Have you ever struggled with finding bras that fit and didn’t know where to turn? Welcome to our Best Lingerie Stores series, where we’re chatting with the best local lingerie stores and sharing their bra fitting expertise with you. These lingerie stores have helped hundreds of thousands of women find their favorite bras — and they want to help you look and feel your best too. This week, we chatted with Sam & Karla Youmans of Belle Lacet in Chandler, Arizona.
All About Belle Lacet:
Parfait Team: What inspired you to start a business?
Sam & Karla: It all started because I was tired of wearing the wrong size bra or wearing the grandma looking bra beacuse I was larger than the “D’ cup. I sensed I wasn’t alone in this search. So I started my business with the goal to have pretty bras for the fuller bust. Women are curvy and we should have options for our curves.
PT: What about the lingerie industry interested you?
Sam & Karla: Lingerie is the foundation of everything. It can set your mood for the entire day. It has the ability to literally change lives. If you have the right fitting bra you look and feel more confident, sexy and self-assured.
PT: Your store is located in Chandler, AZ. How did you decide on the location?
Sam & Karla: It’s not only close to home for us but the Casa Paloma Shopping Center has a lot to offer. It’s conveniently location directly off the I-10 freeway.
PT: Tell us about your store name. What inspired the name Belle Lacet?
Sam & Karla: Belle Lacet means Pretty Lace in French. I was hoping to the name would bring about pretty thoughts.
PT: What do you enjoy most about your local community?
Sam & Karla: Chandler is a big community with a small neighborhood feel.
Bra Fitting at Belle Lacet:
PT: Why is it important for women to get a professional bra fitting?
Sam & Karla: The right fitting bra is life changing. Not only will it make you feel better and make you feel more self-confident, it can help you physically. Breasts can be very heavy and if you are wearing the wrong size bra it can create back and neck pain. Additionally, if you have the correct size bra your clothes will fit better and your waist-line will look amazing!!
PT: What do you wish all women knew about lingerie and bra fitting?
Sam & Karla: How life-changing it can be to be in a right fitting bra. It’s not selfish to think about yourself once in a while, especially when it comes to your bra. So many women put off shopping for a good quality bra and when they finally come in they are often moved to tears.
PT: You’re committed to offering a diverse range of styles and sizes for your customers. What do you look for when selecting new styles?
Sam & Karla: We like to ensure that the bra is not only comfortable and pretty but meets our quality standards and comes in a wide range of sizes, especially hard to find sizes – and not only cup sizes but band sizes too.
PT: What is the largest bra size you carry?
Sam & Karla: We stock bras up to 50K but we order and size women up to 54H and occasionally LL.
PT: We love that you carry bras at different price points. What are some of your favorite budget-friendly bras?
Sam & Karla: Parfait! It’s great for the budget minded customer. In fact, we took off the price tags [on some of our Parfait bras] and showed them to women who could afford any bra and many of them still chose the Parfait bra because of the fit. They have pretty bras in a wide range of colors and sizes, so they’re perfect for us.
PT: What are your current best-selling bras?
Sam & Karla: This question is difficult. We carry a number of different vendors because all bras fit differently and you never know who is going to walk through the door. My top selling bras would have to be Charlotte, Aline and Jeannie from Parfait, C-Magnifique from Chantelle, the Bijou Flirt, Amelia and Matilda from Elomi, the Deco line from Freya, stretch Lace from Elila, Aurelia from Anita, Jasmine from Panache and Grace from Fit Fully Yours.
PT: How many bras does a woman actually need in her lingerie wardrobe?
Sam & Karla: Women should have at least three great fitting bras in her drawer to be rotated out during the week. However, you should have different bras for different occasions. Women often forget to include sports and strapless bras in their wardrobe.
PT: Some of us are shy about buying colored bras. What advice would you give to a woman who loves color, but isn’t sure how to incorporate it into her wardrobe?
Sam & Karla: Color is great! Red bras can blend with your skin tone and can even be worn under white if it’s the correct color red. Also, you can wear almost any color under dark colored clothing. Spice it up. Have fun!!
PT: What can you tell our readers about the bra fitting experience at Belle Lacet?
Sam & Karla: It is my hope that when you come into our store you feel welcomed and comfortable. It’s a clean, friendly environment and there is something for everyone. We have bras in all price ranges. We just want to make sure you are in the right fitting bra for you. If it doesn’t look and feel right then it’s not the right one. We will be honest with you.
PT: Do we need an appointment for a bra fitting?
Sam & Karla: No appointment is necessary. There is always a professional bra fitter on site. You can make an appointment with me (Karla) if you like but it’s not necessary.
Shop at Belle Lacet
Store Address: 7131 W Ray Rd #5, Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone Number: 1 (480) 940-5455
Website: Belle Lacet Lingerie
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Feature image provided by Belle Lacet