Your Grandma Wore This Weirdly Awesome Bra In WWII

All those badass Rosie the Riveters who took over traditionally male jobs during WWII were hiding a secret under their clothes: They were wearing plastic bras!


Yup, apparently the “Saf-T-Bra” (as it was dubbed) was a garment for women working in factories during the 1940s. There’s not much historical information on the Saf-T-Bra, at least not according to blogger Mark Maynard‘s research, so there’s no way to know how many women actually wore this kind of armored lingerie. says that the Saf-T-Bra was manufactured by Wilson Goggles, a company that made—you guessed it!—goggles (Hence the googly-eyed lady next to the plastic bra model in the above photo).

It’s not super farfetched to see how a goggle company could expand into making bras…nipple protection is the logical step after eye protection, right? I guess the Saf-T-Bra could be considered a predecessor to those super-pointy, torpedo-boob bras of the 1950s, though. Women were trying to guard the goods in those days.

I have to say that wearing a plastic bra sounds super uncomfortable, even if it does protect your “girls” from factory machinery. I feel like a couple layers of really thick canvas would have done the job just fine, but I say that from my privileged, work-at-home millennial perch here at the beginning of the 21st century, so what do I know?

(h/t Huffington Post)

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    • Jeanie Jay

      That’s…uh…yeah. Feelings. I have them. Wow.
      On the other hand, wtf was UP with those pointy bras in the 1950s, anyway? (I would greatly like to read an article that explains that phenomenon. No, really!)

    • Cee

      Hah. I love how she’s just standing there, giving no fucks.

    • Sarah Anne Lloyd

      It’s funny because the woman on the right actually looks just like my grandmother, although she wasn’t a working-aged adult during WWII.