In Search of a Comfortable Bra

The phrase “comfortable bra” is the ultimate oxymoron.

“I can’t wait to put on my bra!” said No Woman Ever.  I mean, what masochistic person designed the brassiere?  There is a lot of room for error in design, with several different areas which can cause pain, discomfort, and general unsightliness.  There may be straps digging into your shoulders, causing mini-highways on your skin over the course of a day.  The band in the back may ride up in the front squelching your girls.  The underwire may be impaling your side-boob.  Your cups may be spilleth over in the front, which is definitely not a good look.

Of course, women have been wearing brassieres, or versions thereof, for centuries.  Urban legend has it that the bra was invented either by a man named Otto Tittzling (“tit sling”), or his rival Phillip de Bra (“fill up the bra”).  However, more likely, the brassiere evolved over hundreds of years.  Much of what we know about ancient undergarments is learned through art.  For example, below is a depiction of a Roman breast band, or breast belt.  Some women wore this only on one side, exposing one breast.

We should thank our lucky stars that the corset bra from ancient Greece is no more.

Luckily,  female lingerie designers became involved, and relief can now be found.   Consider some of these bras for some everyday comfort.

Yummie by Heather Thomson Mallory Seamless Racerback Bralette, $34 

This one really, truly does feel like you are wearing nothing.  There is one, kind of major drawback, however: uniboob.

True & Co Second Skin Seamless V-Neck Bra, $49

This has the appearance of a more traditional bra, but I tell you, it’s COMFORTABLE.  It offers great support, and the front clasp can be more comfortable for some women.   Bra-llelujah, indeed.  

Bra llelujah by Spanx, $68

images via macys, spanx, true&co