If you've not been wearing a bra much lately, you need to read this

Amy Hunt
·4-min read

During this period of lockdown, we're probably all turning to comfy clothes a lot more than we usually would.

With a huge majority of us having been working from home for nearly a year now, and many of us away from our jobs, it's comfort we're all seeking - be that a pair of chic pyjamas, relaxed sportswear, or cosy loungewear.

Most of us can't even remember the days of jeans, dresses and boots - we're now all about trainers, slippers, leggings and tracksuit bottoms.

However, the move from outdoor to indoor wear has meant that for women, one other normally essential item of clothing is nowhere to be found.

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With most of us opting for comfort over anything else these days, many of us have also chosen to ditch our bras - usually a mainstay of our daily dress code.

With no reason to leave the house (other than to exercise or get the essentials), it feels as though there's little need for the supportive and often uncomfortable garment - particularly when we're not seeing anyone else on a daily basis aside from the same few people who live in our household.

However, experts have now warned that shunning the underwear could be having a negative effect on one certain aspect of our health.

Why is not wearing a bra bad for our health?

Not wearing a bra could be having a detrimental effect on our health - and it's all to do with our posture.

Professional bra fitter Sandra Dyke, who has been a Chantelle Lingerie expert fitter for over 20 years, revealed that ditching your bra for days on end at home could have an effect on both your breasts and your posture.

Sandra explained that not wearing a bra can cause aches and pains in your back and neck, and may lead to bad circulation.

"Not wearing a bra will over time have an effect on your posture too," she said. "A supportive bra helps your core and posture."

Can not wearing a bra cause boobs to sag?

And it's not just our postures that are feeling the negative impact of avoiding the support of a bra on a daily basis.

Even worse, Sandra revealed that if your breasts are not supported, they are more prone to sagging, and no bra can even cause strain on your throat and facial tissue.

"Don’t wear a bra and not only you will see your boobs droop but may also gain round shoulders," she told woman&home.

"Support from a bra will assist the surrounding muscles in your body to create good posture, and better blood circulation."

It's also about feeling your best too

And it's not just the physical effect of not wearing a bra we could be feeling.

Avoiding the clothing essential could have a detrimental impact on our wellbeing, motivation and mental state.

"Wearing a good fitting bra is essential not only to support your breasts but also to maintain your well being. And that’s essential whether you are at home or outside," said Sandra. 

"Get up in the mornings at the same time as you would normally, and get ready as if you were going to work."

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“Your bra has a very important role, and that is to protect and bear the weight of your bust," added Alexandra Thrower, Brand Manager at Chantelle.

"Don’t wear one and you will get saggy boobs. It’s as simple as that. It’s gravity after all. And the heavier the bust, the worst it gets.

"Most women don’t realise how heavy their bust is (anything between about 500g for B/C cups, to 2+ kg for G+ cup). They need to be supported. You may also find that not wearing a bra will worsen back, shoulders or neck pains and give you headaches…these are all things we could do without right now!"