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I Hate Wearing A Bra, So I Tried To Find The Perfect Bra To Convert Me

I don't understand why anyone would want pointy boobs.

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I'm Hanifah and I hate wearing bras.

Ever since I started wearing a bra I’ve been sceptical. Sure, I was kind of excited at first, but the novelty quickly wore off when I realised that a bra is basically just a wire cage. So since then, I’ve gone braless. I might throw on a bralette here and there, but other than that, I stay away — I don’t even know what size I am.

I do realise that, because I have pretty small boobs (and the fact that I never do any running), I’m lucky enough to have the option of being able to choose whether to go braless or not. Still, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who can’t stand bra life.

I’m now an adult in the world of work, and I’m starting to think that my braless days are numbered.

I’m on a mission to find the perfect bra, or at least a bra alternative. What am I looking for? Well, my bra knowledge is pretty limited, but I’m trying to find something that’s got good nipple coverage, feels supportive, and of course, is comfortable.

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I’ve chosen a range of different products, so I’m hoping that at least one will convert me. 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾

First up is the M&S Collection Jacquard Lace Non-Padded Full Cup Bra, £16.

First Impressions:

This is M&S' bestselling bra. It's not winning any prizes in the looks department, so I'm going to assume it'll be really comfortable. From a fashion perspective, this bra doesn't appeal to me at all, but I predict that I'll be surprised once it's on.

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Thoughts:

I followed the M&S online sizing guide, which gave me the size 32B, and after trying it on, it seemed to be a decent fit. I was pleasantly surprised that it ticked quite a few of my boxes — it was really comfortable at first, and my boobs felt ~secure~ and very lifted. I was liking this bra — until I saw myself from the side. Along with lift and support, the bra also gave me an interesting silhouette, reminiscent of an early '90s Madonna (read: really, really pointy).

When I wore this bra, It honestly felt like I'd stuck two mini Cornettos down my top. The fact that this is a bestseller really confuses me — no shade to M&S, but I just don't get why anyone would voluntarily have boobs that could literally give directions...Oh, and on top of looking kinda ridiculous, this bra got increasingly less comfortable the longer I wore it. By the end of the day, my ribcage felt like it was in bra prison, and I was left with some huge red marks. So for pretty obvious reasons, this bra did not convert me. If anything, It just reminded me of all the reasons why I don't wanna wear one.
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When I wore this bra, It honestly felt like I'd stuck two mini Cornettos down my top. The fact that this is a bestseller really confuses me — no shade to M&S, but I just don't get why anyone would voluntarily have boobs that could literally give directions...

Oh, and on top of looking kinda ridiculous, this bra got increasingly less comfortable the longer I wore it. By the end of the day, my ribcage felt like it was in bra prison, and I was left with some huge red marks. So for pretty obvious reasons, this bra did not convert me. If anything, It just reminded me of all the reasons why I don't wanna wear one.

Primark Silicone Petals, £2.

First impressions:
Out of all my options, I think these are the ones that are most likely to convert me. From the looks of the petals, you just stick them on and go about your day, which works for me since I'm quite lazy. I don’t even have to know what size I am, so these might be the perfect low maintenance alternative for me. These petals aren't glamorous, but for £2, how can I go wrong?

I’m a bit sceptical about the “flesh” colour though, the reason being that it's quite obviously nowhere near to my skin tone. I know they’re cheap, but I would’ve like to have seen a little bit more of a diverse colour range. Despite this, I’m very excited to try these out.

(You can't shop Primark online, but there's quite a similar product on Amazon for £5.99)

Thoughts:Like the M&S bra, I started out really liking the petals. They gave me a smooth, modest Barbie chest with zero discomfort. The dodgy flesh colour even blended to my skin tone! But, it seems that, with bras, you can't have your cake and eat it. Within 10 minutes of leaving my house, I learned that things can go very very wrong when it comes to these petals. I was walking down the street, minding my business and I stopped at the curb to cross the busy road, and then... One of the petals fell off! 😱😱😱 Right into a pile of dirty leaves! When I peeled the nipple cover out the gutter, I tried my best to pick up my dignity, but the damage was done.
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Thoughts:

Like the M&S bra, I started out really liking the petals. They gave me a smooth, modest Barbie chest with zero discomfort. The dodgy flesh colour even blended to my skin tone! But, it seems that, with bras, you can't have your cake and eat it. Within 10 minutes of leaving my house, I learned that things can go very very wrong when it comes to these petals. I was walking down the street, minding my business and I stopped at the curb to cross the busy road, and then... One of the petals fell off! 😱😱😱 Right into a pile of dirty leaves! When I peeled the nipple cover out the gutter, I tried my best to pick up my dignity, but the damage was done.

I don't even think these petals can be counted as nipple covers because they lasted all of ten minutes, and caused me so much unnecessary embarassment. I will never, ever be trying these again, and I'm now also afraid of all kinds of bra alternatives that are on the market.
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I don't even think these petals can be counted as nipple covers because they lasted all of ten minutes, and caused me so much unnecessary embarassment. I will never, ever be trying these again, and I'm now also afraid of all kinds of bra alternatives that are on the market.

Boohoo Stick On Enhance Lace Up Bra, £12.

First Impressions

I've been seeing this bra all over Instagram, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to try it out. I'm intrigued by the drawstring feature, because I don't really get how a piece of string can have such a push up effect. Based on my track record with adhesive bras, I'm kinda dreading trying this one out. The adhesive is really sticky, so I'm a bit worried that it might be a bit painful. But, against my better judgement, I'm giving it a go.

Thoughts: The bra is by far the best option so far, but it's not without its problems. It took me a while to actually work out how to put this thing on, but once I figured it out, I was impressed. This bra is so comfortable and because it's strapless and backless, you can wear it with almost anything. It also creates a natural and flattering silhouette, which I'm a fan of. The adhesive is really strong, so once it's on, it's not going anywhere (unlike certain other sticky bra options). My only issue with this bra is the draw string — it was completely visible and made for a confusing focal point, which was kinda disappointing.
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Thoughts:

The bra is by far the best option so far, but it's not without its problems. It took me a while to actually work out how to put this thing on, but once I figured it out, I was impressed. This bra is so comfortable and because it's strapless and backless, you can wear it with almost anything. It also creates a natural and flattering silhouette, which I'm a fan of. The adhesive is really strong, so once it's on, it's not going anywhere (unlike certain other sticky bra options). My only issue with this bra is the draw string — it was completely visible and made for a confusing focal point, which was kinda disappointing.

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Other than that, it actually ticked all my boxes, which surprised me. Even though the drawstring was annoying, when pulled, it magically creates some serious cleavage, which makes this an impressive two-in-one bra. I think there's a bit too much going on with this bra for everyday use, but I'll definitely be wearing this one again!

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Bonus: Pulling the drawstring is really addictive.

Victoria's Secret Perfect Coverage Bra, £38.65

First Impressions:

Even though this is Victoria's Secret's top rated bra, at this point I've pretty much given up my hopes of being converted to bra life. I’ve never owned a VS bra, and to be honest I'm expecting this to be pretty overrated. Other than the fact that it's kind of pricey, it doesn't seem like anything special — its just a plain bra. One thing that does impress me is the feel of this bra — it's really really soft, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it feels when I wear it.

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Thoughts:

I have to give it to them — this bra is great. I followed Victoria’s Secret online sizing calculator and bought a 30C, which turned out to be fairly inaccurate. Even though it was a little small, this bra was amazing! It was soooo comfortable, the whole time I wore it I felt like my boobs were being cradled by a Beanie Baby. They're not lying when when they call it a perfect coverage bra, it really has it all — it’s comfortable, gives a natural look and it didn’t leave behind any marks. I think I may have found my ~dream bra~.

The one downside is the price — I think it’s a little on the expensive side for an everyday bra, but I guess it’s all round amazingness kind of explains the price tag.

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Trying out these bras has been a roller coaster. I've seen all sides of the bra spectrum — the good, the bad and the ugly. I don't think I'll be making space in my drawers for a bunch of new bras any time soon, but trying these out has shown me that some bras are pretty useful. Although I'm not a total convert, I'll definitely be paying a trip to Victoria's Secret to have a look at what else they have to offer.