Minimalism- How Many Bras Do You Actually Need?

Say, how many boobs do you have? I have one pair. 

Dear reader, I’m curious to know the number of bras you have in your closet? I counted 12 in mine.

About six months ago I moved into an apartment and decided to significantly reduce my belongings. I’m somewhat of a nomad by choice and move from place to place on a regular basis. I also decided to condense my wardrobe and daily routine, thus eliminating the need to store so much “stuff”. I simply don’t use it.

When I looked at the number of bras I had, I realized that maybe 30% of them were used. Some of the following bras I had were:

  • A bra with a forward bracket (that I could open in front of someone by surprise- Ta-Da!!!)
  • A Pink bra (I hate pink…)
  • A purple colored bra (No way can I wear this color and not look sick with my complexion.)
  • X-back cross style bra (Okay, are we in the 90s?)
  • A comfortable bra to wear at home (if I’m at home, I’m definitely not wearing a bra.)
  • Strapless Bra (Why? I’m not in high school anymore, I’m a 30-year-old woman. I haven’t worn a strapless top in years.)
  • A special occasion sexy lingerie bra, purely serving the purpose as Alpha male magnets (I’m currently running away from them. No thanks!)

And more and more, so much so I do not remember what else was there…

I am in Miami, now for a two-month business trip. I packed one bra (I’ll spare you the picture of it). As I mentioned earlier, I have one pair of boobs. How many bras do I REALLY need?

Plenty of objects can become noisemakers, distractions; economically, ecologically, visually and physically. Especially when we fly, we tend to pack more than we really need and use.

Just in case, we tell ourselves.

 The bra I packed is marked W for all my wishes are met:

  • I feel beautiful in it.
  • It’s comfortable.
  • It fits all the clothes I brought with me.
  • I can hand wash it and since it’s thin, it dries overnight. 

If you’re flying for a week, how many bras do you really need? What do you usually use when you’re at home?

There are many advantages to packing light. The ecological advantage of less weight in flight/travel is easily understandable. Furthermore, even just for you and your benefit, less weight to carry makes it easier for your mobility and experience. Also, less luggage load will help you find things most easily.


I’m sure there will be women (especially our feminist friends) who would like to respond that the bra is unnecessary and it’s just social conditioning anyway (free the nipple!). That the use of bras are not at all healthy, and are ultimately unhelpful and undesirable. Okay. Understood. However, let us respect the women who do want or need to wear a bra.

When I go to formal business meetings, it is not customary to appear with a shirt or tailored dress without a bra underneath. It’s simply not socially appropriate or acceptable. Similarly, women with large breasts, women undergoing a mastectomy or breastfeeding women don’t feel comfortable running without a bra.  

So let’s allow each one to decide what’s right for her and just focus on reducing personal consumption. That is the purpose of this post. I am very much in favor of buying and consuming what makes us happy and serves our needs and purposes. But what I am very much NOT in favor of is buying and consuming excessively beyond our real needs.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

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