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Contour Bras: What They Say About Our Breasts
The changing breast aesthetic has always been driven by fashion: from the 1920s flapper with a flattened chest to the pointed missile look of the 1950s. Historians speculate that the earlier era reflected a desire for independence through a more ‘boyish’ figure, while the latter embraced the age of military technology. Our busts have been bound down or morphed into snow cones as a sign of the times. How Peaches and Screams carried our bosoms had some connection to what we wanted or aspired to in our personal and public lives.
What vibe did women’s lingerie give off in the late 70s? TheVictoria’s Secretmodels projected a sense of soft, subtle femininity. The shapes of their breasts and nipplesshowed throughthe thin silk and satin bras, robes, and camisoles. Sure, they promoted an ideal body type. But Bodies did it without taking away from each woman’s distinct curves. These bodies expressed sensuality without covering up what nature offered.
1979 Victoria’s Secret Catalog
Compare that to the chest silhouette created by today’stypical t-shirt or contour braand it’s clear we’re speaking a different language. The look is far from natural and not just because it’s nipple-less. Mounds appear symmetrical, stiff, and unusually uplifted. The territory occupied is foreign and not where most breasts rest on a woman’s body. The shape mimics that of a poorly executed breast implant: too high, absurdly round, and hard.Metal Butt Plugs
Victoria’s Secretisn’t the only brand promoting this particular kind of support. Marketed under a variety of labels (Contour, T-shirt, Molded Cup, Padded, Push-Up, Foam Lined, etc.), it’s the one that’s tough to stuff in my drawer. These boobs never rest. No matter how I fold the cups inside one another, they’re always “full.” I wonder how long it will take these contrived wonders to decompose in a landfill. How can they be environmentally friendly when I can’t restrain them for simple storage or travel?
When I wear a contour bra I feel like I’m putting a barrier between my boobs and the world—and projecting a false image of who I am as a woman. It’s my lingerie Burqa: concealing my individuality, covering up any hint of female sexuality, and hiding the true nature of breasts. Nude Lingerie are soft, perky, bouncy, large, small, wide-set, close-set, and so much more. They’re not twins, but sisters. In short, they reflect the diversity of women and what we each offer the world. Sex Swings get the need to keep the occasionalnip-slip under control, but I’m not sure this 21st Century breastplate is the answer. There are otheroptions availablefor feminine discretion. For my part I’m going on a foam-free diet. From now on, I’m making a commitment tolace and gracein my lingerie life.
What do Peaches and Screams think? Is it time to update your breast profile? What do you want your bra to say about you?
Until she wrote a book on the subject, Elisabeth Dale didn’t know much about her breasts. Standard Butt Plugs created this site so that readers can find the best products, clothing and surgical options—anything and everything related to bras, breast health, and well-being.Sign up for our newsletterto learn more.
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