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Have any other Paleo women opted to go bra-free?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 04, 2012 at 4:58 PM

After experiencing epic breast tenderness (Hack My Sore Boob) back in November, I decided to take the plunge and start going bra-less. I love it! And more importantly my boobs are happy. They don't even get tender during my period. Any other ladies, either large or small-chested, start giving their ta-tas the freedom to go au naturel?

Bra-Free testimonies

Why I Go Bra Free

EDIT: I'm beginning to think that all of these hang-ups about boobs are really just in our heads. If fewer women wore bras it would become more socially acceptable. Are women self-perpetuating a vicious cycle? Yikes.

EDIT2: Wanted PH'ers to discuss this as well--Are large breasts a Neolithic phenomenon?

While representations in the form of carvings and paintings of large-breasted women were common throughout the Upper Paleolithic, those seemed to be more of an ideal/fetish than based off of actual women. I'd imagine that having to forage and even join in hunts for game would not favor those with large chests. However, with the advent of a more sedentary existence brought on by farming and lots of downtime, large breasts would not pose as much of a hindrance.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 15, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I wonder if those little round band aids would work?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 15, 2012
at 12:42 AM

It's a NIPPLE REVOLUTION BREWING!

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on April 05, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Jen, believe me -- I've seen plenty of women down here where I live on whom you could definitely tell that they weren't wearing panties under their clothing, and I've witnessed 'brittany' moments more than once in the 12 years I've lived here--commando works great if you're wearing moderately loose to baggy pants -- but a significant percentage of the women where I live prefer clothing that is not loose, and not long enough to effectively prevent all occurrences of... commando-related exposure.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on April 05, 2012
at 10:06 PM

...burden. There are,in fact, rules for men to assure that THEY do not cause undue stress to our patients through their appearance, and the institution does allow other things that many places do not -- for example, they hired me despite several visible tattoos and piercings, with the understanding that I would keep them covered in clinical situations. However, it -was- very strange going back to a bra after so long out of one. I understand the reasons, but if I had the choice, I'd go back to bra-less.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on April 05, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Just to be clear, I do NOT find my employer's expectations on undergarments inappropriate or sexist. Men in our institution are required to wear full sleeves and are not allowed to wear shoes that show their toes. Lab personnel are not allowed to wear nylon -- either as pants or as stockings. We have a large population of patients from countries where a woman in a knit shirt is difficult enough to manage from a modesty point of view, without having that knit shirt, sweater,or dress be clearly over bare breasts -- and our patients are dealing with cancer, which is enough of an emotional (cont)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 05, 2012
at 09:55 PM

That's not a bad idea to put something under there though, rub a little baking soda or something. For now, baggy cotton shirts are working pretty good!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 05, 2012
at 04:32 PM

That sounds like discrimination, for sure. If women have to wear bras at work, then men should have to wear jockstraps to keep their junk from swinging around in their pants.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Agree on the "stair run"! Nemesis, I've tried the antiperspirant on the underboobs and it works just as it does under the arms. Unfortunately, I've dropped commercial deo/antiperspirant to get away from the chemicals, so this wouldn't work, at least in my situation. I don't see coating the ladys with aluminum as a good idea.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Wow, going by the responses I guess I'm the only one :(

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:10 AM

All the more reason to remove the taboo!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 05, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I haven't bought from them, but I've heard nothing but good things.

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

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on April 05, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Check out Spanx's Bra-lellujah. The best.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 05, 2012
at 03:28 AM

OMG! I do the *same thing* with stairs. BF has given me a few weird looks, but man, stairs = too much jiggle!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 05, 2012
at 03:08 AM

See...this is what happens in a world with hidden nipples.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on April 05, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Photos, post photos.

Eef729e2b64c2350a713b0e751688d98

on April 05, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Me too. Big boobs love bras!

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on April 04, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I worked in insurance. And not in a position that had public contact. They wrote it into the dress code that the 'bra-less look' was unacceptable. On my exit interview I asked if that applied to the obese man who walked down the halls. He had headlights.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Have you ever tried applying some antiperspirant to your underboobs?

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on April 04, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I am a field medic but I work in the hospital as well, and I've still never heard of anyone anywhere telling employees what kind of underwear they need to wear. I thought the whole point of going commando is that no one has to know? Don't get me wrong, I have enough of a chest that if I started going braless sooner or later someone would probably say something, but it's not like it's in my contract or something. Is this literally a written specification, that you be wearing panties at all times?

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I work in a cancer hospital with an extended international population -- so womens' modesty issues are considered part of accepting the job here.

8fbbf720caae616b07d3a8a12e59093f

(56)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Went "bra-free" as a teenager (long time ago) and suffer it today, still. Yes, it was hot (32 B). Now? I would get arrested.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Best question of the day! Girls, tuchus, I'm learning so much.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:29 PM

They have, in regards to bra-wearing correlating with breast cancer: http://www.007b.com/bras_breast_cancer.php

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Just bring a note from your doctor saying you can't wear one for medical reasons. That way you can set them up for a lawsuit if they persist in making you wear one ;)

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Bahaha I'm just enjoying the picture of my boss's face while trying to navigate the possible discrimination and sexual harassment minefield of trying to discuss with me my undergarment choices. This would literally never happen.

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I was more looking for something that compared the results of bra-wearers to non-bra wearers. Although bra wearing is clearly not a 100% effective method, and the theory that a supportive bra prevents sagging is not borne out in practice all the time...the theory that not wearing a bra keeps tendons strong is also just a theory until somebody compares the two using scientific method. Just curious if you had come across such an objective evaluation.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:06 PM

LOL! I tried using the silicone ones, but they left such a raised profile on my boob that it looked weird. Plus, they don't let your nips "breathe" and the smell when taking them off at the end of the day would make my nose hairs curl. I've tried surgical tape "X"'s, but those hurt wayyyy too much to peel off and left welts. I wish pasties weren't so expensive!

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:02 PM

one word my fellow A-cupper: pasties. They provide coverage for the nips and come in heart shapes with sequins. ooh shiny shiny.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:00 PM

ummmm, are you an underwear model? cause otherwise, that totally smells like sex discrimination. wtf.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Also, my mom (56) is proof positive that wearing a bra will not prevent sagging. She used to be a B cup as well, but now has pancake A cups!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Google "Cooper's ligaments, bras". Breast ptosis is the proper term for sagging. http://www.007b.com/sagging.php

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:39 PM

When I went off the pill, I went from a very full 32DD to a 32 not-so-full D. I feel your pain on the deflation issue. I have a lot of luck finding my size in Calvin Klein and Wacoal bras. I wear underwire (always have) and they feel fine to me. As long as they arent too tight, I'm good.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Speaking as a doctor bras are really aren't that healthy for lymph circulation, speaking as a man, I can with great certainty that we men will support you universally!

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:21 PM

What sort of work do you do that they can specify the type of undergarments you wear?

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Nemesis I'm interested in the source of this comment. Is there supporting research to this?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on April 04, 2012
at 06:20 PM

This is totally dependent on the size of the breast too. And it might affect the muscles in the chest as well. Its also extremely distracting to a guy. Its a sure fire way of turning of the male brain if they are a great shape too and have nice bounce.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:14 PM

To be fair, I wear the wire free padded one maybe once or twice a week for a couple of hours. But yes! No compression is nice, huh?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:13 PM

That would be like companies forcing men to wear rubber bands around their testicles all day.

30082ec1256954012471d4372b78335f

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I wish i could but i dont think it would look professional. As soon as i get home though the bra comes right off!

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I'm with you. Sigh.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Same here...I wish I didn't care. But it would just be very obvious if I wasn't wearing a bra. Unless I'm wearing a hoodie or bulky sweatshirt, I feel like anyone could tell. I work with children and I'm not sure if parents would feel comfortable Ms. Sunny Beaches not wearing a bra. Unfortunately, I need to be a little more conservative...even if that means wearing a bra that does absolutely nothing for me.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 04, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I'd like to not care. Actually, in most instances I probably wouldn't care if anything showed. But I'm really not interested in any comments that may come from people in my workplace. (I have heard some things in my office over the years that make me think it really is possible something would be said, so this isn't just me being paranoid.) I figure the shelf bra tank top would at least give me a double layer of fabric and possibly enough coverage for work, even if I wore a loose one so it wasn't really acting as a bra. Anywhere else I'd just wear a tshirt and be done with it.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:43 PM

How about wearing one underneath a regular shirt or a looser-fitting tank top? Layering is my friend :)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I wish I could feel confident enough to wear a shelf bra tank. But when I wear one, my chest completely disappears and my stomach fat is a million times more apparent because it bulges further out than my breasts. It's awesome that you wear a shelf bra though. I bet you feel much more free and comfortable!!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Well the bra and the corset were both invented by men...I wear shelf bra tanks often and have ceased to care if my nips show a bit.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I went wire-free years ago, so the pain I'd been experiencing in my breasts was surprising and unexpected. I also notice that I don't have to crack my back as often since my rib cage isn't being compressed.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Wearing a bra causes your breast ligaments to atrophy, increasing the likelihood of boob sagging as you age.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I say, to hell with social acceptance if it means being in pain or discomfort.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Oh, and the pain related to my biopsy has been vastly reduced, along with menstrual cycle-related soreness.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:12 PM

this brah is pro no bra

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:07 PM

I couldn't resist ;)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Bwhahahahaha Todd! :)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on April 04, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I *support* it

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9
5fbdb4d1266cfbd9dd36b4c219bbdb96

on April 04, 2012
at 05:21 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Large chest, two years of nursing....um no. I would look like I had two tumors coming out of my belly after about a week. It hurts to even go braless at night.

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I'm with you. Sigh.

Eef729e2b64c2350a713b0e751688d98

on April 05, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Me too. Big boobs love bras!

8
6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:13 PM

I've always felt better with a little something fitted to prevent nipple chafing, but even with mondo tatas, I prefer something with minimal support like the Barely There ones that look kind of like sports bras, but are very thin. Nips shine through those loud and clear, but so effin' what? I am a female mammal with functional mammary glands, I am not a Barbie doll. I am fed up with the notion that letting one's nipples show through is unladylike, it is in its very essence the definition of ladylike. Dudes will fetishize anything that is feminine and in short supply, not so many years ago a glimpse of ankle was considered scandalous, then knees, then bellies. This is all about desensitization, so my call to arms this week is for my fellow ladies to stop fearing their nipples. If the men around you can't concentrate on their work because of it, that is their problem, not yours.

I'm also not anti-underwire, and have found few "real" bras that hold the girls like a "rose in full bloom, cradled gently in a tea cup" as once saw written as the ideal bra fit, but I I've worn each and every one of them to death, and have not found a sufficient replacement yet that is breastfeeding compatible.

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on April 04, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I switched to completely wire-free a few months ago, and go without whenever possible (at home, with thick/looser clothing). I'll never go back. I have a couple of CK wire-free padded bras for occasions that call for them, but otherwise wear a Shimera bralette or something similar that I got at Nordstrom Rack.

This is all anecdotal, of course, but I had a cancer scare almost two years ago at 28 (several years after my mom had cancer and died from it). Everything turned out fine, but the massively swollen lymph nodes around my breasts were worrisome. Since I went wire-free and mostly shaped-bra-free I haven't had swollen lymph nodes at all, and the inflammation has gone down considerably. Coming from a family in which at least half the women on my mom's side have had breast cancer, I'm going to keep with what's seemed to help inflammation for me. So wire-free it is!

PS- I wear a 34DD and I'm pretty comfortable unless I'm running. (Then I wear a real sports bra.)

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Oh, and the pain related to my biopsy has been vastly reduced, along with menstrual cycle-related soreness.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:14 PM

To be fair, I wear the wire free padded one maybe once or twice a week for a couple of hours. But yes! No compression is nice, huh?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I went wire-free years ago, so the pain I'd been experiencing in my breasts was surprising and unexpected. I also notice that I don't have to crack my back as often since my rib cage isn't being compressed.

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on April 04, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Wish I could ... the link between bras, lymph drainage and breast cancer seems at least plausible. But go braless? Umm, no, not my girls!

5
41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 04, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Not completely, but the thought is intriguing.

I refer to the damn thing as a "medieval torture device" and wear it as little as possible. The first thing I do when I walk in my door is rip the thing off, toss it somewhere and declare that the girls want to be free. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I'm into seeking alternatives... those shelf bra tank tops may not be a bad idea....

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:43 PM

How about wearing one underneath a regular shirt or a looser-fitting tank top? Layering is my friend :)

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 04, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I'd like to not care. Actually, in most instances I probably wouldn't care if anything showed. But I'm really not interested in any comments that may come from people in my workplace. (I have heard some things in my office over the years that make me think it really is possible something would be said, so this isn't just me being paranoid.) I figure the shelf bra tank top would at least give me a double layer of fabric and possibly enough coverage for work, even if I wore a loose one so it wasn't really acting as a bra. Anywhere else I'd just wear a tshirt and be done with it.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Same here...I wish I didn't care. But it would just be very obvious if I wasn't wearing a bra. Unless I'm wearing a hoodie or bulky sweatshirt, I feel like anyone could tell. I work with children and I'm not sure if parents would feel comfortable Ms. Sunny Beaches not wearing a bra. Unfortunately, I need to be a little more conservative...even if that means wearing a bra that does absolutely nothing for me.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Well the bra and the corset were both invented by men...I wear shelf bra tanks often and have ceased to care if my nips show a bit.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I wish I could feel confident enough to wear a shelf bra tank. But when I wear one, my chest completely disappears and my stomach fat is a million times more apparent because it bulges further out than my breasts. It's awesome that you wear a shelf bra though. I bet you feel much more free and comfortable!!

4
1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on April 05, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I am VERY sad that there are not any photos posted to this thread.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:10 AM

All the more reason to remove the taboo!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 05, 2012
at 03:08 AM

See...this is what happens in a world with hidden nipples.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 15, 2012
at 12:42 AM

It's a NIPPLE REVOLUTION BREWING!

4
4ccf5d9bba64e54fc95802fe8ae33c47

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on April 04, 2012
at 11:59 PM

I'm a 34E and in my fifties and rather drop dead than go braless in public. But at home I'm usually without. Last year I discovered decentexposures.com, a group of women in Seattle who sew bras and other underwear, leisure wear, maternity stuff. Since then I've been telling every female I meet (grocery store, post office) about them. If you have a larger cup size I'd recommend the 90%cotton/10% lycra material , double lined with regular elastic band for outdoors/good support, and single lined with 2" ribbing for at home/leisure wear, both with front closure. And made in the USA by adults for good money.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 05, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I haven't bought from them, but I've heard nothing but good things.

4
8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on April 04, 2012
at 11:55 PM

I got razzed by a drunk at a bar for being bra-less. Really obnoxious. It was entertaining when another guy at the bar razzed him about his tits.

Frankly, I go without as often as possible and I'm a D-cup. Bras are helpful with certain fabrics though.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 04, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I have a trademark "stair run" in my household that my mother believes is very un-lady like: because I usually whip my bra off as soon as I get home, and we have a million stairs (yay for building houses into hills) I have to hang on to my chest as I run up and down. My ex-boyfriend thought it was so weird (he likened it to him running up and down grabbing his crotch, no wonder things didn't work out). All I can say is that it is the best of both worlds- no wild-flying girls and all the freedom of bra-free. Probably wouldn't fly in public however.

That being said, I find that when I am bra-free (graphic description coming) I still tuck my shirt underneath there to prevent rubbing/sweat/that weird sticky feeling. I'm a C, up from a B when I was too skinny, and wear a sports bra for most of the time (MEC has some fabulous ones), or a lacy-wireless-thing for fancy occasions.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Agree on the "stair run"! Nemesis, I've tried the antiperspirant on the underboobs and it works just as it does under the arms. Unfortunately, I've dropped commercial deo/antiperspirant to get away from the chemicals, so this wouldn't work, at least in my situation. I don't see coating the ladys with aluminum as a good idea.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 05, 2012
at 03:28 AM

OMG! I do the *same thing* with stairs. BF has given me a few weird looks, but man, stairs = too much jiggle!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Have you ever tried applying some antiperspirant to your underboobs?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 05, 2012
at 09:55 PM

That's not a bad idea to put something under there though, rub a little baking soda or something. For now, baggy cotton shirts are working pretty good!

3
5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

on April 05, 2012
at 05:26 AM

i <3 (free) boobs

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:05 AM

I'm a 34D and switched over to the camisoles with the built-in shelf support. I actually base my entire wardrobe around having a plunge neck or open-front shirt on top of a brightly-colored camisole. I wear pretty heavy-duty sports bras when sprinting or jumping though because I find the jiggling very uncomfortable. I'm intrigued by some of these answers though and may try going with even less support than the camisoles when I'm at home...

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I find that going without a bra, even at home, causes me to sweat from the boob overhang (I'm a 34D~DD). I even sleep in a tank that has a built-in shelf bra to keep from sweating. On the occasion that I do take my bra off immediately upon getting home, I'm either tucking my blouse up under my boobs or I change into my PJs so that there's a layer of fabric there.

Funnily enough, I have a tendency to be cold (cold hands and feet, I am almost always under a blanket at home or in a sweater at work) but I do seem to get hot flashes (always have...it's not an age/menopause thing) and I get very very hot when sleeping.

I have been toying with the idea of abandoning the underwire, especially since going paleo and dropping hormonal BC seems to have caused the girls to shrink a little (some might be sad, but I'm happy to be dropping out of DDs!). I am secretly hoping to fall back down to a size C (high school size), but I'm at what I consider my optimal weight, so I don't know if that will happen.

I imagine I will always wear a sports bra when working out. No need to sling them all over the place! 8)

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I hadn't worn a bra in over a decade when I accepted my current job -- unfortunately, one of the clauses of the dress code REQUIRES that women wear, specifically, a BRA and Panties -- I tried to get them to let me wear camisoles instead, but that didn't fly -- so I wear as minimal a bra as I can get away with -- really, not much more than a sleep-bra -- and I get out of it as quickly as I can get my little tuchus home.

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on April 04, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I worked in insurance. And not in a position that had public contact. They wrote it into the dress code that the 'bra-less look' was unacceptable. On my exit interview I asked if that applied to the obese man who walked down the halls. He had headlights.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 05, 2012
at 04:32 PM

That sounds like discrimination, for sure. If women have to wear bras at work, then men should have to wear jockstraps to keep their junk from swinging around in their pants.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:13 PM

That would be like companies forcing men to wear rubber bands around their testicles all day.

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:21 PM

What sort of work do you do that they can specify the type of undergarments you wear?

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I work in a cancer hospital with an extended international population -- so womens' modesty issues are considered part of accepting the job here.

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on April 04, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I am a field medic but I work in the hospital as well, and I've still never heard of anyone anywhere telling employees what kind of underwear they need to wear. I thought the whole point of going commando is that no one has to know? Don't get me wrong, I have enough of a chest that if I started going braless sooner or later someone would probably say something, but it's not like it's in my contract or something. Is this literally a written specification, that you be wearing panties at all times?

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Bahaha I'm just enjoying the picture of my boss's face while trying to navigate the possible discrimination and sexual harassment minefield of trying to discuss with me my undergarment choices. This would literally never happen.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:00 PM

ummmm, are you an underwear model? cause otherwise, that totally smells like sex discrimination. wtf.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Just bring a note from your doctor saying you can't wear one for medical reasons. That way you can set them up for a lawsuit if they persist in making you wear one ;)

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 05, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Jen, believe me -- I've seen plenty of women down here where I live on whom you could definitely tell that they weren't wearing panties under their clothing, and I've witnessed 'brittany' moments more than once in the 12 years I've lived here--commando works great if you're wearing moderately loose to baggy pants -- but a significant percentage of the women where I live prefer clothing that is not loose, and not long enough to effectively prevent all occurrences of... commando-related exposure.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 05, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Just to be clear, I do NOT find my employer's expectations on undergarments inappropriate or sexist. Men in our institution are required to wear full sleeves and are not allowed to wear shoes that show their toes. Lab personnel are not allowed to wear nylon -- either as pants or as stockings. We have a large population of patients from countries where a woman in a knit shirt is difficult enough to manage from a modesty point of view, without having that knit shirt, sweater,or dress be clearly over bare breasts -- and our patients are dealing with cancer, which is enough of an emotional (cont)

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on April 05, 2012
at 10:06 PM

...burden. There are,in fact, rules for men to assure that THEY do not cause undue stress to our patients through their appearance, and the institution does allow other things that many places do not -- for example, they hired me despite several visible tattoos and piercings, with the understanding that I would keep them covered in clinical situations. However, it -was- very strange going back to a bra after so long out of one. I understand the reasons, but if I had the choice, I'd go back to bra-less.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:49 PM

It all depends for me. I'm a very happy 32C and love the American Apparel - I know.. don't kill me, triangle/lace/tube bras as they're comfortable, cute, and give a little snuggle to Le Boobies to hold them into place. I also have some really pretty lace (wire free) with a low shallow cup (no padding) for when I'm dressing up. When I CF or lift - sports bra. At home they're free to roam as they please.

On occasion I'll go adventuring without, went to a wedding in September commando style - gasp - el escandalo!!!, but more often than not I go with the snuggle.

Note: A little bralette is definitely handy in the middle of a NY summer and you see a fire hydrant to jump into.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I am sure there are good reasons to free the girls, but I don't want too much gravity to take its toll, whether standing or laying down, so I even sleep in tank tops with shelf bras to keep my B cups perky!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Google "Cooper's ligaments, bras". Breast ptosis is the proper term for sagging. http://www.007b.com/sagging.php

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Wearing a bra causes your breast ligaments to atrophy, increasing the likelihood of boob sagging as you age.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Also, my mom (56) is proof positive that wearing a bra will not prevent sagging. She used to be a B cup as well, but now has pancake A cups!

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Nemesis I'm interested in the source of this comment. Is there supporting research to this?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:29 PM

They have, in regards to bra-wearing correlating with breast cancer: http://www.007b.com/bras_breast_cancer.php

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I was more looking for something that compared the results of bra-wearers to non-bra wearers. Although bra wearing is clearly not a 100% effective method, and the theory that a supportive bra prevents sagging is not borne out in practice all the time...the theory that not wearing a bra keeps tendons strong is also just a theory until somebody compares the two using scientific method. Just curious if you had come across such an objective evaluation.

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on April 04, 2012
at 06:30 PM

With my paleo weight loss, my still-nursing boobs went from 38DDs to 32Cs. Not only is it near impossible to find that bra size, but when I lost the fat, I lost almost all form as well. I've tried padded bras, which feel totally fake, and heavily-seamed bras that support but make me look like there are two odd torpedoes coming out of my chest. I wear sports-like bras (if anything) when I go out and pretty much nothing when I'm at home. The restriction around my ribcage just feels too uncomfortable.

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(1617)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:39 PM

When I went off the pill, I went from a very full 32DD to a 32 not-so-full D. I feel your pain on the deflation issue. I have a lot of luck finding my size in Calvin Klein and Wacoal bras. I wear underwire (always have) and they feel fine to me. As long as they arent too tight, I'm good.

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(1528)

on April 05, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Check out Spanx's Bra-lellujah. The best.

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I wish it was "socially acceptable" to go bra-less. I'd do it in a heartbeat! I barely have an A cup so it's not like a bra offers support or any benefit. As soon as I'm off of work, my bra goes OFF.

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(1507)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:02 PM

one word my fellow A-cupper: pasties. They provide coverage for the nips and come in heart shapes with sequins. ooh shiny shiny.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I say, to hell with social acceptance if it means being in pain or discomfort.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 07:06 PM

LOL! I tried using the silicone ones, but they left such a raised profile on my boob that it looked weird. Plus, they don't let your nips "breathe" and the smell when taking them off at the end of the day would make my nose hairs curl. I've tried surgical tape "X"'s, but those hurt wayyyy too much to peel off and left welts. I wish pasties weren't so expensive!

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(11577)

on April 15, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I wonder if those little round band aids would work?

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