When, sometime ago, I read a survey that a majority of Indians didn’t know the right cup size while shopping for lingerie, I thought it was ridiculous. After all, if they didn’t know their own size, who would, me? Though I confess I am no expert at choosing the right cup size, I do understand the problem when women struggling with their inners even when they are well buried under designer clothes.
The other day a couple of girls came to chat with me at a social do. They wanted to know whether modelling can be a full time profession and if this line is taken seriously. As they approached me I spotted the difference in the way they looked.
Of course they were two different girls and were no identical twins. But the way they physically looked different was what caught my eye. Something was wrong! Alignments? One of the girls’ chin was literally touching her ‘chest’ and she wasn’t heavily ‘busted.’ I mean they looked a bit ‘highly placed’ than usual with little area for upper chest while the other girl had plenty of upper chest and had ‘them’ where I thought her ribs ended.
Fight to fit
And, on another occasion a rather well endowed girl engaged me in an interesting conversation on her recent trip to Monaco even as she kept adjusting her bra throughout the chit chat.
Hell bells, I thought, it must be as hard as a guy wearing underwear three sizes small.
Trial and error
Then there are these girls on jogging track with similar sizes, same pace on the track, but entirely different ‘movements’ as they jog. If this survey is to be believed, it’s clear that the customers for intimate wear do not try the products before buying them.
What could be the reason behind it? My guess is that they are still too shy
Under the scanner
This happens especially when the probing gaze of the sales guy, who speaks only in Hindi, follows whereever you go, as you examine the product. And even as you think of making your way to the trial room, the guy is still there, looking at you and probably fantasising. Or, the customer is too confident and feels it is not necessary to try.
In this case, once the selection is made she heads straight for the cash counter. It may fit her well, or may not.
Size does matter
So whether it’s because of her over-confidence or embarrassment, she ends up taking a chance. Surveys say Indians don’t know their size. But size does matter here. So the next time when you are on your shopping spree, go for the right size. Oh, just ignore the salesman’s gaze.