Look Fabulous + Feel Liberated: Going Braless

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Look Fabulous + Feel Liberated: Going Braless

  • Aisha Adams

    Aisha Adams is a poet, social-prenuer, vegan, homeschooling naturalist.  Her written work has appeared in places like the Birmingham Times, ...

There is nothing wrong with wanting to go braless.

Unfortunately, as a society we haven’t evolved to the stage where people don’t freak out. Whether you like it or not, agree or not, the only time you need to wear a bra for social reasons is because you haven’t learned the art of going braless. Clearly, this is why Principal Best commented on the subject matter last week at Asheville High. She wasn’t saying every girl has to wear a bra all the time. She was simply saying that Asheville High School is not the time or the place to let it all hang out. Whether you agree with her or not, her job is to enforce policy. But there are ways to enjoy the freedom while appearing to be playing by the rules.

Knowing how to go braless properly is important because professional jobs have dress codes as do many other institutions and businesses. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going braless in public. I get it. It is comfortable, although if you are not supported properly it can hurt. Now, I can’t tell you how to live your life; I have heard more than a few horror stories about women going braless and they ended up deeply regretting it. I am not one of them. I can tell you some things to consider if you want to look fabulous and feel liberated in public without a bra.

Here are some things that I think you should consider if you decide to go braless in public:

Consider Pasties: They are adhesive patches that will cover your nipples and areolae. Why? Because you will be considered out of dress code if your nipples are showing in most professional work environments.

Consider the Material: Don’t wear a silk top or any other light-weight fabric. Cotton can be tricky as well. Try adding a denim jacket. The snug fit will give enough support and no one will be able to tell what’s going on under there anyway.

Consider the Color: Darker colored tops will cover you better than lighter ones like pastels. I would definitely stay away from white unless the top is made to be worn braless.

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Consider the Design: There are actually clothes that are made not to be worn with bras. They often have breast pads built in. Also, try halter tops and dresses that allow you to tie them yourself; this way, you can choose the amount of support you need. Don’t be afraid of clothes with under-bust support.

Consider Moisturizing: Moisturizing breasts can protect you from irritation from letting them hang free.

Consider Bra Alternatives: Camisoles and fitted tank tops are both comfortable and provide support.

Consider the Weather: Take a jacket just in case temperatures drop or it rains...

Above all, make sure that you are comfortable and abiding by the code of conduct you signed up for and promised to uphold at work or school. If going without a bra is about being comfortable, there’s no need to publicize it.

What is going on under your shirt isn’t really anyone else’s business.