It's a Girl Thing

The Burden of a Bra

My personal motto is, ‘Home is where the bra comes off,’ because after a long day at work, all I want to do is get back to my apartment and slip off my bra.

It isn’t that I completely hate wearing a bra; there are some aesthetically pleasing parts. They come in cute colours with fun patterns, there’s also a great appeal to the lacey and sexy cuts of bras. I can’t deny that they’re functional. I enjoy having everything kept in place and not just jiggling freely while I go about my day. And I certainly appreciate not having the embarrassment of having my nipples show through my shirt on a chilly day; and the fact that my natural size and shape is enhanced with a bra is a bonus.

But despite all that, there are also burdens and frustrations that every woman who wears a bra is intimately familiar with.

Firstly, there is putting the damn bra on. You have to do that thing where you turn it round to the front to get the clasps in, then work it round again until the cups are at the front, and then, finally, you slip your arms through and pull it up. This is how everyone does it, yes? Are there women out there who actually put on their bra and then reach around and blindly manage to get the clasps in place? If you do exist, then on principle, I hate you, while at the same time I am envious of your skill.

Next, there is the cups. During my menstrual cycle I temporarily get bigger boobs; not big enough to warrant buying a new bra, but my cups do runneth over. Normally I would be pleased at having slightly larger breasts, but this is not a Victoria’s Secret moment. This is more of a quadraboob effect which consists of having some extra boob flesh peaking out the top of my bra making it look like I have four boobs instead of two. So, I spend all day trying to discreetly adjust my bra and get the cups to fit right. Or there is the opposite issue, where I have lost a few pounds and with a smaller waistline comes slightly smaller boobs. Now, I have cups that are slightly big and there is a gap between my boob and my bra that serves no purpose except for those moments it is used as an emergency pocket for my phone.

Now let’s discuss the straps. Either they are too loose and constantly slip off your shoulders, or they are too tight and dig into your shoulder. On the rare occasion when you have adjusted them perfectly and they sit as they are supposed to they are still a burden because they are this thin strap of material that is just sitting, unmoving on your shoulder for hours and hours on end, and just like any item worn for long periods, it becomes a nuisance.

Strapless bras are no better. There is only so much moving that you can do in one before the darn thing slips off your breasts completely, and ends up around your waist like some sort of belt. If there is a trick to keeping these in place then it is one I am yet to discover.

Finally, there’s the underwire, a piece of wire sitting on top of your ribcage that is surely some form of modern day torture. Those things irritate, especially in the summer when you are dealing with the heat, humidity, and sweat. And anyone who has ever worn an underwire can attest to the sudden betrayal of having their underwire poke out and stab them in the armpit.

It does not matter the cost of the bra, or the size of the boobs, everyone has their own bra horror stories. Either they confine, or ride up, fall down, pinch and hurt your shoulders or your back, or chafe your underboob, the list is endless.

So, when you get home breathe a sigh of relief as you remove your bra and say bye to your burden. At least for a short while.

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  • Erica Lane

    Yes! For all of the above reasons yes! And I really thought I was the only one who clasped the bra in the front then turned it around, thank jesus its common practice!

  • Kit MacConnell

    I actually clasp my bra in the back… but it’s not to garner hate or be different. I’m just lazy. I don’t like the process of putting a bra on, so I learned to eliminate steps. Like taking your bra off with a shirt on.

    That said, bras are effing terrible and I hate them with the white-hot fire of a thousand suns. I wear sports bras to work just because I get support without underwire and don’t have to do much adjusting. Does it give me uniboob? Absolutely. But who am I trying to impress?

  • Christen Dobbs

    Haha, this article is awesome! Love it.

  • Kelsey Holt

    I clasp mine in the back, always have. Not sure why, though. It’s just more convenient to me I guess haha and I love my bras. I mean sure, the straps can be irritating, but mine all fit really well and make me look and feel great. My only gripe is about strapless bras- they’re either too loose and won’t stay up, or they’re so tight that I get a back ache.

    Also, I think I can honestly say that buying a stick-on bra was probably one of the greatest decisions of my life. All of the nipple coverage needed but without the hassle of straps going over your shoulders or around your back. And no underwire!

  • Chelsea Niccum

    “This is more of a quadraboob effect which consists of having some extra boob flesh peaking out the top of my bra making it look like I have four boobs instead of two. So, I spend all day trying to discreetly adjust my bra and get the cups to fit right.” STORY. OF. MY. LIFE.

  • Hilary June

    Plus, f your boobs are “lucky” enough to be massive, like mine, you can’t shop ANYWHERE normal. And your shoulders and back always hurt. You have to go to obscure little crazy-expensive boutiques where you find out, “no you’re not a 36DD, the department stores don’t size bras properly, you’re actually a 32G”
    well fml for real. Breast reduction here I come. I hate boobs so much I just want to be an A cup so I don’t have to wear a bra at all.

  • Isabel Kvåle

    I have giant boobs(30H), and a large part of my life has gone to poke my quadraboobs until they’re two again. They were out in my armpits aswell as out of the top of my bra. I never found the right size, or the right type. But then, low and behold, I found a “fullshaper”, as they call them, and in THE RIGHT SIZE, so now I don’t have that problem anymore! Of course it costs me a lot more, because of my size, but it’s worth it! 😀

    Oh, and I can put my bra on without having to turn the bra back and forth. Sorry :)

  • Lauryn Glassford

    Yes! There is nothing better than getting home and unleashing the boobs from the bra. I am also notorious for what I like to call “no bra weekends”. One of my favorite things ever! I do have smaller boobs so I can get away with not wearing a bra more frequently and I don’t have to deal with too many size issues, but it is what it is. Bras are definitely a burden. Good article!

  • Zhenya Hutson

    I definitely agree! Bras are tough on you, especially the really fancy ones you have to wear under strapless dresses.

  • Ashley Chin

    Ugh, bras! The underwire, the straps… And they never fit properly–never! I don’t care how many times I go to Victoria’s Secret to get “fitted.”

    Although I have admit that I, like a few who have posted already, am able to clasp my bras in the back without a problem. This may or may not have something to do with my tiny boobage.

  • Jessica Manion

    I can clasp my bra without looking…but I have a small chest. Sorry. ^^

    People are often like, why do you even wear a bra if your breasts are so small! You can get away with not wearing one.

    Man, nipple chaffing, boob jiggling and as you summed it up nicely, keeps the nipples from poking through on a chilly day. xD

    Also, I can’t do the uncomfortable underwire. :(

  • Emily Sullivan

    Words can’t describe how excited I was to see Victoria’s Secret’s new sports bras with cups. All of the comfort of a sports bra with none of the Amanda Bynes pretending to be a boy in “She’s The Man” flatness? Count. me. in.

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  • Marabeth Duncan

    You’ve got to try DIMRS….

    I can wear these everyday and need no bra, assuming I am wearing a sufficiently tight tank top/shirt/dress. There is no adhesive – it sticks to your body heat. They are amazing… you don’t even feel them. They changed my life!

  • Julianna Garreffa

    To the person below me, I was going to comment on how I can’t imagine that these would work for someone with a DD cup. My horror stories are all about how my cups runneth over. Quadraboob, underboob, strapless bra fitting nightmares….I feel like those wouldn’t give me enough support because they don’t have underwire.

    ps. I put my bra on by reaching around the back sorry. Maybe I’ll make a YouTube how-to video hahaha.

  • Florence Trégan

    Why not just buying good bras that actually fit? I pay a fortune for mine, but most of the time, I forget I’m even wearing it!

    And I do attach it in the back, always have! With a bra that fit properly, you shouldn’t actually be able to attach it in the front and turn it….

    • Brook E. Smith

      Yes to Florence T’s comment. I put my bra on in front and reach around back to put it on and take it off. If you can swivel your bra around your body it’s way too loose, and if your anything like me that means a bra that rubs, chafes, and gives you a nasty rash.

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