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Racerback

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I’m in a history, inquisitive kind of mood this week. On Sunday, I posted about winter wear, and today, I’m writing about racerback bras. It’s just that kind of week.

When I was making my most recent bra, which was based off a RTW bra, I started to wonder why I chose this kind of silhouette. It’s sportier than a bra that has left and right straps, and I usually chose the opposite – a more feminine shape. But in this case, function trumps aesthetic. Racerback, t-back, or sport backs allow more movement of the back and the arms. Whether it’s a high curve near the neck or a t-strap down the center back, the shape doesn’t restrict or compress the shoulder blades, which causes more range of motion. I also read in a recent article that has somehow disappeared from the internet (why can’t I find things when I need them?), that racerbacks improves posture. According to the author, part of the reason is that a person’s poise is the result of the clothing they wear, at least somewhat. Have you ever noticed that when you wear a sleeveless top, you push your shoulders back more than you would if you were wearing a sleeved tee or a sweater? The same goes for racerback bras. The lines of a racerback point towards the center back, and this causes us to do the same with our posture and stand up straight. I didn’t think this could be until one day before the weather turn, I noticed that I was standing up and sitting in my chair a little more upright. Now that’s a good discussion – do the clothes we wear subconsciously affect our poise and stance?

4 Comments

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    Debbie Iles

    Beautiful! It is exactly the bra I need for my Hannah top!

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    Pauline alice

    That’s very interesting! (And the bra looks so pretty and feminine). I’m short so I think my posture is quite because of that, I have to stand up straight hehe. But I like garments and undergarments that help a good posture. I have a bustier that I wear with strapless dresses and it’s great for support and standing straight. I’ll be looking for racerback…

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m not the best at standing up straight either, I’m a shortie too, and racerbacks have helped me stand up straight just a little.

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    Carlee McTavish

    Very interesting indeed! I wouldn’t be surprised if they did affect our posture, and I might just have to experiment with this tomorrow….

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