Thursday, March 4, 2010

Some first ladies don't need a bra

My recent post on why I I love the Césars more than the Oscars - in which I highlighted Laetitia Casta's provocative see-through dress - drew some very interesting reactions:

Sibbie said...
She should consider having a boob job done on her if at all that's what she intends to be wearing!
kellie said...
@Rafiki look at the side view. The Cs are sagging. I think only A cups can successfully pull off a no bra dress.
Biche said...
Sorry Rafiki, I will have to agree with Sibbie and Kellie here. The side view breast sag was also the first thing I noticed in that second photo. But maybe it goes to show just how critical of ourselves we women are. Perhaps we should just learn to relax a bit and trust that we are sexy and beautiful just the way we are. :-) Hmmm, food for thought...
Mountainous said...
Gravity has not been kind!
French president Nicolas Sarkozy
and his current wife Carla Bruni
without bras
Carla Bruni with a smile and without bra
Well, maybe the French have not been reading these comments; or maybe they have been reading them and they just don't care. Or maybe some women can just do it, but others better don't. French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy went without the support of a bra during a state dinner to welcome Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and his wife. The glamorous pop singer and former-model wore a tight blue Roland Mouret dress/gown to the formal occasion. She wore it so tight it exposed her lack of underwear.

I don't know whether our own First Lady, Lucy Kibaki, could become a fan of the bra-less movement as well. Well, maybe she shouldn't...

So you just go without a bra, right? Well, it's not quite that simple. Here are some tips on why you would want to go braless in the first place, and on how to transition from your over-the-shoulder boulder-holder.

Breast Health. Circulation within the lymphatic system is an all-important part of maintaining breast health. And bras compress the lymph vessels that are close to the breast's surface, preventing the flow of the lymph fluids that help to clear out toxins. Regular bra-wearing may well be responsible for the huge increase in breast cancer in modern times. So, many women choose to forgo bras for reasons of health and not just comfort. To women who feel compelled to wear a bra, consider massaging your breasts at the end of the day to increase lymph fluid circulation. (To the guys who are reading this, we're talking massage for the purposes of health and not arousal.)

The Nipple Factor. Ever heard of fripples? The possibility of prominent visible nipples is one of the biggest deterrents to many women who might otherwise go braless. Here are a few solutions to embarrassment over visible nipples:
  • Nipple tape. Nipple tape comes in several different shapes and sizes but the primary idea is to compress the nipple to the level of the surrounding tissue, thus making it less distinctive. There are variations to the nipple tape theme, such as pasties or glue-on cups. Beware that some of these products are designed for function and others for decorative effect.
  • Remember your jacket. When shopping for frozen foods, have a jacket or wrap close at hand. In a similar vein, you don't want to get caught braless in the rain.
  • Vests. Vests are wonderful accessories for going braless with ease. There you are beneath your vest--fashionable, comfortable and braless--with no one the wiser for it. Vests may not be the best option in the current Nairobi heat.
  • Don't look down. Let's face it, there will be eyes glued to your breasts, whether you're wearing a bra or not. But just because they're looking doesn't mean you have to.
Size Matters. Girls who are AA on a good day can wear just about anything without support, but those who are more well-endowed have a different set of problems:
  • The flop factor. One issue for women with large breasts is that movement of the breasts can be painful, particularly at times of the month that breasts tend to be swollen or sensitive. Good posture can help to offset this effect.
  • The modesty question. Big mammaries tend to migrate more than the smaller ones do: out of one's shirt, into one's face when you lean over, and so on. Your choice of clothing makes a big difference in this regard. Get a sense for which articles of clothing contain (but don't restrain) your breasts. Practice at home until you feel comfortable being out in public without a bra.
  • Chafing. Large breasts can chafe the skin just beneath the breast. Sweating, rashes and even fungal infections are also possibilities. Many women find that silk and cotton camisoles worn next to the breast lessen these issues. Some women also apply antiperspirant beneath large breasts or carry a small towel to dry the area beneath their breasts on occasion, a "titty towel."
  • Shelf bras. Shelf bras are pretty much what they sound like: a support built into an undershirt that basically provides a shelf for your breasts to rest upon. Unfortunately shelf bras tend to make your chest look like, well, a shelf, but they do provide some support.
Breast Fetishists aka "Breast Men". Most women are all too familiar with the mannerisms of this particular breed. During conversation, the man's eyes are glued to your mammaries to the point that you're tempted to start using sign language. Sociologists and anthropologists remain unsure as to why breast fetishism is as pervasive as it is. Meanwhile, get used to it, breast men are ubiquitous.

For some women, going braless (or "bra-free" as some women prefer to call it) is a political statement; for others, a question of comfort. If you'd like to read the experiences of other women who have "taken the plunge" check out, where women of all ages, shapes and sizes share their bra-free experiences.


savvy said...

LOL @"titty towel."

Entertaining for me, well it depends on the occasion. If it's a cold day and am going to walk around in a sweater all day, what's the point of the bra?

Digzer said...

I'd never leave the house without a bra. For me, it's just a no-no

coldtusker said...

I support Carla all the way... until they sag...

ahleebrabra said...

You might want to take a look at Breeze Comfort padded bras and sports bras. The bras are made with patented bra pad technology. The bra pads have perforations throughout to facilitate air circulation to the breast area. This helps release heat and helps prevent sponge effect (sweat collecting in the traditional bra pads).

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