A Day In The Life Of A Bra Fitter
Have you ever had a bra fitting? If not, you’re missing out.
Bra fittings are essential for finding bras that fit. A bra fitting involves taking your measurements (typically overbust and underbust), determining your bra size, and hand-picking bras for you to try on in store – all under the expert care of a bra fitter who has extensive training in bra fitting and lingerie care.
For bra fitters, bra fitting is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of their job. It doesn’t matter how old you are – a proper-fitting bra is life-changing. Ask a bra fitter what her favorite part of her job is and she probably won’t be able to give you just one answer. But most bra fitters will tell you that there is nothing more amazing than the moment a woman realizes just how beautiful she is – especially when it’s through the power of lingerie.
Bra fitters hold a unique place in the lingerie industry. Their old-school job is part bra fit expert, part product guru, and part therapist. Local lingerie boutiques know just how important a good bra fitter is. A talented bra fitter can have a substantial impact on the lives of the women in the community just by helping them find bras that fit.
Of course, if bra fitting was easy, everyone would be a bra fitter. Just like any job, some days are harder than others, but each and every day is rewarding in and of itself.
Ever wonder what being a bra fitter is like? While no two days are the same, here’s a typical day in the life:
Pre-opening prep commences. We just received a big shipment from one of our favorite brands. We’re short staffed this morning, so unpacking and stocking the racks is up to the two of us. We quickly get started on unwrapping and re-hanging the new lingerie. I take a minute to examine the new bra and babydoll. They’re both beautiful and the fit looks promising. Typically, we (the staff) try on new products as soon as we receive them so we can see how they fit. But this morning we don’t have a free minute to try anything on, so we’ll have to wait until our first fitting to see the fit.
We have a crowd of customers waiting outside, so we open a little early. We greet the first customers of the day and quickly finish tidying up the store.
My first fitting of the day. My customer needs new bras. She asks if we do bra fittings and I say yes. She’s surprised that our bra fittings are free. I tell her that bra fittings are free at most lingerie stores – we want our customers to wear bras that fit well and feel amazing on. The fitting takes about thirty minutes from start to finish – including trying on the bras. She can’t believe her bra size (her new bra size is a 30F – she had worn a 34C for years!) and is thrilled to finally have bras that fit. She ends up with the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra in cameo rose and the Charlotte Padded Bra, which she buys in multiple colors. We talk about how to wash her new bras and she picks out a gentle lingerie detergent and mesh bag at the register.
The store is busy! Both me and my coworker are running around like crazy pulling bras for our customers in the fitting room and ringing up customers at the register. Our store is in an area with a lot of foot traffic – busy days are normal for us!
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Lunchtime. I have just enough time to catch my breath and grab a sandwich from the little cafe next door. The day is going by so fast!
My second fitting of the day. My customer is shopping for new sports bras. She thinks her bra size has changed since her last fitting, so I suggest getting a fitting today and she agrees. It takes a few minutes to get her measurements and determine her bra size. As I’m leaving the fitting room to grab bras, she tells me she wants a supportive, wireless sports bra that feels secure on. I pull a few options and she ends up loving the Wireless Sports Bra. We discuss color options and she opts for the black and gray. She hasn’t bought new underwear in a while, so she stocks up on new undies too.
My customer is shopping for a lingerie gift for a bridal party. I show her a beautiful silk robe, several different panty options each embroidered with an “I Do” on the hip, and a gorgeous babydoll and robe set in ivory lace. She picks the babydoll and robe set and I wrap it in a pretty box for her. She tells me she stopped in today because she was looking for something unique that can’t be found at Victoria’s Secret or a department store and that she’s thrilled with what she found. I hope the bride loves it!
Another busy period! My coworker and I balance bra fittings with helping customers on the sales floor.
Time to go home. Our closing team comes in to help our night customers and close the store. I update them on the new shipment and fill them in the day so far. Today was a great day. Looking forward to being back tomorrow!
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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.
Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.
If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.
Happy bra shopping!