A few weeks ago, my friend asked me if I would do a post about braless fashion. I have a very long list of potential blog posts—and I’ve talked about bras on the blog before—but I’ve never considered doing a post about the *lack* of over-the-shoulder-bolder-holders. So what’s the first thing I did after receiving this request? I started going braless myself, duh!
I also conducted some very scientific, very thorough research on Instagram (and by thorough, I mean three polls and a question box). The results were SO. INTERESTING. and I’m super excited to share them below.
First, I asked it plain and simple: Do you ever go braless?
Of the 87 responses, 62 people voted, ‘Heck yes!’ and 25 people voted, ‘Ew, no.’ That’s 71% to 29%. Surprised?
Next, I asked why those who voted yes choose to go braless. They could pick from the following four options:
- Bras are uncomfortable.
- Bras are a pain to wash.
- I like the way it feels without one better.
- Why does society make me wear a bra in the first place??
And the results were…drumroll please…
- 34 votes for “Bras are uncomfortable.” Not surprising, as I think the majority of women would agree that bras can be super annoying sometimes.
- 4 votes for “Bras are a pain to wash.” Am I the only one whose bras pile up at the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper because they’re supposed to be hand-washed?
- 19 votes for “I like the way it feels without one better.”
- 13 votes for “Why does society make me wear a bra in the first place??” If I were a Sociology major instead of a Criminology major, I could write my thesis about the societal norm of bra-wearing and its history. Honestly sounds kind of interesting.
I then asked why people choose *not* to go braless, and they were given the following four choices:
- I hate the way it feels.
- I hate the way it looks.
- I’m worried about see-through clothes/flashing someone.
- I need the support of a bra.
Forty-three people responded with the following breakdown:
- 9 votes for “I hate the way it feels.” You either love that loose, *exposed* feeling or find it very disconcerting.
- 10 votes for “I hate the way it looks.” I am a bra-wearer through and through, and personally, this is the deal breaker for me! I feel very self-conscious about…dare I say it…nipping.
- 10 votes for “I’m worried about see-through clothes/flashing someone.” What if you’re wearing a loose shirt and drop a pen on the ground and bend over to pick it up? #oops
- 15 votes for “I need the support of a bra.” I honestly can’t relate to this one (if you haven’t read my post about the IBTC, you should) but I can imagine the struggle.
And now, onto arguably the best part of today’s blog post, YOUR words. Several people reached out to me either through my DMs or through the question box on my Stories to share their strong opinions about bra wearing (or the lack thereof).
When asked, “Braless fashion: yay or nay?” these are some of the responses of people who said YAY:
“Yay, definitely a lot more comfy.”
“Honestly a lot of my tops just look better [braless].”
“[I only go braless] if I’m feeling really lazy/spending most of the day at home.”
“In 2020 I said goodbye to bras with wires and it’s been amazing.”
“Huge fan of [going braless] with the right attire.”
“Only wear a bra when I feel like it, not when it’s societally expected.”
“Yes!!! I usually go [braless], however not in public unless I am wearing a strapless dress.”
“Honestly because some tops are just impossible to wear with a bra.”
“Love love love going braless! But with the ladies a little larger I often wear an unlined sports bra.”
“Yay! Super easy and comfortable! Sometimes hard for me since I have 4D.”
“Usually because [a bra] doesn’t work with my outfit or I’m just not in the mood.”
And here are the thoughts of people who said NAY, they do NOT like to go braless:
“I feel so lazy without one lol and think it just looks better when you have one.”
“I wish it was normalized! I’m anxious to go out without [a bra] because of what others may see/think.”
“I’m braless at home a lot but never in public. I’m a D cup and I worry it’s noticeable.”
“After pregnancy and breastfeeding my two kids I need a bra. I have to have support now!”
“Def go braless around the house, but not in public! Don’t want it to be see-through.”
“Nay! Too big of a chest! Plus droopy is not a good look.”
“I only would go braless at home…never in public.”
“I think it’s a yay because it feels comfortable but I feel like it’s a nay if someone can see LOL.”
“Always braless at home or sleeping. Only braless out if I’ve got a baggy sweatshirt on.”
“I wish I could [go braless] but I’m a DDD and if I don’t [wear one] my back hurts.”
“Okay I know this is weird because I’m only a B cup but it’s SO MUCH MOVEMENT without a bra. Like, I can’t. So I always wear a bra but go wireless so it’s more comfortable.”
“I do not ever go braless at all because I wear bras all the time everywhere.”
SO fun to hear everyone’s opinions and perspectives, right?? In my own braless pursuits, I found myself reaching for very particular items—either bulky sweaters or patterned/textured pieces in an attempt to hide the braless-ness underneath. Layers were my friend for the same reason, and I also only wore items with higher necklines. V-necks were a big no-no and so were t-shirts—too thin of a material for my liking! You can see some of my braless outfits below.
I lovvve today’s blue and black outfit and felt so confident when wearing it, despite the lack of a bra! But I did find myself hunching more than usual because good posture without a bra kinda seems to say, “Hey you! Look at my loose boobies!” I picked this velvet geometric blouse because of the pattern, but when I stepped out of my bedroom (and into the natural light) I realized it might be a little see-through. I was definitely living on the edge.
As I wrap up today’s post, I’d like to leave you with one final thought. I once watched the 2013 movie Bad Words starring Jason Bateman (not a family friendly film), in which the young boy character did not know bras existed. He said something along the lines of, “I thought some women were born with those pointy things (nipples) and some weren’t.” If that doesn’t perfectly sum up the difference between Team Bra and Team Braless, I don’t know what does.
So what do you think??? Have you been pulled to one side or the other after hearing the convincing arguments presented in today’s research findings? Are you Team Bra or Braless? Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this ‘study’, and I hope you at least got a laugh out of today’s post.
Have a great weekend!
Miles of smiles,