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Best shopping experience EVER
Member Name: blazeybug
Advantages: Beautiful bra's. Amazing service
Disadvantages: Costly, but this is not really an issue as it is well worth the money
I took my first visit to Bravissimo Milton Keynes last week and I am converted. Never will I shop anywhere else for my underwear!
When I first approached the shop in my shopping centre I must say I felt a little intimidated, being a very casual 21 yr old in joggers, trainers and t-shirt I was quite worried that I would get some funny looks. The shop is laid out really well with lots of fabulous designs of bra's everywhere.
On the wall they have pictures of three women... saying "what size do you think these women are?" and you open a little door under the picture to reveal their size (which is nothing like you would have thought by looking at them), which I found very cool! I thought to myself "this can't be a bad place if customers (who were not tiny stick insects) are prepared to have their half naked pictures hanging on the wall" and felt a lot better about not being a size zero.
I wandered off upstairs to enquire about their fitting service and had not even sat down to wait before an assistant was assigned to me. I took one look and thought to myself "this is NOT going to end well". I was looking at a tiny young girl, who in all honesty looked about 12, with tiny little perky breasts and a 10 inch waist! Instantly felt quite uncomfortable again.... The lady showed me into one of the (very large) dressing rooms and asked if I was happy to take off my top and stand there in my bra - which I did. She looked and Hmm'd for a few seconds and then asked what size I was wearing (38D).
She then explained how the process worked. Basically Bravissimo do not believe in tape measures as they can be unreliable and they go simply by looking. Skeptical - OH YES! So she she pointed out that the cup was too small and that is why the straps were digging into my shoulders, because there was not enough support for the weight of my boobs and my shoulders were having to hold them up instead of the bra.
She says to me "I think your an F - stay there I will go and get a basic bra for you to try and see what you think". By this point I am thinking to myself that this little girl is off her head. An F? Nooo surely not.
So within 5 seconds she is back with a soft cup bra - my worst nightmare. I only wear full moulded cups as the soft ones do not support me properly and I end up with boobs at ankles. I tried on this bra and was totally and utterly dumbfounded. Not only was it the most comfortable thing I had ever worn but my boobs were exactly were they should be, gave me a cleavage and made my gigantic melons defy gravity! She explained that because it was the right size I would be able to wear a soft cup with no problem, although depending on different designs I may need a FF.
So that was it, I took it there and then! £24.50 which normally I would not pay but I parted with my cash in an instant.
When I went back downstairs to pay and the lady asked if it was my first visit, and I said yes. She then asked for all my details, such as name and postcode etc. Being a little worried I asked what for and it turns out it is to issue a guarentee for my bra for 6 months. So if a clip comes out the back, or the wire pops out etc within 6 months I get a full refund or replacement - AWESOME!
She also included a leaflet on how to care for your bra and get the best of out them, which I thought was a really nice touch.
The shop also stocks, as well as bra's, tops and dresses with inbuilt bra's which I thought was a brilliant idea.
I left the shop so impressed that I can't wait to go back and spend more cash! The customer service was superb and nothing was too much trouble. Little Girl explained everything thoroughly and answered all my questions, but without making me feel like an idiot.
I was really quite annoyed at myself for being judgemental and thinking that Little Girl wouldn't know what she was talking about. She was fab.
You will part with about £30 for a bra there but you can really feel the difference in the quality. I usually by my bras at M&S as they are well known for their quality, but Bravissimo even put M&S to shame.
Go there, take advantage of the fitting service, you might be suprised. I was!
Summary: Visit a shop and get fitted!
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