Bras may serve a purpose, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them. Many women spend the first 10 to 12 years of their life eagerly waiting for the day they get to wear a bra. Once the novelty of bra-wearing wears off, most of these women find themselves counting down each day to the moment they get to take off their bra. This is because bras, no matter how much support they provide or how flattering they may be, are annoying.
Bra shopping should be a simple enough activity, but that doesn’t mean it is. Flat-chested women complain that they are unable to find a bra small enough and women with large breasts say they struggle to find a bra big enough. And of course, the lack of a “universal bra size” is a headache all of its own.
You may not like to admit it, but the majority of natural breasts are not identical. The size difference between a woman’s breasts may not be noticeable or it may be obvious. Even though it is normal for a woman to have one breast that is larger than the other, the majority of bras are made for perfectly symmetrical breasts. A good quality bra usually doesn’t come cheap, and if you want a custom-made bra, the price will only increase.
It is common for a woman’s breast size to change throughout the month. A bra that fits perfectly one day may be too big or too small the next. Are women supposed to keep an assortment of bra sizes on hand?
For anyone who has worn a bra with an under-wire, this requires no further explanation. If you have never worn a bra with an under-wire, go lean on a fence for eight hours. The similarity of the experience is uncanny. The general discomfort of an under-wire is nothing compared to the pain experienced when the wire breaks or simply pops out of place, stabbing you in the breast or armpit.
It is hard to decide what is worse — having cups that are so low they provide next to no coverage, or having cups that are too high and peek out of half of the dresses and tops you own.
Tighten your bra straps all you want, somehow they will still find a way to slide down your shoulder.
Have you ever inspected your body after removing your bra? Even a good quality bra that fits perfectly still ends up leaving red marks.
Every now and then a strapless bra is necessary, but have you ever tried to find the perfect strapless bra? Halfway through your search, you find yourself wishing you were looking for a needle in a haystack. And have you ever spent an evening trying to discreetly adjust your strapless bra, which suddenly seems to be two sizes too big since you skipped breakfast that morning?
Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with their sports bra? Sports bras can be great for holding everything in place, making physical activity much easier. And if you are fortunate enough to find the “perfect” sports bra, it can be an absolute dream to wear. But the reality is, most sports bras are not “perfect,” and instead you end up feeling like they are trying to suffocate your breasts.
Did you know that bras may actually contribute to breasts sagging? While it continues to be debated, women know for sure that bras do not prevent breasts from sagging.
Regardless of what annoys you about bras, remember, you are not alone. Every woman has her reasons for breathing a sigh of relief when she gets to take her bra off at the end of the day.