I’m not sure exactly why, but I’ve been growing more and more frustrated with bras. I had a bunch that I got from a clearance sale at a department store, and they worked alright but were no longer fitting (and wearing out). So I got some more at an outlet store. And they fit fine in the store, but less fine after being worn for two to four hours.
At this point in my life, if it weren’t for work, where I feel that wearing a bra is part of a professional outfit, and working out, where I need some compression to keep from bouncing too much, I probably wouldn’t wear bras at all. I don’t like how they feel – not the support, which is fine, but the straps on the shoulders and the band in the back, the foundation of the support.
I wear a sports bra for backpacking because without one I get too sweaty. But none of them are very comfortable, and I’ve had to work hard to find one that works. Unfortunately, the ones that I’ve been using, some front zip triathlon bras, are all worn out. Not only are the seams coming apart but the zippers are no longer locking in place. So now the hunt is on for a new backpacking bra, and the most important thing in a backpacking bra, for me, is the ability to dry quickly. Somehow, that never gets included on reviews.
Backpacking is the one time that I want to be wearing a bra all the time, because if I don’t, then my piercings will get irritated by being pulled around against my shirt. So it needs to be the most comfortable of bras, and it has to dry on my body at the end of the day so I can sleep in it.
For both backpacking and everyday, I’m interested in trying out some shelf bra tank tops. I swear I used to have some that worked pretty well, but they are long gone by now. I thought Costco might have some, but they did not. Instead, I bought a 2 pack of “bra-lettes” that are at least free from hooks, underwire and tags (amazing how many bras have itchy tags – are they not aware fabric can be printed on?).
The bralettes are working well enough that I might buy another 2 pack, but I really want to find those shelf bra tank tops, because the version in my mind has wide straps, like 2 inches. The one new bra I bought for backpacking has extra wide straps and when I put it on it hardly feels like I’m wearing anything. Perfect really, but that just makes me want to save it for backpacking and not “use it up” on every day wear. Because now that I like it, the manufacturer will surely discontinue it, which is why I dare not type its name.
I’m not opposed to bras in general, but I am heartily frustrated with them at the moment. Not enough to burn them, but enough that I’m actively looking for bra alternatives.