My Bra is Too Tight

The cups are fine, but the part of my bra that reaches around my upper back to secure my breasts with three hooks and three eyes is cutting off my circulation, causing shallow breathing and physical pain.

It wasn’t that long ago that I purchased this garment. Let’s face it brassieres’ are no small investment these days. Last time I was in need of a supportive undergarment I went to a shop with an official bra fitter. A woman with a tape measure draped over her shoulders like a stethoscope came toward me. “Shall I measure you?” she cocked her head to the right.

She led me to the back of the store, gave me her calculated numbers and started bringing me options to try on. “This feels too tight.” I offered over the fitting room door.

“No, it’s correct dear,” most women just aren’t used to a bra that fits properly.”

Really? It was as if she threw bra size into the shoe size motto, the smaller the better.

Far be it for me to argue with the expert. I bought the bra.

Every time I wear the bra I remind myself, you are just not used to a properly fitting bra. One afternoon when I was fairly certain I was experiencing heart-palpitations I unhooked the bra. Whew, my heart felt calm. I wore the bra unhooked for the rest of the day. I never go braless. Even when home alone with no plans for company or runs to the grocery, my old programming states, “a lady always wears appropriate undergarments.”

Well, as of today I am revising my personal credo. I do not yet know what the rest of my life will look like and how it will be pertinent, but I know one thing for sure, I am never ever again wearing clothing that hurts including, deep breath, shoes.