Kohl's. With a $10 gift-card, it was free. Given that price, I couldn't resist. After buying the bralette, however, I wondered how I can wear it. I'm very sensitive to people's feelings about overexposure and don't want to disturb anyone by displaying too much.
I had similar reluctance a few months ago with a red sequined bra-thingie I bought. The thingie is obviously meant to be seen and not covered up -- otherwise why would it have red sequins on it?! -- but I didn't want to look immodest. So my deployment of the thingie required some careful consideration. (See, e.g., here).
All of this led me to think about breasts. And my relationship to them. And your ideas about them.
Breasts are the most overt physical sexual characteristic for women. Their size and shape often distinguish female bodies from male ones.
Born with a male body, I don't have female-shaped breasts. My body is cylindrical -- my measurements are 40-40-40. My top is the same size as my waist and my hips. In a t-shirt, I look like an average guy with slightly-muscular pecs. (Here's a picture of my chest in a new Fashion Police tee.)
To create the illusion of female shape, I use breast-forms. They are made with silicon and designed for women who've had mastectomies. They feel real, have nipples and are the exact shape my body would be if I'd been born female or took hormones (44C). The forms extend my body's contour in a natural way. My goal wearing female clothes is to appear normal, without drawing attention to the shape of my body. I want your focus to be on my outfit, not my body.
Equipped with these babies, here are pics of my new bralette and the red thingie.
If you care to discuss this sensitive subject, how do you feel about your breasts in relation to wearing clothes? I read an interesting blog-post recently by a woman who feels her breasts are too large (38I); she complains their size impairs her ability to wear attractive clothing. I'm sure there are women who feel the opposite, that their breasts are too small and cause different problems.
Any thoughts on the subject? Any questions for me?