Do all women feel more beautiful when they are wearing a beautiful bra?
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and there are beautiful bras for every size; from a to j.
Because every breast is different, every woman should be properly fitted for the right size and style of bra. There is a significant difference when you wear the right bra for your body. Comfort and proper support being number one, but so is finding a bra that you absolutely love, because it’s gorgeous. In such a simple, intimate and personal way, wearing a pretty bra can be uplifting for your spirit and for your body image.
One of the most incredible things we love about Sunday Crush is the great opportunity we have to talk with people who inspire us. We feel so lucky, so very privileged, to be able to share stories with you after we spend time with the amazing people we meet.
Today we are inspired by Doris Blevins and June Jones; proprietors of Bravo Fine Lingerie. It’s a beautiful store with a wonderful collection of exquisite bras and intimates. Doris and June are experts at fitting women for the right bra size and style. They are lovely women who turn bra shopping into a pleasurable event; both are very easy to talk to, and to laugh with. Every woman who comes into their shop has a wonderful experience with them.
Doris and June will fit all women of every breast size, including those who have undergone a mastectomy.
As women we have a special attachment to the focus of this post. We are moved to think of all of our “sisters“ who have been through breast cancer. It is possible that most people you talk to have been touched by breast cancer, in some way. My own family has experienced it through four of our women. Luckily, all of them have come through their ordeal and are healthy to this day.
Doris can transform any bra to hold a prosthetic, ranging from sizes 1 to 14. Many women won’t even think of regular bras after their mastectomy, they simply use the clinical bras for prosthetics that have been recommended, which can only be described as plain and not so attractive. This versatility of amending regular bras allows women to select any bra, be it lacy and pretty or sporty and athletic. It’s a small thing that assists the individual to find a sense of normalcy during such a transformative time in their life.
Doris: After surgery, when they come back in to see us we measure their body and begin trying on different bras that fit, different sizes until we find one that works well. They are always amazed after they get into a bra. They feel so much better. Then they put their shirt back on and they feel that they look normal.
I spoke with one of their clients, a woman, now 49, who at 43 underwent a double mastectomy. Although she is very comfortable without her breasts and not having reconstructive surgery was her personal choice, she does make a good point about bras and prosthetics.
“At my age, I don’t want something that looks like my grandmother would wear! I always say, putting on my bra with my prosthetics in is like adding earrings. I’m just dressing up what I have. When I stand in front of the mirror and I have on my pretty bra and my prosthetics, I look like any other girl that’s going to stand there in her bra and undies. At this age and stage, why would I want to choose anything that doesn’t make me feel fabulous?”
She also told us that her experience with Doris and June was full of compassion, care and kindness, they made the process easy and comforting. Doris and June listen, and they move gently with each client. They even follow up a few days later, just to see how she feels and if the bra is working for her.
Bravo Fine Lingerie has been open for seven years and in that time their work with prosthetics has tripled. Gives you an indication as to how quickly instances of breast cancer is growing. Frighteningly, according to Doris and June, they are seeing more and more younger women. Early detection on the woman’s part may be a cause of this, which certainly is good, but still quite scary to learn how much it has grown in the past few years.
Each bra takes about an hour to complete, depending on the cup size. Doris will also amend bathing suits brought in by customers. Swimming prosthetics are available.
Final amended bra with pocket to hold prosthetic.
Every woman is unique, every breast is different. Every woman recovering post surgery from a mastectomy is going through her own, very personal experience. For those who choose to use prosthetics, they can also choose to wear beautiful bras. As one of their client’s told me, “Doris and June gave me my ‘sexy’ back!”
Doris and June offer a very personal service at Bravo Fine Lingerie. They understand that every client is going through an overwhelming range of emotions, in every sense. We hope that this story is shared with women who are going through this transition and that they learn of the services that Doris and June provide. You can be properly fitted and can wear beautiful bras with prosthetics.