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Many times in the past I have decried the strapless bra! I have called them plain, ugly, bulky, uncomfortable, unadorned and unnecessary. They have to be over-engineered to keep a girls boobs from falling out, or the bra from slipping down.
But I have had a change of heart! Its funny isn’t it, how things come around. You don’t like something then you change your mind. Its a female thing I guess. At least it keeps things interesting and opens up new possibilities.
My U-turn was brought about by the scorchingly hot weather we have (had) been experiencing lately. To keep cool a girl needs to wear less, or at the very least wear lighter clothes. I’m talking strappy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops and tanks. I am of the persuasion to wear as little as possible.
The look of these tops and dresses can be spoiled by bra-straps. Not always – I have some pretty bras that have lovely decorative straps. But generally the look of a nice spaghetti strap is diminished by those thick bra straps.
I tried on a lovely red, white spotted, flowy summer dress with a ruched bodice and spaghetti straps – but I wasn’t keen on my bra straps showing, which wouldn’t lie under the dress straps. Anyway I wanted to expose as much bare shoulder as possible.
So I looked out a white strapless bra with silicon strips and a bit of sculptured padding. It is plain, bulky, unadorned and ugly, and I believe it has thin metal strips in the deep sides that act as scaffolding. I do not like padded bra’s – especially so-called T-shirt bras. I like a bit of nipple showing under a sheer top, and a lighter feel in general.
So it was a compromise – padded bra or visible bra straps. I had my mind set on bare shoulders. I could see, in my minds eye, that I could lower the spaghetti straps over my shoulders and swan about with them completely bare. It had me virtual fluttering, I can tell you.
The ruched bodice was tight enough for the dress to stay in place. Note: but not tight enough to support my forms. Gravity would overwhelm the ruching. I know – I tried.
I chose the horrible – though it was becoming less horrible – strapless bra.
I hooked it up and wriggled it into place, the silicon bands gripping my flesh like tight slippery fingers, making this slightly awkward. And there it sat, structured cups open to the sky to receive my boobs. Plop! Plop! In they went – my 1200 gms/pair C cup pert forms. The bra itself is supposed to be a D cup. They settled in nicely. Perfect fit!
On with dress, the ruched sweetheart bodice encompassed them completely – no white edges to be seen. And the boobs were not squashed into those weird quad-boobs (some strapless bras that are not padded tend to distort boobs by pressing across the tops of them. I am sure you have all seen GG’s with strangely shaped boobs in strapless tops.)
Not mine! They were like eggs in egg cups. Ostrich eggs. And …. yes! shoulders adorned only by very thin red spaghetti straps. And…. revelation…. the bra was amazingly comfortable. I had expected to be clasped in its iron embrace. But no! I couldn’t feel it hardly at all. Apart from the reassuring back strap. I love the feel of a back strap, don’t you?
It performed admirably on my 2poos afternoon walk in the blazing 30 degrees sunshine. We had to mostly stay under the trees to keep her, and me, cool. The cool, cool air that caressed my bare shoulders was absolutely sublime, I can tell you, especially with the dress straps lowered …………..
strapless Steph xx
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