Sunday, 10 July 2011

Objects: Bras.

Boobies. Breasts. Bo-Diddlies. Whatever you call them, ladies all have them. Whether you love them or you hate them, it's a fact of life- whether you're smuggling watermelons, or grace two asprins on an ironing board, there's a bra for every woman and every situation. Where would we be without them? Bras are beautiful and functional...what more could a girl ask for?
So, here is the complication of my reasons and opinions as to why I think BRAS are good. 


1. Even if you are wearing the most God-awful clothes, wearing a pretty bra will make you feel like amazing.

2. Bras come at every price range- from cheap and cheerful Primark to sexy sophistication a la Agent Provocateur.

3. Unless you are a girl, you will not understand the pain that teenage cross-country running produces when hormones set in. We salute you, sports bras.

4. Bras are...the majority of the time..VERY pretty. Even if no-one's seeing it, you will have a delightful and gorgeous secret.

5. Bras come in ever shape and size- and there is always one for every woman, honest.

6. There are no so many highstreet shops and online websites available, much like rats, you are never more than ten metres away from a bra at any one time.

7. The Push-up Bra. Nuff said.

8. The Wonderbra advert certainly has to be one of the most iconic of all time. It is...wonderful.

9. I hate to be grim, but bras save many women of an older generation using waistbands of trousers as support. You know what I mean.

10. Wearing a beautiful bra can make you feel confident in oneself.

11. Bras can conceal any embarresements in the chest department- lop-sideness, uneven size, etc.

12. As a young teenager, getting your first bra is like a rite of passage- goodbye childhood, hello woman"hood".

13. Going bra shopping with girlfriends is an amazing way to spend a weekend. No, really.

14. There are so many bra and underwear stockists and retailers out there- you could have a new bra for every day of the year (I bet).

15. Bras come in all shapes and sizes and are perfectly fitted for either discretition or enchanment with any outfit (or without!)

16. Bras can be incredibly useful- in the way of maternity and nursing bras. Though I hear they're a useful place to store loose change...I jest.

17. With the right bra you can control any man. There's probably been tests done, though not entirely necessary. It's a given.

18. Bras can be fun as well as practical- please note some of the more weird and wonderful selection of images bellow... (pet goldfish in your bra, anyone?)

19. Bras can also be utilised as 'outwear' especially with the Gaga revolution, with a more creative and avant-garde style of fashion incredibly popular in the past few years.


1. A brassiere (pronounced UK: /ˈbræzɪər/, US: /brəˈzɪər/; commonly referred to as a bra /ˈbrɑː/) is an undergarment that covers, supports, and elevates the breasts.

2. Since the late 19th century, the bra has been the most widely worn garment for supporting breasts.

3. Breast support is built into some garments like camisoles, tank-tops and backless dresses, alleviating the need to wear a separate bra.

4. Women's breasts vary widely in size and shape; most are asymmetric to a degree and can change from month to month depending on the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or weight gain or loss. As a result, from 75-85% of women wear the incorrect bra size.

5. The bra has become a garment with erotic significance and a feminine icon or symbol with political and cultural significance beyond its primary function.

6. Some feminists consider the brassiere a symbol of the repression of women's bodies.
7. Culturally, when a young girl gets her first bra, it may be seen as a rite of passage and symbolic of her coming of age.

8. The word brassière derives from bracière, an Old French word meaning "arm protector" and referring to military uniforms (bras in French means "arm"). This later became used for a military breast plate, and later for a type of woman's corset.

9. The term "brassiere" was first used in the English language in 1893.

10. It gained wider acceptance when the DeBevoise Company invoked the cachet of the French word “brassiere” in 1904 in its advertising to describe their latest bust supporter.

11. Vogue magazine first used the term in 1907, and by 1911 the word had made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.

12. In the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec, both soutien-gorge and brassière are used interchangeably, while the French continue to use soutien-gorge.

13. Bras are typically made of a fabric including cotton, polyester, Spandex and lace. The cups may be supported by underwires made of metal and sometimes coated in plastic. Strapless bras usually use underwire to support the breasts. The underwire shares the breast weight with the shoulder straps.

14. Most use the chest circumferences measurement system and cup sizes A-B-C+, but there are some significant differences. Most bras available usually come in 36 sizes.

15. A correctly fitted bra is determined by accurately calculating the chest size (or band size) and breast volume (the cup size). The band size can be adjusted slightly using the two or three alternate sets of fastening hooks and eyes in the clasp. The bra straps (over the shoulders) can usually also be adjusted slightly.

16. Bras are a relatively recent invention and are by no means universally worn around the world. The majority of Western women choose to wear bras to conform to what they feel are appropriate societal norms and to improve their physical appearance.

17. Each fall, Victoria's Secret commissions the creation of a bra containing gems and precious metals. In 2010, it hired designer Damiani, the jeweler who created Brad Pitt's and Jennifer Aniston's wedding rings, to create a US$2 million Fantasy Bra. It includes more than 3,000 brilliant cut white diamonds, totaling 60 carats, and 82 carats of sapphires and topazes.

18. A pencil test, developed by Ann Landers, has sometimes been promoted as a criterion to determine whether a girl should begin wearing a bra: a pencil is placed under the breast, and if it stays in place by itself, then wearing a bra is recommended; if it falls to the ground, it is not.

19. In 2010, Primark stores withdrew a bikini featuring a padded bikini top targeted at seven-year-olds after protests by local consumers who described the marketing program as "premature sexualisation"

20. During the 1940s and 1950s, the sweater girl became fashionable, supported by a bullet bra (known also as a torpedo or cone bra) like that worn by Jane Russell.


1. Brassiere
2. Fitting
3. Cup
4. Measurement
5. Women
6. Breasts
7. Underwear
8. Balconette
9. Push-up
10. Sports
11. Underwired
12. Floral
13. Lace
14. Satin
15. Boudoir
16. Pretty
17. Sexy
18. Minimising
19. Enhancing
20. Set
(In response to the previously posted question 'What is the best brand of bra for women?' by sarah, via Yahoo Answers)

1. Easy...Victorias Secrets - buy online!- openyoureyespeople!, via Yahoo Answers.

2. I really like New Look for their padded bras - they go up to 38E and feel really secure and comfortable- Cheryl H, via Yahoo Answers.

3. Victoria Secret are the top proffessionals in my opinion. JC (not the store) comes next in great quality. I have a weird size 34 D1/2 not quit a DD cup but i spill out of a D an only Victoria Secret an JC offer my size... with quality anyways. I've been this size since sophomore yr in high school an i've had the same supportive bra from VS since... I'm almost a yr out of school :)- Becka, via Yahoo Answers.

4. The good old Wonderbra is definitely the best for support and push up - gives a great cleavage even if you are on the small side. It is stocked at most good department stores.

Please make sure that you are wearing the correct size and get measured. You may find that you are a smaller back size and larger cup than you thought (or vice-versa) but you need to be measured by a professional to really know. Most department stores and lingerie shops will do this free of charge (at least here in the UK). You don't say where you are, but if you are in the UK then try La Senza or Marks & Spencer for a really good fitting service- Cynical Girl, via Yahoo Answers.

5. Try Brasmyth (may be s[elled differently) stores. They sell only expensive bras. For less expensive bras try a local lingerie shop you can find them in online yellow pages. Victoria secret are OK but not high end- sarasometimes, via Yahoo Answers.

6. Ann summers is good if you want something sexy, but if you want something practical theres La Senza..which is good in price too. for something a bit more expensive Bravissimo are really good and they are all online too- Terri88, via Yahoo Answers.

7. For bras, funnily enough Tesco do some fab stuff and you can get matching knickers and thongs too - I got my bra for 6 pounds I think it was. They have some really nice stuff in there- ?, via Yahoo Answers.

8. victoria secret- Brunette Babe, via Yahoo Answers.

9. I live in America and I like to go to Victoria Secret if you have it in the U.K.. it is usually in the mall. They have tons of bras and lingerie. Hope I helped, K-, via Yahoo Answers.

10. Gossards..anytime !!- Indian Princess, via Yahoo Answers.

11. I'm afraid nobody can say which brand is perfect for you. But you might find some good bras with Esprit or s.Oliver.

see, I'm a 34 or 36 A or B - depending on the brand.

the other problem is the cut of the cup - one of my best friends is only happy with Naturana, another with esprit, the third only wears Passionata - I wear Sassa or s.Oliver, and so on- Nova, via Yahoo Answers.

12. I go to good old marks and spencers!- Good girl, via Yahoo Answers.

13. Anne Summers, its not all kinky stuff in there either- sonny, via Yahoo Answers.

14. I like gossard, they do padding and push ups too- beanco, via Yahoo Answers.

(In response to the previously posted question 'What style of bra would be the best to buy?' by RJ, via Yahoo Answers)

15. I dont know if you are buying for a you or your friend or your girlfriend. But the most comfortable bra is the one that fit that person body, and it is easy to wear with any color shirt and let that person be comfortable with their body too. Victoria secrets is a great place and the is also another place called H&M this store is new it only have a few stores, they have 2 in Cali and 1 in NY. so check it out. Good luck!!- kali, via Yahoo Answers.

16. dots has nice selections h&m on line , fredericks of hollywood all on line. you failed to mention how big or small you are. brands well whatever looks good on you bali hai is a good brand and things from mandees.. victorias secret.. material are pretty much the same theres net one ( their itchy) theres silkie ones.. most are made form polyester & cotton. my fav is satin.. from newport news fredercisk of hollywood and mandees.. adam and eve and some adult shops like quonset hut has nice outfits to match bras panties etc thongs etc- gypsygirl1731, via Yahoo Answers.

17. OK...........well push ups are pretty good
Victoria secrets- Naomi J, via Yahoo Answers.

18. Are you buying a bra for yourself or a lady?

Anyways Victoria Secret all da way!- Michelly4u, via Yahoo Answers.

19. i have several one is a 38aa that i just love to wear and some 38a that i have- maryjo, via Yahoo Answers.

20. victoria secret isn't half bad either, just pretty darn expensive- ghettofabulous :), via Yahoo Answers.


Beautiful corseted bra piece- sexy and pracitcal. A truly historic piece of design.

Calvin Klein brand- one of the most famous fashion labels in the world, particularly popular with underwear and sports lingere for both men and women.

The concical bra- a 50's favourite and bought into popular culture by Madonna and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The sports bra- great for comfort and structure in sporting and excercise-based events.

Pretty underwear for maternity lingere- not just reserved for the young, free and singles. 

A bra with a bit of bite. Not sure how discreet this would be under an every day t-shirt, mind.

This is all boys do at sleepovers- fact.

Great sketch-up of the classic corset design- popularly worn in Victorian and Elizabethan Britain.

Animal "Cruelty" at it's finest. Just...why? 

A very pretty showcase piece from Topshop. Released during the 'underwear as outerwear' season.

The nude bra- an essential in every girl's underwear draw. Versatile and a dignity-securer.

A handy and practical nursing bra for during the breastfeeding stage of Motherhood.

A simple, pretty bra- a standard style for the highstreet. 

Proof that maternity bras don't have to be boring bras.

A slightly more luxurious and beautiful bra- using intricate embriodery and extravegent textiles for a more expensive aesthetic.

Definately invented by a man. 

Never mess with a woman without her top on. She will come and tell you what not to wear.

A pretty, babydoll style. I want to look like this please. Thanks, bye.

Someone went a bit OTT on the sewing machine I see...

Hello Boys! The Wonderbra push-up advert perhaps one of the most famous advertisements...ever. 

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