We Wore Vintage Bras For A Day • Ladylike

– [Fred] How do you feel
about my bullet bra? – Holy shit! (laughs) – Bras! – They’ve been torturing
women since the dawn of time. – But have they always
been as uncomfortable as they are now? – We’ve decided to try some
vintage and ultra vintage bras. – To see what it was like to walk a mile in our an-sisters’ boobs. – It’s Ladylike and this week
we’re trying historic bras. (old-timey piano music) (logo whooshes) (hinge creaks) – So we are gonna be
trying some historic bras. We want to focus on things that just supported the boobular area, unlike things that sort
of shape the whole body like a corset. – Also, the word bra wasn’t really coined until the early 20th century, so these were just more like boob support. – Yeah, I mean, one of them is a bra, and one of them is just a thing
you wrap around your chest so that the wild animals
won’t get to ya. (Fred laughs) – We cannot alter or
change any of these bras. – Nope. – We are gonna be wearing
them true to history. – Mm-hmm. So we’re gonna be trying
three bras from history. – The first bra we’re gonna try is gonna be one from
ancient Greece and Rome. It’s called the Strophion. – [Kristin] They’re pieces of
linen that we’re gonna wrap artfully around our midsections,
and hope for the best. – Yeah, it’s kind of like a breast band. – I don’t know how
supportive it’s gonna be. There aren’t really straps, it’s basically just sort of like (imitates tying knots) knots. – (imitates wrapping chest) Seatbelts. – The second bra we’re
gonna try is actually the first bra that was ever
patented in the United States. – [Fred] This bra is from 1914. The woman who patented this bra, she wanted it to be
thinner and much more free than the traditional corset. It’s very easy-breezy. – Yeah. – [Fred] Debatable if 90s
kerchief tops were halter or not, but this is not halter, this
is just like two straps. It’s kinda like an apron too. It reminds me of an apron. – Yeah, it’s a bib for people who can’t be trusted to keep their bib on. – [Fred] So the third bra is
going to be the bullet bra, or the torpedo bra, and that was popularized
in the 40s and 50s. – It’s like you have a
compass attached to you, so wherever you’re pointing, it’s like that’s the
direction you’re going in. – Yep. – So these bras were really popular with film stars in the 40s and 50s. They would wear sweaters
over them so you could see their unnaturally cone-shaped boobs. – It’s dramatically not
the shape of a normal boob, it’s just very pointy. We did hear through the grapevine that many of them may have
stuffed the remaining space from between their boob and the cone. – So we’re gonna do that. I don’t know how supportive it’s gonna be. – I think I’m the most
nervous about the bullet bra. Just how it’s gonna look. Like, I’m nervous about the way it’s gonna look in my clothes. – [Kristin] I’m so excited for
this, though! (Fred laughs) You’re gonna be like, “Hello, notice anything
different about me?” You’re gonna catch a lot more crumbs. It’s gonna be great. – Yeah, I will. Okay, cool, so should we try them on? – Let’s do it. – Let’s do it. – Let’s try it on. (whoosh) (whoosh) – It’s time to try on the Greco-Roman bra! How’re you doin’, Fred? Are you ready?
– [Fred] I’m ready! – [Kristin] I don’t think
I can do this on my own! I need your help, Fred. – All right. Coming.
– Okay. What are you… – [Fred] It’s just long. – Do you, okay (laughs) all
right, I’ll go help you. – [Fred] How many feet is this thing? – [Kristin] I don’t know,
too many feet. (Fred laughs) I think we both hoped that maybe
this would work on our own, but I think it’s very clear
that it requires four hands. – [Fred] Yeah, plethoral seams. – [Kristin] Are there multiple seams? – [Fred] Damn it.
– [Kristin] God damn it! Nope, that’s wrong. – [Fred] Literally how
did anyone do this alone? – [Kristin] How, what?
– [Fred] They didn’t. – [Kristin] Who was on bra
duty, today in the village? – [Fred] (deep voice) Hold on, Sally! – [Kristin] Okay. (constricted
voice) Oh! Okay, okay, nope, nope, too tight. (Fred laughs) Too, ow! If you fuck up one layer
of this, the whole, – [Fred] The whole thing is, yeah, – [Kristin] The whole
Jenga tower comes down. – [Fred] The front looks great. – [Kristin] Yeah, the front looks great. – [Fred] All right, let’s do it! – [Kristin] Let’s do it. – We did it!
– We did it! – How’s it feel? – It feels good, actually. – How long did that take us? – A long time. I did a not terrible job. Yeah, I’m packed in. I’m the Pac-10 Conference. – I mean, there’s definitely (both laugh) – What? I don’t know how good
boobs look like this, but they’re definitely not, – Oh yeah, they’re, they’re there to stay. They’re not going,
– They’re not goin’ far. – I feel like this is
an outfit where I just, like, go on a date, listen to some jazz, drink some red wine. – Yeah, like the Greco-Romans did. I’m curious as to see what it
would look like under a shirt. ‘Cause it is, – Bulky. – Yeah. (perky accordion and guitar music) – [Kristin] All right,
it’s time for the 1914 bra! – [Fred] I’m tyin’ the straps in the back. All right. – [Kristin] Yeah, this one
is simpler. (both laugh) I’m already halfway done. – [Fred] Does it tie into a bow? – I tied mine into a bow. Yeah, it might be kinda see-through. – Oh, look! We have some tape. – [Kristin] This is the last time I’m taping my nipples for a video, by the way! – [Fred] Mmkay, I’m comin’ out. – You ready? – Va va voom! – Okay, you know what? This looks great on you. – Thank you! – You look awesome. This
is a complete outfit. – This is very cute, actually. – Very cute, but I think
you can see my nipples. – Well, luckily we’ll
be wearing this under – Clothes. – Something else. Like, we’ll
be wearing it under clothes. – Because it is a bra. It’s not, it is meant to
be worn under clothes. – Yeah.
– It looks so good on you, I’m like, (Fred laughs) kind of mad. – The material’s great. I feel very comforted by it. It reminds me of just, like, I don’t know why it reminds me of Grandma. – This is a look. Like, you can wear this
to, like, an event, you know, with a bra underneath. – Yeah.
– This is very cute, and it looks great with this skirt. – Yeah, it’s actually
ador–I really like it. – Yeah.
– It’s really, really cute. I think that if you
walked out in the street in 1914 like this, people
would be like– (gasps) – (stuffy man voice) Harlot! – (judgmental voice) Call your mother! – (stuffy man voice) Jezebel! (Kristin laughs) – Ooh! Cover his children’s
eyes, shuffles away. (upbeat rock music) – [Fred] Bullet bra, a.k.a. torpedo bra, is comin’ on right now, yeah! – [Kristin] I can tell you this right now, that these cones are not
gonna stand up on their own. So I’m gonna have to stuff this bra. – [Fred] I feel like I could fit a half a cup of Greek yogurt in between my boob and
the end of the cone. – [Kristin] My pointy tits. – Look at how pointy it is!
– [Kristin] Can you see? (both laugh) – [Fred] Okay, I’m having
actually a little bit of trouble. – Do you need help? – [Fred] Eeee– – Yeah, okay. All right,
all right. (Fred laughs) I love how you’re just like– (grunts) Did people actually be like, “Wow, that’s the way that
boobs are actually shaped!” Yeah, you’re basically
packing your peanuts. (record scratch) That did not come out right. (Fred laughs) No wonder no one had
invented the internet yet. They were busy stuffin’
their tits with shit! – [Fred] Ohhhh. – [Kristin] Oh shit, am I fucking, nope, nope, I didn’t fuck it up. – I think you should just come out. – [Kristin] Okay. You ready? – [Fred] I’m ready! – [Kristin] Oh, god. (both laugh) – I’m into it, it’s a look. (Kristin laughs) – The quilting pattern is just
like two little bullseyes. – There’s like no place
else to look but here. – You are hitting both targets. It’s amazing that there’s,
like, no underwire here. – Yeah. – This is all quilting. – Sexretary, here I come. Phone call on line three. So, how does it feel? – It feels pointy. It definitely feels, like, lumpy. Like it’s, like you have to stuff these. – Yeah. I feel like this
just needs just, like, a tad bit more tissue under here. But, aside from that I
thin you did a great job. (cheerful big band music) – Okay, so we’re gonna try
all of these bras for a day and see how we like them. – Shimmies out of frame. – Let’s do it! – Okay, so it is day one. We are going to be wearing
our Greco-Roman sashes. – But first we need to put them on. – Yep. – And that’s where our
troubles begin! (Fred laughs) This is like having the world’s longest piece of toilet paper stuck to your whole body. You’re just comin’ out of
the bathroom and it’s like, (laughs) do I have any toilet
paper stuck to my shoe? And everyone’s like, “Yes.” – [Fred] Do you feel supported-ish? – [Kristin] Well, we have lots to go. (Fred laughs) So there’s still time. – [Fred] There is time. – [Kristin] I’m ready to go
look at some antiquities. (both laugh) Nah, I’m not. I’m just gonna go back to my desk. Feelin’ flat, feelin’ floppy? I’m feelin’ both. – I feel like with every step it’s just making its way down my torso. – Every step it keeps
makin’ its way downtown. – Yep. Today we’re wearing Greco-Roman bras. – So it’s like a mummy. – This is a whole cheeseburger. – You’ve mummified your boobs. – I know, they’re very scary. – I dunno, it doesn’t seem like
it would offer much support. Also, itchy. – Yeah, I’m not really tightly bound and I’m also not bound to this experience, so I’m excited for this day
to be over. (Kristin laughs) (laughter) – [Man In Red] Yeah, it has
that kind of abused look to it, I’m just like, are you
okay, did you hurt yourself? – [Kristin] Love fashion
that makes people wonder if we’ve hurt ourselves. (all laugh) It’s the end of the day for us. – End of Day One with the Greco-Roman bra. – The Greco-No-man bra. (Fred laughs) – [Fred] Kristin, you okay down there? – [Kristin] Don’t try
to take this thing off! (whoosh) – So we are
wearing the 1914 bra today. – We sure are! You know, I mean, it’s
soakin’ up the sweat. Of all the boob problems I could have, we can scratch swamp
boobs right off the list. – Ding! (high-pitched bell rings) – Yet the other problems still remain. – I feel that, I mean also, I’m really into the way the back looks. Kind of the way I styled
it with my overalls, the back kind of dips really
low, and that’s very summery. – I didn’t really think that hard before I put this dress on. I guess necklines were probably much higher in 1914 than they are now. Whoops! – It looks like an apron. – What do you think of my super cool bra? – Where is it? Is it visible? – It’s this. – Oh! That’s cool. Kinda
looks like a tank top. – It is the first patented bra ever. – I like bras that feel like shirts because I feel like
comfort is so important. Does it actually support you? – Uh, no. – Oh, all right, then fuck this bra, it’s
dumb. (Kristin laughs) – I feel like you look like
a chill California person, like this is something you’d wear with any sort of culottes or anything. – It’s weird that 1914 bra
is 2017 LA. (both laugh) – It does look a little old-fashioned. It protrudes out of your dress. – Yeah, the thing is that
I didn’t realize that necklines were much higher. I mean, I did realize it, but I didn’t care when
I was getting dressed and then I was like, oh. (Kristin laughs) – One part that reveals
it’s not part of your dress is that the straps are different. – The thing about fashion is that you can never have too
many straps. (man laughs) – I’m obsessed with this 1914
bra, especially in the heat, because there’s no swamp boobs! – All right, it’s the
end of the day, not bad! You know, I don’t need to take it off. I mean, I’m gonna, ’cause, like, no clothes is the best clothes, but– Okay. (whoosh) – So I’m wearing the 1940s
and 50s bullet bra today. I’ve been dreading it, I’ve been trying to put it
off for as long as possible. And it looks, like, okay,
until you turn to the side. They look kinda good. But, like, they are out there. – It turns out that none
of the clothes I own actually have enough boob
space for the cone bra. I sort of had to just find
something that was stretchy. Turns out, when they sell clothes today, they’re supposed to
actually fit your boobs. – Hey, Madonna! – [Fred] Hello. – What’s happening? (both laugh) – [Fred] You know. – I was cruising up, I was like, oh, look at this outfit and
then you turned. (both laugh) So people wore this? – [Fred] Yeah. – Like, daily?
– [Fred] Yeah. – From the side you just look extra perky but then when you turn
it’s like– (both laugh) – Pokes an eye. – Pokes an eye! (both laugh) – I’m feeling so self-conscious, I’m taking back entrances
and exits to get places so people don’t have to look
at me, and these. (groans) And of course I have to
run an errand during lunch, I can’t stay inside. It’s fine. I’m just in the pharmacy. I think it’s fine, I don’t think
anyone really gives a shit. (laughs) – [Kristin] Stupid tits! – [Blonde Woman] Wait, did
I hear you say stupid tits? – Yes! – What’s goin’ on? What are you doing? – [Kristin] They’re, like, look at them! – [Blonde Woman] You
diggin’ for gold down there? – [Kristin] Boop! Wow! (both laugh) It’s Boob Jenga! – This is a bomb-ass outfit and then you turned to the side and suddenly became like
a cartoon character. Who knew pointy boobs meant
power woman, but they do. – [Fred] They do. – You’ve just said a statement, Fred. – It’s comfortable to wear, but if I were to run into something, it would be like a collision. – This bra is the official
bra of tree murder. – This bra is brought to you by Charmin. – You know what, I noticed it, but I didn’t want to point out, like whoa, your boobs
are really perky today! (Fred laughs) – I’m very respectful, Freddie, you know. We’re friends. But, no, don’t do that. (both laugh) – Oh my god, it’s sharp! – Wait, wha–? (Kristin laughs) This is the bullet bra,
this is like the cool bra. – Why is it so sharp? – It’s so people won’t
forget where the nipples are. – You know what’s funny,
when you’re in high school and you have to give a presentation in front of (laughs) a bunch of people, my worst fear was to always
have nips that people could see. And here we are, and the rest
of you is just a light snack. (both laugh) – I’ve been self-conscious
most of the day, but then depending on what
reactions I get from people, I’m like, “Oh, it looks good, it’s cute.” It’s a vibe, it’s Mad Men, you know. I think the bra would
serve better on its own, kind of as a look, as opposed to being an actual bra that you would wear under clothes. Because I think this way is just, yikes! – We tried bras from history! – The first day was the
Greco-Roman piece of fabric that just kept going. – That was not a bra. That was a dish towel
that got out of control. – [Fred] It definitely was reminiscent of a piece of toilet paper that
just keeps going and going. Because I don’t have much, it was very easy for it to
slide down throughout the day. – I didn’t think of that. What ended up happening with me is that the bottom layer stayed, but layers two through five
slowly crept down my nips. – So the Greco-Roman bra was definitely the most difficult to get on. Even though we had help,
it was still a struggle. – Honestly, I think we
needed three people. – Yeah. We’ve done a lot of day tries. This Greco-Roman bra took more explaining than any other try that we’ve done. – So, what letter grade would
you give the Greco-Roman bra? – When the Greco-Roman
bra is properly tied, I would give it a C plus. – What would you give it
when it’s not properly tied? (both laugh) – A D minus. – Okay. I would say a B minus. – [Fred] Okay. – A B minus for me. So they second bra we tried
was the first patented bra. – It was a 90s handkerchief. – It’s a kerchief top. – Yeah. I felt like I was
just gallivanting around with an apron underneath my overalls. But it was an apron that just
went to the belly button. – You were cookin’ somethin’. I mean, I was, ’cause with the amount
of underboob sweat I had, I was cookin’ somethin’. – It gave zero support, but I did feel like a free bird. – [Kristin] You look cute.
– [Fred] Thank you. – It looked cute on you. Honestly, I was like, you could just wear this
as a top. And you did. – Yeah, that was the vibe that I think I had.
– It was really cute. It was not supportive at all. It was weirdly hot. It’s basically a bralette. – A B plus. (bell rings) Even though it didn’t give
the support that I needed, I felt very comfortable in it, and, I don’t know, it was a cute vibe. – I definitely gave that
bra a C minus. C minus. – That’s fair. – All of those points are for aesthetics, so you’re gettin’ by on looks, baby! – Okay, so the last bra we
tried was the 1940s bullet bra. – [Kristin] The thing is,
the bigger the boob is, the more you have to stuff. ‘Cause the more you have to
put in there to get that cone. – We probably could have
stuffed our bullet bra with the Greco-Roman fabric. – Probably. That would
have been more effective. – Yeah. – Every time I would lean over, sometimes toilet paper would fall out. (Fred laughs) – I was so self-conscious when I first walked out of the bathroom into the general office area. And, granted, these are my coworkers that I’m friends with,
that I’m close with, they always see me trying on wacky things, but I was really insecure. – Yeah. Same. I kept hitting
people with mine (Fred laughs) Once you get a bullet bra that size, you kinda have to worry a lot about the structural integrity of the tip. So I kept having to re-stuff the tip. ‘Cause then if you don’t
make sure it’s pointy, you have one that’s, like, here, and one that’s, like, there. – People were like, “Oh, you look cute,” ’cause they liked the pencil skirt outfit, and then I’d turn to the side
and they’d be like, “Whoa!” – Ah-woo-ga! – It is interesting that back in the day, those were emphasized. I think that pointed bullet bras were meant to be like nipples. – Crazy? – Yeah, and then it became taboo, and it’s just interesting how
much of a cycle everything is. – That is wild. (bell rings) – [Fred] A B minus. – [Kristin] I would
also give it a B minus. Yeah! ‘Cause I thought it was cute, okay. – Yeah, it was cute. – It’s not practical,
but it’s really cute. – Yeah. – I learned that bra
technology has come so far. Like, we complain a lot about bras, but it used to be way worse. – Oh yeah. – Way worse! – I have respect for our foremothers. I have respect for everyone
who helped to evolve the bra into being something that
made more and more sense with support and comfort. – Can you imagine a person who made really uncomfortable bras being visited by the ghosts of boobs past? – Yes. (laughs) – On one magical night, in the
morning you evolve and become a person who actually
makes a bra people like! Learn from the past, Ebenezer Boob! – Historical bras. Lady tested. – Ladies have come a long way. – Long way. – Long way.
– Long way. – I feel more energetic now. Like maybe that boob shape
brings us more energy. I feel a little pep in my step. (jaunty big band music) Your boobs look erect. (laughter) It looks–it’s a little
caffeine push for me.

100 Replies to “We Wore Vintage Bras For A Day • Ladylike”

  1. I wear ‘vintage’ styled bras everyday. They’re far more comfortable and give fantastic support. In a bullet bra, if you want to fill the point you can buy bullet pads.

  2. Why do I find normal, wired bra more comfortable than sports bra? I hate sports bra and it is just so comfortable, sweaty feeling and unsupportive!!!!

  3. Technology has come a long way too. I think I've seen one of the pointed bras, which belonged to my grandma, born in 1899. In photos taken in the 1960s, you can see something like that but they were not circular-stiched any more .They were pre-lycra. Swimsuits were made at home and the Bra part looked the same. ??

  4. Kristin’s look when they were reviewing the bras at the end was so cute. That dress looks amazing on her! ???

  5. It really bothers me that one of the straps on Kristin’s 1914 bra is laid OVER her dress strap all day

  6. As someone who has bound their chest with bandages the Greco/Roman bra would probably not be that hard for me ?

  7. 1:13 anyone else think that the like wind kinda sounding noises that she made kinda sound like the buzfeed intro?!?!

  8. I feel like if I’d ever worn a bullet bra and ran into someone nipple first, I’d be arrested

  9. I would take the 1914 bra. Duh for the neckline. Modesty would dictate that your shirt would completely cover your undergarments.

  10. If bras were never invented seeing nipples and saggy boobs were normal we would be free and feel better and no one would care but we can only dream

  11. How are they keeping a straight face while saying "boobs" but can't keep a straight face when Kristen says "hello"

  12. Kristen: Today we are going to wear historic bras.

    Me: Pictures dinosaurs in bra.

    Also me: Nevermind. She didn't say prehistoric.

    Me again: Pictures God in bra.

  13. Am I the only one that saw a Niall Horan calendar and a picture of Harry styles and a bobble head of Harry at 11:49?

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