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Bras are peculiar contraptions: It could be argued that they’re used for forcing women to fit societal beauty ideals, or that they’re wonderful inventions that make being active a breeze. Whether you love them or hate them, there are some bra facts everyone should know about before deciding on whether to go boob loose and bra free, or invest in a collection of bras to suit all occasions.
Personally, I couldn’t wait to get my first bra because I was desperate to be taken seriously, and I believed if my undergarments were more mature, I would be treated like an adult. Nowadays, though, I spend some days completely braless and when I do wear a bra, I can’t wait to take it off as soon as I get home. According to a research study by France’s University of Franche-Comté, featured in an article by StyleCaster, “…bras do the same work as breast ligaments, which can reduce their effectiveness. In other words, wearing a bra can make your boobs lazy, which then makes them more likely to sag.” This means there’s hope yet for us gals who enjoy going braless.
Of course, anyone can wear a bra, not just women. So here are some facts all bra wearers should consider.
1. On Average, Bras Last Between Six To Nine Months
In BuzzFeed’s article, “22 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Bra Fitter” writer Amna Saleem said, “We know more bra facts than we’d like to admit. For example: Bras tend to last between six and nine months.” Who knew? Oh well, it’s a great excuse to donate 90 percent of your bra collection to charity and go buy some gorgeous, new brassieres.