However, as a woman ages, the fat cells of the body begin to shrink naturally. It's this
shrinkage that results in the wrinkles and sagging that are the telltale signs of aging. The wrinkles will be discussed in another article,
but it's the sagging we concern ourselves with here. Sometimes, it isn't age that causes the sagging. A friend of mine recently lost about 30
pounds due to illness (a hormonal imbalance had affected her metabolism and her ability to process proteins). She is fine now, but she was not
overweight before getting sick and the results of her illness were disheartening for her. At 35, she found herself with shrunken and sagging
breasts, a belly that looked like a deflated balloon, and the overall appearance of a body at least ten years older than she actually was.
None of her clothing fit anymore and she was forced to go and buy a whole new wardrobe. She asked me to come with her to advise her and
make sure she got clothes that were right for her. After several hours of shopping and being disheartened with the way everything looked
on her new shape, she was ready to give up. She had been happy to listen to me on virtually every suggestion but one - foundation garments.
Before I let her throw in the towel, I demanded that she at least try my suggestion of new undergarments. She consented, and we were off
to the lingerie store.
Once there, I walked her through the store and made suggestions. Still, she resisted,
grabbing a few items that she thought she would like and heading for the dressing room. I waited patiently outside while she tried
them on, listening to her groans of disgust. Finally, I'd had enough and headed back amid the shelves to do my own foraging. I returned
with bras and foundation garments in two sizes, one just slightly smaller than she claimed to need. The foundation garment I chose was a
lycra-blend body shaper that extended from just below the breasts to just above the knee, and I selected it to give her the needed
support to firm up the sagging in her middle.
When she started to emerge from the dressing room, I took her selections and forced her
to take mine. "Just TRY them." I urged. "You asked for my help, so it's the least you can do." The door closed, and the dressing room was
quiet while she changed. After I passed the garments she had discarded to a salesperson, I heard her start to giggle.
"I've got cleavage!" she said, and opened the door to reveal a plump décolletage, where only sagging breasts had been.
In the end, though, she still fought me on the body shaper, refusing even to try it on.
She said she didn't want to have to wrestle with it all day. Even when I pointed out the different styles that were more corset-like
and wouldn't interfere with calls of nature, she balked. I decided to take the small victory. She bought over $200 worth of the bras in
The point of telling you this is that good foundation garments can make a world of
difference, and can make you look firmer and younger. They are the base upon which you build your look. They can define your figure
and allow your clothes to show you at your best. At the very least they can give you confidence, and that makes you look all the younger.