Dare to go Bare: The Pros and Cons of Going Braless

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Are you debating on whether going braless is right for you? Read on to challenge your perspective. 

It is a feeling we have all been familiar with at some point in our development... that “awwee” sensation at the end of a long, hard day... that moment we unbind ourselves from the elastic grasp of our... wait for it... push up bras! (Insert old horror film scream)... 

Bras have brought great comfort to women over a millennium. Over the years, they've helped us feel sexy and supported to feminine and unique. We have had a great run together... but have we ever stopped to think how necessary a bra is to our health and wellbeing? Is binding elastic, red inflamed welts and metal underwire stabbing into our sternums in the name of the male gaze really still a thing? 

"Is binding elastic, red welts and and metal underwire stabbing into our sternums in the name of the male gaze really still a thing?"

The decision to go braless is a personal one that has been debated for years.  Some women find it liberating and comfortable, while others feel exposed, unsupported and embarrassed. In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of going braless and hopefully it will help you decide if it is right for YOU. 

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"Going braless has become a popular trend in recent years, with many women choosing to ditch their bras for comfort and freedom."

Going braless has become a popular trend in recent years, with many women choosing to ditch their bras for comfort and freedom. However, there are also some downsides to going braless, including potential discomfort from lack of support. 

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PROS: 

1. Comfort: One of the main reasons women choose to go braless is for comfort reasons. Bras can be restrictive and uncomfortable and have been linked to neck and back pain and even breast sagging in some cases. Going braless allows for more freedom of movement and can reduce irritation, muscle strain and chafing. 

2. Cost-effective: Bras can be expensive, and going braless can save money in the long run. Without the need to purchase bras, women can save money and invest in other areas of their wardrobe.

3. Body positivity: Going braless can be a way to embrace and celebrate one's body. Think of it as an exercise in self-confidence! It can be empowering to reject societal norms and expectations and embrace one's natural shape.

4. Better for the Environment: The Bra Recycling Agency, a US-based organization, estimates that over 25 million bras are discarded in the US each year, and most of them end up in landfills.

Great bra alternatives include silicone products that can be recycled as well as bras and bralettes made out of more conscious materials like cotton, bamboo, hemp and recycled textiles. 

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"Going braless is an exercise in self-confidence." 

CONS: 

1. Lack of support: Going braless can lead to a lack of support, which can cause discomfort and even pain. Women with larger breasts may experience back pain and discomfort without the support of a bra. 

2. Nipple visibility: Going braless can also lead to nipple visibility, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for some women. This can be especially problematic in professional or formal settings - BUT HELLO - we are a NIPPLE COVER COMPANY and we have got you covered. Say "bye, bye!" to unwanted "headlight" with our washable, reusable silicone covers // stick-on bras. 

[ It's going braless without the commitment of unwanted stares and attention. ]

3. Social stigma: Unfortunately, going braless can still be stigmatized in some social circles and societies. Women may face judgment or criticism for not wearing a bra, which can be discouraging and hurtful. 

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"our advice: surround yourself with people that make you feel like sunshine and celebrate you for the beautiful person you are!" 

One example of the benefits of going braless is the #FreeTheNipple movement, which aims to normalize and destigmatize female nipples. This movement has gained traction in recent years, with celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Kendall Jenner embracing the trend. 

~ SIDE NOTE ~ there are tools like "headlight" hiders (washable, reusable silicone covers) and stick-on bras. that help you go braless in a more conservative fashion. 

On the other hand, some women have reported discomfort and pain when going braless, especially during physical activity. This can be a major downside for women who need the support of a bra for comfort and health reasons.

In conclusion, exercise your right to be FREE... 

The decision to go braless is a personal one that should be based on individual comfort and preference. Be mindful of your breast size and comfort level. Of course, great feats of growth and achievement take courage with a dose of discomfort, but never sacrifice your sense of security and well-being because of a popular social trend (or because you read something cool online...like this article).

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While there are certainly benefits to going braless, such as comfort and body positivity, there are also potential downsides, such as lack of support and social stigma. Ultimately, women should feel empowered to make their own choices about their bodies and what makes them feel comfortable and confident.

Be intimate with yourself – check in – and proceed with caution, AKA, love for thyself. 

 SHOP NIPPLE COVERS 

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