• Han Butler

4 Reasons Why Ditching The Bra Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

Updated: Jul 20

Photo by Pham Khoai

Society tends to frown upon women if we choose to go au naturel. They suddenly view us as promiscuous, inappropriate and attention seeking. That, though, simply stems from societies crazy ideology that we dress and make changes to our body purely to please and attract our desired sex. (I'm eye rolling so hard right now) I wonder how long it'll take them to realise that we do those things for ourselves and not to impress other people?

I've been bra-less for 4 years now, and I'm happier because of it. I ditched my bra's for many reasons, but I'll stick to sharing the 4 that I think every person with breasts can get on board with.


1. I'm more comfortable...

In my opinion, there really isn't anything comfortable about wearing a bra. Which is proven every time we take one off at the end of a very long day. You know what I'm talking about; that sense of relief you feel when you no longer have wires and straps cutting into your skin. Since ditching wearing bra's altogether, I get to feel free, comfortable and pain free every single day.

I wanted to see if other women had the same opinion as me on this, so I asked the breasted people of Twitter if they find bra's to be comfortable or not. Most of the voters were split down the middle of - 'the right bra can be comfortable' and 'hell no!'. And judging by the comments on the poll, the "right" bra is one without those pesky wires.

2. The health benefits...

A 15 year long study, conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, Professor at the University of Besançon, France, has proven that the bra is a false necessity. According to the study, "Medically, physiologically, anatomically - breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra." Essentially it's a vicious never-ending cycle, by virtue of the fact that we wear bra's as "support", not knowing that it is actually weakening the muscles, and making our boobs droop, which results in us thinking that a bra is necessary in order to support our girls.

As well as improving your blood circulation, going bra-fee can also improve the health of your skin. I mean, it's obvious if you think about it, there would no longer be material trapping sweat and dirt against your skin.

3. It's so much cheaper...

Bra's, even those of high quality, tend to have a short shelf life. Which is extremely frustrating considering bra's are ridiculously over-priced. Now, I have small-boob privilege, which means that I can easily buy bra's in a cheaper store like Primark. However, not all people are that lucky. For those over a certain breast size, they're limited to certain stores which usually have a higher price tag than Primark. Luxury prices, yet again, reinforce the fact that bra's are a luxury, not a necessity.

The drop in cost was actually one of my favourite benefits of ditching my bra. Wearing bra's tended to mean I needed to make it a matching set, but since going bra-less, I'm able to stock up on Primark's cute and affordable £1 thongs.

4. My confidence sky-rocketed...

During my teenage years I hated having small boobs; even after I turned 18. I thought having small breasts meant that boys wouldn't like me. So, as many of us small-boobed gals do, I became best friends with extreme-padded push-up bra's. It created the illusion that I had a bigger chest, making my insecure mind think I suddenly looked like a "real" woman. Little did I know that ditching the bra would have actually forced my pectoral muscles to work, resisting gravity and would have helped to boost my chest. Although my breasts wouldn't have grown, they would have appeared fuller as a whole.

They are facts that I can totally back, because after two and a half years of going au naturel, my boobs are fuller, perkier and rounder. I seem to be living proof that going bra-free has a positive long-term effect on the health, shape and quality of your breasts.

Ditching my bra's was the best decision I ever made for my self-confidence. It became a gateway for my own self love and my own body positivity. I feel more sexier, more comfortable, and more confident than ever before. I love my breasts and I feel empowered because of that - it's simple as that.

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If you're not going bra-less purely because you haven't got "perfect" boobs, then let me assure you now that all breasts are perfect, beautiful and completely normal. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you, and every other person with breasts, deserve to ditch your bra's if you want to!

Whether you end up wearing a bra or not, make sure it's a conscious decision, because we're living in an era of increasing body positivity, and decisions about your body should be made by you, for you.

Love, Han


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