Going braless seems to be all the rage lately. It has me wondering what inspired it? Is it an attempt to challenge patriarchy by claiming back our bodies or is it just the latest ‘sexy’ trend. Maybe it’s both – I mean why can’t females be sexy and make a statement. Going braless has became the millennial’s way of reclaiming her sexuality, a concept alwys associated with feminists. So it’s not new, it’s just been revitalised.
Buying your first bra has always been a rite of passage for every woman.A rite of passage I can’t relate to. I’m still waiting for that day where I roll out of bed and suddenly have boobs big enough to be deserving of a bra. Then came National ‘No-Bra’ Day along with various other ‘braless’ trends giving a girl like me a chance to be sexy and feel good about my body. It was a way for me to feel empowered to love myself for who I am.
In my first year of university (2015), I started to ditch the bras and try a more ‘freeing’ style. Why? They’re so uncomfortable and, as a small-boobed woman, I don’t really need them. It was tough initially because it wasn’t the norm and there were two things I always worried about:
- cold weather and nipple stands
- wearing revealing top and having them become a little too revealing
People always suggested that I should take a page out of Miley Cyrus’s book and wear nipple stickers or follow in Kim Kardashian’s footsteps and use boob tape to keep everything in place. Admittedly, those ideas tempted me but I found it incredibly uncomfortable. However, as the year continued I started to gain a little more confidence and found some perks of going braless…
- you save a ton of money (let’s all be honest, bras are hella expensive)
- it’s so comfortable!
- you don’t have to worry about hiding bra straps (or any part of your bra for that matter)
Fast forward to 2016, two exciting things happened:
- The Kendall Jenner scandal: Kendall Jenner, being the socialite and fashionsta that she is, became the talk of the tabloid (in June) when she decided to wear a sheer black off-the-shoulder top which exposed her nipples. (OMG! How could she do this?!) The world seemed at a loss for words. I was secretly doing a little dance and burning my bras. I mean if Kendall Jenner could do it, why couldn’t I?
- #FreeTheNipple campaign: I stumbled across the #FreeTheNipple campaign (if you don’t know what the campaign is all about I’ve included a link for you. Please educate yourself). This was my saving grace. It was all about being feminist, fierce and sexy.
Many celebrities soon followed suit and thus, a new trend was born!
USA Today said that millennials were pushing back from push ups. Ditching the conventional bra for something more comfortable and trendy.
My advice: ditch the push-up bra every once in a while – be comfy, be sexy and make a statement!
Lots of love,