Does Not Wearing a Bra Cause Sagging?

Woman checking her bra to see if her breasts will say. Wearing a bra may help prevent your breasts from sagging.

We’ve quarantined and lounged about for two years now. And while that may eventually come to an end, wearing our comfy clothes won’t. No one wants to spend more time than they have to in restrictive styles, but what if wearing a bra can help with sagging breasts? We’ve got answers on all your questions about what really causes breast sagging (going braless or not) as well as the best bras for sagging breasts so you don’t have to wonder anymore. Here’s to your boobs.


The Drawbacks of Wearing a Bra

There’s no definite research that suggests there’s any disadvantage to wearing a bra. In fact, as long as your bra fits you well and is made with comfortable materials that help hold you in place and support you, it’s great to wear one. For women who have larger breasts and experience back or neck discomfort from the added weight, wearing supportive, full coverage bras can help keep you comfortable and prevent pain.


Bras and Sagging

Wearing the wrong size bra or one that fits poorly can contribute to the weakening of the ligaments attached to your chest muscles, causing breast sagging. Why? A badly fit bra puts more stress on your tissue over time, can likely cause back pain and general discomfort. A little secret: your breasts don’t actually have any actual muscle tissue in them; those Cooper’s Ligaments that run throughout your breasts are like elastic strings that connect to your chest (otherwise known as your pectoral) muscles.

As you get older or your hormones change and those ligaments get weaker and become slack. What happens to our breast tissue is similar to what happens to our skin as we age – we lose strength from our collagen fibers, causing sagging and wrinkles. Depending on genetics and age, it’s more likely your breast tissue will droop naturally.


Does Not Wearing a Bra Cause Sagging?

Long story short: not wearing a bra may cause saggy breasts. Some experts say, however, it’s a good idea to let those babies breathe once in a while. That means take a break from your wired bra when you get home or are just lounging about. We’re fans of wired and wireless bras alike, but bralettes are super comfortable and perfect to sleep in if that’s your thing. So if you’re looking for a break from a wired bra or tight constricting sports bras, try something wireless that’s made from super soft material and still gives you that support you need.

At the end of the day, sagging is just a natural phenomenon that happens to your boobs over time and there are plenty of bras out there to help lift sagging breasts. And if you’re wearing a bad bra, remember it’s not you—it’s the bra. Get a good fitting bra and say goodbye to uncomfortable, bad bras for good to help reduce the stress on your breast tissue, neck and back. If you need a little help, go ahead and take our Fitting Room Quiz to see what we’ve picked for you at ThirdLove.