It was the summer of 1987 and I was ecstatic about two things; going to the 5th grade and wearing my first bra. To be honest, my body wasn’t quite ready for a bra but I was in the last group of girls to have one and I worried my mother so much that she agreed I could begin wearing bras for the start of the school year. I had a three pack, all white with a little pink flower in the middle. Ahh…I was in love! Too bad I didn’t know that years later I’d be singing the bra blues.
So, what exactly are the bra blues? For me, it’s the fact that my girls are not the life of the party. I want a bra that gives me lift, definition, comfort and character! I’ve always hung around B club with my only visit to D club during pregnancy, which was short lived after I was done nursing. I’m not asking for much, just enough to live up to the anticipation I had when I tried on my first training bra. Perhaps it was about attention back then but these days I would love a faithful bra to keep my girls from being so freakin’ droopy! UGH!
Another verse from my bra blues is dedicated to the bra itself. It’s amongst the list of things that I don’t like to spend my money on. First off, it’s a necessity for most women sooooo…WHY must they be so expensive? I can’t seem to find comfort in purchasing a bra under $20 and I have a side-eye for the thought of paying over $50. Do you know how many bottles of nail polish I could buy for that amount? Therefore, I find myself rotating a couple of my favorite bras that are honestly eligible for retirement. According to an article titled Wearing Wrong Bras on Cosmopolitan.com, 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size and I’m almost certain I’m amongst the 8 out of 10 women that need to make some adjustments.
So ladies, help me out with a couple of questions.
When was the last time you were fitted for your bra size? So shameful that I’m about to say this…I worked part-time at Victoria’s Secret about 10 years ago and outside of nursing bras, I have not been fitted sense then.
How often should you purchase a new bra? Good thing they don’t have those color indicator strips like toothbrushes. Purchasing good bras every 3 months would make me agree with this nymag.com May 2013 article, Stop Telling Us We’re Wearing the Wrong Size Bra.
What is your ratio of bra to underwear? Have I mentioned that I don’t like to spend money on bras? My underwear selection totally outdoes my bras and it’s such a pain when I need that good black bra and it’s in the dirty clothes basket.
Should the bra and panty match? Something about a matching set gives me that extra sense of sex appeal, but I’m not sure it means anything to my husband…I’ll have to ask him about that. Fellas, what are your thoughts?
Is it ever appropriate for a woman’s bra to be visible? Particularly the straps, since they make bras versatile from strapless to halterneck it kinda gives me the impression that there are options to keep straps from showing. Since I have the bra blues, I just don’t purchase tops that require a variety of bra styles. This is probably why I complain about wearing the same style of clothing. Congrats. You just witnessed me have an “ahh-hha” moment.
Are you have any bra blues? This post has actually made me reconsider my decision to be cheap and I’m going to treat myself to a couple of new bras. Who knows, perhaps that’s all I need to help me start singing a new tune!
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