[Testimonial] What the Cambridge Bra Lady says

If you’re considering working for yourself, one of the hardest things, after you’ve taken the plunge, is working by yourself. Being part of the Bra Lady network means you’re not alone & are supported from pre-start up, to grow your business as you want to, around your other commitments. Emma, Bra Lady Cambridge has recently said this, about Bra Lady owner, T-J: “T-J has been supporting me in running my own business for 4.5 years. I started out small, but with her encouragement and guidance, I now run several different strands of my business. The flexibility of being self employed, allowing me to be at home whilst my boys were little seemed only a dream, but by joining the BraLady network, I was able to successfully build my business and give up my employed job. T-J always knows where to give me that push to take things to the next level and gives me the confidence in myself to be able to achieve my goals.  She understands my desire to be at home with my family and how running a business from home works, always encouraging me to schedule some ‘me time’ to make sure that I look after myself as well as those around me.” T-J is looking forward to supporting more women run their own business, as the Bra Lady network grows. Are you ready to join us & support women in your area? Contact T-J now & book a call to discuss your...

Next bra fitting training

The next bra fitting training courses are: Friday 9th October, Cambridge Basic Bra Fitting course, for bra fitters (4 hours) No previous bra fitting experience required Cost £400 Maternity & Nursing Bra Fitting, for bra fitters (2 hours) Have completed the Basic bra fitting course, or similar Cost £200 Whole day course fee – £500, including lunch Sunday 11th October, Cambridge Mastectomy Bra Fitting, for bra fitters (2 hours) Have completed the Basic bra fitting course, or similar Cost £200 The course will be run by experienced bra fitter and trainer, and founder of The Bra Lady network, T-J Hughes. Saturday 10th October, The Bra Lady team will be offering bra fittings to customers as part of a Breast Awareness Pamper day, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, at the same venue as the training. Attendees are welcome to stay and attend, and, if customers are happy, to continue bra fitting practice, supported by the Bra Lady team. Certificates will be given for attendance and successful application of bra fitting techniques during the practical sessions.      ...

Introducing our Bra Lady in Kent

We’re delighted to introduce our newest bra fitter, Carole-Ann Woods. Carole-Ann is a breast cancer survivor (twice over), and has struggled for information about mastectomy bras, and also to find pretty bras to wear with a prosthesis and/or reconstructed breasts. In 2004, Carole-Ann was first diagnosed with breast cancer but overcame it with treatment and, the support of friends, family and colleagues. Unfortunately – the “little blighter”, as she calls it, made an unwelcome return in 2010. Carole-Ann again bravely fought through to make a recovery. Carole-Ann is now giving up a long and distinguished career in public service to help women who have been in a similar position and to help raise awareness so that others may benefit from her experience. Carole-Ann has successfully completed her Bra Lady training, and is now open for business. Her Bra Lady business offers a home bra fitting service across Kent, focusing on Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells and Bromley areas. Carole-Ann says, “Many ladies, myself included, battle to find lingerie that is not only comfortable and supportive during the healing process but looks beautiful too! This is often a great confidence booster and can assist in restoring self – esteem and femininity,  all of which can take a serious hit at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. “With many women now receiving an early diagnosis or electing for preventative surgery, there is a constantly growing need for the choice of products to be more widely available.  Post – surgery & reconstructed breasts require special care. Specialist products may be found in some department stores, specialist shops or...

Wear your bra correctly

Whilst watching BBC One’s The Voice last night, I got quite annoyed with Rita Ora & how she was wearing her bra incorrectly. I know, I should have been relaxing and enjoying the show. But, surely, Rita should be one of our Bra Ambassadors in the UK, with that fabulous figure she’s got to show off, under that lovely sheer top she wore? You can see from this image, Rita’s shoulders are rounded forward. This will affect her posture, and may cause neck and back ache, over time, if not addressed. The bra band is also “riding high”, indicating the band is too big for her small frame. A way of addressing this is to release the shoulder straps, and pull the bra band down to the smallest part of her back. It’s likely the band will need to be tightened to its tightest setting. It may become even more obvious at this stage that the bra band is too big for her.   I was itching to get into my TV and adjust the bra correctly for her! It would have made such a difference to her shape and posture. But that’s impossible isn’t it? 😉 Here’s an image to help you visualise how your own bra should sit in the smallest part of your back. If it’s not in the smallest part of your back, loosen the shoulder straps off and pull it down. Make sure you do the band up so it’s firm around your ribcage, as this is where you get the support from to lift your breasts. An excellent case study, Rita, thank you....

Tracey-Jane Hughes remembers how Bra Lady started

I’ve just come across an article written by BBC Lancashire in 2009. It’s good to remember how this business started, even though the shape of the business I run is very different today. The online shops bras4mums and bras4all are now run by another Bra Lady, Emma Launchbury. Summary: Profiles You are in: Lancashire > People > Profiles > A girl’s breast friend A girl’s breast friend Tracey-Jane Hughes from Chorley tells us about her business – supplying specialist underwear for pregnant and breastfeeding mums, as well as post-breast surgery ladies… Bra Fitting Factsheet: Maternity/Nursing (.doc) > Bra Fitting Factsheet: Post Surgery (.doc) > When Tracey-Jane Hughes from Chorley found little “support” for her blossoming body during two pregnancies, she decided to do something about it, and set up her own business supplying specialist underwear and swimwear for pregnant and breastfeeding women. After getting some training Tracey-Jane (T-J) launched bras4mums with the idea of visiting north west mums and mums-to-be in their homes or even hospital wards to help them find the right bra. She still offers this personal fitting service, and now also has a shop in Adlington for women to visit for advice and a chat. We asked T-J to tell us more… Tell us how you started the business… “At a time when it is hard to get comfortable, and you sometimes feel you look your worst physically, it is amazing how many women ‘make do’ with ill-fitting underwear. In fact there are sound medical reasons why it is vital to get your bra fitted to your own particular – and probably changing – body shape....