Scientists have just told women to stop wearing bras. Apparently, going without a bra promotes more tone and supporting breast tissue and wearing a bra from a young age does not help support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent breast sagging.
- Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sport science researcher and professor at the University of Franche-Comte in the eastern town of Besançon, conducted a 15-year study on the effect of bras on 330 women aged 18 to 35. His team of researchers found that the women who did not wear bras have perkier breasts.
- “In the study, women that stopped wearing bras – through choice, not as a requirement of the study – had a 7-millimeter (0.3-inch) lift in their nipples when compared with regular bra users. Bras, they claim, could hamper circulation and reduce breast tone over time.”
- There are some other professionals that agree with Rouillon. Dr. Stafford Broumand stated for Refinery29, “For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves lift in a developing breast.” Broumand was not connected to the study at all.
If there is one thing that almost every woman will agree on it is this: There is nothing quite so freeing as that moment when you slip off your bra at the end of a long day. Even a good bra will pinch, tug and chafe as the day goes on, so is it really any wonder that it feels so good to cast it off and set the ladies free?
- Bras do nothing for your boobs. A study, which tracked women over a 15-year-period, found that bras don’t actually do anything to improve the overall health or appearance of your boobs.
- Going braless improves circulation. It’s kind of a no-brainer that when you remove your bra — and thereby remove the constricting band encircling your chest — your circulation will improve.
- Your boobs will be “perkier.” Rouillon’s study found that the nipples of women who went braless were an average of 7 millimeters higher than those of the women who did wear bras.
- It just feels better. Why not enjoy that end-of-the day comfort all day long by skipping the bra, even if just for one day?
- Going braless gives you a chance to check things out. Ditching the bra for one day will give you a better opportunity to get up close and personal with your boobs in a way that you would not if they were ensconced in fabric.
Is Your Bra Helping or Harming Your Body? Many physicians and researchers now agree that wearing a tight fitting bra can cut off lymph drainage, which can contribute to the development of breast cancer, as your body will be less able to excrete all the toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis.
The Underwire Bra — A Cancer-Causing Device? It’s important to realize that nearly all underwire bras contain metal underwires, coated with plastic. And it is the metal that could ruin your long-term health.
Bra Wearers May Face Up to 125-Fold Higher Cancer Risk. Medical anthropologists conducted a study of over 4,000 women, and found that women who do not wear bras have a much lower risk of breast cancer. Their findings included:
- Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer
- Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day, but not to bed, had a 1 out of 7 risk
- Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 52 risk
- Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer
We’ve put together a short guide to help you figure out the best way to ditch your traditional bra at work.
- BRALETTES. A youthful, comfy iteration of the formal cup/underwire situation, the bralette is essentially a training bra for adult breasts — even those in sizes D and above. Bralettes can be worn as a replacement to your bra at work, but they also come in so many styles that they can become a key part of your entire look, whether as a crop top, under a silk blazer or with a high-waisted skirt for evening
- BODYSUITS. Just like the bralette, bodysuits can stand alone or be worn as a supplement to a bra. They come with both short and long sleeves, backless, with spaghetti straps, with a turtleneck — basically like any shirt you’d wear, but in one piece.
- SPORTS BRAS. While the ones that tie are likely out of the question, bikini tops that clip closed or have a hook closure will lay flat under whatever you wear them with. Similar to both bodysuits and bralettes, a bathing suit top or an on-trend, retro sports bra can be exposed. If you are someone who has embraced the overalls look, they’re a great option to replace a shirt. Another bonus: they’re on sale this time of year.
DITCH YOUR UNDERWIRE BRA WITH THESE ALTERNATIVES!