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The Pencil Test… or, Bras for Women over 60

Barb here:

Do you remember the original “Dear Abby”? That's where I learned of the “Pencil Test” pertaining to deciding whether or not to wear a bra. She said that if you could put a pencil under your braless boob and it stayed, you needed a bra. Recently, the best reference I could find online was in Urban Dictionary and had no mention of Dear Abby. I guess one sign of age is when your prior references are now just urban legends. Another sign is that it's more difficult to find good, reasonably priced bras for women over 60.  (Or at least this woman.)

When I was a perky, just blooming 14-year-old, I enjoyed a carefree summer of halter tops. Since then, I've never been without a bra in public. By the time my college dorm mate and I conducted the pencil-under-boob test I had a perky C-cup. Even though the pencil fell to the floor immediately—I told her I was not comfortable going braless because, “They just move around too much.”