Working from home certainly has some perks: you can be in your pajamas all day, you don’t have to wear makeup or uncomfortable heels, and most importantly – you don’t need to wear a bra! It’s always a liberating feeling when you don’t need to wear a bra; however, if you are on the larger side of the spectrum (C and up) the weight of your breasts can strain your back and worsen your posture without proper support.
That said, Lucky Sekhon, MD an OB/GYN in New York City says there are a number of benefits when it comes to not wearing bras. “Women with larger breasts may initially feel more uncomfortable than those with smaller breasts as their muscles may initially be weak and not feel strong enough to provide adequate support,” she says. “Over time, though, their bodies will adjust and naturally start to support the breast tissue appropriately, without the aid of a bra.”
Here are 3 reasons that will make you reconsider wearing bras all the time:
Improved muscle tone – Like any other muscle in the human body, if you don’t work it out, it becomes saggy (that’s why spinning classes are always full right before summer). The best way to defy gravity is by strengthening your muscles, and the chest muscles are certainly no exception.
Improved circulation – This is probably one of the reasons women burnt bras back in the day; wearing a bra for hours can feel constricting. “It can impede blood flow to the muscles in the back and chest wall, and this reduction in blood flow can lead to aching back muscles,” says Dr. Sekhon. I can’t imagine how women wearing corsets must have felt…
Better skin health – Wearing a bra tends to trap moisture, dirt, and sweat against the skin of your breasts, which leads to clogged pores and skin irritation.
If you are still not convinced, you can always switch from wired bras to non-wired. The latter option is not as constraining, while still giving you good support if you need it.
Also…it’s time to normalize menstrual periods: