If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that bras are indeed optional. (Masks are not!). Sure, you can still burn your bra like they did in the ’60s and ’70s, especially if you’re a women making seventy cents for every dollar a man earns. But in this new world, you could just forego buying and wearing them altogether. And that goes for those of us who require larger cup sizes, too (DD here). Here’s how to go braless even after the pandemic lifts.
Do We Need Bras?
It’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I mean, imagine a world without bras. Not the tribal world where most everyone is more naked than not, but the Western one, where, pandemics aside, we’re street and office-ready. Is it possible? Could you do it?
Bras have certainly inked their value in the modern world, bringing shape and support to women of all sizes. Enhancing here, minimizing there. But do we really need them?
“No, it is not necessary to wear a bra,” Dr. Lucky Sekhon, a reproductive endocrinologist, infertility specialist, and OB-GYN at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York told Bustle. Even if you’re a larger cup size, you can forego the bra.
Of course, the larger the breasts the more supported one might feel with a bra on, especially when working out or wearing certain clothes. But all the time? No.
Sleeping with a bra on is a bad idea for everyone. They’re constricting and may increase the occurrence of back, shoulder, or neck pain.
But if you want to keep the shelter-at-home comfort, here are a few tips for going braless.
How to Go Braless
1. Wear Loose Fitting Clothes
You’ve probably been doing a lot of that at home anyway. Celebs like Billie Eilish are making it more fashionable, too. Loose fitting clothes don’t offer you any support, but they do make it less obvious what’s going on or not underneath.
2. Wear a Camisole or Tank
Is it cheating? Sort of. But not really. A shelf tank or camisole can give you just enough support to feel like you’re not totally “out there” for everyone to see but without all the restrictive strappy hooky bits of a traditional bra. For smaller cup sizes, this is probably already a go-to.
3. Wear Layers
It’s almost like combining the previous two recommendations in one. Layers help make breasts less visible, and if one of those layers is a bit tighter, like a ribbed tank, and others looser fitting, it’s easier and more comfortable to be braless most of the time. School drop-offs, supermarket runs, or even real-life business meetings. Feels good, doesn’t it?
4. Wear Sports Bras
It’s cheating a bit but hear me out. Underwires are a different beast. Clasps and hooks and straps — they’re not the same as a sports bra — a tight tank top, for all intents and purposes, right? If you absolutely feel like you can’t go without, look at the least restrictive options possible. And there are many manufacturers now making supportive underwire-free bras. There are also sports bras that reduce the smooshed together look, too. Core 10 makes great bras for larger cup sizes, and most sports brands make a variety for smaller cup sizes.
5. Just Burn It
Who cares what people think, right? It is 2020 after all. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, a climate crisis, a social justice crisis, and a grim Presidential election just two months away. Who. Cares. About. Bras. Let the girls have their moment and do like your grandma did, and burn those bras. Free the nipple and all the rest of it if you feel so inclined. What’s the worst that can happen?