Let’s be honest, wearing a bra can be a pain in the bust. So it’s no wonder going braless can feel as freeing as slipping out of a pair of stilettos after a long day.

On 9 July, women across America celebrate their independence … from bras.  Yes, you heard it right, it’s National No Bra Day. It is a day when women everywhere are encouraged to take off their brassieres and let their breasts “free.” Not that most women need a spec day to “celebrate” going bra-free.

Although our undergarments are strapped on as normal, we’re still totally down to celebrate the right to bare boobs (sort of). As the National No Bra Day Facebook page declares, “Boobies are Fantastic … we all think so. And what better way to express the way we feel than to support a full day of boobie freedom??” The page also advises women who must wear a bra on the day to show support by wearing something purple or green. Men can participate too by wearing something purple or green; it can be a purple tie, green boxers, purple socks.

Going without a bra is so fantastic that there are two No Bra Days. On 9 July, New York made it legal for women to be topless in public during the summer due to the heat.  So there is no bra day for New York most summer days.  The other No Bra Day falls on 13 October and is celebrated to raise awareness of breast cancer.

We think women should wear bras if and when they want to and take them off if and when they want. But there’s no denying that removing your bra at the end of a long day of work can be seriously satisfying.

On National No Bra Day thousands of women go without support. The day is dedicated for women to be free of one of the most uncomfortable items of clothing they are forced to wear.

Could wearing a bra be doing your figure more harm than good? A controversial study says underwear “is not needed.” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports scientist from the University of Franche-Comte in Besancon, eastern France, spent 15 years studying 130 women with different bust sizes and claims that bras “are not needed,” and might actually be doing women’s figures more harm than good. His controversial research concluded that a bra could “prevent supporting tissues from growing,” and that breasts might be less likely to sag without one.