Like the majority of people on the internet, my severe ideological aversion to bras and all things bra-related has been well-documented. I get angry at some of their designs. I firmly believe that they are the worst part of summer. I am also sure that, on at least a few occasions, I have tweeted something relating to my not enjoying bras all that much, but deleted it when didn’t get enough likes, which shows that while I am more than willing to vocalize my personal issues with what I view as a patriarchal item of clothing that exists to make women feel as though their natural bodies are inadequate, I only allow myself to deem it as valid if it receives the external validation that I so badly crave. Which is a problem.
Anyway, you get the idea–I just don’t like bras. Now, I am lucky (?) enough to have breasts that are small enough so that, on a purely visual standard, I don’t always *have* to wear a bra. Still, they are big enough that, on a purely personal standard, there is enough of, um, a jiggle when I move that gives me anxiety, due to my worries about tissue strain that are almost as great as my distaste for bras.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of bra-related products that, even for bigger-chested girls, come close enough to doing the job of a bra without actually feeling like one. So, check out the best ones here:
Athletic TopTake advantage of the athleisure trend by wearing athletic clothes...all the time! Lots of sportswear tops have built-in bras that offer tons of support without having the underwire that tends to be so irksome in conventional bras. Plus, some of them are so cute that, really, it's unfair to restrict their use to just the gym. Set them free! Buy it at Lululemon for $54
Empire Waist TopsWhen it comes to going braless, empire-waisted tops are your BFF. They've got a tight band that usually goes right where the strap of your bra would usually be, meaning that there's a little bit of support, but the actual bust has enough fabric so that it's hard to tell whether you're wearing a bra or not. Buy it at Revolve for $68
Racerback BraletteWhen most people complain about bras, it's usually the underwire that they really have an issue with. So, get a bralette! It offers (most of) the support of a regular bra without all of the annoying pinching and digging into your skin that comes from underwire. Try one with a racerback, which tends to offer the most support without discomfort. Buy it at Aerie for $26.95
Bralette With Actual StrapsIt's also worth trying a bralette that has actual adjustable straps, so you can tailor the tightness around your breast size/chest size/how you're feeling that day just, like, in general. Buy it at Aerie for $29.95
LeotardLeotards and bodysuits are trendy AF right now, and they're a perfect excuse not to wear a bra, since many of them are open-backed so, uh, you basically can't wear a bra. They're tight enough in the chest, however, that you won't feel over-jiggly when you wear it. Buy it at Urban Outfitters for $29
Athletic BodysuitYou can also try a bodysuit with thicker straps--this one from Calvin Klein has sports bra-grade elastic straps and a criss-cross back, so your boobs will totally be supported. Buy it at Urban Outfitters for $59
BodysuitOr, you can get a full-on bodysuit! Look for one that has adjustable straps so you can tighten or loosen in depending on the amount of support you want. You can also layer it under a sheer dress or skirt, if you don't feel like wearing a full-fledged bodysuit or are looking to transition some of your summery clothing items to fall. Buy it at Urban Outfitters for $39
Long Sleeve Crop TopCrop tops are totally easy to wear without a bra, since they're usually fitted enough up top that they can smooth everything over and offer some support. Since the weather's getting cooler, look for one with long sleeves--this way, if you pair it with a high-waisted skirt or pair of jeans, you can even wear it to school. Buy it at Forever 21 for $8.90
CamisoleI know, I know--to you, camis are probably so very reminiscent of the "training bra" you wore back before you even really had boobs that you'd prefer to stay far, far away from camis altogether. But this one from Uniqlo actually has built-in molded cups (not just a shelf bra) so you're just lounging around at home and/or you know you're not going to be, like, bouncing around a lot, it totally works. Buy it at Uniqlo for $19
Breast PetalsStill feeling skeptical? Get some sticky boobs. They don't offer support, but if you don't love the idea of your nipples making themselves known to the world, they can give you enough confidence to go braless with ease. Buy it at Amazon for $3.99
What do you think of bras? Would you get any of these products? Let us know in the comments!