We all know what training bras are right? The little, flimsy bralettes worn by little girls who haven’t quite developed a bust yet. It’s considered a rite of passage for a girl to don the garment when her mother feels she’s going from “little girl” to “young lady.” She doesn't need a bra, but wears it anyway.
It’s pretty simple. They don’t need to wear bras, but they want to. It might make them feel more mature and grown up. Or maybe they just feel cute having a ruffled or striped bralette in their favorite colors under their shirts. There’s really no reason to do it. But they do it anyway. Popularized in the 1950s, training bras were recommended by medical professionals who claimed the loose bralettes provided support for budding breasts. This was later disproven, considering there is so little breast tissue, support is unnecessary. Nevertheless, training bras continued to be produced and passed along from mother to pre-teen daughter even today. So the question remains: why? Why wear little bras if you don’t need to? It can smooth out the chest under a shirt, and conceal and protect the nipples, but that’s about it. Well, it’s really just in their heads.
Chances are these girls are not picking out their bras by themselves. They go out with their mothers, aunts, older sisters, in an estrogen-fueled gaggle. These women, familiar with the world of bra shopping, invite their little lady to a seat at the table. These girls grow up, become used to buying and wearing bras, and that’s that.
Fast forward to adulthood and diagnoses. Many bras of various sizes and a double mastectomy later, and it’s right back to square one. Walking up and down aisles, full of uncertainty. As a pre-teen, you weren’t alone bra shopping. You turned to your mother or other important women in your life. So who is it you turn to as an adult? Hopefully some of the same women who were there for you as a child, but with a few new faces. Your Sisters in Scars. A community of women who know the doubts and concerns you face because they faced the same ones themselves.
Again, you don’t need one, so why wear one? Same reason: you want to. You like the feeling of the fabric, having something pretty under your tops, or just the knowledge that it’s there. Whatever the reason, you have one, and that’s enough. You want to wear a bra and you deserve ones that suit you, just as any other woman. Your bra should be gentle over your scars and smooth out your chest under whatever you’re wearing. Not to mention beautiful and sexy for you and anyone else who gets the pleasure of seeing it on you. You deserve to be comfortable, you deserve to feel beautiful, and you deserve the feeling of taking your bra off after a long day.
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It is hard to feel sexy when your whole world feels entirely un-sexy: Your breasts have been unceremoniously removed from your mastectomy, you’ve lost all of your hair, your eyelashes, and are battling with medically induced menopause and vaginal dryness. Not to mention, when we are feeling deep sorrow, fear, that we are alone, anxiety or/and depression, the last thing we feel is sexy.
Furthermore, true self-love, self-acceptance and your sexuality can be the furthest thing from your mind and body when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis or breast surgery. It can be a long emotional road to get back to a place where you are feeling good about your body again. But when you ARE in a space to re-discover and reclaim your sexuality post-diagnosis, there are some different creative ways you can begin to rediscover your sexual self in safe, beautiful ways.
Being as comfortable as possible after surgery is the number one priority. Your mobility may not be at its best, so a bra with a front closure is a recommended post-surgical bra for easy post-op dressing and comfortability. You’ll want a front closure post-mastectomy bra with super plush material that is soft to the touch yet also functional for your post-surgical needs, like our luxurious and pocketed Front Closure. Voted Best Post-Mastectomy Bra by InStyle Magazine. This wireless favorite Front Closure Bra is one of the very best front-closure recovery bras around thanks to its unique combination of softness, adjustability and style.
So you’ve had your double or single mastectomy, and now that you’re healed, and able to transition out of your oncologist prescribed compression bra after your surgery, you’ve been given the green light to find something cuter and more comfortable (WOO!)
But when you start shopping, you have a hard time finding something that is comfortable enough, something that fits your new body, and makes you feel PRETTY. You’re frustrated and upset, and you have every right to be. Why does finding something that fits your new body have to be SO HARD?!
Just when you are about to give up, you discover AnaOno Post-Mastectomy Bras!