Saturday Spotlight: The Bra Guy

Hello Everyone,

I first “met” Nate when he wrote to me about advice on buying bras for gynecomastia, and he has been wonderful at reporting feedback on bras and products he has tested, which in turn helps me give quality advice to other men.  When I heard he wanted to start a blog addressing bra buying from the male perspective, specifically for men suffering from this increasingly common medical condition, I was excited.  The female bra blogging world has become increasingly diverse with bloggers of all shapes and sizes weighing on what bras work for them and why, but the male blogosphere is pretty barren.  Outside of the fabulous Braberliner who has also written extensively, I am hard-pressed to think of others, and I think it’s wonderful to see more perspectives available to men and women alike who are interested in learning more about bras.  A few weeks ago, he interviewed me for his blog, and I thought turnabout was fair play.  So, let’s learn a little more about The Bra Guy, aka Nate!

Name of your Blog:  The Bra Guy
Website:  thebraguy.wordpress.com

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A brief introduction from Nate: Hello There, I’m Nate and the creator of the blog, “The Bra Guy”. I write about Bra’s from a Male Perspective. I started this blog after developing Gynecomastia. For anyone who does not know, Gynecomastia, is a medical condition that causes the male breasts to enlarge.

What made you decide to write The Bra Guy? What did you hope to accomplish?  Do you feel like you are making progress?

I started “The Bra Guy” because I wanted to give a voice to the men who chooses to wear a Bra, in the lingerie industry, and also as a way to cope with my Gynecomastia. I hoping to share my experiences and allow others to learn my mistakes/trail and errors. My blog is still a baby, so it’s too soon to tell if its making progress.

What mistakes, if any, have you made in the past?

My biggest mistake, is probably not accepting my Gynecomastia and the wearing of a Bra for support sooner. I struggle with the discomfort and pain for too long, and it did not do anything good for my health. 

What are you plans for the future?  How do you hope to achieve them?

I’m hoping to expand the blog by doing reviews of books related to Bra’s and Lingerie. I also plan on doing reviews on Bra’s themselves. I’m currently working on a review of the Coobie Bra which I recently purchased. I hope I can do more collaborations and interviews with other bloggers.

In what ways does your blog stand out from the crowd?

It’s unique, as every blog is. However, I’m offering a fresh and male-centric perspective on Bra’s, which is a rarity in it’s own right.

What advice would you offer someone considering entering blogging?

Write about what you know, if you’re passionate about something, write about it. A good blog will have a writer who is knowledgeable and passionate about their writings. If you have that, everything else will fall into place.

Have you ever received criticism from readers?  If so, what did they say, and how did you address it?  Did you feel it was legitimate?

Since my blog is so new, I have not received any criticism yet from my readers, which I’m sure will come in the not too distant future. I will respect other people’s opinion, I might not agree with them , but I’ll respect their opinion. What I feel and believe will not always work for you.

What do you think is the hardest part of blogging? How have you coped with it?

Keeping the blog fresh, like with any blog, stale content will kill it. I don’t try to overwork myself with the blog, I try to post at least a little something,  once a week. Even it’s just sharing a funny youtube video, at the very least, it keeps your content fresh.

What are your favorite posts that you have written?  Why?

My favorite posts are interviews. A interview of another blogger, or anybody related to the industry brings a fresh and dynamic perspective on things. It gives your readers another opinion or viewpoint that they may not see otherwise.

What’s something you hope to change or wish you could change about the industry or your blog?

I want to start a fresh conversation on Men who wear Bra’s, the industry continues seeing this only as a fetish, which is not always the case.  Men are choosing to wear bra’s for the same reason as Women, comfort and support. I would like to see industry cater more towards this market, it’s happening in some aspects, but it’s not really what we need.

What has had the biggest impact (positive and/or negative) on your blog?

Your Blog has been the biggest impact on my blog. Since your posts to social media about my interview on you. My twitter followers have increased along with blog comments, and visitors. Thank You for your help!

And now for something totally different . . .

Please share your favorite recipe.

My mother has all my favorite recipe’s and she is not the sharing type!

What’s one of your secret talents?

I love building my own computers.

What have you bought recently that you absolutely loved?

The newly redesigned Fabulous Push Up Bra from Victoria’s Secret. It has become my favorite bra. Without giving to much away, because I’m going to do a review on my blog, for me it has great comfort and support.

How do you like to unwind after a tough day?

Playing Simcity 4, it’s an oldie but a goodie.

Favorite Youtube video of all time?

I love inspirational videos, especially the one I shared on my blog from Tyrese Gibson speaking to his daughter. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch it.

Guilty entertainment pleasure?

Huge Netflix fan, love to stream their original series like “House of Cards” and their new one “Daredevil”.

Would you consider yourself more of an extrovert or an introvert?

I can sometimes be both. There are times when I love spending time with other people especially family and friends. However, sometimes it’s good to get away and be by yourself.

Do you prefer movies or TV series (and books do not count as an answer!)?

I love and enjoy both movies and TV series. However, I do enjoy and prefer a good TV series. I just love the ever changing and evolution of the story and characters, you simply cant get in a 2 hour movie.

The secret to happiness is . . .

Being and loving yourself, don’t change who you are as a person for other people’s sake. Don’t let others dictate how you feel about your body or you.

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P.S.  If you are interested in being featured as a Saturday Spotlight here, check out the original post about qualifications.

Saturday Spotlight: The Bra Guy
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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14 thoughts on “Saturday Spotlight: The Bra Guy

  • May 10, 2015 at 10:24 am
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    Erica, Thank you so much for featuring me and my blog in your Saturday Spotlight. I hope I can help people regardless of gender, as much you have helped me. Please Keep up the excellent work. Maybe one day, we can meet in person!

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  • May 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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    Well, after I get done here, I’m going to check out the blog. Can’t wait! I hope that the blog will be another tool for men to realize that there is nothing wrong with wearing a bra or a bikini top or tankini for that matter. I wear a 38 G in most of my bras so going bra less is not much of an option for me. I’ve been wearing a bra since I was 14 and over 25 years later, my breasts have gone through many changes requiring me to change bras. I have learned over the years what works for me and what doesn’t. But it’s that’s to you Erica and Elizabeth Dale that helped me hone my “bra style”. I was living in a fantasy land for a while in a 38DD or E cup and went for a fitting and I walked out wearing a 38G! I was really bummed at first so I wrote and told Erica what was going on under her “I M A WHAT? ” blog. She gave me the best advice to put it in perspective. She said “the number and the letter aren’t important, it’s the fit the matters. Which is the reason I started wearing a bra to begin with.

    Thanks again Erica!

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    • May 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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      Corey, Please feel free to leave comments on my blog. I’m pretty sure, I’m gonna have some opinions that I’ll express on my blog that might differ from yours, but there is no reasons that we both can’t have our own opinions.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 10:19 am
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    My impression is that a fair number of men with gynecomastia quietly have breast reduction surgery. How awful. First circumcision, now this? No one should feel compelled to be cut just to prevent embarrassment. It’s time to end the stigma. So some guys have bigger boobs than some women. Big deal! Put on a good quality bra and enjoy life. Or not! Your choice.

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    • Erica
      October 3, 2015 at 10:12 am
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      Tom, I totally agree more awareness needs to be raised about not only gynecomastia but also the need/desire for some men to wear a bra itself. It breaks my heart to hear from some men how ruthlessly they are hazed or teased by ignorant people. 🙁

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  • September 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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    I don’t think that I could agree with you more. I’m a guy who has severe gynecomastia. I am currently wearing 36G / H in most of my bras. I think that it’s a fair statement that my breasts qualify as being larger than most women. I can’t go bra less!

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  • October 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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    Erica, you are awesome. It really gives me hope that someday, men will be able to openly wear what they want or need.

    I have been wearing a bra for most of my life out of necessity. I am now wearing 36G / H in most of my bras (I never thought I’d be wearing an H cup ). I think you understand my situation. But I agree with you that some men might not have the physical need that I do, but still want to wear just like there are some wome who wish to bind their breast to appear more masculine. I just want to be comfortable and I get the comfort and support I need from wearing a garment that is made to do the job I need.

    I’ve used the “shoes” analogy . That is when someone would ask me why I wear a bra. I tell them “you have feet, right, and you wear shoes, right?

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    • Erica
      October 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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      The more we talk about this stuff openly, the faster things will change. 🙂 Also, I love your shoes analogy. Another retailer sharply criticized my comparison of bras to shoes in a private setting, but I see a lot of similarities. I’m saving yours with due credit of course!

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  • January 15, 2018 at 7:18 pm
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    Hi Erica my name is Robby I also to wear a bra because of my back brace I wear during the day I have major back pains during the day but I can’t sleep with my brace cause it steel reinforced so,my doctor told me to try a bra at night when I’m sleeping major improvements on it at night time sleep and yes you don’t have to be medical handicap to wear a bra or gyno wearing a bra makes sleep feel better.

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    • Erica
      January 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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      Hi Rob! I am glad wearing a bra has helped your back while also improving comfort. I can’t imagine sleeping in a brace either!

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  • January 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    Bras can be for anybody

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  • February 3, 2018 at 8:06 am
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    Bras are for anyone who needs one.
    That is a simple statement but it has years of effort behind it. When I first needed to wear some sort of “retainer” I knew that bras were for women and not guys, so I used duct tape (only once) and Ace bandages thereafter. Eventually I tried a sports retainer (bra) and that worked for a while but my “assets” kept growing and the sports retainer no longer could do its job. Eventually I had to go with a bra, an underwire bra, and to my great surprise, the world did not come to an end nor did I suddenly turn into a “chick”.
    That was when I was a simple 42A. I am now a 46DDD and I enjoy and need the support from a well fitting bra! I like not just the support but it shapes my “assets” as well and I have received numerous complements from women on the size and shape of my breasts. I did not expect any of that and it stunned me when I received that first complement but breasts are not a taboo subject with women. Guys on the other hand, do not know how to accept it when they get boobs of their own. I was very fortunate to have someone, a lady, at work that saw I had boobs and offered me advice when she caught me adjusting the band on my bra, it had ridden up. She helped me accept what was going on and I came to realize that there are a lot of gentlemen out there who are in the same boat as I and that I should not be ashamed to wear what supports what I have on my chest. A support device is just that and that is what a bra is and does.
    I have been a member of a support group on the internet that helps other gentlemen who have Gynecomastia as I do. It helps.
    Be well!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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    I think that anyone with breasts that have a a large cups size and even more so if it is in combined with a large band size will suffer from Breast Sweat and chaffing. A bra is the simplist way of decreasing skin on skin contact.

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