Can Sports Bras be Used for Everyday Wear?
Historically sports bras were only considered for those hot sweaty workouts or sports sessions, but over the last 12 months they have become a fashion favourite, visible on runways and red carpets. More women are choosing comfort over cleavage and making the sports bra their everyday bra.
Sports bras are not designed to be sexy and are no competition for a black lacy number on a romantic night. But when we think of the practicalities of looking after our breasts on a day to day basis sports bras can be a great alternative.
Benefits of a Sports Bra for everyday use
The additional support is ideal for both bigger busts and for anyone who moves about lots in their daily activities…be it chasing your toddler at the park or working in a physically demanding job such as nursing or gardening. The last thing you want to be worried about is bouncing breasts or even breast tissue spilling out the top of your bra as you bend over.
Sports bras used to be all about compression which often created the dreaded flattened look or uni-boob for bigger busts. OK during a sweaty workout but not very flattering under your work shirt. Luckily there are now many sports bras that are designed to encapsulate your breasts (like a firm hug!) and provide a great breast shape. If your most comfortable sports bra does compress or flatten your chest, or you like this minimising effect, no problem it is only cosmetic and there are no long term consequences with wearing this bra style. After all comfort is Queen!
Not only great for exercise, sports bras are very comfortable for wearing everyday if you make the best choice in style, size and impact level. An amazing benefit is that sports bras are made from moisture-wicking, breathable fabric which is awesome on those warmer days to keep you cool rather than becoming soggy like many ordinary bras.
The straps on sports bras are designed to stay put and can be wider or padded to prevent them digging into your shoulders.
Sports bras often offer more coverage than everyday bras, which not only helps with support but can also provide confidence to bend and twist without having to stuff your ‘ladies’ back into your bra afterwards. If you like low line tops but it is not appropriate to show extra cleavage at work, a discreet light coloured sports bra or sports crop can be a great solution.
Sports bras can also add creative styling to your outfit; some have great back details which work well with low back tops. There are also many trendy crops that can be worn alone in the summer, or under a shirt. Consider making a statement with a low neckline or low armhole tank in a dark colour with a bright or patterned sports bra.
What features of the sports bra need to be considered?
Are you looking to make a style statement or do you need a neutral nude or white bra under a uniform?
Seamless cups can be more discreet under tighter fitting tops, although you may need to consider the neckline as sports bras often have higher coverage to the front.
Padding or Moulded Cups
For the less well en-downed there are also many sports bras with different degrees of padding or shaped cups to give you an extra boost.
Racer back or Regular Straps
This feature definitely comes down to personal preference. Some women find it uncomfortable to wear a racer back all day, especially if it sits high up your back close to your neck. However if your work involves you regularly lifting your arms above your head a racer back sports bra can actually save you a lot of pain.
Bra or Crop?
This is often a decision based on comfort and your own style choices. However it is also worth considering the activities you will be involved in. If you are going for a hike or leisurely bike ride with the kids a crop design could be good as you have the option of removing your shirt if it gets too hot.
There are also some really stylish crop designs which can easily be worn alone in the summer.
Underwired or Wirefree?
This absolutely comes down to personal choice. If you always wear underwired everyday bras, then you would probably feel most comfortable sticking with this.
Level of Support
Generally speaking a sports bra designed for high impact sports like basketball are not usually great for daily use. High impact sports bras are designed to hold your breasts during the most intensive movements and can become uncomfortable after many hours of continuous wear. However sports bra design has really improved over time and there are now some high impact bras I can comfortably wear all day, namely the Anita Active range, as they are so soft and lightweight.
On the whole medium to low impact sports bras are suited to everyday wear, but this does depend on both your bust size and what your daily activities involve.
At the end of the day it is all about support and comfort. Having a wardrobe of sports bras that you can wear everyday to work or just out and about is not just great for your breasts but also for your purse as the number of your everyday bras can be greatly reduced. In the busy lives we lead having one bra type that suits all is in my opinion a must. We women are great at multi tasking so why not have a bra that can do the same.