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Just another day

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Sometimes life is surprising. Like this morning, when I finally decide to go into the shop specialised in lingerie around the corner from my flat in Pixerecourt. A man manages the shop! Turns out he thinks my size is not 90D but 85F, and he has rarely seen such breast asymmetry before… I’ve got “heavy” breasts and a small back. Hmmm….

Well, I’ve pretty much always known that my right breast is larger than my left one, but I think time has enhanced this difference, this asymmetry. It was in London 15 years ago with Charles in Selfridges, I think, that I got into that size. Back then I had to admit what I was hearing in another dressing room: that Spanish shops knew nothing about bras. I’d say in their defence that maybe it’s because they’re not really focused on bras, but on the whole lingerie business.

Okay, so besides differences between breasts and between countries, there I finally come out of the shop, having bought two bras. Why two? Well, because this bra connoisseur has informed me that for my breasts, the most suitable cup is balconette and not corbeille. Now, I’m sorry, corbeille is basket (or bin in the email program). The distinction is subtle, but according to the guy, one rises more quickly or covering more breast than the other. What else have I learnt from this guy? As someone we know would say, here are two interesting facts (to me): the first fact is that this guy thinks the best makers for my breasts (F cup, not light, small bust/back) are English, German and apparently, a very good American one (cannot recall the name, nothing I had heard before, and I know a bit about bras).

The second fact is that, because of being Spanish and being somehow baffled about why the Spanish bra industry (if there is such thing) does not provide for all sorts of breasts (like mine) and some prejudices in Europe about Spanish and Italian women having larger breasts, he tells me that the smallest cups (A-B) are commonly called in the sector (and in France, at least) Japanese bras. And that first generation Chinese/Asian women had small cup sizes, but second and third generations have the diversity of breasts that he has seen across European women. So, as an evolutionary geneticist, is this true? And if so, is this adaptation or hybridisation?

You see, you learn something every day…

Right after that I headed into the tube, not without being demanded by a homeless/beggar to help him trundle his stuff inside the station. So there was I, happy as a lark with my bras, helping carrying what could be a house down some steps.


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6 diciembre 2016 a 8:41 pm

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