If you subtract the bras from the "not wearing them now cuz the size is slightly too big or too small but the stuff is still great and I may wear it again" cupboard, I have 14 bras and, I estimate (didn't count them all) 35 pairs of undies.
I don't know about you, but I think that's entirely reasonable given my fixation with the stuff. I mean, I look at lingerie on line sites just for fun. I blog about it. I force my friends and family to go lingerie shopping with me and I act as their bra personal-shopper. I freakin' sew the stuff!? Fourteen bras seems really quite sane. (Note a new one is on the way...)
Here's the thing: I wear every single one of them. I'm not one of those women with 80 bras who secretly uses 1 black, 1 white and a nude, allowing the other stuff to languish because it doesn't fit / doesn't work / I can't be bothered.
Every bra has 2 or 3 matching undies rendering it useful under all kinds of bottoms (sheer or tight or prone to VPL). Every bra fits beautifully and makes me feel happy when I look at it in its cubby, or on my body. Every bra serves a purpose which it fulfills with sassy chic.
I have 2 seamless nude basic bras (the Fantasie model I've blogged about at length) and 1 basic black bra (has seams but the pattern is flat so it doesn't compete for attention under thin tops). I have one body suit (which I LOVE - it's new...). Everything else is lacy or colourful or textured or patterned.
I implore you, when next you go to purchase lingerie in your tried and true fashion: Try on every bra in the store (in your size - or close to it). The crazier the better. I mean, you don't walk around in plain white, matronly outfits all day long. Why would you make that your lingerie default? When you see a femme fatale in a film, you don't envy her department store* special.
Brief Sidebar: OK, all you busty readers who are thinking, right now, that's all I can find in my size... If you have large breasts, that's not what you're consigned to. Not if you don't shop at a department store that tops out at 38DD mediocrity. (Lord help you if you're a 30DD - good luck finding that size.) BTW, that goes for you too, ladies of the AA set. Go to a bra boutique - or shop online. Chances are you will never have a better selection than you do via an online store.
But back to what you buy... I'm cataloging my pieces for the blog. In time you'll see them all. Now I want to know what you are wearing (not in a creepy way, you realize):
- Do you cycle through the same 3 bras and wear them till they're stringy?
- Do you have one bra style, that you own 30 of?
- Do you go for colour and texture? Patterns or solids?
- What shape do you like best? Balconette? Plunge? Molded cup? Full? Wire-free?
- Have you experimented with shapes? (Note: If you haven't been wearing the right size - and shopping in the badly stocked dept. stores, wading through the crap, you may not realize that a balconette is a very flattering shape when in your size and designed for a breast shape like yours. Balcony bras are entirely supportive if they're well constructed. Same goes for most every style, in truth...)
- How many bras do you own? Do you wear them all?
- Do you have winter bras and summer bras?
- What do you want a bra to say to you (you know, the talking ones)? About you?
- How do you feel when you put on your underwear in the morning? Are you happy with what you see?
* I'm not referring to Holt Renfrew and Norstrom and Neiman Marcus and other good stores of this variety. But let's face it - they are far and few between... (And I've frequented all of them - they cater much more to high-end options for very small-busted women vs. very large-busted ones. You'll have 1/10 the options there that you will at a lingerie boutique. Don't you want your pick of everything available??)