The start of this post is simple: I. hate. underwires. I do NOT find them supportive and you will NEVER hear me suggest they are comfortable. They are, to me, nothing more than a metallic reminder that I have lumps of flesh on my chest that should be tucked away and hidden from the world, rounded into the desired shapes deemed “proper” by society.*
When I was younger I used to wear the smallest little cups and training bras. Then as time passed and my body grew I quickly learned that the comfort of the tolerable new under-garment used for training was a far cry from the reality of the tortuously uncomfortable things we called “bras” that fit anything above a B cup.
For years I languished in the barest level of tolerance for my available ONLY option and tried to find the best fit that didn’t poke, prod or generally make me miserable while at least minimally providing needed support. Perhaps some folks will already sympathize and know right away what style (or perhaps better would be to call this an “aspect” of certain bras) I’m referring to that has caused me so much frustrated misery: the under wire. What other aspect of an undergarment could possible cause as much frustration and tugging, pulling, giving up and just coping with the seemingly inevitable discomfort? Shifting and having to tug, poking and having to shimmy to adjust, I’m sick of that game.
So it isn’t really a “new” bra style I’ve found so much as one that I used to love but seemed for the longest time un-able to find in larger sizes than a B cup or 34 band. I’ve re-discovered back-clasping soft-cup WIRELESS bras (that I can use as sports bras!) And not a SINGLE damnable underwire in sight. Wireless bras exist in larger band/cup sizes than I ever imagined and that makes me so happy. So in the midst of all the insanity that has filled this week with a wake/funeral and an entirely mis-managed technology update process at work consuming the work-place; and all the drudgery of unavailable clothing in my size/shape/style, what a pleasure to have finally found something that can make me more comfortable. No more underwires for me! Yay!
On a related note, as I’m adding some weightlifting to my week to improve my swimming and strengthen my back for dancing does anyone have suggestions for a site or program that recommends weight-lifting regimes for legs/back that DOESN’T focus exclusively on burning calories/fat?
*And slightly off topic: I also hate that breasts are supposed to somehow be these perfectly rounded, non-nippled globes pushing up the front of a sweater: And woe-befall the errant cold nipple that shows through: too indecent! (or just “groooosss!” if you happen to be fat such as myself. I guess being susceptible to weather extremes as expressed by my body is something that I was supposed to outgrow once I got above the “overweight” BMI, eh?)