During this period of lockdown, we're probably all turning to comfy clothes a lot more than we usually would.
With a huge majority of us now working from home, and many of us away from our jobs, it’s comfort we’re all seeking – be that a pair of chic pyjamas, relaxed sportswear, or cosy loungewear.
For now, long gone are the days of jeans, dresses and boots – bring on trainers, slippers and tracksuit bottoms.
However, the move from outdoor to indoor wear has meant that for women, one other normally essential item of clothing is nowhere to be found.
With most of us choosing to dress as comfortably as possible, many of us have also opted to ditch bras – usually a mainstay of our daily dress code.
With no reason to leave the house (other than to exercise or get the essentials), it feels as though there’s little need for the supportive garment – particularly when we’re not seeing anyone aside from our loved ones.
However, experts have now warned that we shun the underwear item at our own peril.
Why is not wearing a bra bad for our health?
Professional bra fitter Sandra Dyke, who has been a Chantelle Lingerie expert fitter for over 20 years, revealed that ditching your bra for days on end at home could have an effect on both your breasts and your posture.
Sandra explained that not wearing a bra can cause aches and pains in your back and neck, and may lead to bad circulation. She said, “Not wearing a bra will over time have an effect on your posture too. A supportive bra helps your core and posture.”
Can not wearing a bra cause boobs to sag?
Even worse, Sandra revealed that if your breasts are not supported, they are more prone to sagging, and no bra can even cause strain on your throat and facial tissue.
“Don’t wear a bra and not only you will see your boobs droop but may also gain round shoulders,’ she told W&H. “Support from a bra will assist the surrounding muscles in your body to create good posture, and better blood circulation.”
It’s also about feeling your best too
“Wearing a good fitting bra is essential not only to support your breasts but also to maintain your well being. And that’s essential whether you are at home or outside. Get up in the mornings at the same time as you would normally, and get ready as if you were going to work,” Sandra said.
Alexandra Thrower, Brand Manager at Chantelle, also explained, “Your bra has a very important role, and that is to protect and bear the weight of your bust. Don’t wear one and you will get saggy boobs. It’s as simple as that. It’s gravity after all. And the heavier the bust, the worst it gets.
“Most women don’t realise how heavy their bust is (anything between about 500g for B/C cups, to 2+ kg for G+ cup). They need to be supported. You may also find that not wearing a bra will worsen back, shoulders or neck pains and give you headaches…these are all things we could do without right now!”