As a follow up to last week’s post on breasts, I thought this week I’d talk about bras. Your boobs and life go through so many changes as you age and when you have kids, but does your bra? Should it? Is fashion or function your priority?
When I was younger it was all about push up bras, satin and lace and of course, underwire. I have always had larger girls (c or d cup depending) and I believed that if you’ve got it you should flaunt it. Since all the women in my family are rather well endowed, I am lucky that it is something I have always taken for granted.
When I was 20 they came out with aqua bras. They had liquid inserts to make you look bigger and give the look and movement of breast (not padding). They were very expensive but since I got a discount I bought one. It was pretty cool until I was working and one of the inserts started leaking. Turns out they fill those puppies with some type of oily substance, and I was wearing a white shirt. Ever seen what happens when you put a doughnut on a white napkin? Yup, as you can imagine, it was pretty embarrassing! Luckily, I lied about spilling hair product on my shirt and ran and bought another (I was working at a salon in a mall).
Between that time and when I had children I was never big on bras. I didn’t see the point of paying $40 or more for a bra to put under a $10 shirt. After all, it was underwear and no one would see it anyways.
Then once I hit 30 I somehow transitioned to those sports bras. Fairly inexpensive, super comfortable, super easy to wash, not super flattering, definitely not super sexy. The drawback is your nipples show through (unless you get a padded one) and they give you (as my friend Wande coined it) uniboob.
Sitting here writing this, I realize I have gone from a B to a DD (and all sorts of betweens) in the last three years. No wonder my bra drawer is so sad!
Nursing bras? Waste of money. Never used one in my life, never needed to. I admit, I did buy a Pumpease pumping bra (the kind you attach your breast pump to) but I only tried it once.
Lingerie? Have a few nice bras but they are fairly uncomfortable, and something I only wear on special occasions (to hubby’s dismay). Most are from Winners or La Senza, I haven’t even bought any nice bras since Victoria Secret came to Canada!
Strapless bras? Forget it! Never met one that could hold the girls and I think it’s so annoying to see women constantly fidgeting and pulling up their strapless tops/bras.
I guess when it comes down to it, you have so much to think and worry about as a mom, your bra is not high on the list. Maybe it should be. Since looking good is feeling good, knowing you have a nice bra underneath can make you feeel young and sexy…or like you have Katy Perry’s cupcakes on your chest. :-p
My friend Wande used to be a professional bra fitter and I will say that most women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Most stores will fit you now a days without expecting you to spend hundreds so I do recommend it (unless you are really shy, but if you breastfeed you are usually over that! LOL) Here is a good article on how to wear the right bra http://icanstyleu.com/blog/underneath-it-all-the-art-of-wearing-a-bra/.
I also think it’s better to spend more money (invest in) a few really good bras rather than have several not so good ones. (I think I will do that once I am done having kids, um, yeah, I should…)
The world around me changes, my life, my body, my circumstances, my job, fashion etc. But there is one thing that always seems to remain static…my ugly skin coloured sports bra. I guess you could say it’s my brest friend.
Are you friends with your bra?