Like a lot of women, the first thing I ditched in the pandemic was my bra. Liberating! But now it’s spring again. We are going back to the office soon, and some compromise is necessary. I’m looking for a deconstructed bra that does not ride up, but is less constricting than a traditional underwire. Any suggestions? — Elizabeth, Portland, Ore.
One of the meta questions of the moment, as we emerge from the pandemic, in-person work restarts and restaurants and entertainment sites open up, is what, of all the changes that occurred during these long periods of isolation, will stick?
In the midst of the experience, we often talked about lifestyle evolutions as if they were permanent, but increasingly the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way. After sweatpants, all anyone wants is … party dresses! After home hair-dying, salons are a destination. Which brings us to what this means for the many women who, like you, seized the lockdown moment and freed themselves from underwire.
Not necessarily the same old, same old thing. Because as we also know, the pandemic turned out to be a spur to many trends that were already emerging, and the move to less restrictive undergarments, like the move to online shopping or flexible work schedules, was one of them.
Even before Covid, after all, Victoria’s Secret with its push-ups and cartoonish female stereotypes had fallen out of favor, trounced by Savage X Fenty with its embrace of sizes, skin tones and styles. The bralette, the official name for a bra that doesn’t look as if it was engineered by a bridge builder, was making an official comeback. So much so that it was even worn on
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