The Sweetest Sound Known To Woman Is The Soft Thud Of Her Bra Hitting The Floor After a Long Day

July 10, 2012  |  

Apparently I missed a very exciting celebration yesterday and you likely did too: no bra day. The thought alone conjures up all sorts of images—was this a grand feminist statement rivaling the 1960s, did some college co-eds come up with this an excuse to walk around like playboy models, and most importantly who was walking around with no bra on when they know they needed one—but the day actually had a more somber meaning. The idea was crafted last year by a 19-year-old girl from California who goes by the online name of Anastasia Doughnuts as a statement to raise breast cancer awareness and stand in solidarity with women who no longer have to wear bras because of breast disease. While the cause was noble, as women thought about the reality of what not needing to wear a bra would mean, most of those who still have to wear one couldn’t help but think about one thing: how much they hate these things.

In an article on The Huffington Post, Ann Brenoff wrote about spending her entire 20s without a bra. At one point she writes about the discomfort of having to wear one particularly if you actually have breasts, at which point she remarks, “You size A cups may feel free to leave the post now, since you likely won’t have a clue what I’m talking about.” I actually felt the same for her from the time I looked at her headline on down because I will never know what it’s like to spend my 20s without a bra. I didn’t even spend my teens or pre-teen years without one and since breasts aren’t one of those things that get better, higher, or smaller with time (unless a plastic surgery has his hands in things) I likely will never know what it is like to roll around free of being hooked into some sort of mammary contraption. Shout out to the inventor behind clear straps.

What’s funny though is the well-endowed are hardly the only ones whose favorite past time is the moment they step foot in their house and can break free of their brassiere. Just recently I was staying with a friend for the night and as we were walking back to her place she was complaining about her strapless bra irritating her. She referenced her boyfriend who she lives with and says he knows whenever she come home it’s T.O.T.— titties out time— but added since they were having company (me) she would keep them contained. I cracked up thinking if she and her maybe B cups only knew what it was like to buy a bra with so many letters for the size it looks like credentials behind one’s name. But that moment showed me that if women have nothing else is common, we all hate having to strap on a bra to look presentable during the day, and we all relish the sweet moment when we can pop that baby off and breathe, as my mother would say. Tweets from yesterday’s event prove it as well as one woman talked about not even being able to wait until she got home to free herself. She prefers to release herself from the bondage of microfiber, straps, hooks, and underwires on the car ride home. That must be an interesting site for those around her, although I’m sure she’s got that single-handed unhook, slide down the shoulder move down to a discreet science by now.

It truly is a shame to have to spend so much money on something we don’t want to wear to begin with. And though we’ll break the bank on trying to lift, minimize, shape, and stuff our girls into a bra that’s not only practical but also pleasing to the eye, if we had our choice of it being socially acceptable and gravitationally appeasing to walk around without one, I think we’d all rival the bra burnings of years past. But until Playtex actually finds a way to make good on that 18-hour claim (do they still do that?) or someone at least helps us get through an 8-hour work day without cursing out Vicky for not realizing how much we actually hate bras is no secret, we’ll continue to relish days like no bra day for its double meaning and much appreciate feeling of buxom freedom.

Do you usually take your bra off as soon as you hit the door or are you one of the women who can go without one altogether?

Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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  • Candacey Doris

    I work from home and i HATE having to put one on to leave and see a client. They’re so stifling.The person who creates a way to keep breasts n place without a bra will be a millionaire in 10 min flat.

  • Guest

    On the list of 25 things you don’t know about me, #1 would be I absolutely HATE bra’s. It has been a never ending search to find one that is truly comfortable even after a fitting. The closest I’ve come are the Genie Bra’s, but even they get on my nerves before day’s end. I wear them less and less and just don’t care if it’s proper or not. A man had to invent this atrocious thing. One day when money is not so tight, I will get my girls lifted and throw out the bras altogether. By the time they fall again, I’ll be too damn old to care!!!!!

  • Aja

    You are so lucky 🙂

  • I’ve been wearing a bra since I was 7 years old, and here I am a 25 year old woman. The thought of not having to wear a bra sounds good, but I love my girls. I hate having a long day because after a while you start to realize you have a bra on. To me its like a second skin, but as soon as I hit that door after a long day everything and I mean everything comes off. I feel extremely liberated, and to all of my girls who are heavy chested you know what that feels like to be free… all I can say is YES!!!

  • darcampb

    I must be in the minority here, but I absolutely love wearing bras and often sleep in them. There’s nothing remotely cute or comfortable to me about being saggy and looking sloppy. Its even painful for me to go without to some extent , because my breasts are so big and heavy. Not to mention the nasty attention given by men on the streets when your breasts are bouncing about.

  • Lexi

    Being a member ot the itti bitti’s i love it!!! most of the time my friends say they cant even tell lol!!! (B cup member)

  • Pure Justice

    I am a H cup ( u.k size). If they could stand up on there own, I be glad to go without a bra for one for good. 😉

  • LOL! I just did this before I read this article.

  • I’m trying to sling shot that bad boy as soon as I hit the door #throwsomeD’sonthem

  • sabrina

    I’m barely an A so I need to wear a bra to at least fill out my shirts…but before I go to sleep them thangs come off with the quickness! And it feels ahmaaaazing.

  • My boobs aren’t that big,but I hate not wearing a bra. How do folks walk around with saggie chest??

    • 34DD wearer

      Cosign. It’s nice to let the ladies breathe, but fortunately bras have never been so uncomfortable that I want to take it off as soon as I walk in the door. Like bluekisses mentioned above, many women wear the wrong bra size. I would encourage everyone to get measured and see how that compares to the size you are currently wearing. They measure at Victoria’s Secret. They do it over your clothes and It is fast, easy and FREE!!!

      • Agree with everything you said.

      • KamJos

        Even with the proper fitting I still want to take it off. It just gets to me after a while. Maybe it depends on the size, but I walk around my house bra free just fine.

  • bluekissess

    I was thinking about this recently. I wish my boobs were small for at least a day I would walk around with every strapless top I could find.

    Since I’m a big breasted women I have to wear a bra. Since, I’m surrounded by men I don’t have that luxury of letting them hang. I feel kind of foolish because I go to bed with one on hoping that by the time I turn sixty they won’t hang like potato sacks.

    I have so many bruises and dents in my bra area it looks like a map. To make it worse is that no designer has successively created a formula for a comfortable fitting bra. All the wires and elasticity isn’t good for my health

    • Aja

      Bluekisses Lunaire strapless bras are so comfortable. You can buy it on Dillard’s website or you will not be disappointed. And this is coming from someone who is wearing strapless bras for the first time since my high school prom.

  • FromUR2UB

    When I used to listen to The Michael Baisden show on the radio, he was always encouraging women to go braless because of breast cancer. Someone needs to show him what that looks like. No one is trying to see all that bouncin’ and swingin’ around.

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  • RedButterfly81

    I went to work with no bra on No Bra Day, best day ever! Thank God I got that notice this past Friday.

  • applesauce585

    I like the ‘GENIE BRA” for everyday wear to work it comes in diferent colors (similar to the AHH BRA).

  • Mrsadkiah

    Lol well I’m a 32 B and I can tell you we people in the itti-bitte-titty committee LOVE going bra-less. I do like that with some shirts I don’t have to wear a bra, I just put the little nipple cover things over my nipples and and free-ball it lol! I work a job right now where I do manual work so I get to wear sports bras all day so that’s not ass bad but yes, I too love getting back to the dorm after a long day and taking the bra off (and putting on a tee-shirt so the roommie isn’t freaked out lol)

  • wveronica7

    If it has an underwire then its coming off ASAP, otherwise it doesn’t bother me too much.

    • Aja

      Underwire bras are my bestfriend they keep the girls lifted;-)

  • Julia

    LOL! I thought it was me! I HATE wearing a bra, but being a DDD, going bra less is NEVER an option! When I get old, and don’t care anymore, I’m never going to wear a bra. I’ll be that old lady in the grocery story and people will be like ugghhhh, and I wont even care!

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    • Aja

      How I agree I am 32DDD and sometimes when I get home especially since its hot now oh my gosh I can not wait to take off my bra.

      I used to wear a size 44DDDD 10 yrs ago after losing over 120lbs. my breasts have shrink whoo-hoo!!

      • bluekissess

        Congratulations on the weight loss. Big boobs run in my family I found out recently I’m a 40B I cringed

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          • bluekissess

            Yes, a 40B I got measured by a professional80-85% of women wear the wrong bra size.

            • Aja

              Yep you are right Bluekisses I began getting measured professionally years ago. If I am going to spend money on a good bra it is going to fit me perfectly.

            • Aja

              Yes you are right Bluekisses I began getting measured professionally years ago. If I am going to spend money on a good bra it is going to fit me perfectly.

            • Aja

              Yes you are right Bluekisses I began getting measured professionally years ago. If I am going to spend money on a good bra it is going to fit me perfectly.

        • Aja