The other day my brother-in-law said to me (already you know this is going to be awkward don’t you?) that he daren’t look at social media anymore for fear of seeing me half naked. Aaand here we are again. Honestly I never thought I’d be sharing so much of myself, not in the metaphorical, thoughts in my head, kind of way but truly sharing so much literally of myself, especially with my body going through all the changes it has over the past year. But really I have so much respect for this body right now; I mean, I grew a perfect tiny person in there and somehow survived that and whilst I cannot profess to be the same shape as I was before, I am comfortable with myself. So it seems I am half naked on the internet. Again. Sorry Gary.
For sure my belly is not as tight and I could not do a proper press up right now if my life depended on it, my hair seems a little thinner and the little scars on my thighs have a few more friends (not a single one on my belly, go figure). But the girls are fuller and that is one change I am not going to be complaining about. I swear the changes in that department were about as unexpected as seeing my belly grow quite as big as it did (I remember at six months thinking it couldn’t really get much bigger. Ha). So my bra size over the past twelve months has been something of a rollercoaster as well. And honestly if I hadn’t gone for regular fittings throughout that time I would not have had a clue and would have probably worn the one stretchy crop top the whole time. But seriously, good lingerie playing a strong supporting role makes all the difference – to your body, your clothes and your confidence (hello, half naked on the internet again).
So basically Panache are like my new best friend. Super pretty styles perfect for lace lovers like me and in a range of sizes to accommodate these changes. I never thought I would be one of those girls that even had to look at those special lingerie brands but I am and actually it’s pretty amazing. Panache invited me to Poinsettia Style on the south side of Glasgow to take part in their #FoundMyFit campaign and although, miraculously, I arrived wearing the correct size (complete fluke on my part) I discovered that I was wearing it all wrong. Yeah, you can wear a bra wrong. Who knew? I had the straps the wrong length, they were positioned badly on my sloping shoulders, heck even the way I was putting it on wasn’t quite right. Seriously. And whilst I might be happy to share more than the brother-in-law is comfortable with, I am not quite ready to share a ‘How to’ on getting into your undies… So go get fitted. Please. Do me, and Gary, a favour.
Poinsettia Style – Find Your Fit event
5th,6th & 7th October
And after that you might just feel like lounging around the house in pretty lingerie. And should you feel so inclined to take a photo then don’t be afraid to share it with #FoundMyFit (especially as there are prizes up for grabs).
I don’t want to lie to you – I carefully positioned that throw over the bits (aka mum tum) I was not quite ready to share with the world and simultaneously tried to breathe and tense every tiny muscle I had whilst taking these shots. It was probably the best workout I had in months, I was actually out of breath by the end. Which inspired me to start some proper workouts again. And this weekend I got a Panache sports bra, in my true size. Total game changer. But more on that another day…
lois bra & brief – Panache
top – Free People
.With thanks to Panache for supporting this post.