There’s something quite liberating about whipping off your uncomfortable bra isn’t there? Especially after a long day. I’m the first to get mine off and throw on my house-clothes, there’s nothing better. Lounging in front of the telly with a vice-like underwired bra on, is just not happening. Officially, No Bra Day was back in October, but fast forward ladies – ditching yours is actually good for your health.
Remember those pre-teen days, when the time came for a bra fitting and that triumphant “first bra” purchase. I vaguely remember shopping with my mother – wandering through the mine-field of lingerie, I picked out a white suspender belt and quietly said to my mum, “this one looks about my size” Of course, she laughed and pointed out that it wasn’t actually a bra, but yes, it did look like it would fit me. First bra in the bag heralding the beginning of a lifelong relationship with underwire.
According to Valerie at M&S, my chest now stands at 32E. Automatically, you might think, oh you’ll need a good one then? But actually, research shows the opposite is true. The rest of me is a size 6, however, I wouldn’t say I have pneumatic boobs, they’re just about right. In terms of how I like to present myself, a bra is a must if I’m leaving the house, but whilst at home, I’m much better off without.
There’s no greater feeling than unleashing your chest of an evening and going braless. Although, You may be mistaken in thinking, if you allow your breasts some freedom, you might be doing more harm than good. Not so.
It’s a common misconception that without support your breasts will sag
This theory has been bandied about across the years, but actually, wearing a bra may have the opposite effect – weakening the breasts natural support tissue – the theory being if the bra is doing all the support then the breasts natural support system will eventually give up the ghost. One of the few times a bra can be useful is for a sporting activity where bouncing those puppies around can cause the breasts connective tissue to break down, encouraging sagging.
There are, of course, some factors which may inevitably cause droopy boobs, Smoking and sun-worshipping are up near the top, both sun exposure and smoking cause the breakdown of collagen causing saggy skin. Poor diet, and of course, too much weight gain during pregnancy are all contributing factors. Apparently, although often blamed, breastfeeding isn’t such an issue and having breastfed myself, I can report mine survived perfectly well, and I’m pleased to say returned to normal afterwards.
The link between bras and breast cancer is real
Finally, I’m no scaremonger but, according to the book Dressed To Kill by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaije there is a link between bras and breast cancer. Women who wear a bra for more than 12 hours a day have a 1 in 7 risk of developing breast cancer. Whilst women who wear a bra less than 12 hours a day have a 1 in 52 risk. Women who go bra-less have a 1 in 162 risk. Join in at GoBraFReeStudy.Org
So, there you have it. Go forth and give your breasts the freedom they deserve – (Around the house, at least). They might just thank you for it.