Bra Etiquette

Can we talk bras for a minute? And by talk I mean, will you listen (with your eyes, of course) while I rant?

Also, feel free to imagine my voice as old and judgmental because there’s really no other way to hear it while you read this.

I’m old enough to remember when a peaking bra strap was akin to living in a van by the side of a river. My mother was always tucking straps back in for me or even pinning them when necessary and my friends and I did the same for each other when our mothers weren’t around because none of us wanted to be known as “that” kind of girl. Because if a girl let the strap of her bra show in public, she was probably willing to let a lot more show in private.

Reputations were ruined by a disregard for proper bra etiquette.

Well, the times they have a-changed.

Famous people (and I use the term loosely here) feel comfortable not only going out in public, but also being photographed and viewed by millions of people like this:

You look like maybe you have something serious to say, but all I can think is:
 “I know those are fake, so why do they look so saggy?”
 You could be announcing that you’ve just found the cure for cancer and still, this is all I am going to think.

Really? Have we sunk so low that it’s okay to match shoes and accessories to our underwear?
Isn’t it bad enough that neon is back in that we shouldn’t have to see your wrist, feet AND boobs encased in it?

I know this isn’t a new trend. It’s been fashionable for years to let a little sexy strap show. And if people would stop  there I could get over it. I mean, the word  “trashy” still flashes through my mind every time I see it, but that’s my own issue, not the girls/women who follow the trend.

But yesterday things came to a head when I watched the lady parked next to me IN A BUSY PUBLIC PARKING LOT stand outside of her car, put her 3 hook, double D, nude bra on over her bikini top, take the bikini top off, THEN WALK AROUND IN HER BRA. FOR A LONG TIME.

And here’s my problem with that:
1. We were at a lake with dressing rooms where she could have changed.
2.  She was not on the catwalk at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show where it’s acceptable to wear a bra as apparel as opposed to underwear.
3. Sure her bra covered more than her bikini top, but does this make it a suitable substitute for a shirt?

Clearly our society is in need of a little refresher course on UNDERwear and how to wear it. So, Crazy Bra Bearing Lake Lady, this is for you and all your cohorts (and also for my girlfriends who don’t really need it but the bra lady told me to share it with you and I am nothing if not obedient when it comes to strangers in YouTube videos who want to make the world a little more classy).

3 thoughts on “Bra Etiquette

  1. LisAway says:

    When my husband's parents came to Utah from Poland for his graduation I learned a lot about other cultures and was often shocked along the way. Like the time we were at a park and Greg's mother suddenly took off her shirt. Seriously. He freaked out and told her someone would call the police. She seemed so confused. Now I understand that it was sunny and she just wanted to get a tan. (plus she went around our apartment in only her bra much of the time, and her 12 year-old grandson was visiting us with them. Just totally normal) Around here it's perfectly normal to see people out in their yard gardening in their bra. All the faux pas mentioned in the video are regular here, too.


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