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Old 04-24-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My wife and her friends drive 3 hours each way to go to this place so it must be good:

Just Like A Woman - Specialty Lingerie
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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VelvetFedora, jasper12 & AnyWhere else, I'm with you, totally. I've avoided wearing bras at all costs for so long, it may be that I just need my comfort above anything else. I'm going to try once more- get the fitting & see if I can tolerate the straps & the feeling of being bound I've gotten along so far by wearing the tanks with built in support, etc. I love the suggestions, thanks everyone
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Yes, most bras are uncomfortable and expensive. Having done the fitting at Nordstrom's years ago, I know what size to wear but they want me in an underwire--ouch! My skin is too sensitive for restrictive clothing so most days I wear non-wire bra, sometimes a sports bra . If I don't wear a bra for these 36DDD girls, I'll end up like Joan Rivers who said she was onece in an elevator with a man whom she thought was pinching her breast--he was standing on it
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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I'll second the recommendation for Olga bras.

After inspecting many many makes even at expensive specialty stores, where I found none that passed my inspection, they are the only ones I've found without itchy lace, seams in the wrong places, and whose straps are wide and padded against the skin without folded stitching underneath to irritate your shoulder. They come with and without underwire and I use both when I can find my size. The underwires don't come out and stick you like a lot of others after washing.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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VelvetFedora, jasper12 & AnyWhere else, I'm with you, totally. I've avoided wearing bras at all costs for so long, it may be that I just need my comfort above anything else. I'm going to try once more- get the fitting & see if I can tolerate the straps & the feeling of being bound I've gotten along so far by wearing the tanks with built in support, etc. I love the suggestions, thanks everyone
What cup and band size are you? (Ballpark, I mean.)

I ask because depending upon what you wear, you may have a lot more alternatives than you think. The "Why Wear Bras?" article I linked to earlier offers over a dozen different types of bra alternatives and bra-like undergarments that are suitable for work. A few suggestions I have tried myself include:

-Camisoles (I have some cropped and some full-length.)
-Thin sports bras (Like this: C9 by Champion® Women's Seamless Cami Bra - Cabana Green : Target (http://tinyurl.com/3qxrnbg - broken link) – fantastic under dress clothes, especially when you get them in neutrals or black, because of the thin straps)
-T-shirt bras or unstructured bras (no underwire, can be found at stores like American Apparel – check out these options: American Apparel | Women's Styles | Bras)
-Tanks with shelf bras
-Thick-ribbed tank tops
-Bikini tops (A plain black, nude, white, or pink athletic-cut top should work fine.)

As mentioned, I'm a D, which is significant boobage, usually a size that's recommended to always wear an underwire. You can't typically find "cute," cheap, traditional bras above a C-cup, especially not without underwire, and that's another reason why I love the "alternatives" I mentioned above...they're significantly cheaper.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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they get in the way sometimes, but I'm not sure I "hate" them...
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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VelvetFedora, I'm a 38c I suppose. The advice you give is spot on- I've got the camisoles, tanks w/shelf bras & also rely heavily on the thicker tanks. If I didn't work with so many older women I'd try to get by as I always have
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I HATE bras!!!
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: New England
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I'm male, and I don't like bras either, but I try not to be a guy who ogles women or nudges his buddies and snickers about any women in sight. It's more that I just think people shouldn't have to go around with parts of their bodies strapped up, and I like the idea that it's best not to interfere with nature. I don't like cosmetics either--I must be just an ole hippie left over from the 1960s!

I suppose we're all going to wear clothes, but for the inside of those clothes, I'm quite ready to accept women as being fit to face the world with whatever body type they have, without any changes or concealment needed. My attitude toward boobs is "they're all good". I wish bras could be treated as totally optional.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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I'm male, and I don't like bras either, but I try not to be a guy who ogles women or nudges his buddies and snickers about any women in sight. It's more that I just think people shouldn't have to go around with parts of their bodies strapped up, and I like the idea that it's best not to interfere with nature. I don't like cosmetics either--I must be just an ole hippie left over from the 1960s!

I suppose we're all going to wear clothes, but for the inside of those clothes, I'm quite ready to accept women as being fit to face the world with whatever body type they have, without any changes or concealment needed. My attitude toward boobs is "they're all good". I wish bras could be treated as totally optional.
Love that "hippie" attitude...I was born in '67 so maybe that's tied into my hatred for bras
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