Ah, summer. What a time to be alive! Sleeves are gone, your pits are out and proud regardless of your shaving habits and there’s not a care in the world…unless you’ve got major boobage and you’re of the camp that feels most comfortable in a bra.
Tank tops and maximum-support bra straps are not known to be besties, so what’s a girl to do? Embrace, innovate and experiment with the ladies, because after a subway ride spent staring at every braless woman in spaghetti straps with longing, you begin to feel a little creepy.
Keeping the Heavy-Duty Bra On? Layer:
I love spaghetti straps. They’re sexy and breezy, but bras ruin the look of those great little lines. If you’re up for a bra-less bonanza regardless of boob size, great. Party on. But if you prefer to heft up your chest, start with white or black sleeveless tee to act as a canvas for those simple, slinky ties.
Don’t Burn Your Bra, But Maybe Do Step Outside Your Box:
There are some days when, for whatever reason, you just can’t do underwear. I get it. I get it because sometimes, I don’t want to wear a bra, either. But recall that comfort-wise, I prefer to. So.
On such occasions that demand you free (one layer from) the nipple, opt for a thick-denim bib that’s tight enough — and wraps around the side enough — to hold you in.
This is best used for lazy days where you know you won’t be doing any physical activity besides eating brunch. It’s totally worth the weird-ass feeling of not wearing a bra in public.
Want that Bra Back On? Embrace Tanks With Wide Straps:
They’re just as cool as a spaghetti-o. Besides, do I look like my mom in the ’70s? YES. Do I love it? YES. Does it matter what my bra looks like which means I can wear the oldest one I own? NO! Therefore, I’m a happy camper.
And hopefully you fellow big-boobers who like a little support are, too. Strap ’em up and hug your shoulders — it’s time for summer.
Photographed by Elizabeth Tamkin; styled by Elizabeth Tamkin and Krista Anna Lewis.