Now that my oldest daughter has started fifth grade, I’m reminded of all the changes I went through when I was her age. Growing up and developing physically was a big part of my year. I hated it. I wanted to be a little girl longer and the transition was a pain (in many ways). Who remembers the hard chest knots in the beginning? Ugh…and ouch. That sucked.
When I was starting to develop I remember the worst part was having my dad address the issue. He drove me absolutely nuts. He was always trying to make me wear a bra because my shirts were loose and you could see through the sides. I swear I heard “Where is your brassiere?” every single day. I hated it. I wanted to hide myself, but my boobs more that anything (they definitely weren’t breast yet). I enjoyed being a little girl and my dad was ruining that feeling with a really ugly stiff white institutional starter bra. My life as I knew it was about to be over, and I refused to wear a dumb “brassiere,” as he called it. First of all, STOP…who calls them that? Second, where was my mom…who never had on a bra, like ever? And third, I really wasn’t done passing the time away in my underwear just yet.
Denial – Ain’t Just a River in Egypt
Then one day everything changed. By the time I hit sixth grade I remember a particular day I went running downstairs to do laundry (in my skivvies of course), and when I ran past my older brother, I instinctively covered my chest. Out of nowhere it was weird. From that moment on, I never ran around shirtless again. It was a sad awakening. It’s like all of a sudden breast just showed up. The breast I had been ignoring for a year. I had hoped I could run around braless for a lot longer, and so I did what any other girl in denial would do…I got a dispenser of Scotch tape and I tried my best to tape my inconvenient breast down. Yes, I did THAT!
I was growing up and into something I wanted no part of…ugly stiff white institutional looking bras, whether I wanted to admit it or not.
Breast Friends Forever
Fast forward to today and I’m a mom of two girls. The oldest is stepping into the world of changes and the difference I’m trying to make with her is that she feels comfortable in her own skin. I want her to embrace the stages of life she’s going to experience and not be ashamed or hesitant to grow up and move on. Most of all, I want her to feel comfortable talking to me about these changes. Daddy stays out of it. Fortunately, I’m finding today’s starter bras are much easier to introduce to girls than the ugly stiff white institutional looking bras I had, and I’ve been relieved at how easy the transition has been. Instead of being the dreaded voice of change (which is coming whether girls embrace it or not), I am able to be a friend and ally with cool solutions for my daughter.
Stiff White Fabric is for Institutions, Colors and Patterns Are for Girls
I was so fortunate to have Hanes supply my family with several styles of underwear from their pop-up boutique last year at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I made sure to take home a few starter bras, because I wanted to be ready for the day that my girls would need them. I had no idea it would be sooner than later. Thankfully I was thinking ahead, because it made the first conversation about development more about style and color choices than anything. Body changes are fashionable in our house and that’s okay with me…whatever works!
We’re excited about all the options we have to choose from and we’ve embraced several styles and colors. Today girls’ bras are way cooler than back in my day…as a matter of fact, they weren’t cool at all then, even if you couldn’t wait to grow breast. Girls today have it made. I’m impressed that several Hanes girls’ bra styles accommodate racerback tops. Hello…options! Perhaps I would’ve been more receptive to the idea of wearing bras if they were as cute and functional as they are today.
Check out some of the styles of Hanes girls’ bras we love…
If you haven’t had the talk yet, or will be having it soon, it’s a great time to pick up some Hanes girls’ bras to stuff in the drawer. I never even had to suggest bras be worn. I had Hanes girls’ bras ready and available for my daughter and since they were so stylish, the bras were embraced as another layer to her already fashionable wardrobe.
Choose the Right Bra
Check out these awesome Tips for Buying Girls’ Bras, from Hanes Bra Expert, Melissa Berry, and before you head out shopping, enter below, to win a Hanes girls’ bras wardrobe and a $50 gift card to get you started!
- Girls develop at different rates – some later, some more quickly. So be prepared to have the discussion. It’s an important time for body awareness and self-confidence.
- Remember that your girl is still growing, so consider a bra with a flexible fit, adjustable straps and removable foam inserts. Hanes bras are designed with growing girls in mind.
- In terms of styles, a seamless pullover or bralette can be a great starter bra. Next, look for a seamless style with removable pads for added modesty. For girls on the go, a racerback style can provide a sporty look and keep straps from slipping off her shoulders. For older girls, molded cups provide smooth shaping and support.
- Know what type of bra your daughter wants before you go shopping. This helps you focus your options and ease the decision-making process, in what can be an emotional time (for you and your daughter!).
- Look for easy sizing guidelines on the package – knowing your daughter’s clothing size and/or weight will help you to find the right size for her.
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Bra Styles for Every Girls’ Needs
To check out more great Hanes girls’ bras styles and colors, check out the following links for styles and options to fit any girl.
For Everyday Comfort (Bralettes)
For on the Go Comfort (Athleisure, Sporty)
Sleek and Smooth (Molded)
Happy Shopping and Good Luck…you know which talk comes next!!!