Going braless isn’t entirely new—celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are constantly rocking braless looks on and off the catwalk. But the model-type girls aren’t the only ones who should get to go bra-free. Choosing what you wear is a source of empowerment and expression, and the only person who should decide to bra or not to bra is you. So we put together a list of why you shouldn’t give AF about not wearing a bra, no matter what your size or shape, because society shouldn’t get to decide what you do with your boobs.
1. It’s comfortable
Let’s get real here, there is nothing more satisfying than taking off your bra after a long day, so why not just start out braless to begin with? Instead of dealing with uneven bra straps and annoying clasps, just go bra-free and be comfortable all day.
2. Boob sweat is gross
Whether you’re size AAA or DDD, you can’t escape boob sweat, and wearing a bra only makes it worse. Save yourself the sweat stains and leave the bra at home. Plus, boob sweat can actually cause breakouts. No thanks.
3. No one should be staring at your boobs regardless
Eyes up here! Don’t worry about any judgment, because whether you’re sporting a fully padded push-up or just the bare necessities, no one should be staring at your chest anyway. The only opinion you need to worry about is your own, and you’ll be surprised at the confidence letting loose will give you.
4. Unsightly bra straps
Nothing ruins an outfit quicker than a rogue bra strap, and the only other options are strapless bras (uncomfortable) or sticky boobs (even more uncomfortable). Who knew going braless would be exactly what you needed to prevent a fashion faux pas?
5. They’re ridiculously expensive
Any girl with boobs can tell you that a decent bra does not come cheap. No matter what size, the ratio of fabric to price doesn’t quite add up. So skip the bra altogether and save money that you can use to buy more important things, like…you know, food.
6. They’re actually pretty gross
Be honest, when was the last time you actually washed your bra? Unfortunately, bras don’t always make it in the wash as often as they should. Mary Begovic Johnson, a senior scientific communications manager at Procter & Gamble, told Buzzfeed that “Since bras are in intimate contact with your body, we recommend washing bras after three wears at the most. And after each wear if you’re perspiring heavily.”
So basically that bra that you’ve worn 35 times straight is pretty disgusting. Easy fix: don’t wear one! And bonus, No bra = less laundry.
7. Because you don’t want to wear a bra
This might possibly be the best reason because at the end of the day, what you do with your body is your decision. So take a break from being a bra-abiding citizen, let loose, and experience the empowerment of being bra-free.