I received an Aerie gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. (I think you can tell. Ahem.)
Bras! I love bras. I used to sleep in my bra, I love bras that much. I don’t anymore, but that’s mostly because I kind of killed all of them, and I basically have one bra left that’s comfortable enough to sleep in, and I don’t want to mess that one up because it’s also the only bra I have that I’m comfortable wearing on a daily basis.
Yes, I’m breaking Aerie‘s rules in the first paragraph. That’s kind of why I jumped at the chance to participate in their campaign. That and I’ve actually wanted to try Aerie lingerie for like, four years now? Five? Their products look so ridiculously comfortable, like they’re actually made to fit right, and these infographics they’ve put out confirm that for me. I take issue with the whole ‘real’ slogan, because I have an incredible aversion to campaigns that prop up one set of women by putting down the rest. I think it’s awesome that they’re educating people on finding the right bra size for their body type and the right bra for them, instead of doing that thing a lot of lingerie brands do where they just push the sexy aspect and perpetuate the myth that you have to be uncomfortable to look good, but like — you’re helping ALL girls. Because everyone who identifies as a woman is a real woman, and I know you all agree, so why imply that there’s a certain size of boob (a certain weight, a flat belly, a height) that has to be fake? Why not make it clearer that what you’re going up against is the lack of choice for women who don’t fit into the limited sizes that lingerie retailers stock the most of?
I mean, I think that’s what Aerie is doing. I like that a lot. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Now, I also disagree that you need to keep all the bra types listed above in your drawer(s). But it’s a really good bit of reference to figure out which types of bras you do need. I like t-shirt bras, I found out last year, and I wish I’d known they existed before, because I’m stuck with a bunch of super lovely fancy bras that I only wear when my lone tshirt bra is in the wash. It also took me ages to buy a strapless bra that fit, even though I love sundresses. I still haven’t found the right strapless bra, either, probably because of my weird fabric pickiness and because I hadn’t quite got my size right when I bought the last one? It’s been a while. But I think it escapes the 6-9 months rule by virtue of having been worn maybe twice since I bought it. It’s too loose on my wee bitty frame. (Also, let’s be real, I don’t stop wearing stuff until it’s literally unwearable. I can’t justify that kind of regular restocking, and also I get attached to pieces of clothing I find particularly comfy. It happens.)
I just want lightly lined (there’s a word for them! I had no idea! I’m not really into push-up bras for everyday wear but I can’t handle not having any padding around my nipples), demi coverage bras in stretchy non-shiny non-satiny cotton with as few frilly/lacy bits as possible, because I always end up avoiding anything that has lace on it, even if it’s comfortable otherwise. That particular type of bra is what I like, and that’s what I should make sure I buy whenever I get around to restocking my lingerie drawer. The Hannah multi-way looks all kinds of perfect — the entire Hannah range does — and the lightly lined Blakelies and cotton Bridgets aren’t far behind.
As for sports bras, what is the difference between ‘sports’ and ‘yoga’? I have a fitness racerback that basically has no room for a bra underneath, and I’ve been thinking about exercising in that. It feels like a swimsuit in a really comfortable way. But I don’t think I’d lounge in a sports bra. Just. Lightly lined, y’all. That’s what my boobs like. It doesn’t have to be what your boobs like. Boobs have options! We have options. And we should be allowed to choose based on whatever our priorities and preferences are, and be comfortable in the right fit even when one of those priorities is ‘sexy to other people.’
I chose to share this mini panel because I wanted to talk about what I talked about, but Aerie has made up two more infographics all about bras that you can check out on their blog — including one about how to get your sizing right!
Do you favor one type of bra over another or do you mix it up?