense to me to consider a strapless or a multi-way. Perhaps it’s the perfect time to try the Curvy Kate Luxe strapless?
My top tip for getting rid of old, too-big lingerie which you’re pretty convinced won’t fit you anymore, is: list them on eBay! Second hand, good quality/condition bras sell pretty well and whilst you won’t make your millions from them, it’s good to let the amounts add up and put the money towards your new bra purchases.
Have you ever had to completely re-purchase your lingerie collection following a shift in bra size? Do you have any tips for how to adjust and make the best out of this rediculously expensive situation?