I have a love/hate relationship with bras. On one hand, I love them for the comfort, support, and contours that they give me. On the other hand, sharp underwires, poorly-designed clasps and uncomfortable bra straps are sometimes the bane of my existence. When I was a lot heavier — in the 330 lb range — I sought out bras that provided the utmost containment. This generally meant full-figured, full-coverage bras with underwires that would, ideally, be constructed out of stainless steel. Now that I have lost so much weight, my bra problem is two-fold. First, I need a bra that provides support for my somewhat been-through-the-wringer breasts that, in a decade, have gone from DD to G to DDD to a small D (with a band size that went from a 46 to a 34). Secondly, once what’s left of the sad girls are supported and contained, they should be molded and lifted for ideal presentation.
This is where I’m happy to report that Jockey comes into play. Jockey bras are revolutionary in that they are sized by volume, rather than by the traditional cup size. The result is a bra that supports your breasts by their volume, rather than by an old-fashioned sizing system that doesn’t work for many women, in particular women who have uniquely sized breasts, or have lost a lot of weight and are dealing with smaller breasts that may be look larger only due to loose skin in the chest area.
Your Jockey Bra size is determined by Jockey’s unique Volumetric Fit System, which consists of determining your cup size based on which contoured cup your breast fits into best, and taking your band size with the color-coded measuring tape. Jockey’s Fit Kit ($19.95 to order, but it includes a $20 coupon to use towards your Jockey Bra, so the kit is essentially free) includes seven differently sized cups, and the color-coded measuring tape, along with detailed instructions and tips on how to get the best fit.
I really liked using the Fit Kit, because for once sizing myself for a bra didn’t entail grabbing half of a dozen or more bras off of a rack and then going through a sweaty, scratchy, uncomfortable try-on session in a cramped, overheated fitting room. In the comfort of my own home I simply measured my breasts’ volume using the included cups, and per Jockey’s fit recommendation found the one that cups and contains my breast the best, without any breast-tissue-runneth-over issues, or overly large cups for my breasts to swim in. The color-coded measuring tape was also easy to use for determining my band size, and per Jockey’s recommendation on Facebook (in response to my question), went down a size since my number is an odd one, and Jockey’s bras require an even band number.
When it came to choosing a Jockey Bra, I had my pick of all five styles: Classic Contour, Tailored Contour, Double Lined Contour, Classic Soft Cup, and Double Lined Soft Cup. I ultimately went with the Tailored Contour Bra, in white, which features Stay-Put straps, a sweetheart neckline, and lightly lined cups. And once it arrived, I was in love. And when I put it in? Even more in love. It provides support, a sexy amount of cleavage and oomph, and it is ultra-comfortable to wear all day and night. And due to its cut, it fits perfectly with just about every top I’ve tried with it! Needless to say, this is one bra I’ll definitely be buying more of.
Disclosure: Jockey provided me with a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.