My Marks & Sparks saga finally ended on a Sunday morning. I called through to Marks & Spencer on Oxford Street in London a few days before, managed to get through and make an appointment! It was the first appointment of the day, 12 noon. Hooray! I was very excited!
And what was the big deal about? I was shuffled into a fitting room, and measured up. It took about 2 minutes. I can’t believe that Marks & Spencer would have made me wait 4 hours for such a punitive amount of time on the measurement of my breasts! I am still seething about 3 attempts and a final 4th all for 2 MINUTES! What a joke.
Still, fittings are done very discretely and in all manner of taste. If you do not wish to be skin bare you don’t have to be. Using a tape measure, they came to the conclusion I was a 34C.
I specifically asked for non-padded bras and was brought a range of very boring looking numbers. Although white and floral embroidered, I wasn’t well impressed with the range available at all, and I’m not a fan of the crossover design, which is all they seemed to bring me. Non – padded bras do not mean frumpy, white florals to me. I was hoping for maybe red and racy with some embroidery and lace. I browsed the isles for some time after the fitting, hoping I could find something a little more attractive. All I found was the reason why the attendant only brought me white frumpy bras … there wasn’t anything else to offer. Well, none in my new ‘size’ anyway. I found a beautiful lavender lace bra and another in satin gray that were non-padded. But I guess it was just too much to ask for the same in a 34C! They were the only two non-padded bras that I fancied. Not to mention the fact that non-padded bras were completely dominated by padded bras. I found a couple of bras that were semi padded on the bottom of the cup. Not what I was looking for.
I serious lack of range did not discount the fact that the attendants did their best to be helpful. There was no pressure to buy, and I felt very happy to walk around at my leisure seeing what I could find.
So, would I go there again? To be honest with you, after my measurements at John Lewis, Debenhams and Rigby & Peller it was all a big waste of my time as you will soon read on.
Have you ever been fitted at Marks & Spencer? Did you have a similar experience? Let us know in the comments.
By Philippa Morton