Someone please explain to me why bras are so expensive.
ahhhh my favorite question to answer
first there’s the many pieces involved: main fabric, facing elastic, strap elastic, binding, wire casing, wires, hook and eyes, slides, rings, labels, and thread.
Plus the various combinations, the possibilities within each subcategory are extensive (fabrics alone could be knitted or woven, from microfiber, satin, georgette, to silk, cotton, etc.)
and each may be made up in the same threads but knitted or finished in one of a multitude of ways to achieve the desired result
Wires alone vary by rigidity, thickness, and shape. don’t forget some foundations have added padding or feature pre-molded (e.g. seamless) cups.
there’s a shit ton of technology that goes into molding padded cups or sewing together the pieces of a soft cup just right, as well as getting the right elastic to offer room for breathing that won’t stretch out too fast. bras have a big fucking job to do
look how many little things go into a good quality bra:
compare that to how many pieces go into a pair of pants
and keep in mind that a lot of people are willing to pay $70+ for a pair of jeans because of a stupid logo or name brand
why shouldn’t we pay for the craftsmanship that goes into making a good quality, supportive bra when it’s literally the most worn object in our wardrobe?
a $70 bra is a pretty good quality bra, take Chantelle for example, a $70 Chantelle bra if worn every other day and taken care of properly will last roughly 200-250 wears. At every other day that’s over a year. And you shouldn’t be wearing a bra every other day since it does diminish it’s life span, rotate at least three good bras and they’ll last you close to or over 2 years. if you’re getting even just 200 wears from a $70 that’s 35 CENTS per wear
35 cents for something that has a really big fucking job to do
i think that’s pretty fucking worth it
This is really rad and good to know. I never thought about why they cost so much, but this makes total sense.
HOWEVER, I am here to champion NOT WEARING A BRA AT ALL :D
There was a study done in France about whether bras are a necessity or not. You can read about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/women-bras-study-france-false-necessity_n_3062114.html
Basically the study found that bras make your boobs and pectoral muscles lazy - without the strain of gravity, they have no reason to form their own support structure, making them saggier, faster. When I originally read about this study (I’m not sure where that was?), it also mentioned that many women found they suffered less back pain after stopping wearing bras. I, who have HATED bras passionately (and my breasts too, honestly) since I first got one, immediately jumped on this as the perfect excuse to abandon them.
Last time I was measured I was told I am a 38D. I stopped wearing a bra in March of this year (2013), except when I can get arrested or fired for failing to do so - when wearing a sheer top or a shirt that bags a lot when I lean over. And my personal findings are 100000000% in line with those of the study. Within about a month of not wearing a bra, my constant upper back pain was next to non-existent. My boobs have gradually been changing shape as well. Before, they were very sort of pointy and had next to no tissue on the under side. I was really embarrassed by it, and it was one of the biggest reasons I was insecure about them. In the time since I’ve stopped wearing a bra they have gotten a lot rounder, and while still overall pyramidal in appearance, there’s actually tissue underneath them, making them perkier, and my nipples are indeed, closer to my shoulders. I have also found that the armpit fat I used to have to shove into the cups of my bra is greatly diminished (while the rest of my body fat has remained about the same). In the beginning I had difficulty running or going quickly up/down stairs, but now I can full-on sprint braless, with not only no pain, but not as much flopping as I used to experience. I also used to have really sensitive nipples (in a VERY bad way), and since stopping wearing a bra I can hug people and bump into things with less pain/irritation.
I know there’s also a lot of anxiety about not wearing a bra for some people. Their nipples being seen, people noticing even if their nipples are not hard, hugging people being weird, etc. I felt that way when I first started as well, and wore a jacket to cover them for the first month or two. But I have not had a single person tell me they’ve noticed that I was braless, either by sight or by hug. It’s easy to hide your nipples by changing your posture, if you’re concerned about them being visible (but you’re not always guaranteed people won’t see them if you’re wearing a bra so, you know). And also when you get used to not wearing a bra, you forget you’re not. It becomes just as normal as wearing a bra used to be.
tl;dr: going braless is 10/10. definitely would recommend. prettier boobs, less back pain, nothing to lose.