Bras at Work
Wearing bras has always been a struggle for me; personally, I don’t even like wearing bras. They never quite fit; bras seem as though they are made to be uncomfortable. I’d rather let my breasts have a little bounce to them anyways. At work, I feel as though I have to wear a bra because I don’t want my coworkers to gawk at the shape of my breasts. I believe we’ve codified breasts to be indecent, and in order to be decent, I have to hide the natural shape of my breasts.
My solution to this structural concept has been sports bras. I found every sports bra that could be worn under a blazer. I became an expert at when Nike, Adidas, and the like would hold their sales and I would immediately snatch up the entire sports bra inventory. I thought that sports bras were perfect because they had the racer-back, they were more comfortable than traditional bras, and I didn’t have to worry about padding (I’d like to minimize the appearance of my breasts, not enhance them).
I soon advanced from the sports bra phase, and have started experimenting with structural bras that are made for the workplace.
My favorites are:
At Third Love, my favorite is the Geo Lace plunge bra.
At Adore Me, my favorite is the Fiorella Unlined
As far as workplace bras go, Third Love has become my go-to. You can customize the bras based on your cup size, identify whether or not each one of your breasts is a different cup size (most women have varying cup sizes for their breasts) and find the perfect bra for you.
I even started approaching bras with a little bit of padding — I’m not talking Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Bra, but a demure amount of padding that curates a work-appropriate shape. I’m not exactly sure what a work-appropriate shape is but I definitely feel a little uncomfortable when the shape of my breasts in lace bras are fully exposed at work. Padding is like a little shield, between the forces of misogyny and me, so that my breasts are perfectly hidden at work, in this man’s world.