Monday, September 26, 2011

beau•ty (byoo-ty) | lisa from archives vintage

This is my new post series called "Beauty". Every week, I'll introduce you to a blogger who has been kind enough to share their story about a feature they love now that once brought insecurities and how they learned to love it. Together, these women will help re-define beauty in their own words and will hopefully help others feel more comfortable in their own skin because each of you are beautiful - you should feel that way everyday!

Meet this week's beauty - Lisa from Archives Vintage.

1) What is your favorite feature that you didn't always love, but have learned to appreciate?

Well, I can’t say this is a “favorite” feature, but it’s one I’ve had a struggle to appreciate: mah boobs. Get ready for a little over-sharing....

I went through puberty fairly early (as in 10/11 years old!), and one of the first signs was my (quickly) growing chest. By the time I was 13, my bra size was the same as my mothers. I didn’t think much of it - not like I had much of a choice in the matter. Then, one day in 8th grade, the boy who sat in front of me in class turned around and accused me in front of the entire classroom, “Lisa, stop stuffing your bra! Don’t you think everyone notices they’re bigger everyday?!” As a shy kid, I was totally, utterly mortified.

As I got older, I realized not all boys thought my boobs were worth joking bout. In fact, some men like them so much, they feel it’s all they need to look at when trying to hold a conversation with me. One co-worker from an old job would without fail, always talk to my chest and not my face.

Wearing bathing suits, button-up shirts, anything form-fitting is difficult. I often have to buy larger sizes so a garment will fit my boobs, and then have it tailored down everywhere else. I spend a lot of time trying to conceal them!


2) What made you learn to love it?

Wearing the right bra!

Remember when I said I wore the same size bra as my mother at 13? Well, as my breasts grew..I never bought bigger bras (why?!). When I was in my early 20’s, I got measured at Victoria's Secret. They told me I was a D cup. For all of my adult life, I had been wearing a B! D cup bras provided some relief from falling straps, overflowing cups, etc. But something STILL wasn’t quite right. (note: Victoria’s Secret only sells up to a D cup). A few years later, I got measured at a different retail store which informed me I am actually (for real this time), an F CUP! Now that I am wearing the proper bra size, they are much better supported. I have less back pain, and my garments fit better.

Oh, and I’ve never had a boyfriend complain about them, so that’s a plus ;)

3) Any advice for other beautiful women out there who struggle with being comfortable in their own skin?

In regards to breasts, I would definitely recommend getting professionally fitted. It makes all the difference!



Natasha said...

Beautiful series u have started, u r on to something great and i loved hearing this, i can totally realate!

sartoriography said...

As a sister also in possession of some mega-breasticles, I love this post. I spent a lot of my youth being annoyed at how much my breast got in the way of sports and, you know, scoopneck tees. Now that I'm older and rock out the proper undies I love my chest. Sometimes I think becoming an adult actually IS a good thing. :)

PS: Lisa is hot. We all know it. :)

Johanna said...

I love this series! Any time women can support and recognize other women's beauty - I am all about it! Awesome Tabitha!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I've had this issue too, including the struggle with button down shirts/bathing suit tops and after being professionally fitted realizing I'd been wearing the wrong size for years. Thank you for sharing Lisa, you are one sassy lady. :)

Alyssa said...

Tabitha I really love this new series. Each week is just another amazing and inspirational story!!

eek said...

I love the last photo...what a fabulous blouse!

I sometimes wish I could be anything larger than an A-cup for a day...just to see. I guess the grass is always greener ;)

E said...

haha, this girl is great! unfortunately, I have the opposite problem - flat as a board!

Rosemary Brennan said...

Ooh, this is such a great series. And thanks so much to Lisa for sharing her big bust issues. It's so tough for young girls--I mean, you go from having no boobs to gigantic ones over the summer. Other kids can be so cruel about it! And hear hear for not shopping at VS for bras. The selection at dept/specialty stores is SO much better and the prices are much more affordable.

clementine* said...

I can totally relate. I started wearing a training bra in the 4th grade and have always worn a C-cup. In the past few years I gained some weight and lost it again and got fitted for probably the first time since middle school and I found out I'm not a 36C but a 34D. And I have to agree that having the right bra size makes ALL the difference. You want to be comfortable and without pain.

Thanks for the wonderful post and series in your blog! :)

myedit said...

My best friend (breast friend?) developed rather early and one day a boy in her class put a roll of toilet paper in her desk to tease her. I ended up working with that guy 10 years later and he's still mortified that he was such a jerk.
anyways, nice post ladies!

Sara said...

Omg, middle school boys are SUCH JERKS!! I hated them, they were so mean!

Lisa, you are preaching to the choir hear. I get very frustrated when shopping for dresses and shirts a lot of the time, because I don't fit a lot of them and have to go up a size!! In relation to bra shopping, I was super lucky that my mom understood to have me officially fitted. I'm definitely an E or F depending on the bra! And I find it very annoying that VS doesn't think to make their bras in any sizes bigger than D (or sometimes DD)! They're isolating a large demographic.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your story!! It's comforting to know a ton of other girls share this "problem," but you can definitely feel beautiful (seriously, what guy has every thought "wow, I wish those girls' boobs were smaller"??). And it takes a bit more patience and time, but there are definitely gorgeous, flattering, well-fitting clothes to be found :)

Elise said...

SO TRUE!! I got my first fitting this year (at Saks) and found out I have been wearing the wrong size my whole life. It is amazing the difference it makes in how you look and feel in clothes when you are wearing a properly fitting bra. A life changer no doubt! So lag to hear you are embracing your feminine curves! You are without a doubt lovely both inside and out!

Great share!


Liz said...

Can I just say ditto to what Emily said? Yeah, let's go with that DITTO.

Laurel said...

Wow, this is such a great idea! I came over because of Lisa's boobs, and am happy to find another smart blog to follow! Thanks, Lisa's boobs!