Bra purchasing experiences at various stores

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« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2018, 10:19:10 am »
I've also had positive experiences at a couple Hanes Brand outlets although don't expect too many bras there with large band sizes (say > 44).  The staff has helped with selection but have left me alone during try-on.

For the most part, I believe everyone I've encountered was sympathetic and simply wanted to make a sale.  In one encounter at Soma I was asked if I might be interested in trying the matching panties.  The suggestion was subtle, perhaps touching on the subject of cross dressing.  I just said, "no thank you" and went on trying on the couple of bras selected.

In my experience, Kohl's has been entirely hands-off.  Nearly zero interaction with the sales staff.  Everyone else offered varying degrees of help which was easy to manage, up to and including measurement and presence in the dressing room.  If the store or department is not busy, expect more help.  In a boutique, expect the most.

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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2018, 04:33:45 pm »
One of my SAs at Soma just called saying she hoped to see me during their Semiannual Panty Sale. I assured her I would be coming in soon.

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Re: Bra purchasing experiences at various stores
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2018, 05:16:22 pm »
janinorth;  I agree with you about KOHL's, they are totally hands off.  I don't even think the have any SAs assigned to the lingerie section.  But that is the beauty of it.  AS ABWG (I believe)  that you can walk into the store grab a shopping bag and load it up with all the bras you want and take them to the changing room and have a ball.  And no one will care one hoot.
If you got them flaunt them.  We all wear bras so wear what you like and to hell with the rest.

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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2019, 10:14:50 am »
That is the case.
All in all, I've had my BEST  bra shopping at Torrid. I think that they are Awesome. When you go there they are always welcoming. They work with you to get you not only the bra you want but also the bra you NEED!
I was fine with a regular t shirt bra that I purchased there (and was fitted for). They didn't have my size in a couple other bras that I was interested in. Without me even asking, they ordered those bras in my size and asked me to come in to try them to see if I liked them and if they even fit. They were perfect and I bought 2 of them and wore one home. 
My other bras that I have, don't get alot of use anymore since I discovered Torrid bras. 
If any are interested, you have to try the 360 Smooth T-shirt bra. The strap adjustments are in front and almost perfectly smooth in back. Whether you care about a visible bra line or not, this is as smooth as you can get in front and back in a regular underwire bra. 
Bras aren't for women, they're for breasts.

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2019, 07:09:07 pm »
This is confidence inspiring to hear that Soma is well received.  I am considering making a fitting appointment.  I have a few too many under garments that don't fit very well. 

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« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2019, 04:56:26 pm »
Thedane by all means go for it!  Most stores like Soma are very nice to men and treat them like they would any woman.

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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2019, 08:32:14 am »
TheDane,
Easiest if you call ahead.  Tell them, even though you are a man, you have breasts like a woman and need to wear a bra just like a woman does.  Tell them you would like them to give you a fitting, help you try on and buy some bras, and what time is best for them. 

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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 09:03:32 pm »
I called they said just come in, of course when I got there on the 4th of Jan they were busy, no matter just keep cool and be patient.
Much better experience with Soma than I got at Victoria secret.  Soma's fitter was way more knowledgeable she didn't try putting me in something that was too small or a push up. :-/

I've been wearing a 36C/D and the fitter put me in a 40B & 38C because 40B isn't common. The fit was much different and more positive. Full coverage and balconette styles as well as wireless. I suspect this is why the claim that many women are wearing the wrong size bra and the people who say it state it frequently.  I wouldn't want to take a guess at how many men are in that same boat. I cant believe the cup size differences between what I was wearing and what I've got now.


In case anyone is reading this and questioning whether there is a difference between box store and quality bras and whether you need to be fitted, just consider doing it because you will spend less in the long run in trying on and returning stuff. Quality matters if you want life and are seeking support and comfort invest in quality garments.


I stopped at Lane Bryant and found a sister size garment that I asked if I could try on, it wasn't a problem.  Torrid was packed with people.

Re: Bra purchasing experiences at various stores
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2019, 09:56:28 pm »
 Thank you for the report. It was good that you went into those stores. Iím not surprised you had a very good, and the best, experience at Soma.  Your bra size tells me you need to wear a bra 

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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2019, 01:10:02 pm »

In case anyone is reading this and questioning whether there is a difference between box store and quality bras and whether you need to be fitted, just consider doing it because you will spend less in the long run in trying on and returning stuff. Quality matters if you want life and are seeking support and comfort invest in quality garments.

I can't agree more. Do I want to pay $50-$100 for a single bra? No. But the comfort and fit difference along with the serviceable life span between a $20 bra and a $50 bra to me is worth the price difference. I can pay for a two $20 bras and they won't last as long as one $40 or $50 bra. To me that is wasting money. And there is a no question that going to a knowledgeable fitter is well worth the time. I looked around for a smaller local shop that would discreetly serve men. It took a little time but it was well worth it. My fitter knows me. She knows what styles I like, what works for me and I can get in and out without spending a lot of time trying bras that don't work for me. Before I went to my fitter, I really had no idea what size I was. I measured and got close, but then knowing what styles work was a whole 'nutter issue. While I found bras that "fit", the style was wrong and in the end, the comfort wasn't there and if it wasn't comfortable, then I didn't wear them and again, wasted money. The fitter could look at me and see what shape I  am and what would work and concentrated on those bras and not show me bras that would not work for my shape. And finding bras that work for my shape makes drawing unwanted attention much easier to avoid. That one thing made it worth going to her. Why buy something that doesn't work for me and isn't comfortable to wear? That is where the real peace of mind comes from.

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« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2019, 05:52:14 pm »
The expensive bras also outlast the other bras as well, so unless you are changing in size they will last you for a long time compared to the, shall I say less expensive bras!
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