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Alana Rose wrote:I’m looking forward to the day where nipples and bralessness can be normalized and is not considered immodest or unprofessional (it’s just healthy and natural.)

I'm not an easy shape to fit a bra on, although surprisingly, it was a nursing bra that actually fit me the best and caused the least amount of pain and that I wore for several years after I'd stopped nursing when I had to wear one at all.

Luckily, at the moment, I'm living in a climate where I don't overheat if I wear an "A-shirt" under a blousey shirt that hides things fairly well. I'm also in a region where bralessness is more acceptable.

However, I've contemplated this issue, because if I ever have to go to something formal, I am definitely considering the route of a "working corset" designed to my specific measurements. The key goal will be to cover the nipples and hold the breasts just enough to support, but distribute that support over my rib cage and what little waist I've got (I'm *very* short waisted and my floating ribs don't like pressure and nor does my back if it's in too narrow a region.) There is a sewing thread on the subject with lots of resources here on permies. Like everything, a reasonable solution to a clothing problem was turned into a fashion statement that is not at all what its original purpose was, so one has to dig below the 'hype" and get to the original purpose and design to get where I would want to be. Tight, elastic around my ribcage/back is *not* happening. I can't handle either the pain or the impact on my breathing.

At times, years ago, I wore an obi in Japan and it didn't bother my back, and it did cover the nipples, but an obi isn't part of North American clothing fashion!
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Surprisingly, most women are not easy shapes to fit.  the human torso is not symmetric. If you find a design for your shape and comfort requirement, there is, IMHO, a market out there that can be targeted as a home based business.  Computers can generate 3D images that can be used to tailor designer clothes.  My year 8 mathematics teacher was a corsetiere in Germany and he said that maths was an essential tool because each woman was different so needed a different solution, to paraphrase.  
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