Lingerie is an odd topic of discussion. While we are bombarded by images of models, celebrities, and social media influencers in underwear on billboards, in glossy magazines, and on our social media feeds, we’re still a society that tends to reserve taboo around the female form when it comes to individual members of the public.
Just consider how men can bare all in public without a second thought, while women are still occasionally shunned for breastfeeding outside of the home. It’s ridiculous really – we need to be proud of the female form once and for all!
So let’s start by talking about lingerie. It’s about time that we’re all aware of the different styles that are out there and how each can benefit us.
Many of us assume that we have to wear a bra because it’s what we were taught growing up. However, this isn’t true and a lot of clothes actually look better without one.
It’s important to remember that wearing a bra should be entirely down to your personal preference. There’s absolutely no truth behind the commonly held belief that wearing bras prevents sagging over time. So feel absolutely free to go without – girl power!
Bralettes are the no-fuss option of the bra world. They are most often unlined, unpadded, and don’t have any form of underwire. You literally slip them on and go! Their value is generally more aesthetic, as they are most often made from pretty lace.
Most of us will experience soreness or pain if we work out without any form of a bra on. So, sports bras have been developed with the end goal of minimising the movement while you carry out physical activities.
Sports companies generally provide the ones that offer the most support. Take a look at the ranges on offer from market giants such as Nike and Adidas. However, you can also wear sports bras on a day to day basis. The market leaders when it comes to daily wear sports bras are Calvin Klein and they are even becoming a fashion favourite in the blogging world.
Everyday sports bras tend to have elasticated bottoms, no wiring and are composed of breathe-easy fabrics, so are one of the more comfortable options out there.
If you’re looking for a little more cleavage, the push-up bra is the way to go. The clue, after all, is in the name. Padding (usually made from foam or gel) is generally incorporated into the underside of the cups to push your breasts closer together and upwards. The more padding, the more cleavage you will have.
While most push-up bras tend to be padded, all padded bras don’t necessarily have to be push-up! Your standard padded bra will have underwiring and a thin layer of padding to the cups. This prevents you ‘you know what’ from peeping through thin or tight-fitting clothing.
The balconette bra was developed in the USA circa 1938 but wasn’t an immediate success. It took the mainstream by storm by the 1950s and has been a consistent success since. The concept behind this bra that it could not be seen if someone were to look down on you from a balcony. It is generally a demi-cup bra, so doesn’t cover the upper half of the breast.
These are just a few of the styles that are available on the market, but they are some of the most popular.
So, take a look, try some out and decide which is best for you!