Hands up - who's as bad as getting fitted as I am? I thought so. It's one of those things that you sort of know you should do fairly regularly, like eat your five-a-day, but, as yet, your boobs haven't fallen off, so you prefer to spend your weekends eating waffles, rather than being semi nekkid with some woman you've never met.
What if I told you that getting fitted didn't have to be such of a chore? I popped into Boux Avenue in the Meadowhall on Saturday (brave, I know) to meet Charlotte for a tour.
First things first, the store is bloomin' beautiful. I thought Boux might not be exactly my cup of tea. I like my undies pretty and plentiful thanks - no string here - but I was pleasantly surprised by the styles on offer. With soft lighting, smiley assistants and the most gorgeous dressing rooms with antique telephones(!) to call for more sizes, I felt very comfortable and really well looked after.
Charlotte and I first of all had a chat about the sort of styles I go for, and my experience with lingerie fittings. I was brought up on good ol' M&S, but had dabbled with other brands too, including Panache. I was pretty certain I'd be a different size as it's common knowledge every brand can feel and fit differently, but even with a new number and letter on my chest (literally) the three pieces I tried on fit like a dream. I was lucky in that Charlotte and I had quite similar skin tone, so she'd been an absolute dream and picked out colours she knew would suit me. What a doll!
When you're semi naked in front of someone you don't know, it can be pretty nerve-wracking. I'm nowhere near as tense as I used to be, but at Boux I was made to feel so relaxed at home, I felt in a much happier position to choose my favourites.
In the end, I came away with this stunning longline set (c/o) which, I'm not going to lie, I've been prancing about in all weekend. It's testament to lingerie being sexy without being overtly RED AND RIBBONS AND NIPPLES which is just not my thing whatsoever. I can wear this with it peeking out behind a shirt, giving the impression without giving it all away. Which is the mystery of lingerie, right?
A big thank you to Charlotte, Camilla and the whole Boux Avenue team for setting up this tour for me - I'm a firm convert to the brand and you can guarantee I'll be back!
Are you a Boux Avenue fan?