I’m about to introduce you to a phrase you never knew you needed – VBL.
It’s an outfit ruiner; a selfie killer; the fly in the ointment of otherwise perfect garms. It’s visible bra line, and it’s all the fault of padded bras.
Foamy t-shirt bras, balconettes full of fluff, and push-ups that defy gravity are so commonplace in high street shops and it’s often hard to find a bra without padding.
But they also go bunchy under your top and leave you with the dreaded VBL if you’re wearing anything thinner than a woolly jumper. Not to mention the fact that even the most delicate of washing cycles makes them go bobbly and misshapen over time.
As a 32DD who needs more than the support of the humble triangle crop top can offer, but doesn’t want to add two cup sizes in foam, I often don’t know where to turn to buy my undies.
I could go to La Perla and drop £300 on something well made and practical, but I’m a mere mortal who wants to be able to nip to Boux Avenue and spend a few quid on something pretty.
The upside to padded bras is that there’s less chance of getting a bit nippy for all to see (if you catch my drift). Newsflash, though, people – we all have nipples. If Jennifer Aniston in Friends was anything to go by, it’s actually quite a crowd-pleaser.
In one thread on the topic on Mumsnet, one user Capitola said, ‘I don’t care about nipples showing. I would rather that now & then, than boobs like weird bolsters.’
Another, MCSpammer, says, ‘They are everywhere. can’t stand them… They feel so wrong, like I’m wearing 4 bras.
The moulded cups in padded bras are made by heating the cup over a – you guessed it – mould. That’s what I don’t get, though. No two boobs are the same size and shape, not even the two on my own chest.
So if you have a padded moulded cup, you’ll either be left with empty space or be spilling over the top.
Also, I’ve tried and failed to get inside the minds of prospective partners for years, but do people find perfectly semi-spherical tits attractive?
Maybe it’s just me who wants my breasts to look like breasts and not like skin-coloured Tunnock’s teacakes.
The idea that a t-shirt bra is a padded one is hilarious to me. It should be seamless and look like you have no underwear on, not give the illusion that you’re smuggling snow globes under your dress.
In the fifties, the cone-shaped bullet bra was all the rage. In the nineties it was all about lifting them up to your collarbones in the trendy Wonderbra. But what’s wrong with our actual breasts?
Regardless of whether you like a padded bra and keeping your nipple modesty in check, or like me you prefer to keep it more natural, there should definitely be more options out there.
If any high-street lingerie buyers are reading this – give a gal a break and help me vanish my VBL. Please.