I would just like to start off that this was one of the best experiments I’ve ever done, even better when I did the mentos and diet Pepsi experiments in the 7th grade.
I got this idea because I was getting very annoyed with bras. My top reason was that they are expensive, uncomfortable, and I wanted to find out if they were even necessary. There’s been many studies that there is no benefit to wearing a bra. According to a recent French study, boobs gain more tone and support when you don’t wear a bra. The study found that when you’re wearing a bra “supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade.” That means you’re basically atrophying your boobs when wearing a bra.
A little about my relationship with bras. I’ve been wearing a bra since probably the 6th grade. My bra size is a 32C: not that small, not that big. I started going braless when I started my semester after winter break.
At first, it is a little weird going braless. Before this, the only time I was braless was when I was sleeping. You do feel a little bare and feel like everyone can notice because you’re not used to not wearing anything to support your girls throughout the day.
The first thing I realized was how much more comfortable I was during the day. I’m a broke college student, therefore no fancy Victoria’s Secret bras for me. I would get indents from the wires and was constantly moving them to make them more comfortable.
Then, when the weekend came around, I was getting ready to go out and I thought, “is this too much?” After a few times, I got use to the idea and I gained more confidence about my boobs. I always wasn’t very positive about them because they’re not that big.
When I was working out or wearing a shirt that I thought was too revealing to wear to class without one, I wore a bralette. What I would do is buy a sports bra that looked very similar to a bralette and it was one of the most comfortable things ever. I would wear it under all my open knit sweaters. My name sweater got a classic sexy look.
Lastly, I want to comment on the comments I got for going braless. The first thing I would like to say is that no one realized I wasn’t wearing a bra. The people I told were very supportive of the project and gave me advice on my outfits – seeing if you could tell I wasn’t wearing one or if it was too inappropriate.
The last thing I want to talk about is how guys viewed it. I would like to say first and foremost that a way a woman dresses is not an invitation and I didn’t do this to get any type of attention from guys. But I did get a response from a guy I was talking to at the time. I told him what I was going braless and he said, “so you’re trying to get fucked?” First off, I think any girl doesn’t have to not wear a bra to get hit on. Also, going up to a girl and instantly looking at her chest isn’t going to get you anywhere.
After the end of the month, I took out all my bras from the dresser and put them away. The only reason I would ever wear one now if for some reason I had a formal event where it was mandatory. With bralettes being as cute as they are and as comfy, there doesn’t really seem to be a need for me to ever own a bra again.