Aren’t they just the prettiest? I usually tend to wear the same underwear over and over again; usually the faded, possibly torn bras that are way past their sell-by dates, they’re usually the comfiest. I couldn’t resist this set from Topshop however, taupe is my colour and who can say no to silk and lace?
I’ll cast aside my old faithfuls and adorn my bosom with a treat of a bra, even if it is just for show. I’ll balance it out with an old pair of pyjamas that I’ve had since age 12 come nighttime.
So yesterday, whilst I was being all cultured and intellectual, I was reading The Times and I came across an article on Funkybod; shape-wear for men. When I first saw it I sniggered thinking “that is the most vain and ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen”; but then I looked down at my own padded bra and across the room to my optical illusion dress and my mind wondered to the millions of pairs of Spanx that are bought by women all over the world every year. Oh. I carried on reading with intrigue and realised that whilst the common notion from women is that the media over-sexualises us, we are our own worst enemies. We create the hype ourselves.
The craze for men wearing makeup, straightening their hair, using self tan and getting botox leaves most women (and other men) with the impression that such an individual “must be gay” or that he’s as vain as Kelly Brook’s Instagram page. But aren’t all these things women use on a regular basis? Some of which, women see as a necessity; an integral part of their daily life.
So why is it so different for men? We’re all programmed to believe that women are supposed to stay ageless, a size 8 and always effortless while men can pretty much do what they want (without becoming slobbish). Funkybod produces tops for men that are “designed to give the appearance and feel of muscle size and definition.” Now when I first saw the photo of the poor volunteer I definitely though that surely that’s just a serious case of false representation? And then I googled Spanx…
… And padded bras…
… And optical illusion dresses…
Okay, who did I think I was? Besides the Spanx, I own every piece of body-sculpting, bust-boosting, leg-lengthening product available on the market. Why shouldn’t men be able to do the same?
The idea seems ridiculous, but why should women be able to deceive men of their looks and it not be allowed to be reciprocated? Having said all this, I’m not quite sure how I would feel if my (imaginary) boyfriend went around with foam-induced pecs and biceps. But each to his/her own.
I just ordered this dress from the Beyoncé collection at H&M and I need a bra to go with it! Which one out of the two shall I go for?
The dress has a cut-out panel at the back in which you can see the back of a bra and I’d like one of these bras so that you can just see the matching lace, I’m not quite confident enough, or well endowed enough, to go without! I’d love to know what you think.
You can purchase the dress online or in store from H&M, £14.99.
Top bra is £11.99 from New Look and the bottom bra is £9.99 from H&M. Both are available online.
& Other Stories is H&M’s sister brand consisting of all classic, minimalist timeless pieces in a price range that’s affordable, but not throwaway fashion like H&M. Here are my favourite pieces from the current collection for Spring, you’ll see just how timeless they are, they don’t follow particular trends so as to keep a classic formula to their brand. For more info on & Other Stories go to stories.com.