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Bras For Men | Have You Earned A Black Bra?

Updated on January 8, 2010

To wear a black bra, you must be daring. To wear a black bra, you must be bold. In wearing a black bra, you come to understand that although lingerie lies next to your skin, safely tucked away under your outer clothing, it is nevertheless a very real presence. The man who wears a black bra is a man who has mastered the arts of lingerie, he is one with the essential nature of lingerie.

Black lingerie is stylish, timeless and often lasts a great deal longer than lighter colored lingerie which becomes discolored over time and in the wash as dyes from other items of clothing invariably find their way through the aqueous medium in your wash tub and stain pale fabrics a darker color.

Anyone can purchase and wear a black bra, but only the man who has devoted serious time to his study of the nature of lingerie can wear a black bra with total confidence. He knows how the black bra can be hidden for stealth effect, he knows how it can be subtly displayed as a means of lingerie pride, and he knows how it can be shown in all its glory for full effect.

If you happen to be a man who loves lingerie, a black bra is an essential part of your wardrobe, but it is not a part of your wardrobe that you should wear lightly. Many have tried on black bras and many have failed the challenges that come with being a wearer of a black bra.

In order to successfully wear the black bra in a subtle fashion, you must have a deep understanding of the opacity of your outer garments. Is that shirt somewhat translucent under fluorescent lights? Will it give away your secrets if someone takes a picture with a powerful flash? Is there even the remotest possibility that today, somebody will throw a bucket of water over your head, and will your outerwear stand up to the challenge if that happens?

The black bra is perhaps one of the most beauteous pieces of lingerie. It comes in many forms, sometimes soft and padded, sometimes delicate and lacy, sometimes closing at the front, sometimes closing at the back, sometimes with adjustable straps that can be swapped around to form a halter bra. Do not underestimate the potential complexity of the black bra. Respect it, and wield it as you would any other totem of potent femininity.

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      Sherman 

      8 years ago

      Well, Sir. That's fine. Wear a black belt--cowhide, split leather or not. Even canvas web as in military or Boy Scout uniforms are optional. Whatever is your preference. As for garters I guess it depends on your stocking preference and length and whether the elastic holds.

      But bulky over elasticized thick undies are just too much.

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      Manly Man 

      8 years ago

      Erratum: make that a garter belt.

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      Manly Man 

      8 years ago

      Manly Man wears a black belt, and not a pantie belt either!

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      Anna 

      8 years ago

      I have a drawer full of bras but only two in black - the rest are white and lacy apart from one which is pink (georgeous) and one which is floral patterned but a bit small so I don't often wear it. One of my black bras is a multiway bra which I bought to wear strapless with a little black dress with thin spangly shoulder straps. I wear a waist slip rather than a full slip with it. This bra is a bit over-engineered and not particularly comfortable and it does not really suit my physiognomy so I tend to wear the other and let the straps show. The other black one is underwired and pretty and lacy and is one of my favourites, paradoxically because of all my bras it does the least to enhance my bust profile so I can wear it under male clothes - normally under a chunky jumper so that the clasp and strap adjusters don't show.

      Like Sherman I often wear panties, tights and a cami under my ordinary clothes but although slips are probably my favourite lingerie item I have never worn a slip under male clothes. I have no intention of ever going out in a dress.

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      Sherman 

      8 years ago

      Do not let fear rule! Stand up, enjoy and stroll the world.

      What if we didn't do anything until we were absolutely certain we would not be embarrased or would not have to explain ourselves? I believe we'd be living as stifled persons. Dread.

      I all hearkens back to what grandma said. "Always have on clean underwear in case you're in a car accident." So we're expected to always be super-critical of ourselves? I'm sure that carries over to how we treat others.

      Let's loosen up and enjoy. Be gracious to yourself as well as others. I'm sure I've made my point.

      Yet we usually commend people who are creative and express themselves in unconventional and enjoyable--ways that push boundaries in healthy ways.

      I have ventured out in a bra. I am more conscious that a friend will notice the new formation of my chest. Yet for my own expression and enjoyment I will venture out--including panties, camisole, full slip and patterned tights or pantyhose--many in brilliant colors and ornate textures.

      I am not going to go through life fearing a possible accident. If that standard ruled our vehicle purchases we quite logically might all drive tanks.

      Personally I like something with more comfort and better style.

      Thanks for the advice, Hope. And for moderating stimulating discussion. Carp diem!

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      pantied bill 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the excellent post. I just started wearing bras full time and have one black bra. I really did realize it could be so difficult to conceal.

      Also please keep up the excellent work on the hubs, I find them very informative and helpful.

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      TIMWILLIAMS 

      8 years ago

      Hi Hope: I am glad you have decided to white articles/hubs about men wearing womens clothing/lingerie. I like the black bras too. I do have some too. I got a couple at Victorias Secret a couple weeks ago and some black panties too for myself. Well take care and I look forward to seeing more articles/hubs about men wearing womens clothes.

      Well take care. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for all your kinds words, guys, you are so incredibly fun to write for and I hope you continue to enjoy the articles.

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      Tom 

      8 years ago

      I have worn bras (cross dressed) for over fourty years (I started young) and have several black bras that I wear all the time , I am pretty careful with what I wear over them so they don't show through my shirts , but you have me thinking now ..what if someone dumped a bucket of water over my head ? ....Oh well I guess I'd be caught !

      Hope , Thank you for all that you do.

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      Lynne 

      8 years ago

      Bravo, Hope!!

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      John 

      8 years ago from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

      I am so glad you didn't stop writing, I love reading your posts,

      John

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      ILoveLingerie 

      8 years ago

      I have a black bra, but I wasn't aware of the challenge it provides. Thx for enlighting me!

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      shadyterri 

      8 years ago

      Very good article, Hope. I also am very pleased you have reconsidered and will continue writing your articles.

      To me the only color of any lingerie for men (or women)is BLACK. I am still of the old school that white is for virgin and black is for the non virgins and more daring. I have 5 black bras and one white one. But rarely do I wear the white one.

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      vale chamade 

      8 years ago

      Excellent column. I wear one as often as I can.

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      Francine Brice 

      8 years ago from Columbia, Missouri

      Well Hope it still looks nice I love the lace trim and thanks for you creating this Hub..... Francine

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      Just FYI guys, I have no idea where the bra in the main pic comes from, it was unattributed when I found it.

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      shalu_vishaka 

      8 years ago

      Hope,

      Great write up, I love bras and love to wear them whenever I can.

      I wear light color bra whenever I go out especially in winter. Love pink :-)

      Please continue to write on these topics.

      Shalu

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      chris009 

      8 years ago

      Love it!

      Thank goodness you are still writing on this topic!

      I have only one black bra (three white, one beige, two brown.) Thanks for the encouragement.

      Chris

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