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What I learnt from a bra-fitting video call

I was paired with pro bra fitter Carlotta, who talked me through the process, which can be done with or without a top on, though it’s a little easier without.
Nudea’s bra fitting service is now available via video call

I’m nearly five months pregnant, so nothing I own fits me right now, and that includes my bras. This situation would be fine if I had a smaller cup size – I’d embrace the opportunity to go braless – but I’m normally a 32D, and as anyone with a larger chest size will understand, a well-fitting bra can transform the way your clothes look, as well as delay the inevitable pull of gravity.

Of course with lockdown in effect, I can’t go and get a fitting at Selfridges or M&S as I normally would, so I was thrilled to discover that chic lingerie brand Nudea is offering virtual fittings to anyone who buys one of its tape measures (£1 including postage at Nudea).

I was paired with pro bra fitter Carlotta, who talked me through the process, which can be done with or without a top on, though it’s a little easier without. We began with my back size: using her own tape to demonstrate, she told me to take the end with the gold hoop, and put the side that says ‘start’ against my body, under the bust. I threaded the other end through the gold hoop and pulled until tight. Carlotta said I should go as tight as possible, as bras are stretchy and the tape measure is not, so a snug fit won’t feel uncomfortable with an actual bra. This revealed that I’d gone up from a 32 to 34. c

Tamara on Zoom with Nudea pro bra fitter Carlotta

I was paired with pro bra fitter Carlotta, who talked me through the process, which can be done with or without a top on, though it’s a little easier without. We began with my back size: using her own tape to demonstrate, she told me to take the end with the gold hoop, and put the side that says ‘start’ against my body, under the bust. I threaded the other end through the gold hoop and pulled until tight. Carlotta said I should go as tight as possible, as bras are stretchy and the tape measure is not, so a snug fit won’t feel uncomfortable with an actual bra. This revealed that I’d gone up from a 32 to 34. 

Nudea’s bra fitting service is now available via video call

If you don’t have the time or inclination for a Zoom call, there are also easy instructions and a video guide to measuring yourself on the Nudea website, but my 15-minute conversation with Carlotta gave me a much better understanding of what I need, giving me more confidence when it comes to choosing between different styles. 

My ‘The Boss’ Full Cover bra in a pretty sheer black jacquard (£45) arrived within two days and fits like a dream – I’m already tempted to order an Easy Does It bralette too (£35). 

It’s proof that even something as nuanced and intimate as bra-fitting can be effortless in this Zoomy new world. All you need is a tape measure.

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