A Basic Guide to Bras for Men

Updated on December 12, 2016

Many men love to wear bras, but quickly become confused when confronted with the plethora of bras that are available on the market today. There are a wide range of terms and types of bra that can be a bit befuddling. That's why I've prepared this simple guide to walk you through the more common types of bra, and give you a few pointers on which might be best for you. This article does assume at least a basic knowledge of the brassiere, as may be obtained by sneaking into lingerie drawers, panty raids, and other nefarious and not so nefarious means.

Demi Cup - The demi cup bra is, as it sounds, a bra that covers half the area a normal bra covers. A great variation to try if you want to get a little more revealing without going all the way to the very naughty bras listed below. Put simply, the demi cup bra is sexy without being completely slutty. These bras may also fit some men better without all the extra bunching that can occur with the unneeded material that comprises traditional brassieres.

Open Tip Bras - These naughty bras look like a normal bra at first glance, but the quick double take reveals that this bra does not cover the nipples at all! This is a great option for men who want to feel the lace against their chest, but also want something a little different, or a little more revealing.

Shelf Bras - These bras are similar to the open tipped bras, but instead of having material that covers the 'breast' region with an opening for the nipples, these bras are constructed only with a lower shelf which is designed to support the breasts.

Underwire Bras - An underwire bra may be pretty, but it may also be uncomfortable for a man or a woman. Underwire bras are designed to give women more shape to their breasts, but when a man wears them all he gets is the chafing of the wire against his ribs with none of the gain of extra cleavage. (Unless of course, you're filling that bra up.) Some underwire bras are more comfortable than others, and if you really like the bra, it being underwire shouldn't necessarily put you off. Just be aware that there may be some hard rubbing sensations to put up with.

Sports Bras - These may not be the best choice for a man who likes to wear bras as they are primarily designed to support the female figure, and not do much else. Most sports bras are fairly plain affairs with more architecture than many bridges. You can recognize a sports bra from the plain and drab fabric, the ventilation which may come in the form of a mesh that surrounds the seams (don't get excited at the word mesh, we're not talking sexy mesh here, we're talking solid industrial style mesh.)

Strapless Bras - Another case of obviousness here. Strapless bras are simply bras that are designed to stay on simply through friction. There are no shoulder straps, and the bra simply wraps around the chest region. Strapless bras can also tend to be a bit on the plain side as they are designed primarily to give support under clothing, and not as a stand alone piece of lingerie desire. However, if you are prepared to look, there are some rather sexy little numbers out there.

That should be enough information to give you at least a start in the bra seeking game. Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments section if you would like more.


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      BossomPal 3 months ago

      I am so glad there are others like me especially the feeling of a change of personality which are such a luxury. I have loved wearing bra's since I was 10 year old. My mother had a wonderful figure and was also tall. Seeing her run from the bathroom to her bedroom soon convinced that I was a boob man and after that things went from bad to worse. Trying on her bra's then knickers moving on to stretchy tops and then skirts I was hooked. I now wear a bra and panties all the times I can, I do love large breasts and enjoy filling my bra's with the breast forms. I have now found a very comfortable bra and enjoy the shaping this gives my 44" DD being easy to wear for long periods as well as sleeping in. I am concerned with this obsession with bra's and wearing them as I enjoy it to much but equally I love to see a women with nice breasts.

      Only the other day in a café the waitress was very sweet and petit as I struggles to maintain my attention with my friends. She knew she had my attention and always walking around the table to show her DDs. I wondered what she would have thought that I could match her at home

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      bill 5 months ago

      Is it ok for a man to wear a bra and under pants under my pants outsid

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      Kph4900 6 months ago

      I am wearing a D cup bra 24/7 for the last 3 years and panties sometimes I love the feel of them with just my regular work clothes nobody ever said a thing about it

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      dbbmd 7 months ago

      I love the feeling bras and panties give me when I wear them all day long. I have been wearing them for years and I am a 38B and a size 9 panty. I prefer panties with a full back and lightly padded underwire and push-ups. I find everything I need at Walmart. I keep my secret hidden but it makes me fill exhilerated!

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      Victor G 8 months ago

      I personally have five bras and about 25 pairs of panties I don't have many men underwear left as I'm trying to get rid of them. I like wearing pantyhose and dresses I have 6 nice dresses mostly in pink. I have a garter belt with some nice thigh highs which I really like I try to wear them as much as possible throughout the day underneath my clothes. At night I mainly sleep in panties and a bra they feel so comfortable. I also like wearing makeup especially lip stick and eyeliner I'm getting pretty good about applying it. A lot of times at like 1 o'clock in the morning I'll go outside fully dressed with a bra panties and a full dress with makeup on I love it. Some nights I don't even care if I get caught by somebody I actually hope I do sometimes.

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      Norma 9 months ago

      I do not like to wear a bra so much but I have to do it every day because of large breasts (40C). It helps, less chafing and it is a good daily support during work and gym. I don't care what people might think, it is my body and I have to take care of it.

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      Phil 10 months ago

      I have been wearing panties, bras and nighties for years, I have a favourite lingerie store that I frequent to buy off the rack sets the girls are very helpful, when at home I am always wearing them plus my wife loves seeing me in sexy lingerie

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      Gordon Hermanson 10 months ago

      Is it possible to get a bra in a "48aa" or "aaa" that looks great and feels great? I have seen very few and what I have seen look like I should be in "Bootcamp.

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      Tom 12 months ago

      I love to wear bras. It makes me feel so sexy.

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      jadamslh 13 months ago

      I've begun wearing breastforms and bras because they put me in touch with my softer, more female side. That was denied me growing up and it's hurt me. I haven't been in touch with my feelings and emotions very well and it's damaged me in my relationships. My wife supports me in this. I think she can see the difference it's made in our lives.

      Is it a fetish, or an obsession? How would I know except I have a pretty good understanding of psychology. Yes, It's possible. All I know is that it's been good for me and for my marriage, so...who cares?

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      Tabitha 13 months ago

      I have a man that likes to wear bras. But having a bit of trouble finding the right cup size. If he went with female measuring he'd be a H cup there is no way he is a H cup. If you can help please do

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      John Berryman 13 months ago

      Thanks so much for you compassionate understanding, Hope! So well said,...so all my girdles, nylons, and delicate lovelies be not for naught, but walk in the sunlight. There is a God!

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      jamie2cd 7 years ago

      I also like to wear bra's.. I dress completely in fem most days and feel very comfortable...I have a few other cross dressing friends that I chat with and have been out for a few years....I shop in retail stores and on line but prefer in store shopping as I have found a few stores where the sales girls are very helpful and I am no longer embarrassed to tell the sales girl the items are for me.

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      rogerell 7 years ago

      I too like to wear both bras and stockings, I prefer a suspender belt or a girdle. I wear both at home but do visit dressing agencies where I can be made up and dressed in proper women's clothes, then I am comfortable and like to chat with other clients, I am not embarrassed and feel confident

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      jamie 7 years ago

      love wearing bras and pantys,also all types on lingere am married recently,and im afraid of getting noticed by my wife,but i wont stop wearing,

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      visitor 7 years ago

      I have been wearing bras and panties(and all sorts of other pretty feminine stuff) for 25yrs now. My wife knows and approves. I love to wear a bra under my shirt and go shopping. Also, I'll put on a pair of hi cut panties with a low cut pair of jeans so when I stoop down in a store they show. Very exciting!!! Nothing beats the feeling of wearing a bra and pretty panties!!!!

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      Sherman 8 years ago

      Susan.transgirl; Vincent; visitor209; and all...: Ah, lingerie on a budget is always a challenge. Right now Kohls has clearance items at greatly reduced prices. Last week panties were 3/9.99. This weekend they dropped them to 3/7.99. The selection of VF, Jockey, Bali, Olga, Warners, Maidenform is getting picked over but may still be worth your look. Name brand bras on clearance are 11.99. Not bad.

      People noticing? Maybe some. But it will be a rare person who will say anything. Some may be in denial. That's their way of dealing with reality. Others may be kindly interested. I'm waiting for the supportive comment. I expect someone will.

      If you're interested in pantliners JCPenney just got a shipment. at prices comparable and in some cases lower than their 2005 catalogue. Yes, they are catalogue order. The sizing shown in the website is accurate. I ordered one full length XL thinking I'd need the room. Too large. I ordered the Misses L next go around. They fit fine and feel great under jeans and as pajamas. I have picked up a very nice quality selection of pettipants (14, 20 and 24 inch lengths)in like-new condition at thrift stores. Sometimes their size and care tags have been cut off. I have a method to judge size by using my hand span and/or forearm length. Or you can compare with another item in the rack which has its tags.

      It's a rewarding challenge. Good luck and God bless.

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      sara9mm 8 years ago

      since this article is for men I would suggest first sizing yourself with a measuring tape no no not the hardwear store the one used by clothing makers called a cloth measuring tape. then go online and type your measurements into a free bra size caculator.(most bra size calculator pages/websites have instructions on proper bra measuring)

      here is a good one I found http://www.85b.org/ they also have a size converter so you can get the right bra if your shopping out of the country.

      then try these online stores (the only place I found my size) http://www.aalingerie.com/ and http://www.daintylady.co.uk/

      they both carry my size witch is a 38 aa they also carry aaa

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      adil 8 years ago

      i love to wear bras and panties

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      Susan.transgirl 8 years ago

      I love to go shopping for a nice bra or pair of panties. I have started shopping a K-Mart or Wal-Mart for inexpensive bras. I am wearing a nice soft cup (38D) pink bra. I think it only cost six dollars. Unfortunately I have to by my favorite Vanity Fair panties at more expensive department stores. I wonder if anyone notices, when I wear just a tee shirt over my bra?

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      vincent 8 years ago

      i have been wearing womens underwear of a kinds all my life i am 45 years old straight & single and very free spirited and open there is nothing wrong with wearing a bra or pantees or suspenders and stocking they feel great against your skin and the tightness against your thighs also front buttoned dresses are fantasic with the right underwear, underwired bra's are better as you can fill tem out with fillets and the stick on fillets are a lot better as they mover with you they stick on your chest and peel of with ease and will clip togeter to give you a bussom, there great,as one previous comment said women wear what they like is a woman wears a suit it classed as sexy and if you wear a dress your a perv, its time people opened there eyes were in the 21st century anyone should be able to wear what feels comfy, i have been arrested for wearing a bra in public under my clothes it was noticed and i was given a warning for lewd conduct, i was also warned whilst shopping and trying on a bra in contessa the police were called and i was humiliated in front of other shoppers also ridiculed and humiliated in a well known mature ladys clothes shop bon marche be careful guys not all women are comfotable with us guys wearing there clothes and underwear they can become vindictive and malisious towards any man that looks better in there underwear then they do,when in a private dressing room trying on a bra do it fast and quick as not all shoppers agree i have had good exp and very bad and most assistants are brillient but there are a few so be careful and hold your head up high and be proud of who you are never be ashamed or being a crossdresser or wearing a bra and if your wife has a problem with it just remind her that jeans and hair dryers were designed for men ?

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      TIMWILLIAMS 8 years ago

      I am a man that loves wearing womens bras and womens panties all the time. I also wear earrings in both ears and wear nail polish on my fingernails and toenails. I really enjoy doing all the womens/ girls stuff that I mentioned.

      It's fun and exciting.

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      Carole 8 years ago

      I just love wearing bras, knickers, slips nighties and dresses. Yum.

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      visiter209 8 years ago

      Hey just bought my first bra and panty set today... it is pink with lace and fits me perfectly. I have been secretly been wearing my mom's bra everyday. But for halloween, i decided to go as a complete girl and i had one of my friends go bra shopping with me. I love how they feel against me. I am 100% straight with a girlfriend of 1 year and she knows about my bra wearing and doesn't care. I hope to own my own wardrobe of women's clothes.

      ttyl for now...

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      Jay Zee 8 years ago

      I am a 38AA and have several bras in different styles and colors. My favorite panties are Joe Boxer string bikinis.

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      Jay Zee 8 years ago

      I love wearing bras and panties, camis,v-neck shirts, and liw-rise jeans. I am 38AA and have a large collection in different styles and colors.

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      surya 8 years ago

      i like wearing sarees, most of the time i am in ladies dress, now i am not doing any job, my wife is working and i am doing household work, preparing morning break fast, lunch and dinner. and cleaning and all other house work.

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      jamie lynn 8 years ago

      I'm a straight guy who is overweight. So I can fill a C cup. I love that I can do that. But now that I'm in my 20s, I'm starting to think about my health and know that I need to lose weight. I'm going to hate loosing these boobs.

      It's come to the point where I'm a regular shopper in Victoria Secrets, Fredricks of Hollywood, Charlotte Russe & Ann Taylor. My girlfriend loves that I have a vibrant feminine side. We like to have girls night out dates. Basically, we'll go out to dinner, see a chick-flick and go lingerie shopping. To top it off, I'm considered one of the girls when I go shopping with her girlfriends.

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      Fairy Mary 8 years ago

      Hi Guys (and Girls)

      I am new to this site and can't express fully my delight at finding that 100% straight guy like me is not alone in my desire to wear a Bra. I read the article and comments and used your info to buy my first (brand new and properly sized anyway) Bra and Panty set.

      Thanks for the great suggestions.

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      I love panties 8 years ago

      I always wear panties as that is all my wife wants me to wear. I love wearing panties they feel so good no pinching the no ride panties are the best.

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      visiting 8 years ago

      i just got my first bra it is pink and lacy

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      billyb 8 years ago

      Hope I just wore a bra for the first time all day i barrowed it from my wife I honestly don't know why I waited so long to try it I love wearing a bra now maybe I will grow a pair to fill the cup. I plan on buying several so I can wear a bra daily. Thanks for the inspiration

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      coleen 8 years ago

      I love dressing in womens underwear. Prancing around in lace and high heel boots is a great feeling.

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      mikey 8 years ago

      I love to wear a bra and silky knickers. The girls in my local lingerie shop are really friendly and helpful and they know that I am shopping for myself and I am allowed to try any bra on in the shop prior to buying.

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      Claws24 8 years ago

      Wearing Bras is just fantastic, I have been wearing them for around 6 years now and its good to see im not the only one, I wear 36a most of the time and prefer Underwired Satin/Silk bras.

      I love everything about them, the shape/colours etc and really enjoy going shoping for them (or buying online) Wearing them just makes me feel happy and good with myself, If you've ever been curious about wearing one then go ahead and give it a try

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      sarah 8 years ago

      i love wearing a bra and panties it makes me feel like the woman i wished i was

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      vf13007s5 8 years ago

      There is nothing wrong with wareing bras and panties I have been wareing them for a very long time. In my case I do not have to answer to anybody. It is just one of my pleasures of life.

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      Tim 8 years ago

      I am also considering implants (like Darrin). Nothing too dramatic, but enough to fill out an A-cup.

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      38D 8 years ago

      If you gotem wearem.

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      albert  8 years ago

      i have wear pantyand bar for50 years ihave34b breast my wife buy all lingerie the sheerpanty are the best ilike the unwirebarthey holdmy breast and show off my nipplei am luck . ihave big nipple i dress as a women very day

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      Patsy 8 years ago

      I have worn ladies panties before my teens, reason is they're more comfortable then mens underwear. I would like to find a 48AA or A bra to wear but I'm finding it almost impossible to find a store that sells this size.

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      sheri 8 years ago

      My husband is a nurse who has very femmine looks and long hair with his ears pierced. He wears panties and bras everyday and no one blinks an eye because he looks so natural in them. They are noticible under his scrubs and his bra is very noticible every time he bends over which is alot in his daily activities. He wears nothing but victoria secrets bras and panties and I just love his of work outfits also, tight tops and jeans.

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      bill and judy 8 years ago

      iwear a bra and panties everyday under my regular male clothes and have done so for years the wife knows and we often wear matching sets i also wouls like a long line bra but can not find one for a tall man or long torso --hope can you help us males find a good longline bra or one piece

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      Robert 8 years ago

      I've worn lingerie on and off for many years. I've been recently measured for a bra and panties by a lady who runs her own lingerie business. She was very nice and was delighted to help fit me. I hope to buy some silicone breast forms from her soon.

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      Dan 8 years ago

      I actually prefer ones with a underwire! I find them more comfartable and I am pretty flat chested. Also, when it does start to chafe it only reminds me that it's there. ;)

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      robin48 8 years ago

      I love wearing bras ,panties ..skirts makes me feel very comfortable

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      Yvettes 8 years ago

      Hello My man wife haha well she posted that we both love for him excuse me her to wear a bra.that's true.she also said I may tell a co-worker about it and that's why I am here. My friend is a great girl and is very open to a lot.but not sure how I may tell her about my bra and panty wearing man. I've hinted but got no reply as of yet about different things that relate.Things are going great for both of us and she lkes to wear dresses also which I think are very cute on her.Oh well hope to get things iron out with my girlfriend .

      Yvettes Wife.

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      Keith 9 years ago

      If you want the right size get measured I did at Debenhams. For a lot of men bra wearing is normal and necessary requirement to suppoort manboobs. I also only wear panties which are much more comfortable than pants and have just started using tights or knee-highs. They keep my legs warm and are beter for my feet. Again a lot men wear tights

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      mike 9 years ago

      i do belive for a man to wear a bra & panties. he has to be free in spirit. ive only been wearing bras & panties for about 6mo. and i only wished i had started years earlier. when i am wearing there is nothing else like the feeling that comes from a fine bra & well fitting panties

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      Andrew Frederick 9 years ago

      I wear a bra all the time most of my co workers know I don't have any problems.

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      I Love Bras 9 years ago

      What's wrong with a straight male wearing bras? Women have worn men's clothes forever it seems, so, why shouldn't men be aable to wear bras? I love a good molded cup bra, usually in private, a couple of times I have worn a bra under my regular clothes while going out for the day.

      I love to shop for bras at WalMart and JCPennys, doesn't bother me. If a sales clerk asks me who it's for, I just say, for my girlfriend.

      I love shopping in the linbgere section.

      Feeling good in a bra and loving it.

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      Elizabethxd 9 years ago from Horicon, WI

      It seems that a large number of males like wearing bras. I am a crossdresser so of course I love wearing a bra, as well as all other items of lingerie. I actually have about 25 bras. I prefer an underwire with silicone forms. I laso occasionally wear a bra and panties under my male clothes. I find it interesting that there are men who are straight but love wering bras. Since women may freely wear virtually any item of male clothing, perhaps this will become more acceptable. It certainly doesn't hurt anyone.

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      jenniferlyn 9 years ago

      i also enjoy wearing feminine clothing especially lingerie.why should women have all the fun

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      jenniferlyn 9 years ago

      hi girls i wear some type of bra and panties 24/7 sleep bras for bed and regular during the day.i feel undressed if not wearing these items.plus i wear stockings

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      barbara25000 9 years ago

      just trying to make a comment.

      I love to wear a nice bra.

      that's about it

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      lingerielover 9 years ago

      Getting an allinone that fits the male torso is not easy. If you don´t find one then maybe the combination of girdle and longlinebra might be your choice. Women and men have a different hip waist ratio so often a girdle and a longline fits much better with a man.

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      RK 9 years ago

      I love wearing bra and panty. My wife does not mind it . I also love wearing lipstick, earrings , high heels and other female dresses like skirts. I am 100% straight

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      threesweds 9 years ago

      As LatexLeah commnted several months ago, the "all in one" is left out. I have been wearing panties and bras and would like to get a "all in one" but don't know what size to get. I have tried some on but they never are long enough in the torso. Hope, do you or anyone have any suggestions? I just love the feel of satin against my body.

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      DJ 9 years ago

      I wear Panties and bra under my male clothes whenever I get the chance. Love feeling pretty and sexy. My wife knows and does not care, but chooses not to se me in them.

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      Bras4All 9 years ago

      I love wearing bras and do so almost every day. My wife found out about my little secrate but I have been working up to it buy wearing hers in front of her from time to time. I do wear one out and about sometimes but not as much in summer. The girls bras are the way to go to get one that fits as far as the cup goes but they are limited as far as adjustment sometimes. The hard part is to try on allot of sizes that"might not be your size" such as I find a D bra has the right size underwire for me but often the cup size is not right. No kidding you say but if you find one that is a stretchy one they do fit quite nice. The "A" cup bra is often the go to but the under wire is to small to fit from side to side so it floats on top and when you raise your arms it climbs up. So what I am getting to is go for a larger size but stretchy. Hope this helps

      I have never been caught wearing a bra but I have seen another guy out there wearing one. FYI

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      Hope Alexander 9 years ago

      Try this hub.... it has a few ideas in the article, and then a whole bunch of user submitted suggestions too...


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      pantylionking 9 years ago from San Antonio, Tx

      I love wearing panties and am wanting to wear bras in public without being noticed. Any ideas.

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      manbreast 9 years ago

      i have large breast and was told by my doctor to get a good fitting bra and wear it for comfort and pain relief

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      yvettes 9 years ago

      I've been wearing bras and panties for a lot of years and was notice by a co-worker and later we started dating after I had a divorce a few years later.I am now her girlfiend and we live together.Oh yes still wear them at work and she likes the Idea of it.so far no one else know but that may change some day,she want's to tell her girlfiend at work but so far she has not but she has hinted about the subject to her.Well that's it for now.


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      jason 9 years ago

      i wear a bras when ever i get the chance it is my choice and one day i wish to have my own breast as well i am hoping that i can grow up to a size d cup and i feal like my self when i wear one and i am a strate male and men should be able to wear what ever they want

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      Paul 9 years ago

      I buy my own. Be a man and buy yours too. Number one reason I ended up divorced: Wife couldn't handle the thought of me in women's underwear. Shattered her image of me. I dream of a day when men are as free as women to express themselves openly. Time to shatter the taboos... Join me by wearing your bra and panties to work tomorrow... C'mon, you know you want to.

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      pantylionking 9 years ago from San Antonio, Tx

      Does anyone have a bra I can borrow. It's my first

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      LatexLeah 9 years ago

      Alas, the grand old "all in one" is left out, once again. They keep pantyhose up, breast forms in place and the look smooth. Maybe they're old fashioned in today's fast paced society but back in the good ol' days when men were men... wait, that doesn't work.

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      Jill 10 years ago

      My husband wears a bra, at first I was troubled but now I'm fine with it. He wears a 36A underwire, lightly padded. I buy them for him in the girls department at Kmart or Walmart. He has a pastel blue, beige, black and white. I don't care to have him wear anthing pink or with lace. Most of the girls style bras have the adjusters on the front so they don't show as much.My sister always gives him a bra and pantie set for his birthday.

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      Bugaboo pest control 10 years ago

      Don't knock it if you haven't tried on a bra that fits you well.

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      sweet ed 10 years ago

      i have been wearing panties for a long time. my wife sometimes picks them out. most of the panties have lace on hem. they feel very good on my body. if women can wear boxers why should we looked like we are weird. if you have not tried wearing you are missing out on the feel of them

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      Volatto 10 years ago

      Cool! this will be great for my friend Karlouis! :D