Bra Shopping has always been a bit of a nightmare for me, Dubai doesn’t have the best options for bustier girls and most of the stores I have visited lack well trained staff to guide you. For instance, I was recently measured at a well-known department store and after the initial two hours, I was super uncomfortable in my new purchases. The sad thing is that it’s considered normal to be uncomfortable, I mean, we’ve all seen the meme, right? And correct me if I’m wrong, but that episode of Oprah’s Bra Intervention said 80% of women are not wearing the right bra. That is so ridiculous!
I was so sick of having underwire digging into my skin but I kind of accepted it because there was only one department store with my size and I was basically left without any options.
Well, you can imagine the extent of my hallelujah moment when I visited TKD. You’re going to think I’m totally cheesy for saying this, but I was in lingerie heaven.
First of all, I was surrounded by beautiful lingerie that went up to a KK cup and a UK size 26. That was a definite first for me, it was nice to enter a store without worrying about whether they would have my size or not. Prices started from aed 180 for an everyday bra and went up to around aed 400 for the fancier, lace and diamanté pieces.
Secondly, right from the start of our conversation, I felt like the TKD ladies knew what they’re talking about. Kate’s motivation to launch TKD was her own frustration at the lack of selections for bigger busted women. I could completely empathize and I love that her response was to dive into bra fitting courses, market research and set up her very own store in Dubai.
Natalie, the store manager, whose portfolio includes UK brand Bravissimo and celeb clients like Katie Price, was a total pro during my fitting. She knew exactly what I needed and had loads of advice for choosing the right fit and style. She made sure I wasn’t uncomfortable during any part of the process and it truly was an educational experience.
It turns out; I’m not a 44 D but a 38 F. I honestly doubt I will be able to find this size anywhere else in Dubai but I’m fine with that, I had an overwhelming choice of lingerie at TKD. Some of my favorites were the cami tops with attached bras, these are super comfortable and great for everyday wear. The Freya plunge bra is my must have for a night out and the Panache sports bra is something I’m curious to try out soon as it promises 83% less bounce.
The highlight of my visit was trying on a strapless bra. I kept eyeing it skeptically because in my head, the only way these things could work on large busts was if some physics defying, David Blaine trickery was involved. I thought I would never be able to wear one but everything held up perfectly and it looked great, I’ll be stocking up on a lot more strapless dresses and sheer tops now 🙂
Honestly, I could rave on about TKD for pages, I highly recommend paying a visit to their store in Town Centre, Jumeirah. If, like me, lingerie shopping tends to be a frustrating blow to your self-esteem and body image, dropping by for a complimentary TKD fitting might just be a life changing moment for you. I am obviously more comfortable and happy now, but I can see the physical changes too. My upper body has a better silhouette, I don’t hunch my back as often and I don’t have to worry about scars anymore.
You can check out their website for more information, there’s a list of the brands they stock such as Curvy Kate, Freya, Masquerade, etc and The Fitting Room section is loaded with informative advice about sizing, common problems, how to’s and more.
Let me know if you visit them, I’m sure you’ll love TKD as much as I do 🙂
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Lots of love,