Yes, Bralettes Are Always Better Than Bras, Because Comfort Matters

Yes, Bralettes Are Always Better Than Bras, Because Comfort Matters

Underwire is going out of style, for more reasons than one.
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One thing has always stood in the way of ultimate comfort for people who have boobs: the bra.

Bras have been around since the beginning of time, starting out as a simple cover for breasts, but have evolved into a beauty standard that females are expected to conform to. Well, I'm here to tell you today that the bra is done, out, goodbye. The bralette is IN. There are several reasons why you should switch from bras to bralettes, no matter your size.

First, let's talk styling bralettes and pricing them.

You can layer bralettes under any top you want, and they even look good with my sundresses that I had this summer. It's very in style right now to have that lace pop out to give your outfit more visual diversity. They can be worn just like bras, and come in different colors, styles, and level of intricacy. Bralettes are the gift that never stops giving.

Bralettes are also less expensive than traditional bras.

Take the ones I purchased at Victoria's Secret and Francesca's. The bralettes are Victoria's Secret usually run from $20-30 depending. The bra's, however, run from $30-65 for just one! The Francesca's bralettes are $18. And bralettes LAST. If you follow the washing instructions, the lace won't pull, and it will be just as good as it was when you bought it.

On college campuses today, comfort is king.

There are people that still dress nice and wear a full face of makeup every day, but I am not one of those people. My usual outfit to class consists of a cute t shirt, a bralette, leggings, and my Nike tennis shoes. But when I do like to dress nice, I hate having to put on a real bra. It's uncomfortable, expensive, and when the underwire starts to poke you in the chest you feel like you want to explode. Also, when I take naps in the middle of the day, I don't want to wake up with a huge imprint of my bra in my chest or go through the trouble of taking it off before I nap. What's the solution? Bralettes. See what I'm doing here? The possibilities are endless.

Now, I am someone who is smaller chested. (Literally, I'm a 32A and have been since high school...) For my friends with bigger chests, I would recommend Torrid, Target, Forever 21 plus, and Soma. I have heard mixed reviews about the VS and Aerie bralettes with bigger chests. But the point is, bralettes are for everyone, no matter your size.

A question that seems to pop up often is, aren't sports bras essentially the same?

No.

Sports bras, while comfortable, can be conforming to the body as well. They usually provide some kind of padding or support, whereas bralettes typically do not. And the obvious answer, sports bras are made for working out, bralettes are made for everyday wear. Sports bras' usual material is athletic, sweat resistant, and not the softest item of clothing to wear. Bralettes on the other hand typically have no support, and they are made to be more delicate and add a layering effect to your outfit.

So there we have it, why bralettes are always going to be better than bras.

If you haven't gotten on the bralette train yet, go buy yourself a nice lacy (or non lacy) bralette and see what all the hype is about, you're probably going to want to throw out all of your bras afterwards.

Cover Image Credit: Tamira Jarrel

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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