Do I Need To Wear A Bra?Sure, you’ve heard a bit about the pros and the cons of going to bed braless in our article “Should I Sleep With A Bra?”, but should we be going braless day-to-day? We highlight the pros of both wearing a bra and going braless to help you make your decision.
Why you should go braless
In 2013, French scientist Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon conducted a 15 year intensive study on the effect of wearing a bra on women’s breasts. Rouillon’s conclusion was that wearing a bra did not prevent breasts from sagging, and that wearing a bra from a young age may increase the chances of sagging later in life. The argument presented is that bras prevent the growth of breast tissue, deteriorate supportive muscles in the chest and rob ligaments of their function in keeping breasts afloat, causing sagging. So with that in mind, let’s look at why going braless may be your best option.
Increased collagen production
In younger women, not wearing a bra can lead to increased collagen production and therefore elasticity, improving the breast shape, perkiness and can stimulate growth.
Collagen is a fibrous protein that is essential in developing tissue, supporting the skin by connecting tissues, maintaining the skin’s structure. It is often correlated with a “youthful” look. Theoretically, collagen gives breasts firmness, perkiness and elasticity and is often prescribed as a natural breast growth treatment.
Going braless can help to develop those underutilised tendons and pectoral muscles in the breast. Rouillon’s study suggests that “the natural suspension system of the breasts degenerates” and when the scaffolding is removed, the breast muscles can flex and tone up naturally to support the bust.
Say goodbye to that feeling at the end of a long day, when you can feel the straps digging in and the band exposing back fat you didn’t even know you had. That feeling where all you want to do is rip off your restraints and yell “FREEDOM”, like the end of Braveheart:
Because you are quite literally free all. day. long.
It can be liberating and refreshing to go braless. In fact, you could be opening the door for the women in your life to follow your lead, helping humankind get to a point where it is totally socially okay for any woman at any point to not wear a bra.
Benefits of wearing a bra
Remember that 2013 French study? Critics find a few issues with it, The predominant one is that the sample size is too small to be representative of the population, only taking into account the effect of bras on 330 women aged between 18 to 35. The second issue is that the study did not take into account breast size, but instead measured the distance between the nipple and the collar bone, a measurement that does not necessarily fluctuate with tone and tension of the chest muscles. In the wake of this criticism, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of wearing a supportive, everyday bra.
The weight of an unsupported bust can affect posture and increase the amount of stress on the upper back. Wearing a bra can help promote proper posture and reduce the “drooping effect” that can be seen in some larger busted women.
The suspensory ligaments that Rouillon argued will deteriorate without use are preserved by wearing a bra. Without support, the bouncing of breasts can cause pain and discomfort in the chest area, especially while undertaking physical activity. Keeping the breasts supported will also ensure that breast tissue is protected from tearing and long term damage.
Silhouette & fashion
Women’s clothing has adapted to develop a preference towards women that wear bras on a daily basis and as a result, you’ll find that some clothes fit better when wearing a bra. A good bra will lift the chest and pull the breasts towards the centre, perfect for fitted clothing. Plus, let’s not forget what a good, well fitted bra can do for our figure.
At the end of the day, whether you’re an advocate of the braless lifestyle, love your bra to death or like to mix it up, it all has to do with YOUR level of comfort. Let us know what you prefer and why by heading over to Facebook or Instagram today.