When I was 11 years old I remember I couldn’t wait to get my first bra. I convinced my mum I needed one despite the fact there was absolutely nothing there, we’re talking an AA cup. All I knew is everyone had one, so I needed one too. Nowadays though I can’t wait to whip it off the minute I get home. If my outfit doesn’t require one I’ll often not bother, or merely believe a bralette will suffice. So how did that girl grow up to be this one?
What convinced me to write this post was the other day I got out of bed, started getting ready and seriously contemplated never wearing a bra again. Being only a B, I can’t speak for anyone who’s bigger; I understand for you girls the idea may not really be an option. But where did the ritual come from? And are the myths like not wearing one means saggy boobs when you’re older, really true?
The bra became popular in America during the First World War, when the metal previously used to make corsets was needed for ammunition. Bras are supposedly first and foremost, a necessity for a woman’s personal comfort, but I have been told by many a source, myself included, that the article in question is neither useful nor comfortable. Its next use would be for decoration, something to make the wearer feel good about herself, either beneath clothes or for a person of interest. Despite having a small pair myself, I’ve never been a push up girl due to guy friends informing me how disappointing this trickery can be. They helped me appreciate what I have. After all boobs are boobs no matter the size, and someone who likes boobs will like any boobs, if not they’re clearly not worth it.
Ditching the ol’ brassiere is becoming quite a trend in recent times. So many celebrities have been photographed showing that hint of nipple. Kate Moss and Jennifer Anniston rocked the look way back in the 90’s. Now you’ve got the likes of the Kardashian’s, the Hadid’s, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, to name a few, all not wearing bras. However, the way these braless breasts are styled mean they don’t look cheap and slutty, but rather elegant and sexy. My favourite styles are the simple ribbed vests, so effortless and casual yet made sexy by that shadow. A sheer top can be made classy by the lack of bra straps, keep it subtle with patterns covering the nipples. Anything backless or with a deep v always benefits being worn sans bra too.
Currently, I’m not 100% convinced I’d be confident enough to wear anything that obviously shows my nipples, and I’m not sure my small town is ready to see such a thing, they’d probably visualise free-spirit hippie or burn-the-bra feminist. But starting with baggy tops or ones with thicker material may help me work my way up to something a little more fitted.
My main concern, however, what exactly would the no bra sitch mean for my boobs? This is where trusty Google comes in, giving me all the information I need, proving the myths I’ve been told are in fact, far from the truth. In 2013, French scientist Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon discovered that, wearing a bra does not prevent breasts from sagging, but rather that the restrictive material prevents tissue from growing and might actually encourage them to sag later in life. Whereas, not wearing a bra could lead, in younger women, to increased collagen production and strengthened breast tissue from the muscles having to work out more. His theory: No bra = better boobs!
So, will I ditch the bra completely? Maybe, but not just yet. I am a fan of the no bra style and I like how society has become more accepting. I’ll more than likely continue to wear them less and less, but I must admit some of my clothes do look better with a bra on. I guess I still have a bit of a way to go before my nips are completely ready for the world.