What's a perfectly average 34 B/C girl to do when she's lost about 30 pounds and her favorite Nike sports bras are no longer doing their job and are no longer available ANYWHERE?
She goes shopping, of course!
Hopefully my shopping experience (which literally took weeks, people!) will help your girls be happy and contained during your workouts, and maybe help you find a new favorite. I should say that these opinions are all my own and I was not compensated by any companies with free swag (although if you work for Nike or Under Armour and want to hook me up, let's chat!).
As I indicated in the first paragraph up there, I have perfectly average girls, although I joke I'm more a 34 long after having children and having my weight bounce up and down so much, along with my bewbs. Anyhoo, what did I discover while trying on at least 40 or 50 different sports bras? Us average girls get the shaft and trying on sports bras should be an aerobic activity. I've also decided that the only way to eliminate all movement completely is with duct tape, and frankly, the removal makes me shudder.
Let's get started, shall we?
If you are more kiwis or lemons than oranges or grapefruits, I think you can pretty much wear whatever the heck you want. If you only want to spend $10 on a strappy little compression bra at Kohl's, then you are in luck! If you want to spend more and get a bra with some padding and shape, you can do that too. The possibilities are endless. Happy shopping!
Alternatively, if you are more cantaloupes, you also have a ton of options, although they are a bit pricier (the Moving Comfort line received many recommendations when I asked my friends on twitter what they liked to wear and they had some cute styles). But, I've also discovered that some of them aren't as cute. That's really unfortunate. Just because your girls are larger doesn't mean you want to wear something that looks like a bra your grandmother wore in the 50s. I also discovered, the majority of bras for you more well endowed ladies had hooks in the back. When I was able to find a bra in my size that had a hook, I discovered I HATED it. Couple reasons - I have a bum shoulder, so having to reach behind myself to hook a bra that was already on was actually painful. If I did manage to get it hooked, I didn't like the feel of the hook mechanism. Again, this is totally a personal preference of mine, but I tended to run screaming from anything with hooks. I also found I did not like adjustable straps or bras that looked like traditional bras. I guess I like my sports bra to look like a racer-back sports bra.
So, did I find anything that worked for me? I'm happy to report I did! Here were my favorites:
Nike Swift Y Back
Under Armour Endure A/B
Aerie Fit High Impact
these and a different sports bra that isn't available online. Super cute and she loved the strappy one. It even has a little pocket inside the cup that fits her Nano. She is already requesting another one, but I got the last 2 extra smalls on clearance, so I told her she needed to wait until we'd earned our free bra before I'd buy her another (Aerie has a bra club-free to join-and you can earn points at American Eagle also).
I picked up a couple of these tops on sale (I won't really say bra because I need to wear them with another bra underneath). I found one at my running store on sale for $30 and another at Dick's on clearance for $20 (this one might actually be the Airborne 2 which is a little more basic). They are cut very similar to the Swift Y Back and combined with another bra, do a fantastic job of supporting the girls. These Nike long bras range from $35-$45 depending on the features, but Nike's website has some colors on clearance for $27. I don't feel they are supportive enough by themselves, though. The fabrics and colors vary but pretty much all of Nike's tops are Dri-FIT and have cute little details like a loop to string your headphone cord thru. The more expensive Airborne has the little pockets in the back to hold gu or maybe even your ipod. Very cute.
So there you have it. How I spent a small fortune trying to keep the girls in place. If you've been shopping around for a new sports bra, hopefully my pain and suffering will help prevent some headaches for you.
- Get fitted at a running store if you can. Especially if you've recently lost weight, you may be surprised what size you actually are. (This goes for your everyday bras too. The girls deserve your love and support, so make sure they are wearing the right size.)
- I really do encourage you to try on everything in the store. I honestly didn't think the Under Armour bra would work for me, but it turned out to be probably the best one. I also went in thinking I would get a bra from Moving Comfort, and while they were fantastic bras, they didn't really work for me.
- Be prepared to spend some money. I work out nearly every day but don't want to do laundry every day, so having multiple bras is important to me. Maybe you can get away with 1 or 2 really good bras and use lower impact/less expensive options for lifting, yoga, etc.
- I also am very spoiled by performance fabrics. Seriously, once you go wicking, you will never go back to cotton again.
- Have fun and be crazy in the dressing room. For realz. Jump, bend, and shake what your momma gave you. Make sure the bra does what you want it to.
- Buy workout gear that makes you feel good. You deserve it.