Bras. A subject close to our bosoms.
I was flat chested in my early teens. I still remember a time when I stuffed my bikini top with tissues in an effort to appear as if I had some halfway decent sized breasts. Unfortunately, after a while, I forgot the stuffing was there and went swimming – only to find a trail of soggy paper in the chlorinated water behind me. Then something really weird happened.
Must have been about seventeen and suddenly a bosom started forming. After that, there was no stopping my mammaries and, to my surprise, I was suddenly well endowed. Annabel was also flat chested to begin with, but hers didn’t sprout until she had her children. Apparently her (now grown up) daughters recently remarked on the ‘vast’ size of hers compared to theirs (their time will come!)
How many times have you looked at a picture of yourself and thought, ‘they’re looking a bit droopy’. As with other areas of our body we do change shape, lose or gain weight and yet we fail to acknowledge this with our bras. You don’t squeeze your bum into a pair of trousers that are too small and pinch do you? Nor, I’m guessing, do you wear a pair of trousers that are baggy and saggy! So why do we not take this care and attention with our bras?
Finding the perfect bra can be a bit of a challenge
Finding the perfect bra should be a must and yet it seems that our lingerie choices can be quite haphazard. Apparently 70% of us wear too small a size and 10% too large. It’s easy to be distracted by a particularly pretty bra, even though it may not have a hope in hell of supporting you properly or being comfortable. And it can be quite tricky to find a good fitter as I reported in my post entitled Boobs, Glorious Boobs.
Yet a well fitting bra is so important. It does a vital job of supporting our breasts which can weigh anything between about 500g for B/C cups, to 2kg for G+ cup. It can also alleviate back, shoulder and neck pains. And, of course, can improve our body shape by accentuating our waist.
Underwired or non-wired?
For decades I’ve always thought that an underwired bra is the only design that will properly support larger breasts. But new developments in bra design coupled with new technology fabrics, means you can now obtain full support without underwires rubbing against your ribcage, whatever your size.
Apparently there’s been a distinct hoik in non-wired bra sales. Lounging around in lockdown has meant that we’re searching out really comfortable lingerie. Definitely something I can relate to as I’m the type who cannot wait to unhook – especially after a hot sunny day when my boobs seem to swell in the heat! So, for that blissful no-bra feeling, I think non-wired bras may be the way to go. Here are a few I’ve spotted that have had good reviews that you might like to consider:
1. Body™ Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette A-E. Five colours. Ensures a flattering finish, which smoothes and perfects your silhouette. Offers light support. £12 SHOP NOW
2. Flexifit™ Crop Top Bralet 5 colours to choose from. Reviews are good but recommend going up one size. Full cup coverage, with non-wired, non-padded cups that are removable. Made with Flexifit™ fabric for a second-skin feel and featuring an innovative gel underband which moves with you while offering excellent comfort and support. £20 SHOP NOW
3. Soft, non-wired push up bra in lace with padded cups for fuller cleavage. Adjustable shoulder straps, a hook-and-eye fastening at the back and a wide lace trim at the hem. Six colours. £17.99 SHOP NOW
4. Louisa Lace Longline Bralette available in black or white. Super comfortable pull on fit. £9.50 SHOP NOW
5. Fantasie impression bralette. Wide elastic underband for support. Soft elastics and brushed lining offer complete comfort. Two colourways. Available up to an H cup. £28 SHOP NOW
6. Navy Bon Prix Pack of two – some interesting colours available. £19.99. SHOP NOW
7. Non-Padded Bralette with an all-over lace look. Built for comfort. Features Secret Support™ technology. £20. SHOP NOW
8. Mesh Lace Non-Padded Bralette DD-H Flexible and lightweight feel. Black or red. £20 SHOP NOW
Last but not least, did you know that you can recycle your old bras? For every tonne collected, £1000 will be donated to Against Breast Cancer for much needed research. For more info on this bra recycling and how it works follow this link.