I own 72 bras.
That doesn't count sports bras, which would add another dozen.
I learned this eye-opening fact last week when, in a rare burst of productive energy, I began my annual bedroom clean-up. As I was sorting through my clothes I noticed my bra bin overflowing. This wouldn't normally be apparent due to the pile of clothing which serves as my closet (and which regular readers may recall from "The mess I make"-(click here) , which you can check out later).
I thought 72 bras seemed a little excessive, so I posed a question on facebook: "Is this a crazy amount or are you other ladies hoarding lingerie too?" The answers were shocking. Most respondents confessed to owning fewer than 10. Some as few as 3. One had 12, and another confessed to "2 drawers full", but that was it.
As I received fewer responses than I'd hoped for- put me back on your newsfeed folks!- I went over to the Etsy forums and tried my question there. And wow did I strike a nerve. Pages of respondents with horror stories of ill-fitting bras. And nearly all of them admitting they dreaded bra shopping, hated bras, owned between 2 and 6 of them and wore them resentfully.
I had no idea. I know that bras are for breasts and breasts come with a lot of baggage- physically for some and emotionally for many. I've been unhappy with mine since the 7th grade- which, btw, I highly recommend they do away with- let the little buggers go straight from 6th to 8th and save us all a boatload of drama- but recently I came across this link: Unsexualized breast photo gallery(click here)
As a woman who grew up without access to google, the only breasts I'd seen beside my own were in mens publications and fashion magazines. In both cases retouched, idealized images with little relation to reality. But how could I- or millions of other women, know that? With nothing else to compare, I have spent most of my life hating my breasts. ( I don't anymore- I finally- at 50- like my little girls). I highly recommend taking a look at the gallery for any of you who have felt too big or too small or too anything. We're all fine. And although I knew that intellectually- at least since my 40's- it took this gallery to make me feel its truth in my gut.
But despite my body image feelings, all my life I've loved choosing and wearing bras. For me it is like- oooh fashion! But without the high prices or the need for heels and hose.
I have my everyday- in black, white, beige, pink, red, floral, stripe, polka dot and lace and maybe a few other colors- and my dress-up in same varieties- and push-ups, and strapless, and criss cross, and my smaller for when I'm skinny and my bigger for when I'm not........ and when you add up all those styles in all those colors times 2 sizes it's a lot of bras. And lots of fun at the 2 for $14 sales at Aerie.
But I've had my reality check, and I'm whittling down the number. I guess I can toss the ones that are more than 10 years old, and the few whose underwire has begun to escape, and the one that makes my back itch. I'll get it down to 50 or so. That seems reasonable.
So, tell me, how many bras do you own?
For the slideshow I grabbed a random armful to photograph, then separated out the black, white, and beige (because they make for boring pics). These are what was left.