Ladies, lets talk boobs and bras for a moment, shall we?
Permission to speak frankly?
If there is one thing I hate, its a mismatched bra strap on show. Clearly I have grown to be a total fusspot on the underwear front, because once upon a time I couldn’t have cared less about a menial bra strap or two, out in the world for all to see.
Maybe the reason I’ve grown to be Chief Inspector General of bra straps is because I spend a lot of time in France, and French women DO have higher standards when it comes to their untercrackers. For one thing, they ensure that both bra and knickers are totally matching, even on a really bad day. This rule comes as standard.
Or, maybe I’m just getting old? Maybe I’ve just spent too long last week people/outfit/bra strap watching on holiday, over analysing the differences between us Brits and our fellow Europeans, the Spanish and Italians… Maybe, just maybe I’m a through and through classy bird who just cant stand by anymore to watch such crimes against underwear being committed by so many Brits abroad, and on the home front for that matter?
Whatever the reason, Its time someone speaks up. Someone brave. Someone bold, and just come right out and say it:
Here goes …
Ladies of The United Kingdom – Our general bra situation is appalling. Utterly, utterly shambolic. There. I ruddy well said it.
Seemingly, we English girlies are all very happy to go about our summertime business in ill fitting, mismatched, high back-strapped, and worse – greying to the point of blueing, bobbly, over-the-shoulder-bolder-holders. Some straps are even tinged with fake tan. And apparently, APPARENTLY those qualities don’t even matter one iota whilst wearing a sheer, spaghetti strapped cami on holiday – What?
Under a jumper? fine. But why ruin a perfectly nice top or outfit with shoddy strappage?
Just because we British aren’t so used to dressing for warmer weather, doesn’t mean its ok to overlook such detail. I mean, would you couple a crappy cushion with a beautiful sofa? a pair of old grey trainers with a pretty dress? or minging towels in a beautiful bathroom? exactly.
ladies – if our bra straps are out, then they need to be as beautiful as the top which graces them. Am I right or am I right?
So, having reached such a pinicle life conclusion, I decided to have a little bra cull of my own. If its greying – its gone. If its bobbly, its outta here. If it resembles nothing of its original colour, Dumped. If the wire was threatening to pop out and stab its wearer in the pits, then it was Au revior to the crappy bra.
Readers, my relentlessly cutthroat grading session resulted in the culling of SEVENTEEN BRA’S!!!
After that, I felt quite good. I felt quite refreshed in a lingerie kind of a way. Classy even. I felt the need to go and buy more bras as I had no more bras left.
I had great success in House of Fraser, finding one very perfect bra, and therefore buying it in every colour. That would do for now, I thought. But I still had one problem, with a holiday in the hot sun looming I knew I had be get equipped with good ‘showstraps’ and quickly. And this my friend, is what I desperately want to share with you – I’ve discovered ‘The Bralet’
Have you tried a ‘Bralet’ before?
Ok. they don’t offer much support as such, which, as a D cup has always meant I’ve veered away from them in shops. But you know – they do offer a bit, and they let your boobs just kinda, do their own thing. Sometimes, and especially with summer tops, and in particular those around at present with extreme plunging chestlines, you don’t want a load of bra construction and engineering; you don’t want padding or moulding. You just want a kinda, natural drop going on. Less is more in the summertime, I think.
So, I procured myself this.
Its so pretty and with a pop of colour (teamed with the right top!) it looks really cute. Its nice and low at the front, and the back straps contain no plasticy clasps and hooks so its more like a crop top in nature. In other words, it doesn’t matter if any of its strappage peeps out to say hello. These straps are so pretty, that they are very welcome to peep out in fact! It feels light and comfortable too. Honestly, I think it feels like the sexiest bra I ever wore!
A bralet gives just enough hold and support for lets say, a meal out, or a lazy day hanging around. But I probably wouldn’t run up the stairs wearing it! It covers and potential nippleage too. Bonus.
Its what I’d call ‘an event bra’. Not an everyday one. But great for when the outfit calls for it.
Here are some other pretties for you to browse. If you are a D cup or under, I’d seriously recommend giving them a whirl. Click on the right arrow to see more, they are all working links so click on any you fancy seeing. My pink one from Accessorize is featured here too, just click on the arrow to scroll through … (Ps mine is size large which I think would be good for any C-D cup)