In praise of the nude bra

by EmpressFelicity

A humorous tribute to nude-colored bras, plus a handy guide to buying bras to suit your shape.

I enjoy watching the TV show Room 101. In case you've never heard of it, it's a humorous chat show-type thing where famous people are invited to pick a list of their least favourite items/concepts/trends/behaviours and consign them to%u2026 you've guessed it, Room 101. The idea comes from a serious work of literature - George Orwell's 1984 - but the show is often hilariously funny, especially when Paul Merton is doing the interviewing. Sometimes after watching it, I've been inspired to think up some things that I'd like to send to Room 101. Near the top of my personal list? White bras.

Not only do nude/flesh toned bras keep their looks for longer, but they are also much the best option when you're wearing a top that's white and/or slightly sheer. A white bra will still show through a white shirt (even if the shirt is made from fairly thick material), whereas a nude bra will stay in the background - so to speak - and just do its job of giving support! Not only that, but if you ever visit nightclubs, you will also find that nude underwear doesn't show under the lights. I was never into clubbing myself, but I do have memories of attending my school disco at the age of 16, where all you could see was hundreds of pairs of white bra straps glowing in the dark as if slightly radioactive. [cont/d below]

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Finding your bra size

You often come across statistics that say things like "70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size!" I personally believe that it isn't just a question of size, but also style (see below) - once you've picked the type of bra that's right for your shape, then finding a bra that's a good fit will be so much easier. It doesn't help that bra sizes, like shoe and dress sizes, vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you want to do a check of your bra size, then the site will calculate it for you based on three easy to do measurements.

More bras from

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Fantasie Smoothing Balcony T-Shirt Bra

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Handful Sports Bra

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Plunge or balcony? Smooth or lacy?

Aside from working out your correct size, another important thing to ask yourself is "what type of bra design is best for me?" In years gone by, I wasted a lot of money on bras that just didn't do anything for my shape. I didn't understand what the problem was, until I realised that for me personally, there's really only one bra shape that does a good job of (a) holding my bits in place and (b) enhancing my figure, and that's an underwired, slightly padded push-up bra which lifts the breasts and positions them closer together. (Basically if it ain't got cleavage, then I ain't buying it.) However, your needs may be different to mine. Perhaps you find that a balcony style or demi bra is better for your shape - if you do, then you will have loads of choice because this type of bra is probably the easiest to find. The so-called "full support" bra, which does exactly what it says on the tin, is another popular choice. If you don't need a lot of support, don't like underwiring or seams and don't want to fiddle with fastenings, then you might prefer a bandeau style or pull on bra. And sports bras (which often have a "racer back") are a great option if you have an active lifestyle.

Another question to ask yourself is: do I want the bra to look smooth under fitted clothing (like T-shirts), or can I get away with something lacy? I am a big fan of smooth bras because they give you more choice of what to wear on top, plus they're a lot more comfortable than lacy bras IMO! But it's really up to you as an individual to work out what type of bra is best for you. Happy hunting!

© EmpressFelicity August 2010

Updated: 11/27/2011, EmpressFelicity
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