Guys, as a rule, do not complain much about brassieres. (And when they do, it’s usually something like this.) Then again, they’re not the individuals who have to wear them. (And when they do, it’s usually something like this.) The actual customers, meanwhile, have actual complaints:

I realize that a bra is a tricky contraption to design. There are a lot of details to consider as well as conflicting needs. But here’s the thing; there are bras that get almost everything right, but just one thing is wrong and there doesn’t seem to be any reason for that thing to be wrong; it just is. Like the lightweight nylon Playtex bra that is perfect except for the elastic band. And the cotton one that was perfect before washing. I really wish I could talk directly to designers and say to them, “Why can’t you ever get everything right? It wouldn’t be that hard. Really!”

Well, sure, if you let them charge five times as much. (And when they do, it’s usually something like this.)


  1. Deborah »

    5 September 2012 · 2:59 pm

    Ah. A good brassiere is more than fabric, elastic, and fasteners. It should be designed by bridge engineers. We must consider not only gravitational weight, but also load bearing, sway, and suspension. And pretty. It should be pretty.

  2. Tatyana »

    5 September 2012 · 7:49 pm

    ah, 2004, linkage to Blowhards and the light-hearted worry-free topics of ancient history… Chaz, that was funny as hell!

  3. nightfly »

    6 September 2012 · 10:57 pm

    My wife’s eternal cry – “It took years to find a new style of bra after they stopped selling the old ones! Why do they always discontinue the kind of bra I need?”

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