A few weeks ago when I was working on a freelance project over at InStyle.com, my team got to talking about the whole braless trend that seemed to be taking over this summer. I pitched an article around the trend which eventually became this rather humorous #FashionChat. Below, I've hashed out an edited version of my original draft of the story since I still find the trend and its origins to be so interesting. Enjoy, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Earlier this summer, as my roommate and I were getting dressed to go out and meet some friends at a bar, she came out of her room in a new dress, a striped slip with thin spaghetti straps and a slightly plunging V-neckline. I complimented her on it, and as she did a little turn in front of the mirror she said something along the lines of, “Thanks, I like it because I can wear it without a bra.”
A few days later over g-chat, I asked her why she’s adopted the braless look lately, and her reasoning was twofold. “It’s really freeing, of course, but I think if you're smaller chested it can sometimes be hard to feel super sexy in a top,” she explained. “Once you're braless, it’s an instant difference.”
In the wake of this conversation, the braless look was suddenly everywhere I looked; it was staring me in the face as bright and visible as a set of headlights. (Honk honk! Boob humor!) It felt like I couldn’t even do a casual mid-day Instagram scroll without coming across a blogger, celebrity or brand model in a photo where it’s incredibly obvious she’s not wearing a bra. She knows it, I know it, and most importantly, she wants me to know it. This is bralessness with intention.
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