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Apr. 26th, 2013 12:01 am Brafree

I stopped wearing bras for the most part around the time I noticed my 36B bras were getting too loose. I'd always hated wearing bras, and hated shopping for them even more so, and didn't see the point if I was down to an A cup. I don't care about nipple show-through, and I don't (and wouldn't) work in a job that requires modesty in that area, though I (generally) won't wear a semi-transparent shirt in public. I still wore sports bras for running, however.

Today, I did a track workout, and since it was only going to last about 15 minutes* and all my sports bras that actually fit needed washing, I didn't wear one. And I didn't notice any bounce or discomfort whatsoever. A great discovery!

So from now on, I only need to wear a sports bra if it's warm enough outside to run shirtless (which I do as often as possible, to enjoy feeling the sun on my skin and get a natural source of Vitamin D). And I'm really resentful I need to do it even then, as a woman's nipples really should be legally indistinguishable from a man's. The recent ban on nudity in San Francisco technically only applies to genitalia, but I'm not brave enough to test the waters. I'm very happy to be topless or completely nude around other people who are, in hot tubs and such, but I don't want to be the only woman jogging along the Embarcadero or the Marina wearing nothing above the waist.

* Six laps around a 400-meter track, for the Adult Fitness Test. It actually ended up being 1.6 miles as I was in a middle lane, and I confirmed that I can now sustain 9-minute pace for over a mile!


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Date:April 26th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't wear one for 20 years, until I found out I was a DD cup. Even so the ones I finally settled on as comfortable are very stretchy, minimal support, no underwire, basically just there to keep sweat from accumulating at the spot where they rest on my ribcage. They don't even really stop the pokey nipples but I've never had anyone complain. Mostly I don't wear the kind of shirts that would emphasize that.

Always wore a sportsbra for sports though, even as a C. As an A, well, I can't remember what that even felt like it was so long ago!
Date:April 26th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I was a C cup for a number of years, and can imagine it would have been less comfortable to run bra-free then. Never tried it, though.

I remember you blogging about first wearing a bra after many years without one. It's interesting that you settled on minimal-support bras without underwires, when wired bras are so heavily marketed to larger-breasted women. (The one, strapless underwire bra I tried to wear I found intolerable.)

Date:April 27th, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, I figure most folks were wearing the equivalent of what I wear now when THEY were B-cups. Since I was wearing nothing as a C-cup, it scales linearly...

I still have the ridiculously expensive underwire thing I got fitted for in NYC. It looks great on me. But I can stand to wear it for all of about 2 hours. The Bali bras I can actually wear for a full workday.