Why You Should Still Wear A Bra At Home
We’re all spending more time at home now, which means we all want to be as comfortable as possible. Good-bye tight work pants, hello leggings. No more full face of make-up; now you’ve got a simpler routine so you can look professional enough for Zoom but not stress about the details. And your bra? What bra?
But while going bra-free may feel comfier (which is a sign you’re wearing the wrong bra size — more on that later), is it really that healthy for your girls? What are the long-term effects of not wearing a bra?
First, let’s talk about the main reason we wear bras: supporting our breasts. In a bra, most of the support comes from the band, which keeps your girls securely in place close to your body. You should only be able to slide one finger underneath the band if it’s the right size. The straps, on the other hand, are meant to help stabilize your girls — that is, keep them from bouncing while you’re moving.
When you don’t wear a bra for long periods of time, your breasts are missing out on the support from your band and the stability from the straps. This can lead to initial discomfort, especially if you’re moving around a lot (and therefore jiggling your girls!). Over long periods of time without the support of a bra, your breasts could start to sag — especially if you have larger breasts.
Sagging isn’t the only concern though. The support bras give your breasts also helps the rest of your body. Going without wearing a bra for long periods of time could cause back pain, shoulder pain and even chest pain in your breasts. Your posture may also suffer, as you may be leaning forward more than you do when you wear a bra.
Of course, when you’re at home, you want to be comfortable. Many women ditch the bras at home because they’re simply uncomfortable to wear. We get that! Almost every woman who visits Barbara’s New Beginnings for the first time complains about how uncomfortable bras are. When we hear that, we know that it’s because that woman hasn’t found her perfect bra yet.
If your bra is the correct size and style for your body, then it should be very comfortable to wear, especially for everyday comfort. Not every style is right for every body. Women with large breasts often prefer underwired bras or minimizers. Women with smaller breasts may opt for a push-up bra or plunge bra. Women of all breast sizes may enjoy a bralette, but the types of straps may differ for an A cup versus a DD cup.
Also, keep in mind that your bra size may not be the same in every style of bra. Your band and cup sizes for your T-shirt bra are likely not the same for your balconette bra or your strapless bra.
That’s why a professional bra fitting is so important. Not only will you find the correct sizes for your bras, but you can also find the style that is most comfortable for your body.
Ultimately, if you are wearing the right bra for your body and it’s sized correctly for you, your bra should feel as comfortable as your PJs. And now more than ever, we could all use more comfort.