Yesterday, we revealed how scientists now believe that women everywhere should stop wearing bras altogether.
Today, we’re busting all those myths you’ve believed since you began budding, and clarifying to the world all the things you’ve been getting wrong about the humble brassiere:
1. Not wearing a bra is bad for your boobs?
Wrong! Although gravity is always there – pulling away – it seems only logical that it will take effect on the gals. Nonetheless, "Not wearing a bra only brings your breasts to their original shape and does not initiate sagging, although it might seem like that," iDiva explains.
2. Training bras can help teach your boobs how to grow?
Wrong! TakingCareofYourGirls.com explains; "Your breasts have their own plan for growth; they require no instruction. Training bras just provide support and coverage for newly developing, sensitive breasts."
3. The average bra size is a 34 B?
Wrong! It is indeed possible to track the most common bra size purchased each year. However, due to the vast number of varying styles, it’s a common phenomenon that most women are actually wearing the wrong size – meaning there is no “average”.
4. You should always fasten your bras on the tightest hook?
Wrong! "A bra is going to stretch about three inches in its lifetime," bra fitting specialist Bobbie Smith told HuffPo. And when your bra has stretched, "that's when you go to the next set of hooks." Buy a bra that fits snugly on the last set of hooks, and only later should you need to use the tighter ones.
5. A light-coloured bra is less visible?
Wrong! iDiva once again clarifies; "Most women think wearing a white bra under a white shirt makes your bra invisible. This isn't true.” The best thing you can do to hide your bra, it to find one the same colour as your skin. Or just, go without.
6. Cup size is more important than band size?
Wrong! Contrary to popular belief, it is the bra’s band that does all the hard work in lifting your boobs – not the cup, straps or under-wire. So whenever you’re bra shopping, always make sure you know your measurements.
7. Your breasts will be perkier if you sleep with a bra on overnight?
Wrong! Not only will it cause major discomfort, but Dr Deborah Axelrod, an assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center and a breast surgeon, noted that sleeping in a bra carries absolutely not special benefits – and that includes achieving perkier boobs.
8. So sleeping in a bra will ruin your boobs?
Wrong! Dr. Carlos Burnett, a plastic surgeon who practices in New Jersey add to the argument: "Sleeping in a bra will not harm your breasts in any way.” But again, you will be as uncomfortable as fuck.
9. Bras should only be washed once a week?
Wrong! It is best to wash your bra as often as possible, as it is the dirt and oils in our skin that break down the bra’s elasticity. Remember to let them air dry after a gentle cycle.
10. Wearing bras will make your boobs sag faster?
Wrong! A French study once claimed that bras provide no benefits to women's breasts at all, and they may actually cause increased sagging over time. Apparently, this study had a multitude of problems, however, now most experts agree that using a bra to support does help support the suspensory ligaments in the boobs, and therefore will help prevent them from stretching.
11. It's OK to wear the same bra two days in a row?
Wrong! As Bustle explains, "Bras need a 24-hour 'rest' between wears to keep the elastic from stretching out. Experts advise switching them out daily”.
12. Bras should be washed in Woolite?
Wrong! Bobbie Smith points out how Woolite was, “actually designed to soften wool, so you shouldn't use that on elastic, because you want the elastic to stay firm”.
13. All bra sizes are created equal?
Wrong! Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book, reveals that, "Unfortunately, there is no consistency at all. Each brand has their own 'fit model'. Plus, you can be a different size for several styles within the same brand." It’s probably best to try-before-you-buy in most cases.
14. Under-wire bras increase cancer risk?
Wrong! This is a myth that came around in the mid-90s, when a pair of anthropologists claimed that by preventing “lymphatic draining” your bra was trapping toxins in the breast tissue, and this could lead to cancer. Scientific American reveals that there is absolutely not proof of this anywhere.
15. It's absolutely fine to keep a bra for a year or more?
Wrong! You may have that reliable over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder that you’ve kept in a drawer for years, but, "when worn correctly and taken care of correctly, a bra is going to last you about eight months," Bobbie Smith continued. "After that, the band is stretched out, so it's not going to support you anymore." Of course, rotating a selection of bras will make them last longer.
16. But a good, expensive bra will last you a couple of years?
Wrong! Unfortunately not ladies, just think of all the dollar you’d save! Most bra-fitting experts agree that the actual life-span of a regularly worn bra is somewhere between 6 to 9 months. Even the expensive ones.
I know what it sounds like ladies, that us men here at Viral Thread aren't trying to save you money or install more comfort into your lives. That we’re just about attaining as much evidence as possible to ensure women never wear bras again… and you’d be right.