“They sure don’t make costumes like they used to”. A phrase I’ve both heard and said repeatedly during band launch season. Several years ago there was more fabric, more feathers and more left to the imagination when it came to carnival costumes. But what is a masquerader to do in this “new mas” era? Either we give in and purchase the costumes, find another band that satisfies all our needs or refrain from “playing mas” all together. I can almost guarantee that the latter is not happening for carnival enthusiasts such as myself. What is happening is this… Carnival junkies are slowly but surely adjusting to this “new mas”. I am living proof.
Let’s take the wire bra for example. When they were first introduced, jaws were literally dropping to the floor and eyes were bulging out of the heads of onlookers. Who gave these pieces the okay? Where was the coverage? But, now look; my how times have changed! Masqueraders now prefer wire bras over traditional bras. Here are three reasons why wire bra’s are all the rage:
I don’t think I’ve seen one wire bra that didn’t give a masquerader sex appeal. It’s something about those thin loops and swirls that screams “sexy” when worn. Or maybe it’s the exposure of rarely seen skin that catches our attention. Whatever it is, wire bras bring it to life.
There are no limitations when it comes to designing a wire bra. If you think it, it can be done. Looking for more coverage? Not a problem. Take a wire frame and attach it to a one piece bikini. Want a more eye catching costume? Attach strings and hanging bling from your wire bra. You can even wear a wire bra to the beach! I plan to do so for my upcoming trip to Jamaica Carnival. Dare to be different!
Let’s face it. Back in the day it was okay to have a little “spillage” at the top of your bra. However, not all traditional bra’s allowed masqueraders that opportunity. If women lacked adequate “boobage”, those old-school bras just didn’t do their body any justice. Meanwhile, women with an abundance of “boobage” had a difficult time finding a costume that would secure their goodies through all the jumping, waving and “wukking-up”. Oftentimes, these women would have to spend extra money to order abnormal cup sizes and/or bring along a back up bra just in case. How inconvenient is that?
Thankfully, wire bras are figure friendly. Since the entire foundation of the bra is literally made from wire, they can be customized to fit any cup size. This is a blessing ladies! From A cups to J cups, wire bras literally have you covered!
Here’s a tip: When you put on a wire bra the objective is to mold the bra to fit your shape. It may take a good 5-10 minutes to get it near perfect but it’s well worth the time and effort. For added security be sure to invest in a pack of “Hollywood Fashion Tape”.
The moral of the story is this: Carnival costumes are ever changing. There is no escaping this fact. I’m sure after designers have grown weary of these “new mas” trends they will be returning to the traditional mas designs. We see it happening in music and in everyday fashion. Just like the world knows that 90’s Hip Hop and 80’s fashions were one-of-a-kind, designers will come to realize that there is nothing like a heavily beaded full coverage costume on carnival day. We always seem to return to the past, but until then, let’s open our minds to these new designs. Let’s get creative and display our sexiness with class. Cheers to the wire bra! I’ll see you on the road!