There’s nothing more annoying than wearing an uncomfortable, ill-fitting bra which is what I’ve been doing for the past month!! I don’t know why but suddenly all my bras felt too big around the main band even though I haven’t really lost any weight, infact I feel a bit porky at the moment.   I did some research online and read some terrible reviews about bra fitting services in most of the main department stores  and the worse store seemed to be M&S.  The only indie lingerie store in Guildford sadly closed its door last year,  so after much deliberation I decided to book an appointment at Rigby & Peller in Guildford.  The Guildford store opened last summer and I hadn’t been in before, for some reason I had always assumed they really only catered for larger sized ladies shall we say!

You are advised to allow around 45 minutes for an appointment and when you book you can specify exactly what you’re after, so if you’re shopping for a special occasion you can let the assistant know before hand, I just wanted some everyday but nice lingerie.  I arrived for my fitting slightly nervous as they don’t measure with a tape, they measure by sight so you have to get your boobs out!  Not something I do unless I’m on holiday in France and everyone else is doing it!   My sales assistant – Keara was lovely, quite young and I felt quite at ease with her before even heading to the fitting room.  I was offered, tea, coffee or water then taken to the personal fitting room which had a desk, chair, full length mirror and lots of literature on the brands they sell, plus a silk Rigby & Peller robe to wear if you felt uncomfortable or cold waiting topless.

Keara said my current bra looked a good fit apart from being a size too big around the band, although I didn’t tell her my current size and she didn’t ask!  So after a quick look, off she went to get a selection of lingerie, within about five minutes she appeared with an arm full of beautiful bras from Simone Perele, Marie Jo, Lejaby and Aubade in a mix of colours –  beautiful fleshy peach, black, turquoise, midnight blue, really dark purple and deep red – I didn’t know where to start!!  There were a few I tried and dismissed instantly as the fit or style just didn’t feel quite right.  The size bought back for me was one band size smaller but the same cup size and they just fitted perfectly!

photo-rigby-3This is the only peek you’re getting into this shopping trip! 😉

So after much deliberation I came away with two new sets, a beautiful black lace set by Simone Perele and a dark purple set by Marie Jo I could’ve easily bought more, especially the fleshy peachy set but my bank balance couldn’t quite cope with 3 sets just before payday!

If you want to get a good fitting bra, treat yourself or find lingerie for that special occasion Rigby & Peller is a great place to go, although I’m a big fan of independent lingerie boutiques and used to always shop at Pure Marie when I lived back in Oxford but sadly there is nothing like that here so Rigby & Peller is fitting the lingerie gap in Guildford perfectly!


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