Why I…. Stopped Wearing A Bra

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Yes, you read that right. I stopped wearing a bra over 6 months ago. Before I carry on, I’m just going to give my Dad, who I know reads my blog, permission to stop reading this post. Don’t feel bad, I wouldn’t want to read a post about my kid’s boobs either.

I think the last time I wore a bra was at my friend’s wedding last year, and before that maybe Spring last year.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not walking around totally hanging out. I wear bralettes instead. But I want to write about what a difference it’s made to my life.

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Firstly, I’ll let you know I was never blessed with a full rack. I’m a small 34B, sometimes slightly bigger depending on hormones. I’ve never found I fit a bra properly, even in my size there will always be a gap and one boob is slightly bigger than the other so there’s nothing I can do about that. I can never just walk into a shop and pick up my size or buy online, without trying on first to make sure it fits.

I also have a twisted rib cage, so my ribs dip in on one side and protrude on the other. This isn’t a problem in everyday life, but means I can’t wear anything with boning or longline underwear. It also means underwire is often really uncomfortable. I never worked out why a cup size as small as a B would need underwire, but here we are!

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Because of my small size, I would always choose bras with ample padding or something to try and push me up, but as I got older I realised I preferred a more natural shape. I began to get used to my size and stop longing for a larger chest – something to fill out a shirt or bikini in a more feminine way.

But when I started to go to the gym more and wear sports bras, I began to appreciate my size and shape. Sports bras are designed to push in and support, and the more athletic shape is of a smaller chest size. I like that when I jump or run my boobs don’t move too much. And getting a sports bra on and off is hard enough with a B cup size, so I can’t imagine how hard it would be if they were any larger.

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Anyhow, I digress. Since the days of the sports bra I have purchased Calvin Klein crop tops which I love (though the bands are a little thick on my twisted ribs) and then after that I picked up a heap of Hollister bralettes. Not only are these comfortable, they’re pretty. They will go with any tops because they either match or contrast the straps of anything I wear AND they’re cheaper than bras.

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Also because of them being cross and racer back style, the straps don’t constantly fall down. Whoop! I have since bought some gorgeous lace front-fastening triangle bralettes from Victoria’s Secret and a halter bralette from Urban Outfitters. It’s really handy that these are so in fashion at the moment, because it means I have my pick!

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Now, I embrace my small shape. I love the freedom I get from ditching the underwire and I feel so much more comfortable all throughout the day!

6 thoughts on “Why I…. Stopped Wearing A Bra

  1. I wear bras as little as possible and I have one bralette that I rarely wear. Most of the time I go without because it simply feels better!
    P.S Boob size buddies! (I am also 34B)

  2. Yay for no bras! It’s literally as if you’ve written about my experience with them! I also got the idea of switching to soft bralettes after wearing sports bras to the gym and it has literally been the best decision I’ve made! For me, H&M do the loveliest soft triangle bras with literally no padding or underwire and when I wear them and get home after a long day, I don’t feel like I want to rip it off straight away! It’s just so much more comfortable and free. I’d love to go braless but sometimes it’s just not appropriate so this is the next best thing! xxx

  3. Underwires are dangerous, so I understand. I was at a Pilates class and got up from the floor exercise and the underwire of my bra dug into the space between two of my ribs as I twisted around. It was agony and took me weeks to recover. When I got home, I got all my bras (size 36A) and removed all of the wires.
    I love being a small size and now don’t worry about them being pushed up. Comfort, to me, is much more important.

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