Guest writer Shep Wildwood * gives her solution for bra shopping for the butch gal.
Have you ever taken a look through your drawers and wondered about the bras in there? You have six different sizes and none of them seem to fit right. An undershirt won’t work for sports. You need a new bra.
You’ve tried and tried to go it alone… You went to the department store and surreptitiously took three or four different styles and sizes of sports bras into the dressing room, hoping to guess the right one. You tried them on and bought the one that seemed to fit the best. It wasn’t right, you knew it at the time, but you didn’t know what wasn’t right or what you needed to do to adjust it to make it fit.
Well this could be a thing of the past.
I know a place where you can go and buy the right bra in the right size that will fit you and feel good. Not only that but you’re in and out in less than 15 minutes. No more wandering aimlessly through the bras at the Bay. No more funny looks from the sales clerks at Sears wondering why that young man (oops young lady) is in this department.
Diane’s is a lingerie shop on Granville street. I finally bit the bullet and went in there. The lady asked me if I would like some help and I said “yes?” She asked if I knew what size I was and I said “no not really”. I used to be a B but that was a long time ago and now with menopause and the extra weight things aren’t what they used to be.
She took me in the back change room and pulled my shirt tight around my chest, eyed me up and brought out a couple of all purpose bras. She said “try these on and let’s see”. I got the first one on, a bra that I thought was much too large for me, what was she thinking? Oops, I guess she does know what she’s doing, it fit pretty good. She came into the dressing room and did a few adjustments and loosened one strap and tightened the other.
Wow, this does fit, how about that. I won’t look at the size… I won’t look at the size… I wonder what size it is? OMG I’m what? a D? no it can’t be… well it does fit good and seems to be the right size. I know, it must be a European size, that’s right… European sizes.”
She said “I have this in a few colours, White, mauve and black.” “Black please” I said. Well that wasn’t bad. In and out in less than 15 minutes. If I just slot it into the same spot in my mind as going to the doctor and getting that pap thing then having them size you up isn’t so bad. So if you have ever need a bra and want to be in and out in less than 15 minutes try Diane’s at 2950 Granville Street in Vancouver.
(Diane’s is owned by a straight woman)*Shep Wildwood is a name composed of the name her first pet and a street she lived on.
Looking for more about Butch encounters with breast care and maintenance? Check out A.K. Summer’s “Nursing While Butch“