Liz J. is a Cleveland native and full-time nanny to four adorable children. She graduated from Xavier University with a Psychology degree and hopes to pursue a Masters in Psychology so she can one day work with troubled children. For now she practices her future therapeutic skills on Ellwood, her white boxer who is both deaf and crippled but the “greatest dog living.”
How old were you when you got your first bra?
Twelve years old, or at the end of eleven. I got real boobs when I was twelve.
Who bought you your first bra?
I think my mom. I know I tried to go shopping with my friends instead, but that didn’t work out.
What do you remember about it—the bra style, fit, color, etc?
There are two I remember: one was brown, not underwire, and it had a little bow in the middle. It was so basic and boring. The other one was pink and was my favorite. My pink one felt like a “big girl” bra while the brown one felt like—“go cover yourself, you have boobs now” bra.
How old were you when you were first professionally fit for a bra?
Thirteen, I think. My mom took me to Victoria’s Secret.
How was the experience?
Super awkward. The woman was nice, but I was just so awkward. My mom and the lady were both in the dressing room with me, telling me: “you have to know your actual bra size” [high pitched, mom-style imitation]. It’s just that girls have to think about the weirdest stuff like bra sizes. All of the awkwardness I felt—that’s what I remember.
Do you remember what bra size you were then?
Either a 34B or a 36B. I don’t know anything about small boobs—because for me, I had no boobs, and then one day I had big boobs. They were never small.
What bra size are you now?
A 36DD. It took me forever to learn how to fit myself. And now, they’re shrinking!
What kinds of bras do you wear typically?
I pretty much wear sports bras all week, or camis with built in bras under t-shirts. I like the compression-style sports bras the most. I only wear an underwire bra if I’m dressing up to look cute of if I’m wearing a t-shirt that makes it easy to tell I have a sports bra on.
When do you never wear bras?
Around the house, or sleeping! Never while sleeping.
What’s special about your favorite bra you own?
It’s an all-lace underwire that has a thin lining, no padding. It feels like I’m not even wearing a bra and it pushes my boobs up without pushing them together. You can see the lace as bumps under a shirt sometimes, which is annoying, but I love it anyway.
What bras do you have trouble with?
Strapless bras—they never hold my boobs up. I’ve never had a successful experience with one. You don’t see me wearing them!
Do you have a favorite bra-related story?
I feel like I should have a ton [ed. note: this is true, Liz is hilarious] but for some reason I can’t think of any in particular. I think when I was younger I could have told you a lot of funny times with bras and puberty, but now my boobs have been around for a while so they’re just, ehh. Like I am so used to them that it’s not exciting anymore.