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Review: True&Co

Jul 29, 2014

I can't believe I'm saying this, but have you been outside today? It's a little bit nipply.

That's right, I'm making a boob joke and a weather joke. Because it's 70 degrees in Washington, DC, and this post is about a brassiere box.

Dudes, why are you still reading? Send this post to your wife or girlfriend and move along please.

I tried True&Co a couple of months ago, and like most beauty or fashion boxes, it was a fun experience. You fill out a profile based on your shape and how your bras fit you, and the experts at True&Co determine your size based on your responses.

I wasn't going to divulge my size, but I don't see any way around it. For the record, if you're a dude and still reading this, you're being really pervy right now! Go away!

I was endowed with a full yet proportional bustline. I don't envy women with bustlines that are fuller than what is proportional to their frame, because even with what I have, I find exercise bothersome (yes I'm going to blame that on my boobs today) and bathing suit shopping near impossible. And even if I find a bathing suit that fits, I'm going to get comments like, "Whoa!" and "You need to cover up. You're embarrassing your father." If you have naturally large bosoms, most summertime and cocktail attire is going to make you look suggestive or promiscuous or a bunch of other words that are totally unfair.

I tell you all this because bra shopping has to be the worst of all the kinds of shopping. Without professional help, ladies must try their best to figure out their bra size while also finding a bra that is somewhat comfortable, doesn't show through clothing, and isn't $1,000.

We tend to trust the sales ladies at Victoria's Secret with the pink measuring tapes to tell us what we should be buying, which, through this experience and another I'll share with you next, I learned is a bad idea. We're never going to look like the Victoria's Secret supermodels, so why do we keep buying bras designed for them?

With this in mind, I appreciate True&Co's approach, understanding that many of us have been ill-fitted and spending loads of money on bras meant for someone else with a better body and a lot more money. The questionnaire asks what you think your current size is, how much room you have in your cups, what closure notches you're using, how much skin is hanging over under your arms, and how much space is between the fabric between your cups on the front and your skin. I never considered most of these things, but at the end of the questionnaire I learned that I was probably not the 34D I thought I was -- I was more like a 32DD.

According to my knowledge, that meant that I was an inch tinier around than I thought, and my boobs were an entire cup size larger. This didn't make sense because a lot of my bras felt loose in the cups but tight on the bands. So it should be the opposite, right? Maybe a 36C, one of the most common bra sizes?

Each True&Co box comes with five bras and five panties. I chose three 32DD bras and two 34D ones to try on.

I got this in a 32DD and thought it was too tight in the cups, which is strange because it's up a cup size from what I've been wearing. I actually liked the fit because I felt more supported than usual, but as you can see, it wasn't doing the job.

This was the same bra in nude and in a 34D, except the straps were t-straps instead of your standard over-the-shoulder ones. That feature made me stand up straighter, which was nice, but, even though the size was different, I had the same problem as the other one. 

Out of all the bras, this one fit the best. To my surprise, it was one of the 32DDs! And more to my surprise, the cup seemed too small (note how it cuts in on the side view). 

I love a demi bra because it tends to give me better coverage, but this one was awful! I ordered a 32DD and it was way too small.

I assumed Calvin Klein would be a shoe-in because of the sleek lines and smooth fabrics, but this 34D one cut in the way most of the others did.

I also got five panties, but I don't need to show you those, do I? They each come in a panty book, and if the seal is broken you can't return it. It would be nice if you could try them on, but then again it's nice to know you're not trying on underwear a bunch of other people have worn.  

I didn't keep any of the bras, but I did keep a couple of undies. One of them was free when I tweeted a pic of my box! The box didn't cost me anything, unlike Stitch Fix, which charges a $20 styling fee, so it was really a win win. Like Stitch Fix, I sent back what I didn't want in a pre-postage-paid bag, and I checked out online. Plus, True&Co gives you five days to decide what you want to keep.

So, okay, it didn't work for me the first time, but, as I will explain in my next post, it turns out I've been all wrong on my bra size. I ended up going to a professional bra fitter to find out just exactly what was going on, and now I know True&Co was onto something. In fact, they've loaded up my personal shop with new bras that, based on my feedback, are the size that the professional told me I am! This was without me telling them my size -- all I did was gripe about how everything fit! The prices are totally reasonable, especially if you're used to buying Victoria's Secret bras which are just as expensive.

So what are you waiting for? Give True&Co a try. You've got nothing to lose but those old, ill-fitting bras you needed to get rid of anyway!

Let me know how you like it!

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