After last week’s Modesty Panel (click through for up-to-date links to everyone who wrote on the subject), it’s time for something light this week.
I won two tickets to watch the Knicks beat the Pacers last Thursday for the NBA playoffs ($116 each for the second-to-last row of the highest section!). The game was great, but I was wowed by the cheerleaders, aka the Knicks City Dancers. This is one of the uniforms they wore to dance in that night. Can you see why it caught my eye?
That’s right. No backs = no bras. And these women did a lot of jumping jacks as part of their routine. As a D cup or higher, could you imagine doing Zumba in one of these dresses?
Here’s another uniform I saw that evening.
It was worn by the people who shot the tee shirts into the stands.
The jumbotron captured a closeup of one of the women shooters in mid-jump as her big boobs did an extra jump. At the time, I thought, “So I guess this is the busty woman’s uniform–a baggy tee shirt.” Later it dawned on me that no matter what she wore on top, that woman needed a supportive bra more than anything else. Of course there are limits to how much even a good sports bra can improve the look of a man’s tee shirt on a woman’s body.
Finally, my husband and I were introduced to the another time traveling television show called Continuum this weekend. I love the heroine, Keira Cameron, and I really love her protector uniform. It’s a uniform that both small and large-chested women could fit and look good in.
You can create a V-neck with the zipper to give yourself more neckline boob than waistline boob. For real life, a suit with princess seams and zippered closure is even better than being bullet-proof!
So far we’ve only watched the first four episodes of this Canadian show, but I really like how the focus is on Keira’s intelligence and fighting skills more than her looks. In one episode, a local policewoman tries to make nice with her by saying, “I really like what you’re doing with your hair.” Keira just stares at her, like “What does that have to do with anything?” The show also revolves around her devotion to the husband and son she left behind in 2077.
Sadly, according to TVLine’s interview with Rachel Nichols, the actress who plays Keira, it doesn’t look like her super suit is going to become a reality for the rest of us anytime soon:
On Twitter, everybody always says, â€œOh, thatâ€™s suitâ€™s so sexy,â€ and I always say, â€œYesâ€ â€” when I am zipped in it and sewed into it and pushed up and pulled out and tucked in, it is hot. It is sexy. Getting me into and out of that suit? Not so sexy. Also, the copper one is a two-piece suit, so thereâ€™s this huge sort of granny band sort of stretchyâ€¦ Itâ€™s an elastic-waistband pant, actually. And I say to people, â€œAnd when itâ€™s cold, that suit is freezing â€” it doesnâ€™t retain any heat. And when itâ€™s hot, you sweat to death.â€ â€œForm before functionâ€ as far as Iâ€™m concerned. As long as it looks good, I will tough it through!
I bet we all have some uniform stories in our past. Share some of the winners and losers that you’ve worn or seen!
Ouch! The idea of cheerleading without a good sports bra, let alone braless. . . *shudder*.
I did orchestra in high school, and I was a late bloomer. I wear a 30HH, but they didn’t come in until the summer before senior year of high school. I bought a size 4 orchestra dress to wear sophomore and junior year. When I got ready for my first concert of senior year, I couldn’t zip up my above my waist because my boobs were too big for a size 4! I finally zipped it with help from my mother, but I couldn’t breathe while performing on stage. I ordered a size 6 to compensate because I was ashamed to buy anything larger even though I needed a 14 for my boobs. So I wore a dress that restricted breathing during all orchestra concerts until I graduated high school.
I was also in choir, but they measured us for dresses every year, so I ended up with a size 14 with the waist altered down to a 4. I loved how that dress fit, and I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t breathe while singing!
I’m technically D+, but I totally can jump in the cheerleader uniform like that without any problems ))
What I do have problems with are a baggy T-shirts (hate how they make me look shapeless).
That’s something I wondered about in college. While there were reasonably modest uniforms, most of the spirit squad were not particularly busty. Though I suppose a strapless would fit, not sure one can do #oftouchdown/points backdrops in one.
I am still undecided about Continuum. I like that it hasnt gone the Lost Girl route (great potential but it’s become too HBO when I was raised on Stargate era Sci-fi) but the season finale bothered me. DH likes it so I will keep watching regardless.
As far as uniform losers go…
My college uniform junior band uniform. It was sized to my bust and was thereafter called the “pregnant uniform” since I could probably be in third trimester and still fit. I could roll my rain duster around my waist, inside my bibbers, with room to spare (and it would then slide down a pant leg). Thankfully the next year I had a custom uniform so I didn’t even need to hem it.
I often think that WW2 Auxilliary uniforms would be very suitable for most hourglasses: you know, WRANs in their fitted, navy blue skirt suits, with their structured shoulders, single breasted v-necks, nipped in waists and fitting skirts. Very flattering. But then I look good in navy blue 🙂
I’m mystified by the cheerleading uniforms.
Luckily, I have not had to wear uniforms very often. I did do a year of Americorps through a sub-program called City Year, which had uniforms donated by Timberland. So you had the white polo, khakis, and a giant puffy red coat almost every day of the year. This is not one of my photos. Mine look worse and more rumpled, partially because I was not wearing the right size bra at the time and sized up for boobs and “modesty.” You can see how the uniform would look fine if it fit…but of course they never did. Not only were the shirts awkward, the pants were not cut for hips at all. …Good thing we had belts?