Fun fact: when I was in high school, I was an A cup. I would make jokes about it all the time (surprise, surprise) and I used to wear water bras.
Gina, what the hell is a water bra? Oh just a bra that has liquid in the cups, making for a “life-like” appearance and feel. Sigh…oh baby Gina.
Despite my water-bra-wearing, I really didn’t care that I was an A cup. Also, I had always been a chunky kid and in high school, even though I thought I was enormous, I was actually in good shape. I spent every morning before school at the gym for an hour and ate minimal food all 4 years, so if being thin meant an A cup…teen me wasn’t going to argue with the weight loss gods.
Fast forward to college and thereafter, I gained a significant amount of weight, definitely do not frequent the gym every morning before homeroom, have struggled with self esteem and eventually gained self love and a body positive mentality. Also, I am no longer an A cup and haven’t been for about 12 or 13 years. And, I’m not going to lie, a bigger cup size has been one of the easiest aspects of adopting pride in my curves.
That being said, as an A cup, the world was my oyster in regards to bra shopping. I mean, the choices were endless AND you can walk into pretty much any store that sold bras and find something that is cute and, even more importantly, affordable.
Now, bra shopping is not as simple and carefree. Actually, simple and carefree are the 2 words that would never come to mind when I am bra shopping. It is a struggle to find something cute and then when you find something cute, finding the correct size is a whole ordeal. On the off chance that you find something cute in your size – you’re paying for that successful finding. And you are paying handsomely. The least amount of money I have spent on a bra in the last decade, with a sale, is $25. Without a sale, $40-$45 is the typical amount I spend on one bra. So if I want to buy a cute bra and a sports bra, I am usually looking at an expense of close to $100.
Until a week ago!
Last week I spent, with tax, about $12 on a bra. Dreamfit gave me the opportunity to try their product that is sold at Walmart. Their bras come in my size but, to be completely honest, I was fairly certain that the quality would be a bust. I mean, $12 for a bra to fit a curvier girl is unheard of. But I tried it and it wasn’t a bust, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. And don’t you worry, I’m going to tell you why…
If you are anything like me, you are typically buying bras online or having to go to the one location that has your size and is completely out of your way. Dreamfit bras are sold at Walmart, so while I do have the option to order them online through Walmart.com to be shipped to me or be picked up in the store, I also have the option of just stopping by and picking up a bra or two (or three…)
Even though the weather in my neck of the woods leaves something to be desired this time of year, I braved the snow and ventured the 10 minutes to Walmart. Bundled up, I walked in and located the intimates section expecting to find a display of bras in tiny sizes or a display of bras in my size but just a couple.
To my surprise, there was a nice sized display of bras in different styles, designs and, most importantly, sizes. I grabbed a few and headed to the fitting room with the expectation that I would soon storm out in anger that curvy women are doomed and the bra industry is out to get us.
Surprisingly, a hissy fit did not occur, well, to be fair, at some point on this day, I probably had some type of hissy fit about student loans or society, but, in relation to bras, I was hissy-fit-free. I purchased 2 bras, each approximately $12; two bras for the cost of about half of what I typically spend on ONE BRA.
But let’s be honest, the real test of a bra is not a successful tryst in a fitting room but, rather, wearing the bra in your daily life.
Which is just what I did.
Now let me be clear, as a cynic, I was ready for this bra to fail me. It was almost as if I had entered into a self sabotaging relationship with the bra and I was just counting the minutes until it let me down. But he didn’t. Um, I mean, IT didn’t.
Over the course of the next week, I wore the bras I purchased:
Deep Plunge Bra (Plunge is always my fave!)
And the Back Smoothing Tshirt Bra
One day I wore the Deep Plunge Bra to work with a beautiful dress (if I do say so myself) and was so surprised how much I liked it. It was extremely comfortable and also supportive. The material was very breathable and I was shocked that even though the bra cost next to nothing, it kept everything in place and helped to keep me confident in my appearance throughout the day.
The Back Smoothing Tshirt Bra shared a lot of the same characteristics as the Deep Plunge but had that extra support throughout. I wore it with a super cute Hello Beautiful shirt and did what I normally do in my spare time: played and cuddled with Addy. Another winner…for like $12…
I love having curves and I have worked really hard to embrace my body in a society that makes it very difficult for women to do so. Part of loving my curves is tackling the everyday headaches of living in this body and I am 100% sure that I am not alone in one of my main headaches being finding the right fits. I say fits because the struggle is present for most apparel, whether it be dresses for an occasion, work clothes, a great pair of jeans (I won’t even tackle the fact that I live in leggings, we will save that for another day as I am not seeking to change this…) or, the most basic aspect of women’s clothing: bras.
That being said, I think Dreamfit is a game changer. The fact that the bras are super cute, come in a number of sizes that are typically a struggle to find and cost so little are already huge but I also share a lot of the same values as the company. Dreamfit uses curvy women to show off their products and is a firm believer of body positivity. I find this to be very important when bra shopping because I believe in order to make a bra that a curvy woman can wear and will want to wear, you should understand your clientele: me. And possibly you.
Gina, I really want to try this bra but it’s the holiday season and even $12.00 is out of the budget.
Don’t you worry – I have a chance for you to WIN one of these bras to try for yourself!
Dreamfit currently has a Giveaway going on: 4 lucky participants will WIN a $250 Walmart gift card AND 10 lucky participants will WIN a Dreamfit bra of their choice! How fun would it be to win and not even have to pay to try a new bra?
It’s super easy to join in – just head over here!
Also, a $250 Walmart Gift Card could buy you, like, 20 Dreamfit bras…just saying…