There is nothing wrong with wanting to go bra-less. Unfortunately, as a society we haven’t re-evolved to the stage where people don’t freak out. Whether you like it or not, agree or not, the only time you need to wear a bra for social reasons is because you haven’t learned the art of going bra-less. Clearly, this is why principal Best commented on the subject matter last week at Asheville High. She wasn’t saying every girl has to wear a bra. She was simply saying that Asheville High School is not the time or the place to let it all hang out. Whether you agree with her or not, her job is to enforce the board policy.

Going bra-less properly is important because professional jobs have dress codes, and believe it or not your English I teacher is at school today for the Romeo and Juliet conversation, and grammar drills. It isn’t his or her fault that little and Johnny and Sue don’t have home training. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going bra-less in public. I get it; it is comfortable, and if you are not fitted properly it hurts. Now, I can’t tell you how to live your life; I have read more than a few horror stories about women going bra-less and they ended up deeply regretting it. I am not one of them. I can tell you some things to consider if you want to look fabulous and feel liberated in public without a bra.

Here are some things that I think you should consider before you decide to go bra-less in public:

  • Consider Pasties: They are adhesive patches that will cover your nipples and areolae. Why? Because you will be considered out of dress code if your nipples are showing in most professional work environments.
  • Consider the material: Don’t wear a silk top or any other light-weight fabric. Cotton can be tricky as well. Try adding a denim jacket. The snug fit will give enough support and no one will be able to tell what’s going on under there anyway.
  • Consider the color: Darker colors will cover you better than pastels. I would stay away from white unless the top is made to be worn bra-less.
  • Consider the design: There are actually clothes that are made not to be worn with bras. They often have breast pads built in. Also, try halter tops and dresses that allow you to tie them yourself; this way, you can choose the amount of support you need. Don’t be afraid of clothes with under-bust support
  • Consider moisturizing: Moisturizing breasts will protect you from irritation.
  • Consider bra alternatives: Camisoles and fitted tank tops are both comfortable.
  • Consider the weather: Take a jacket just in case it rains.

Above all, make sure that you are comfortable and abiding by the code of conduct you signed and promised to uphold at work or school. If going without a bra is about being comfortable, there’s no need to publicize it. What is going on under your shirt isn’t really anyone else’s business.