For most of us, shimmying into our first crop top and beaming with pride that we’d finally been initiated into the big girls bra club was a big moment. Exactly when our Mum’s would finally buckle and submit to our pleas of yessss omg Mum I do need a bra please just a Tammy Girl one ugh you’re the worst was uncertain, but the fact that we would eventually be wearing a bra was a given. It’s what girls did. It’s what girls do.
More and more women are deciding to go bra free, at least during the times when they feel comfortable to do so. Instead of bras being a necessity, they’ve become a choice, and if we decide we want to swing loose and fancy free? So be it. If we want to wear something comfortable, sexy and supportive? That’s our prerogative.
I’ve teamed up with Wonderbra to discuss all things bra a little further, and to also style up an outfit for one of those situations where we might feel more comfortable wearing a bra – a wedding!
This is a paid advertorial for Wonderbra.
Day-to-day, I mostly choose to go bra free. Comfort is always my main priority (that and food, and funnily enough to two go hand in hand), so if I’m just sitting at my desk or popping out to get a coffee, then I let the ladies hang free. I do acknowledge that it’s easy for me to fly the flag for bralessness, however; I work for myself and by myself, from the comfort of my home and with admittedly petite bosoms. Just because I don’t think anyone should feel like they must wear a bra, doesn’t mean I don’t understand why plenty of us do. Sometimes the occasion calls for a bit of extra support, and in those situations (for me, it’s visiting my grandparents or heading into a professional client meeting) it’s simply reassuring to know that my nipples won’t be standing to attention and that the girls won’t be jumping for joy anytime I dare to cough.
The occasion to top all occasions - a wedding - may well fall into this category. If you’re someone who would prefer to keep the girls holstered (for the sacred vows at least), then opting for a comfortable piece is most important. You’re going to be up, down, in, out, waiting, drinking and probably posing until you really couldn’t care less what the official wedding hashtag is, so feeling like you can move freely without being pinched or having a boob pop out will serve you well.
Something I’ve learned since being more selective about when and where I wear a bra is how important quality of product is. It’s so easy to pick up the size you think you are in the style you think you like, because we’re all in a rush and we can probably guesstimate and yeah okay this isn’t normally my colour *cough*or my size*cough* but it’s okay, right? Probably not. Investing in classic styles that fit the curves of your body and glide seamlessly under clothes will provide you with the pieces which you’ll find yourself going back to time and time again. You know, the ones you wear for far too long and then mourn when they’re relegated to the washing machine for a soak? THOSE pieces.
Anyway, back to wedding guest dressing. Comfort, of course, is key, but the other thing to consider is the style of bra and how this will relate to what you’re wearing. If you’re going for something like a cami dress, then a strapless bra will offer up support but keep that 90s-esque-sexy-strap vibe very much alive and kicking. Low in the front? Plunge bra. (Wonderbra offers both strapless & plunge solutions.) Mostly covered up, like moi? Then you’re spoiled for choice, but my personal preference is for a balconette bra. I find the straps really comfortable and I like the extra lift in the front without it being too ‘push-up’, something which I find can be a little overwhelming for my vertically-challenged frame.
Wonderbra has become a household name for their much-loved range of bras, and in teaming up with them to show my kind of wedding guest outfit and how I’d work my underwear around that, they wanted to shoot a few Q&A questions my way: