Said TT after learning that I had purchased a bra for PS. Sigh--I was so not ready to go there yet. She's only 9! And she definitely doesn't need one. But many of PS's classmates have already turned 10 and several are starting to develop. Her two best friends are wearing them, and I think she just wants to fit in. She was so excited about it and couldn't wait to come home and try them on. She insisted that she needed a plain one that wouldn't show and a pretty one to wear under sweaters. But I suspect the novelty will wear off quickly. I remember trying out the training bras my mom had stashed in my drawers and deciding they were way to itchy.
They are just tiny little cotton things, sort of like a sports bra. Shockingly, or perhaps not, they had much more mature-styled bras (with sequins!) that were padded! Really? A 10 or even 12 year old needs a padded bra? I have noticed a similar trend when shopping for swimsuits. Blech!