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celebrate the sag: the saggy boob look

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Kait recently asked me via the Ask Mr. Kate section:Hi Kate! This is Kait with an “i”. How do you get that ‘saggy boob’ look while wearing a bra? An example is your Romper OOTD. I see it everywhere and I just cant achieve it! Thanks!”

My Answer: Okay, this made me laugh. At first I thought, “wait, should I be insulted?” Then I pondered the question dangling in front of me (ew) and quickly came to the conclusion that I DO embrace the saggy boob look on PURPOSE! Calm down with the caps Kate, they’re just boobs. But what I’m saying is, I purposefully wear bras with little, to no, reinforcement (pads, padding, the like) and sometimes no underwire – there are no Miracles (trademark Vicki’s Secret) happening with the bras that I wear.

In the morning, as I wrap myself with my flimsy support systems, I often have my mother’s voice ringing in my ears: “Wear a supportive bra so you’re not kicking your tits around by the time you’re 40!” This, coming from a woman who basically burned her bra in the 60’s and often brags about walking around Boston barefoot to get macro-biotic food from the first ever Erewhon.

I digress, we’re talking about boobs here, not brown rice patties (ew). So, against my reformed-hippie-mother’s advice, I don’t wear supportive bras, so Kait with an ‘i’, I would say that’s the most basic answer I can give you…wear a bra that barely does anything and hopefully your boobs have already met a thing called gravity and voila, the saggy boob look!

But let’s get into the nitty titty of this. Let’s really delve into this question that Kait has asked me. There are some deep cultural implications that we can glean from this here saggy boob or perceived saggy boob syndrome. The truth is, my boobs aren’t really THAT saggy, but I think what’s deceptive about their downward persuasion is that they’re REAL! There I go with the caps again. Basically, I think the perception of what boobs are supposed to look like has changed since the advent of the silicone/saline/recycled gummy bear boob phenom (are italics better? Less angry). A natural boob, be it a tear drop shape, banana swoop, melted Milk Dud, you name it, those shapes have now gone the route of the VHS tape and are rarely seen roaming the streets (RIP Blockbuster). Us women are hoisting these puppies up with Miracles, super straps and even things that closely resemble raw fowl…can I have a cutlet?

I’m not trying to invoke another bra burning session, let’s face it, they’re mostly polyester and you don’t want flaming napalm with underwires ruining a good bonfire. I’m merely pointing out that my saggy boobs aren’t yet the subject of a Farrelly Brothers’ movie (am I dating myself?) but kinda, sorta, dare I say it, normal?!

Everyone’s boobs are shaped differently. My sister has these perky round things that my half eaten pears are somewhat envious of. I mean, she is 6.5 years younger than me but I still think it’s a shape thing because mine were still more fond of the southern hemisphere when I was her age. My mom, on the other hand has run the boob gamut. She started out with perky Cs, let them live the free-wheelin’ life during her hippie years (I wonder if Acid makes your boobs sag more?) and then had two babies who breast fed till we were able to form full sentences and get our license – JK, it was about age 2. After baby number two, she decided she wanted to see what her belly button looked like, so she had her plastic surgeon slice off the nipple, make an incision from the nipple down to the crease (imagine a cat smiling with a nipple for a nose) and then he snipped off that saggy skin and folded the whole thing up to a perky B! Mom then decided she missed her ample Cs so back to Dr. Plastic she went and got some bags of salt water (saline) folded in those suckers, rounding her out to a big ol’ D. Now I’m not exposing any big secret in telling you guys about my mom’s boob adventures, she was known to lift her shirt up in public settings and show what the doctor gave her, to anyone with any interest… her gay guy friends loooooved it, as my sister and I uttered the usual, “Uch, Moooom!”

But alas, my wee mother grew tired of her pumped up, fun bags and eventually had them removed. She’s now back to Bs who’s perkiness rival my floppers.

Like many girls/ladies, I’ve analyzed my breasts in the past and wondered if they looked good or if I needed a boob job. It’s hard not to when you’re bombarded with images of silicone cantaloupes growing up. I think plastic surgery is definitely a personal choice, and if it makes you feel better then by all means, DO IT! But I always like to question why I’m doing something – do I feel like I need to do this because of some outside pressure or is it something that I, in my inner most being, want to do? That’s how I came to the conclusion that I like my saggy situation. I prefer the way my natural breasts, with their natural droop, look in clothes. I feel too much like a stuffed turkey when I have on my water bra with cleavage up to my Adam’s apple (PS, I don’t have an Adam’s apple because, against popular opinion, I am not a man). Speaking of men, Joey likes my boobs… or at least he tells me he does, which is all that matters. Ignorance is bliss and while I’m on my soapy soap box, I’ll just shout it out and shake my saggy boobs and say….let’s Celebrate The Sag! Saggy is the new Sexy… I’m bringing saggy baaaack!

  • My past saggy boob looks:

  • My favorite sag-inducing bras:

1. Target $14.99, 2. Forever 21 $7.80, 3. Urban Outfitters $16 (the same one I’m wearing in the Romper OOTD but in hot pink), 4. If you want underwire Cosabella $67.50 this one is very minimal coverage but still has underwires.

  • Celebrity Sag: 

What do you think? Lend me your boob below!

(images via scarlettjohansson.org, celebritygalleries.org, theincredibletide.wordpress, gotceleb.com, zimbio.com, justjared, mustytv.blogspot ) 

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1

I think natural is beautiful! You look fabulous! Not saggy.

2

This article needs to go viral. To many women are under pressure to look perky when this natural look is so beautiful. I love it when you wrote "they’re REAL!"

3

This article needs to go viral. To many women are under pressure to look perky when this natural look is so beautiful. I love it when you wrote "they’re REAL!"

4

haha! Liked this a lot. I'm only 28 years old, but after 4 babies... I totally sag. I joke and say to nurse my babies, I just gotta set them on the ground... The husband likes them so I try to remember that is all that counts!

5

Good God, there is nothing remotely "Saggy" about your boobies! They look nice, normal... NATURAL. They have a natural drape, not sag!!

6

I am a reformed "perky" boob (eh...) who now, thanks to a bum thyroid, has bigger boobs than I ever wanted. I hate the boob sweat that goes with saggy boobs but I would nevah evah get surgery just 'cause I want my boobs perkier. Maybe this is the start of a new trend? I can hope & dream, can't I? I have seen & touched more boobs than the average female because I was a stripper in my former perky body - and lemme tell you, guys might go nuts over fake boobs for a second, but every guy I ever talked to on the subject confessed he liked real boobs better.

7

Saw you on Craft Gossip.
I have a 28 C (D-ish since I am currently breast feeding my 16mo now). Finding bras that size are all but impossible. Plus I'm in the Hot humid South Mississippi... So the fewer layers the better. I go bra less as often as possible.
FYI- research had shown that saggy boobs are caused by genetics and pregnancy, breast feeding actually improves them 🙂

8

I have big boobs (34 E) so I cant handle going bra-less or even a bralette (not that they're made in my size anyway!) What I find rediculous is that "society" loves big breasts yet, bras for large chested women are harder to come by and if you do find them, they're ugly and/or expensive.

9

I agree with the responders who would not have thought "saggy" when looking at your photos. Growing up I was of a size where a bra was optional, although I didn't think so at the time. I gained a lot of weight and no matter how much weight I lose, my breasts stay the same. Most bras are a danger to women (due to constriction of lymph under arms, mainly) and I hate wearing them, especially underwire. When I had physiotherapy for whiplash my (male) therapist said that not wearing a bra was hampering my healing !!!!!
For those looking for a more natural look, check out the Coobie bra. I don't have one, have never seen one but I have it on one of my Pinterest boards.

10

Loved this!

11

LOL, if sag is the next big thing in fashion, call me a supermodel! :p

12
Kell Smurthwaite

I've always been amply supplied in the boobage area. Pre-pregnancy, I was rockin' a D-cup. At the end of my first pregnancy, I was a GG, and afterwards only came back down to an F even long after I'd quit breastfeeding (we did that for 15 months). I'm now preggers with #2 and my boobs are currently at FF (I wonder if they'll surpass my GGs?). Of course, with bigger boobs comes more gravity. They don't exactly come down to my belly button, but they're definitely heading a bit further south. The truth is, I find the "hitch-em-up-and-smoosh-em-together" balcony bras incredibly uncomfortable, and although I do ted to wear an underwired bra, they tend to be cotton or t-shirt bras with next to no padding, simply because they're more comfy. I'm lucky that my hubby thinks I have phenomenal boobs (and that makes me feel happy about them too!), and I'm happy that they've successfully fed one child into toddlerhood, and will hopefully do the same for bambino #2 (due in October). My boobs are doing a grand job and if they want to "swing low" as they get older, then I'm fine with that. 🙂

13

Thank You for that down-to-earth freshness! Personally, I hate being all strapped in to a form. Yes, the perky Cs of my youth have lost their kick but change is a natural state of life. I opt for soft support or, if I'm at home, none at all.
In many instances bras are not healthy or comfortable. Yes, if running a marathon they might be welcomed; but in most cases we wear them more for others than for ourselves. That's just in America though, where we still view the body as sinful. I don't think Europeans have the same fixation on "fixing" our assets.

14

I think I love you. I was starting to feel bad about my saggy ish boob (thanks kids for that - the saggy tata's not the feeling bad - they both think I'm lovely). after reading this post, braless as per my norm, I think I'm off to forever to look for that sag inducing bra - it's pretty!

15

I loved this article! I am 19 and I wear a 30G/32DDD in a bra and while they are big being young they still have some perkiness! But I think the saggy boob look; like you showed in your picks and celebrity pics is so sexy to men and women all around is because you can tell that they are real! Real is beautiful! I do tend to wear a bra but I love to let the girls loose at the end of the day!

16

yeah i have C cup boobs... this is literally something only people with small boobs could do. even then, bras are best.

17

Loved that !! it really made me think. its true .. we are who we are and that should be embraced !! xxxx

18

I LOVED (hell yeah caps!) reading this, Mr. Kate! Your introspection and observation of socially induced boob standards are dead on. The way media keeps telling me my boobs are SUPPOSED to look is not how 90% of boobs look naturally and that is really confusing! In my opinion, your boobs (nor the boobs pictured below your boobs) are not saggy at all, they are just big, and to me, perked up, jumbled, jostled and overly 'supported' boobs look weird! I am very fond of my slightly padded underwire bra, but pushups and miracles are far from miraculous for anyone's self esteems. Instead of focusing on bringing our tits up to our noses, why cant we just choose to look appropriate and be comfortable? No one wants to see belly button boobs but must we then be forced to look at chin boobs? Lets find the middle ground!

19

great response. we get enough pressure from magazines and media telling us we have to look like barbi dolls to be sexy. natural is the sexiest.

20

I love your response. Yes, natural boobs are beautiful in any shape and level of sag. Mine aren't perky, or have that same sag. They did shift after breastfeeding, which was disappointing. But, I hate wearing bras, so when possible (which is most days), I wear a tank top under shirts, or a dress that doesn't need extra coverage. Really, at this point, I'm just covering my nipples. The rest doesn't matter. My husband doesn't complain. I've always had small boobs. They are just lower now. My daughter understands that all boobs are different.

21

Hi Kate! While I do prefer a sturdy and uplifting bra for myself, as I read this I realized that I never noticed "saggy" boobage going on in your pics. It never even ocurred to me or struck me in any way and I always look at your OOTD's. I usually just marvel how well you can pull off anything you wear. I think it goes to show that confidence is our best asset.

22

I love you Kate!!! This is such a great post!!

23
Miranda Partridge

Saggy boob bras are the best - so comfy! Plus, a scientific study done in France just came out saying that women who don't wear bras actually have less sag than those who go braless 🙂

It's my ammunition when people judge me for going without/wearing a less supportive bra x

24

GREAT post, really. Sincere and smart, I loved it. I have to agree with the other comments : your boobs (haha can't believe I'm talkin to a woman I don't personally know about her boobs 🙂 ) are not saggy, they are natural. They are LOVED boobs (loved by you who didn't change them, loved by your man...) and that's exactly what's great about natural boobs.

25

Best post EVER!!!!

26

Well, let´s face it, this is something it only seems possible to me if your boobs are medium to small. Not wearing any kind of support would feel rather uncomfortable to my 38FF boobs and most of the clothes out there wouldn´t look nice on me. Other than that, go girl! 😉

27

Haha!!! I loved this! It was totally funny and inspiration. I love how you have your own ideas of life and fashion!

28
Anonymoose Moose

Omg, your boobs are not saggy! It's how boobies look when you're not wearing a bra! Rarg to anyone who says different!

I prefer natural breasts...I've had experience with plastic and non-plastic. I was disappointed to find out that plastic pretty much feels exactly like it looks... >_<

29

i personally love the shape of my bare boobies... and I love seeing other women (like you) embracing their natural shape, it's beautiful! I don't call it saggy, I call it sexy 😉

30
Cheers Cristalia

Hah!! So funny. Love your answer. Cheers! Cristalia

31
Michelle Burton

I love your respond 😀 laughed so hard. Still I think "saggy" sounds rather negative. Your breasts simply look natural (and nice), that's it. My boobies barely fill a B-cup, thus are more on the perky side which is why I've been thinking about not wearing bras anymore. I haven't done it yet because it makes me feel weird not wearing a bra when I'm not in my pyjamas plus I don't like my nipples showing or pointing at people. Maybe any tips for a "soft" transition or on how to tame my nipples?

32

I have seen "nipple covers" although not recently. They stick on and prevent the erect nipple from showing 😉

33

Sadly my sag is waaaaaaaaay beyond anything that can be considered sexy :o(

34

Those look like normal boobs to me! I don't wear bra's at all unless my shirt is see through or I am exercising!

35

I laughed out loud while reading this. I love the 'bras' from American Apparel - vey little support, but they hold the girls in place without any wire or padding. They have them in cotton, lace, mesh... the list goes on!

http://www.dashofkate.blogspot.com

xo

36

Great post! And thank you for making the point about society today and how we view/conceptualize a natural look with a general negative connotation ('Saggy' doesn't sound so great :S) With a natural size F cup, I am perpetually in a natural 'saggy' state without my beloved support device 😉 Rock what you got! And you have a great rack, saggy or not! 😉

37

Hahhaa...didn't think it was possible to love you more, you are amazeballs. Saggy chesticles and all. 😉

38

This post brought to mind an article I read recently. I think you might dig the info! http://www.blisstree.com/2013/04/11/beauty-shopping/why-wear-a-bra/