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My 10 Best High Impact Sports Bras

10 Best High Impact Sports Bras

So, after a bit of side-tracking (my favourite past time!) I am back focusing on my mission to list my best sports bras in a range of categories. This week I am looking at High Impact Sports Bras.

If you are into high impact activities like running, netball or aerobics you are going to need high impact support to keep the girls in check. If you want to know more about impact levels and what they mean check out my blog ‘Sports Bra Impact Levels – What do They Mean?’. Genius title!

Alright, we have established we need a high impact sports bra for our high impact activities. The next question is, what are the best ones? This is the question I am going to answer today.

What Are My Ten Best?

As always, a good sports bra provides a good balance of support and comfort. In the case of high impact sports bras there needs to be a bit more emphasis on support whilst still maintaining comfort.

You won’t be comfortable if your girls are bouncing all over the place! As always it has got to fit you. Did you know 8 out of 10 women are wearing the incorrect size. If you suspect this is you, check out ‘10 signs you are wearing the wrong bra size’.

OK, back to the task at hand. As mentioned, my criteria are support and comfort! This is a ‘crop free zone’ as they may be comfortable, but they will not offer high impact support. No matter what it says on the label!

It’s structured bras only for me. They are designed to your back and cup size to offer the best support for your breasts.

My list has been broken into two sections. 5 best underwired and 5 best wirefree. The number one feature women either love or hate is underwired or wirefree. It is the Macca’s vs Hungry Jacks of the sports bra world.

Disclaimer time! There were no financial rewards given by brands to ensure their bra is on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot to ‘best product’ lists. Meaning they are often biased and do not offer you the absolute best of advice. These are simply my 10 best picks from a life lived in the sports bra world.

Please read on to see my 10 best.

5 Best High Impact Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Given Freya state that this bra can reduce independent breast movement by up to 92% it was easy to put this bra at number 1. I cannot verify the 92% but it does offer great high impact support keeping the girls locked in during any activity.

It is surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (you will quickly learn I am bias towards wirefree!). The combination of support and comfort places this bra at the top of my underwire list. A ‘best in underwire show’ for me.

Features and Benefits:
  • High performance with full coverage from a centre front extension that keeps you in place.
  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Soft thread seams reduce friction against the skin.
  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • Perforated foam cups for smooth breathable shaping.
  • Soft hook and eye closure with four rows for a flexible fit.
  • Subtly positioned mesh panels offer further cooling comfort.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.

Suits 6 – 18 backs and D – H cups.

#2 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

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Next up a wonderfully supportive bra from Glamorise. It offers great comfort and support during any activity. One feature of note is the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have hit the nail on the head when designing this bra. Giving you the support and shaping of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

All in all, a great combination of comfort and support in a sports bra that covers a wide range of back and cup sizes. Well worth a look!

Features and Benefits:
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.
  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • The adjustable shoulder straps help give you a perfect fit with no shoulder ache while the two-way stretch back moves with your body to keep the bra in place.

Suits 10 – 24 backs and B – F cups.

#3 Berlei Shift Underwire Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

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You cannot argue with the fact that Berlei make great sports bras. They are an icon of the Aussie sports bra scene. That said I would debate the support offered by their sports bras. Especially for higher impact activities. Good for the smaller busted but if you have a bit more up top!

This bra doesn’t fit into the Berlei normal. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a high impact winner here.

Features and Benefits:
  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.
  • Multi-part encapsulated underwire cups feature angled seams for shape and support during even the most strenuous workouts.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest exercises.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.
  • Sides and back have encased elastic at top edges.
  • Patterned mesh overlay around cups and on sides and back.
  • Center panel – tall and narrow for containment, with arched centre underside for high tummies.
  • Cotton-lined cups for comfort.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and C – F cups.

#4 Triumph Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

    $39.95 $29.95
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Coming in at number 4 this bra from Triumph. It offers the goods at a reasonable price. The minimising function is perfect for the more self-conscious. I am a D cup and it felt good on. Soft, supportive, and comfortable. Winner, winner…

Triumph advertise it as having 3D powertech technology and 3D straps. Sounds good to me although I have no idea what it means. Marketing jargon I suspect. That said whatever it is it works. An easy number 4 for me.

Features and Benefits:
  • 3D Powertech technology and 77% bounce control with 3D straps, soft fabrics, wide lower band and unpadded, shaping cups.
  • Comfort wire prevents the wire from digging in under the arm for ultimate comfort.
  • Wired Minimiser bra that reduces the bust by one cup size.
  • 3D straps are padded, versatile and fully adjustable both front and back with security hook on front strap.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and D – E cups.

#5 Anita Active Momentum Underwire Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

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Rounding out my top five is this beautiful sports bra from Anita Active. Now, I admit I do love Anita. They are a touch more expensive, but their bras are top drawer and this bra is no exception.

Anita are more known for their wirefree styles but this sports bra does the job. If offers High impact support and comfort. The perfect combination of femininity and high-tech design.

Features and Benefits:
  • Perfect for all high impact activities. Get the support you need playing football, tennis or going for a run.
  • Features a flattering, low-cut neckline to create a round, feminine bust shape.
  • Outside features hydrophobic eyelet fabric to help keep you dry.
  • Inner lining of hydrophilic towelling to wick away moisture helping keep you dry. Anita sweat management.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps prevent strain on your neck and shoulders.
  • Breathable net back to help keep you cool.
  • The Momentum Underwired Sports Bra has seamless pre-shaped cups made of metallically shimmering, high-tech fabric with ergoline underwiring giving you comfort and optimal support.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and D – F cups.

Honourable mention:

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

    $39.95 $29.95
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Another Freya you say? I know, I know but they do make great underwired sports bras. The Epic is the pick of the Freya bunch with a reported 92% bounce control.

The Core isn’t too far before. 80% bounce control is nothing to be sneezed at and it’s comfortable enough to wear as an all-day bra if you are on your feet all day and are after extra support. It is less bulky than the Epic whilst still maintaining the support and comfort.

An easy honourable mention for me.

Features and Benefits:
  • Built up padded straps for support and comfort.
  • Wider curvature wire giving you a comfortable and supportive fit.
  • Double fabric for firm support.
  • Firm and flat bottom band for good anchorage.
  • COOLMAX® fabric with a soft feel wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Soft hook and eye closure for extra comfort.
  • Mesh panels for cool comfort.
  • Research findings show a reduction in up and down velocity by 80% (University of Portsmouth).

Suits 6 – 16 backs and D-GG cups.

5 Best High Impact Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

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Look through any of my ‘best of’ lists, especially those for supportive sports bras, and you will nearly always find this bra at or near the top. And there is a reason for this. It is da bomb!

You would be hard pressed to find a more supportive bra out there. It’s specifically designed as a running bra (and we all know how high impact that is!) but it’s support works for all high impact activities.

It can be a bit snug in the band which can reduce the comfort. But if you want support and don’t mind compromising a bit on comfort then give this bra a crack. Your breasts will thank you!

Features and Benefits:
  • Shock Absorber have developed the infinity-8 support system within the cups to counteract the breasts’ figure-of-eight movement, which has been shown to happen during running.
  • Whilst the racer back style provides you with additional high impact support and prevents any strap slippage.
  • The shoulder straps are non-slip, wide and padded for your comfort. They are also fully adjustable to ensure a good fit.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, sports performance fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • The back of the bra can be completely undone which makes it easier to put on and off.
  • The cups are silky soft, and they have a seamless inner to prevent any rubbing or chafing.

Suits 8 – 16 backs and B-G cups.

#2 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

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We already know Anita are know for their wirefree bras and when it comes to high impact support and comfort this bra tops their list. It has support in spades with Anita’s combination of design and hi-tech materials putting this bra in the high/extreme support range.

One of the reasons I love Anita is that their sports bras are so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support. And as someone who lives in Queensland (think hot!) this makes me a big fan. Keep me cool while I work out – yes please!

Features and Benefits:
  • The Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra’s seamlessly pre-shaped cups provide perfect support through to large sizes.
  • The soft, non-roll underband with logo at bottom right provides additional support.
  • Designed with a high-cut centre front panel to contain you and provide extra strong support this bra also has side support panels to help keep your breasts centered.
  • This bra features highly functional pique fabric and netting inserts in the back to regulate moisture absorption keeping you cool and dry.
  • The sides and back are made of ventilated stretch mesh, with covered elastic at top edge.
  • The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • The cups have an inner lining of hydrophilic towelling and are seamlessly shaped with angled seaming that provides shape to bust.
  • The padded straps attach to elastic that adjusts in back with laminated plastic hardware that will not slip during high impact activity.
  • The fabric is designed for fast moisture absorption and release to help keep you cool and dry.

Suits C-G cups and 10 – 20 backs.

#3 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

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This sports bra is an easy number 3 for me (poet?). It is rated high/extreme impact support by Glamorise and having tried and tested it I would have to agree. It keeps the girls locked in!

One of my favourite features is the double layer cups. The inner panel holds me very nicely whilst the outer layer offers a second level of adjustable support. Simply clip / unclip to rachet up the support. The best bit is comfort is not compromised. If feels soft against the skin.

What more can I say, I wear it and I love it. A double thumbs up from me!

Features and Benefits:
  • The Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra combines the Magiclift® criss-cross design on the inner bra with the adjustable bounce control outer panel to provide superior lift, bust definition and support for all levels of activity.
  • This sports bra has a wire-free inner bra that gives support & bust definition while the outer panel allows you to adjust bounce control according to activity level.
  • With its patented front adjusting outer panel this bra allows you to set the bounce control you require so you’re locked and loaded no matter what you do.
  • As you heat up this bra will keep you cool and dry with its quick dry seamless moulded inner cups that wick moisture away and feel soft against your skin.
  • It also features non-slip adjustable straps and a two-way stretch back designed to move with your body.

Suits B – H cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#4 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

    $39.95 $29.95
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What another Shock? Yes, another Shock! What can I say, I love Shock. When it comes to support, they are the bees. This bra doesn’t offer the same support as the Ultimate run but it still sits in the high/extreme impact range.

I particularly like the padded straps and racerback design. I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support in my sports bras and this bra does offer both in equal amounts.

Features and Benefits:
  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Crop top design with integrated sports bra support.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for your added comfort.
  • Fully back opening for easy on and off.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and B-HH cups.

#5 Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

    $39.95 $29.95
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Rounding out my top 5 is this little beauty from Triumph. It is Triumph’s most supportive wirefree style with a touted 77% bounce control. Add to this their 3 layer anti-bounce compression system and you have got one supportive bra.

It also delivers on comfort. It is constructed from hi-tech material that is breathable and has moisture regulating inserts, perfect for long sweaty workouts.

Features and Benefits:
  • 77% bounce control, 3-layer anti-bounce compression.
  • Light mesh material, double layering with very flexible texture for excellent support.
  • Breathable material with moisture regulating inserts.
  • Adjustable, padded straps with practical snap closure, which can be worn crossed as well.
  • With LYCRA®, an extremely elastic fibre, which guarantees unique freedom of movement.
  • Innovative texture which is very flexible and keeps the shape for a long time.
  • Wide hook eye closure, softly padded, adjustable in three positions, nickel free.
  • Unpadded, shaping cups, which firmly wrap around the bust.
  • Wide lower band with a velvety touch, which feels pleasant on the skin.
  • Soft, anti-bacterial quality, suitable for sensitive skin.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and C-E cups.

Honourable mention:

Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra

  • PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour Black, Beach

    Pink Clover Breastband

    $39.95 $29.95
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    Black White
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We had two Shocks so why not two Anita’s? If may have worked out that I am a big fan of Anita and Shock when it comes to high impact support. My bias aside this bra does offer the goods. It keeps the girls in check with the comfort Anita bras are renowned for.

It is designed for comfort and offers great support. So lightweight that you will forget you’re wearing it. The soft comfortable band sits snugly against you rig cage and I also love the front adjustment. So easy to use!

Features and Benefits:
  • Soft and comfortable band which sits snugly against your rib cage.
  • Special support function at the side aided by the double back design and X-back for extra firmness.
  • Seamlessly shaped, preformed, double layered cups ensure comfort and a great under t-shirt look – outside high-function pique fabric, inside absorbent towelling creating the Anita sweat management system.
  • Comfort strap system exclusively developed for Anita: Ergonomically shaped, with integrated padding, very adjustable at the front and designed to be positioned at the centre of the shoulder for maximum comfort and to relieve your neck.
  • Racerback design for maximum comfort across your shoulders.
  • Soft and breathable CoolMax net insert at the front centre to transport moisture away from your body.
  • Simple and convenient: Easy dressing and undressing due to the wide opening and ‘Easy On and Off’.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and B-E cups.

Conclusion

So, that is my 10 best high impact sports bras + 2 honourable mentions. An extensive list but in your search for high impact support one that is definitely worth the effort.

One thing about sports bras is what works for you may not work for someone else. We are all unique so please use this list as a guide in your quest for the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The absolute best advertise 90% plus bounce control and over a long workout that missing 10% can add up.

In my opinion a must have workout accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. Give it a go, you will love it!

Yours in support

Amy x

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6 Reasons to Wear a Sports Bra Daily

6 Reasons to Wear A Sports Bra Daily

Sports bras have come a long way in design and comfort. They are no longer unfashionable workout items of limited comfort that you wore to try and reduce breast bounce. They are now well-designed items crafted of technical fabrics that have been rigorously tested to reduce breast movement.

For many of us they have become the must have workout partner that we cannot do without. But can they be more? Can they support us every day?

We know we love them, but do we know why? Today I am going to list the 6 reasons to wear a sports bra daily.

1. Sports bras help reduce breast pain

This is a biggy. We all know breasts move when we exercise. From A cup and up our breasts move up and down, side to side and even in a figure or eight. Sheesh! All that movement can cause breast pain and general discomfort. Especially over a long workout or simply when going about your day.

Wearing a good fitting sports bra can reduce this movement. Thus, reducing the pain we may feel. You may have heard the term ‘Impact’ when describing a sports bra. Low Impact; offering minimal support, up to Extreme Impact; offering the most support.

Choosing the right level of ‘impact’ support is essential in helping to reduce breast pain when working out or simply doing the housework. Check out my blog ‘Sports Bra Impact Levels – What Do They Mean’ for more.

2. Sports bras can reduce sagging

This one goes hand in hand with the point 1. If your breasts are unsupported during exercise and daily activity you can cause permanent damage to the delicate ‘Coopers Ligaments’. These support the breast tissue helping ‘keep you up’.

Breast bounce puts pressure on them causing them to stretch over time and your breasts to sag. This sagging is irreversible, so prevention is a lot better than no cure. Wearing a supportive sports bra is one remedy to prevent the premature sagging of your breasts.

Look at my blog ‘Breast Sag: How to Prevent It’ for more info.

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3. Sports bras can boost your confidence

A lot of women feel self-conscious when exercising or simply going about their day. All that breast movement can attract unwanted stares. In fact, many women often avoid working out as a result. No-one likes people staring at their boobs when then are on the treadmill or walking the kids to school. This is where a good sports bra can help.

Not only do they reduce the bounce as we already know. The correct bra for you can also offer the right amount of coverage to not only support you but also stop you ‘popping’ out at an inappropriate time.

With the right combination of coverage and support you will be itching to get to the gym for your next workout. You’ll also be able to walk the kids to school with confidence!

4. Sports bras have become fashionable

You would be living under a rock to not have seen the recent explosion in active wear brands. Brands such as Lorna Jane, Puma and Abi and Joseph all offer on trend designs of just about every shape and colour.

Whilst many are not strictly sports bras but rather sports crops. They still offer greater support than your everyday bra. They can be worn stand alone or under a top. Sports bras are now common sight at gyms, supermarkets and around the home. They have become a must have fashion accessory for the modern woman.

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5. Sports bras can aid healing after cosmetic surgery

Anyone who has gone under the knife for breast augmentation surgery can relate to this one. The support and comfort offered by a sports bra can be used as a healing aid. Their ability to hold everything still and in place is the primary reasons surgeons recommend wearing a sports bra post-surgery.

Soft, wirefree styles are the preference here. We are recovering from major surgery, so we want the very best in comfort and support as we heal.

6. Sports bras can be worn as everyday bras

Wearing a sports bra is no longer limited to exercising. The speed of our modern lives and the advances in sports bra design means many women choose to wear a sports bra everyday in place of their regular bra.

I have helped nurses, retail staff and even farmers (they spend a lot of time bouncing around on a tractor) find the perfect sports bra to wear every day. Think about how much time you spend on your feet each day at work, at home or chasing after the kids. That’s a lot of unwanted bounce that can be arrested by a sports bra.

The best bit: you can cut down on the number of regular bras you own and save a few dollars. No changing between work and the gym either!

So, there you have it, the 6 reasons to wear a sports bra daily. They have become an integral part of our workout apparel and they can also become an integral part of our everyday lives.

You deserve support everyday and the right sports bra can offer it.

Yours in support

Amy x

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10 Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

10 Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

It is common for many women to take their bra off as soon as they step inside their front door. But why? Surely their bra shouldn’t be that uncomfortable right? Unfortunately, in far too many cases it is a yes!

The fact is many women are wearing the wrong bra size. Studies show that up to 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. What? No wonder they want to take their bra off at the first opportunity. Interestingly of that 80% that wear poor fitting bras, 70% wear bras that are too small.

No matter how well made your bra is if you are wearing the wrong size it will never feel right. So, what are the signs of an ill-fitting bra? I have compiled a list of 10 signs to look for. So put on your bra, stand in front of the mirror, and go through my list.

Sign 1: Your Bust Spills Over

As they say, ‘a little cleavage never hurt anyone’. Whether you agree or not spilling out of your bra is not a good feeling and is not good for your boobs either. This extra ‘bulge’ of upper breast tissue is unsupported and can ‘jiggle’ about during exercise. This can be more of an issue if you have a little more up top.

Solution; go up a cup size! You want all of your breast to be supported so simply going up a cup size will provide more coverage and support for your girls. You’ll know you’ve got it right when there is a smooth transition from bra to skin with no ‘bulge’

Sign 2: Your Cups Are Bulging, Wrinkly or Baggy

If you find a bra you love you’re likely guilty of wearing it over and over again. However, unlike your favourite jeans, bras do not fit better as time goes on. All that wearing takes it’s toll on your beloved bra and they can begin to lose their shape. Especially bras with moulded cups. To keep your silhouette as smooth as possible consider replacing you best friend with a new beast friend (see what I did there.

A similar issue is bras that are wrinkly or baggy. If your boobs are swimming around inside your bra it’s either got cups that were too big to begin with or you’ve stretched your bra over time. Either way it’s time to get a new one. After all you want your breasts to be as snug and supported as possible

Sign 3: There’s Gapping Between Cup and Breast

The whole purpose of a bra is to keep everything closer to your chin than your knees. Your breasts creeping out from underneath your cups is not going to achieve this. Your breasts should never escape from your bra and a good fitting bra will ensure this.

The problem here can be two-fold. If the cup is too tight then your breasts can be forced out of your cup in all directions. Most commonly out the top and sides but occasionally out the bottom. If this is the case, consider going up a cup size.

The more common issue is your band is to lose allowing your girls to squeeze out from underneath your cup bottom. This problem can be amplified with exercise. All that bouncing around combined with gravity will have your breasts heading South if your band is too lose. Solution; go down a band size.

Sign 4: Your Breast Doesn’t Rest Against the Bottom of the Cup.

Quite the opposite to Sign 3 is when your breasts do not fill out the bottom of you cups. There shouldn’t be any empty space at the bottom of your cups. The band isn’t going to support you if there is nothing directly above it too support!

Regardless of size and shape, the breast must be able to rest and get support from the bottom edge of the cup. If your bra fits like this, you should consider a bra with a smaller cup size.

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Sign 5: Your Band Rides up at The Back

This one is an extremely common occurrence for a lot of women. So how do we check? Easy, standing side on too your mirror check your bra band as it goes around your back. It should form a straight line. The band should be level all the way round and not be higher than the underside of you breasts.

If it isn’t, you have a problem. It could be as simple as having your shoulder straps too tight thus ‘lifting’ your bra. Try loosening them to see if that helps making sure your band is not too big.

If not (and more likely) you are wearing a band size that is to big. To compensate for the bigger band, you tighten your shoulder straps causing the band to ride up at the back. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Simply go down a band size. Remember if you go down a band size you should go up a cup size (assuming your cup fits well). For example, a 14C becomes a 12D. Check out my Sports Bra Sister Size Guide for more.

Sign 6: The Dreaded Back Bulge

I get a lot of Live Chats from women looking for bras that ‘cover back fat’. The problem here is most likely with sizing not bra style. Bulging over your bra strap is an extremely common problem with an easy solution.

Most likely your band is too tight for your body. As mentioned earlier your band needs to be snug to offer the support you need but it shouldn’t be too tight. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to slide two fingers between the band and your body. Adjust your band size to suit if this is not the case with your present bra

Sign 7: Your Straps Keep Falling Down

Bras have straps to help hold you up so when they slip down so do your boobs. Slipping straps is almost always due to them being under-tightened (is that a word?) or having stretched or lost elasticity. Check and adjust your straps every time you wear your bra. If they continue to become loose after adjusting, then it’s time for a new bra.

Loose straps can be a sign that your cup is to big. Tighten your straps to the correct level; your bra strap should be tight enough to fit two fingers between it and your skin comfortably. If your cup doesn’t feel ‘full’ then consider going down a cup size.

If you have sloping or narrow shoulders you may find the straps slip no matter what you do. If this is you, consider trying a cross-back or racerback style. This will help anchor the straps to your body stopping slipping. Check out my blog on Racerback sports bras for more info.

Sign 8: Your Straps Gap in the Back

While we are talking straps your bra strap should fit comfortably and snuggly across your back. If there are gaps or it simply ‘feels’ too loose then you’re not getting the support you should.

A simple fix could be to simply tighten the band to another clasp setting. If this doesn’t work, consider going down a band size to get a snugger fit. And remember the sister size rule; down a band up a cup!

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Sign 9: Your Strap Leaves Marks on Your Shoulders

Ow, ow and ow! There is nothing worse than going on a long run and feeling like your bra straps are cutting off your circulation. A bra should be comfortable, not a torture device. This can be more of a problem for those with larger cups. Extra weight = extra force on your straps = sore shoulders!

A common fix many women employ is to tighten the shoulder straps more in the hope if things bounce around less their shoulder pain will reduce. I am sorry but you are on the wrong track. Your shoulder straps should only provide about 20% of the support. With the band offering the other 80%.

Therefore, a snug fitting band is your first option. This will help take the strain off your straps and your shoulders. Also consider strap width. Many bras come with wider, more comfortable straps that help spread the load.

Sign 10: Your Clasp is on the Tightest Hook

Many women believe that fastening your bra strap on the middle hook is a sign of a great fit. I can tell you this is not necessarily so. When you first wear it, your bra should fit snuggly on the loosest hook. This will allow you to extend the life of your bra for as long as possible.

Over time and wear your band will stretch. When this happens, you can simply tighten the band to the next hook to continue to receive optimal support. Eventually you will stretch the band to its limits. When you reach this point it’s time to get a replacement.

So, there you have it my 10 signs you are wearing the wrong bra size. If you would like to learn a little more to ensure you get the best possible fit for you, please check out my blog 10 Common Sports Bra Fitting Problems and How to Solve Them.

If you’ve followed my list and your present bra isn’t up to the job, then it’s time to go shopping for a new sports bra. As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours in Support.

Amy

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Sports Bra Science Keeps Larger Breasted Woman Moving

Sports Bra Science Keeps Larger Breasted Woman Moving

Sports bras have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simply two jock straps sewn together. Considerable scientific and technological research goes into designing and making modern sports bras. And who is the benefit of all this effort? Us, the sports bra user.

All women benefit from wearing a good sports bra and this benefit increases along with breast size. During exercise, our torso’s move in all different directions and at different speeds. This varies from sport to sport but given the breast is essentially a mass of soft tissue with no muscle and limited internal support our breasts move in a motion independent of but driven by our torso. The bigger the breast the bigger the motion.

Our upper body lurches one way to reach a tennis ball with our breasts essentially being ‘left behind’. When they finally ‘catch up’ we lurch the other way. A lot of ‘ouch’ if they are left unsupported! It is this movement that sports bras work to arrest, minimising our breasts motion independent to our body’s movement. This can reduce pain and discomfort and even improve sports performance.

Sports Bras Improve Technique

It has been shown that over a five kilometres distance a sports bra can improve your running technique. Making your technique more efficient compared to wearing an everyday bra or no bra at all. Those of us who have ever run without good support can attest to the affect bouncing breasts can have on our running form. Distraction!

The larger the breast size the larger the demands placed on a sports bra as well as on your body. Many larger breasted women suffer from sore shoulders and backs. It’s simple mechanics; a larger mass on your front places additional strain on your posterior chain of muscles. The muscles that run down your back that are key to correct posture. If these muscles are placed under increased strain, they will require more energy and effort in their working.

Our Breasts are Getting Bigger

Add to this that our breasts are getting bigger with an annual British survey indicating average size increasing from a 14C to a 14DD in recent years. That is a mass increase of 430g! Does not sound like much but over a 5km run it adds up to a lot of extra effort. Further research has shown that larger breast size can put women off participating in sport and can compromise performance.

Enter the modern sports bra. The technical design and scientific testing carried out by many brands coupled with developments in materials and fabrication techniques mean many modern sports bras work well at keeping things in check. Allowing you to perform better with less discomfort. This provides a significant benefit for all women who exercise.

Good design and construction does come at a cost though. A top-quality sports bra can cost upwards of $100. But I would say it is worth it for the reduced pain and discomfort. We runners do not baulk at paying $250 for a good pair of comfortable and supportive shoes so why do we skimp on sports bras and then wear them to death? I for one was guilty of this but as I have gotten older, I really have learnt to appreciate the importance of good breast support when exercising. Both on my comfort and performance. And also, on reducing the dreaded ‘sag’ that comes with aging. We can’t fight gravity, but we can slow its affects!

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Sports Bras Have Their Limitations

However, there are limitations to what a sports bra can do. All sports bras offer support, and some do an exceptionally good job. But no sports bra provides 100% support. Some elite athletes have gone to more extreme lengths to solve the breast support issue. Tennis player Simone Halep had breast reduction surgery to go from a 12DD to a 12C. Post-surgery her ranking rose from 450 to being number three seed at Wimbledon in 2014. Now I am certainly not suggesting you have breast reduction surgery, far from it. I am just highlighting how performance can improve when you get your chest under control.

Of course, having large breasts does not rule you out from participating in sport. So, what can you do? Firstly, Choose a sports bra that is the most supportive & best fitting for you. A proper fitting, supportive sports bra has been shown time and time again to help eliminate sports induced breast pain.

Secondly, look after your investment! Look after it and treat it with the care it deserves to ensure it continues to function at it’s best for as long as possible. But remember a sports bra should never have a birthday!

Thirdly, add another layer of support. Sports bras are great at holding you up but not so great at holding you down. When you exercise what goes up must come down. Excessive upward bounce can place extra stain on you and your sports bra. Couple your bra with a breastband for all round total support.

All athletes need support and a great sports bra is an important part of it.

Amy ❤

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10 Best Sports Bras for Walking.

10 Best Sports Bras for Walking

Following my last article ‘Sports Bras for Walking’ got a lot of feedback asking what my favourite walking sports bras were. So, I have taken the time to put together my ‘best of’ list; my ’10 Best Sports Bras for Walking’.

Even though walking is considered a low to medium impact activity it is still important to get a sports bra with the right support and comfort. To allow you to walk pain free and to alleviate back and breast pain (especially if you have a bit more up top). For me comfort and support are by far the most important elements of a walking sports bra.

Everyone has their own personal preferences; racerback, wirefree but at the end of the day your walking sports bra needs to be comfortable and to support you. Simple. I for one have experienced the breast pain caused by a poor supporting bra and the rub from an ill-fitting one! If this is you it’s worth checking out ‘10 Common Fitting Problems & How to Solve Them’.

What Are My 10 Best?

So, what are my criteria? You guessed it, support, and comfort! I will leave further personal preferences up to you. My list is my ’10 best’ not my ‘top 10’. The list is not a countdown but simply an alphabetical order ’10 best’ list. I do have my personal favourites but they may not suit you, so I felt a ’10 Best’ list was more appropriate.

There were no financial incentives offered by suppliers to get their bra on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot to ‘best product’ lists meaning they are often biased and do not offer you the absolute best of advice. These are just my picks from a life lived in the world of sports bras.

Read on to check out my 10 best.

#1 Abi and Joseph Leo Hi-Tech Sports Bra

First up is the Leo Hi-Tech Sports Bra by Abi and Joseph. This number certainly ticks the support and comfort boxes. I particularly like the extra support the racerback style offers, but without putting extra strain on your shoulders. The wide shoulder straps do the trick to successfully spread the load! It’s comfort plus, so soft.

The Leo H-Tech is an Abi and Joseph staple, which says a lot about the success of its design. In the fast fashion world of sports crops to stand the test of time you must be da bomb. And this bra certainly is that. A walking thumbs up from me.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Made from abi and joseph premium high-performance fabrics which are moisture-wicking, breathable, shrink and fade resistant and quick drying with four-way stretch for ultimate performance.
  • Featuring ‘abi Signature’ performance fabric which has a lightly brushed, soft cotton-like feel for next-to-skin comfort.
  • Wide shoulder straps crossing over a dual layer Powermesh racerback to offer superior comfort, support, and breathability.
  • Removable cups so you can customise your fit.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and A-D cups.

#2 Amoena Zipper Bra

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The Zipper Bra by Amoena is the only zip front bra on my list. It’s actually designed as a mastectomy bra and that design allows it to offer great comfort and overall support. It’s quit a ‘big’ bra but herein lies the support. The large racerback spreads the load from your shoulders through your back relieving potential pressure points.

It is beautifully soft and comfortable. I particularly like how the wide under band reduces any potential chafing. Wear it stand alone or under a top for all day walking comfort.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Hidden hook and eye under the front closure zipper makes fastening even easier.
  • The zipper clicks and locks to ensure the bra stays fastened.
  • Soft microfibre fabric is smooth under clothing and against your skin.
  • This bra offers both compression and encapsulation support. Combined with a racerback this gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • The Zipper Bra features bilateral pockets to hold a breast form of shaper if you need one.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and A-D cups.

#3 Berlei Full Support Sports Bra

Next on the list is one for larger ladies or those with a bit more up top. The Full Support Sports Bra by Berlei is designed specifically to provide a secure feeling of support for the fuller busted and fuller figured body type. And this it certainly does.

It’s rated as ‘medium impact’ so is perfect for walking. It offers a natural look, making it a great everyday option as well.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 2 – Medium Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 45-50%.
  • Breathable fabric with ventilation zones keeps you cool and comfortable whilst walking.
  • Reinforced cup side panels support and enhance the shape of your bust.
  • Comfortable shaped and padded straps convert to crossback providing you additional support.
  • The Full Support Sports Bra is a full cup sports bra that gives you ample coverage.

Suits 12 – 20 backs and DD-H cups.

#4 Champion The Show-Off Sports Bra

I really do like the Show-Off sports bra for walking. Champion certainly have nailed it with this one. A great combination of support, comfort, and style. It is easy to see why it is one of their most popular styles.

When it comes to walking bras this one certainly checks all the boxes. I particularly like the attention to detail in the design of this bra. A lot of design effort has been put into creating a cool and dry bra and after a long walk that extra design effort is certainly appreciated.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Tag-free T-back has a cooling keyhole plus adjustable hook-and-eye closure for easy on/off.
  • The racerback styling gives you a greater freedom of movement.
  • Moisture-wicking Champion Vapor technology lifts sweat away from your skin for cooler, drier comfort.
  • Performance mesh (front and back) adds cooling ventilation.
  • Soft, cushioned inner seam gently contours your curves.
  • Smooth, moulded cups with concealing petals ensure your modesty and provide maximum support.
  • Wide, smooth bottom band adds extra support and comfort as it fits snugly against your skin.
  • The Show-Off Sports Bra features silky straps that adjust in front for convenience.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and A-D cups.

#5 Freya Sonic Underwired Spacer Bra

OK, next on my list is the Sonic from Freya. In my opinion they are the queens of underwired sports bras and this bra is a princess (see what I did there!). Being a medium to high impact bra it is not as supportive as other offerings from Freya, but it is certainly enough to support you throughout a brisk walk.

It is made from non-bulky ‘spacer’ fabric (not sure what that is but it sounds good!). The smooth moulded cups give a nice breast shape and great under shirt look. It is soft and comfortable. All in all, a great underwired walking sports bra perfect for larger women.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Multi-part moulded cups made from breathable non-bulky spacer fabric.
  • High performance with average breast coverage. Gives you a smooth silhouette.
  • COOLMAX® fabric in inner bra and microfibre wicks away moisture helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Mesh panels for cool comfort.
  • Wide built up padded non-stretch straps for comfort and support.
  • Soft hook and eye closure for extra comfort.
  • Wide curvature underwire supports your breasts without compromising comfort and mobility.
  • Double lined for firm support.
  • Firm flat bottom band ensures good anchorage and stability.
  • Encapsulates the bust providing you with great shape and support.
  • The Sonic Underwired Spacer Bra can be worn with the back converted to racerback style for added support and to prevent strap slippage.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and D – GG cups.

#6 Goddess Sport Soft Cup Sports Bra

Number six on my list is another sports bra for the larger lady. It covers from an 18 up to a 26 back and a C-G cup so wins the sizing game hands down. It is specifically designed with the needs of larger ladies in mind.

As a medium impact bra, it offers good support for walking. Its big advantage is comfort. Its wide band and full coverage help keep everything in place all day long. A perfect all round bra to keep you supported when on your feet.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The cup lining has antibacterial protection for odour control.
  • A tall centre front provides coverage and helps reduce breast motion.
  • The wireless multi-part cups are lined with breathable knit fabric and have angled seams for shape and control.
  • Wicks moisture away to keep you feeling cool and dry.
  • The front of centre pull straps is padded and non-stretch whilst the back has restricted stretch, exposed elastic straps with adjustable coated metal hardware.
  • Tall smoothing sides are two-ply stretch knit with covered elastic edges for secure fit.
  • The back is supportive and has kicked-in straps that are less likely to slip.
  • The Soft Cup Sports Bra also has a supportive, covered elastic underband for added support.

Suits 18 – 26 backs and C – G cups.

#7 Lorna Jane Comfort Sports Bra

Lorna Jane make a great range of walking sports bras. Most of her bras offer the support and comfort for walking. So why the Comfort you ask? Easy, the name says it all!

It’s pretty hard to go past a bra that has been specifically designed with comfort in mind. LJ rates it as ‘high impact’, I would debate this, but it does have more than enough support for walking. If only it was made to accommodate more cup sizes.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Designed with Lorna Jane’s superior performance LJ Excel™ fabric.
  • Fitted design with a scoop neckline.
  • Shrink and fade resistant.
  • Made from quick drying materials.
  • Moisture wicking and breathable qualities allow your body to breathe during your workout.
  • Thick under-bust band and straps provide maximum support for high intensity workouts.
  • The Comfort Sports Bra has a racerback design with brand logo at the back.

Suits 8 – 14 backs and A – D cups.

#8 Royce Impact Free Sports Bras

How can I have two bras at number 8 you ask? Simple, they are essentially the same design with slight adjustments to suit different cup size. Add the two together and they accommodate D-K cups. Impressive!

Now this bra wins the comfort battle. It’s so soft and being made from 100% cotton keeps you cool and fresh. Like Lorna Jane and her Comfort Bra Royce list it as High Impact but I would say that is at a stretch (no pun intended). That said it is perfectly adequate for walking.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The wireless cups are lined for modesty and are padding free.
  • Soft touch hook & eye closure with 4 eye adjustment giving you greater flexibility of fit.
  • 100% cotton, with excellent wicking properties to help keep you cool and fresh.
  • The underband elastic is fully encased with soft cotton fabric for a comfortable fit against the skin.
  • Double layer fabric allows perspiration to be carried away from skin.
  • The straps are foam lined for added comfort.
  • Structured cups provide firm support to reduce all movement whilst a high neckline (slightly lower than the original Impact Free) ensures full coverage of the bust to reduce vertical bounce.
  • The fit is both compressive and encapsulating limiting breast movement giving you total support.
  • Wide elastic underband provides great support.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and D-K cups.

#9 Triumph Triaction Seamfree Crop Top

Next up is the Seamfree Crop by Triumph. The ultimate sports bra staple. If there was one all round sports crop to have in your wardrobe, then this is it.

It has both support and comfort covered and really is a sports bra staple. Perfect for walking and for everyday wear especially if you are on your feet a lot.

Features and Benefits:

  • Double layered front panel holds the bust firmly in place.
  • Moisture management fabric keeps the body temperature regulated and wicks moisture away from the skin.
  • Traditional back fastening in a racer back style to give you complete range of movement.
  • Microfibre padded hook & eye reduces any irritation during activity.
  • Cross over back straps provide added bust support.
  • The ultimate wirefree technical sports crop with double layered front panel designed to hold the bust in place with a compression fit.
  • Circular knit technology offers a high support garment with racer back straps to boost the support factor.
  • The Seamfree Crop Top can be worn under clothes or as top.

Suits 8 – 16 backs and A – D cups.

#10 Triumph Triaction Wellness Wirefree Bra

Rounding out my ’10 Best’ is the Wellness Bra also by Triumph. This is a relatively new bra from Triumph and is the ideal walking companion (including my dog you ask?).

This super soft wirefree bra with natural contouring offers high support and the highest wearing comfort. You will love it!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Non-wired bra with natural contouring.
  • Cups featuring mesh lining.
  • High support tested by the University of Portsmouth.
  • Adjustable straps.
  • Hook-and-eye closure for perfect fit, three times adjustable and nickel-free.
  • Breathable bi-active stretch fabric.
  • This garment contains LYCRA® fibre.
  • It moves with your body, so you have the freedom to move naturally and live life to the fullest.
  • The Wellness Wirefree Bra is produced in accordance to the Eco-Tex standard.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and C – DD cups.

So, there you have it. My ‘10 Best’ done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. What works for your walking buddy may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit the pavement with the ultimate in support and comfort.

Happy walking

Amy ❤

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Sports Bras for Walking

How to find a Sports Bra for Walking

With the whole world in various levels of COVID lockdown and restrictions on the types of exercise we can do walking has become the go to daily exercise for a great many of us. But what should you consider when getting yourself a sports bra for walking?

Choosing the right sports bra for walking is no easy task. There are many things to consider and a lot of check boxes to tick on your way to the perfect walking sports bra.

My Walking Sports Bra Checklist

Support

This one comes at the top of just about every ‘sports bra’ checklist. And for good reason; in the sports bra game support in number one. Whatever the activity you are doing you want to make sure you have the right level of support.

As a rule, walking is a medium impact activity, but your impact level may vary based on your breast size and level of walking intensity. If you are a smaller cup but are hitting the pavement hard then consider a high impact style. If your walking is a bit more sedate but you have a bit more up top, then the support of a high impact bra may be for you too.

Support simply comes down to the combination of your size and the level of activity you do. If in doubt err on the side of caution and choose a higher impact level.

Woman walking in her sports bra.

Comfort

This is a big one! Whether you are out for a leisurely stroll on the beach or a power walk in the forest you will want to do it in comfort. Nothing kills the enjoyment of your daily walk than chafing, straps digging in or worse still your boobs popping out.

Choose a well-designed style made from soft materials that are moisture wicking and breathable. Got to get the sweat away from your body to prevent rub. Make sure it is soft in those notorious rub points, under the arms, around the band and at the clasps.

I am a big fan of wirefree sports bras. They offer the support without the risk of the wire causing a comfort issue. That said it is what works for you and what you are most comfortable wearing.

Features

As I have said many times before; features makith the bra! This is very often a matter of personal choice. Do you like underwired sports bras or prefer wirefree sports bras? If you are not sure check out my blog

Do you prefer racerback sports bras or prefer regular back sports bras? What I find useful is to write down a list of my preferred features and then go from there. An excellent read is my comprehensive ’11 Things you must know before buying a sports bra’ guide. It is a general list but can easily be applied to Walking Sports Bras

Colour

I know this sounds strange. What’s colour got to do with it? A lot is you plan on walking in just your sports bra. I learned this the hard way! The first time I plucked up the courage to wear my new beige sports bra out walking I realised that from a distance I looked like I was walking topless. Smiles turned to disappointment as I got closer 😃

Women walking in their sports bras

Durability

We all know bras can be expensive so we want to make sure we get something that will last. Not only for our bank balance but also for our comfort and support. A worn sports bra can rub and lose its support.

Now this is a tough one as who knows how long it will last. A with most things you get what you pay for. More expensive bras like Anita Active and Shock Absorber will generally outlast their lower priced counterparts. I have both in my drawer and still wear them after 2 ½ years!

Another good idea is to have 2-3 sports bras on rotation. Especially if you are walking daily. This will allow you to rotate through them without over wearing a single bra and prematurely causing it to wear.

Care

To help prolong the life of your walking sports bra caring for it in the correct way is a must. Read the label and follow the washing directions will help.

Also check out ‘sports bra care’ for my comprehensive care guide. Every extra wear you can eke out of your sports bra will save you dollars. But just remember the unwritten sports bra rule; a sports bra should never have a birthday!

So, there you have it, everything you need to know to find your perfect walking sports bra. If you have any questions or would like any further sizing please do not hesitate to get in touch.

An easy option; check out my range or walking sports bras and go from there. I am sure I have got something that is perfect for you.

Happy walking

Amy

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We Will Get Through This Together.

Hi, Amy here,

We are in unprecedented times that are affecting all aspects of our society. Things are changing daily and keeping abreast of what’s happening can be difficult and daunting. Now I am not an expert in infectious viruses so have been diligently following the governments advice on how best to protect myself, my family and those around me from contracting COVID-19 and to this point have been successful (all my fingers are now crossed).

As with many businesses we have been affected financially and I can completely understand why. People are uncertain of the future and what the COVID-19 pandemic means for their life moving forward. Many businesses are continuing, and a few are benefiting greatly but the majority are suffering immensely. People are losing their jobs and unfortunately for some their livelihood. The government is stepping in to help bridge the income gap and that is a good thing. But I fear for many it will not be enough.

That said we are all in this together. If we rally as a community and work together, we can come though this together. Supporting one another is of paramount importance. And I am not just talking financially. I am lucky, although Sports Bras Direct is my husband and my only source of income we have savings to see myself and my family though. So, we are in a better position than many people. Also, as Sports Bras Direct is online only our overheads are relatively low.

It is the social impact of the virus that concerns me more and this is where we truly do need to look out for each other. I for one hate uncertainty and I imagine I am not the only one. We need to know there is light at the end of the tunnel and we need to work together to reach that light in the best possible shape we can socially, physically and financially.

So, what am I going to do? As you know I run my business not-for-profit. This means after my husband and myself take a wage all profits go to women’s charities. My charity of choice is Support the Girls Australia. At this point in time Sports Bras Direct profits have reduced but I will still work to collect pre-loved bras and donate what I can to pass onto this beautiful charity on your behalf. Their work with disadvantaged women is amazing.

As more and more of my customers become disadvantaged as the forced closures and job loses bite, I would like to work with them and with all of you. How will I do this? I will go through my entire website and re-visit the price of all my products. If I can reduce prices I will, even if it is by just a bit. At the very least I will make sure nothing is full price and nothing is over $100. I need to cover costs and staff wages, but I will do everything I can to help. I know for many of you every little bit helps at present. I will keep my site at this level for as long as necessary to support you, me and all the people involved in the making, distributing and selling of the products I sell. We need to keep things moving.

I will delete the ‘SALE’ tab from my website for the time being as it is somewhat obsolete given the action I am taking. I will still have clearance lines that I will sell discounted further with no returns (sorry again). I will continue to write blogs and add other content to provide much needed sports bra education. You will also receive increased email and social traffic from me sharing info, tips & tricks on how to survive at home with the family 😄, and other things I believe are useful to our ongoing wellbeing.

Now I know a sports bra is not seen as an essential item, but I disagree. It is all but impossible for us women to exercise in comfort and stay as healthy as possible without a good sports bra. I encourage you to wring every day out of your current sports bra if you need to but please, not to your physical detriment. If you need a new sports bra but finances are tight then please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do sports bra wise to help you stay active.

I have set up a Facebook group, Sports Bras Direct Community (https://www.facebook.com/groups/616020202582259/). Please join it and let’s support each other. Individually we are strong mothers, wives and daughters and let’s be honest we are often the backbones of our families (I know I am 😊). As a group we can be even stronger.

It is important we stay strong both physically and mentally. Use the group to support each other, don’t be afraid to ask for help and please offer it when it is needed. I am talking advice, support, and information. Share little things that will make us all smile and post things others might find helpful in getting though the life changes we are all experiencing. Home exercise routines, ways to entertain the kids, good Netflix shows for the family, etc will all help make our lives a little easier.

I know Sports Bras Direct is only a small business, but we truly believe in doing what we can however small to help women who may be in need and that includes you.

Stay safe and strong.

Yours in support

Amy

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10 Best Sports Bras for Big Busts

10 Best Sports Bras for Big Busts

OK, time for the third in my series of ‘Best Ofs’. Last time I listed my ‘Top 10 Plus Size Sports Bras’. I’ve done larger backs it’s now time for larger busts. So this week I am going to answer the question; what are the best sports bras for big busts? Once again, I am not going to re-invent the blog here and will follow the same format as previous. If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it!

As we already know the single biggest reason women avoid exercise is breast pain. And as a rule, the larger your breasts the more likely you are to avoid exercise. Not good. So, what can you do if this is you? Wearing a good fitting, supportive sports bra is a very good start to getting you more active.

So, what do we do when so many shops only stock the ‘standard’ sizes, perfect for an A-D cup? Occasionally you may get lucky and find a DD+ cup but it’s only in one style. Two options, shop around and you may eventually get lucky. Or two, check out my list and broaden your search to the internet. It’s not as scary as it seems. There are many great websites out there that have a large range, plenty of information and a great delivery & returns policy. Still not convinced then check out my blog ’12 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Your Nest Sports Bra Online’. Everything you need to know.

Before we look at my top ten, we first need to answer the question; what is a larger bust? Given that the average bra size for Australian women is now somewhere between a 14C and 12D I would say anything from a DD cup up would be considered a bigger bust.

Here are my Top Ten Sports Bras for Big Busts

It’s a given that ladies with larger busts shouldn’t have to compromise on support and comfort in their sports bras. And it’s also a given that ‘crop tops’, whilst comfortable, don’t offer the necessary support. As such my list is a ‘crop free’ zone. Crops are great as a lounge bra but not so great for exercise.

I have broken my list into two sections. Best wirefree sports bras and best underwired sports bras. I have done this as I have found over the years that of all sports bra features this is the one that most women are set on. You either love underwire or you are a wirefree fan. If you are a fence sitter look at ‘underwired or wirefree sports bras’ to help you find the right side of the fence for you.

I’d also like to say, I received no financial incentives from suppliers to get their bra on the list. This happens a lot when ‘best product’ lists are formulated. Thus, lists are often biased and do not offer the absolute best of advice. These are my picks from a life of sports bra experience.

Read on to see my top 5 + 5 = 10.

My Top 5 Plus Size Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra, Colour Black_Lifestyle View

A comfortable (see what I did there?) number one on my list is the Active Multi from Shock. It’s comfortable and very supportive and goes all the way up to a HH cup. What’s not to love after all this bra was voted number one by Runner’s World Magazine for running bras. That’s a big tick of approval.

It is a fantastic all-round sports bra that offers great support and comfort. I do love the padded straps and racerback design. I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support when I exercise, and this bra offers that.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Crop top design with integrated sports bra support.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Fully back opening for easy on and off.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.
  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.

Suits B – HH cups and 8 – 18 backs.

#2 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

Glamorise, Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra, White, Front View

This bra is an easy second for me on the sports bras for big busts list. It accommodates up to a H Cup and is so supportive. Glamorise give it a high / extreme impact rating and I would have to say they are not far off the mark.

I especially like how you can adjust the bounce control on the go with an easy to use outer panel adjustment. Simply ratchet up the support with a quick unclip / clip. Comfort is not compromised either. It feels soft against your skin and the wide shoulder straps help alleviate shoulder soreness.

What more can I say; I wear it and I love it. A thumbs up from me!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • As you heat up this bra will keep you cool and dry with its quick dry seamless moulded inner cups that wick moisture away and feel soft against your skin.
  • It also features non-slip adjustable straps and a two-way stretch back designed to move with your body.
  • The Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra combines the Magiclift® criss-cross design on the inner bra with the adjustable bounce control outer panel to provide superior lift, bust definition and support for all levels of activity.
  • This sports bra has a wire-free inner bra that gives support & bust definition while the outer panel allows you to adjust bounce control according to activity level.
  • With its patented front adjusting outer panel this bra allows you to set the bounce control you require so you’re locked and loaded no matter what you do.

Suits B – H cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#3 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black and Grey, Front View

I am a big, big fan of this sports bra and the feedback I have received on it is outstanding. It is made up to a G cup and is perfect for larger breasted women looking for comfort and support. It’s called the ‘Extreme Control’ for it’s shaping function giving you an attractive bust shape with maximum support

Like all Anita bras is made from high tech material that is lightweight and comfortable. A wirefree number three!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Anita sweat management and breathable mesh back helps keep you cool and dry.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps with simple adjustment, padded throughout to prevent shoulder and neck discomfort and provide firm support.
  • Outside of highly functional pique fabric for quick moisture absorbtion and transportation. Inside seamless hydrophilic towelling for extra support and comfort; does not chafe the breast.
  • Soft microfiber underbust band that provides firm support and moulds to your body’s contours.
  • Three-section outer cup with sickle-shaped supporting section at the sides to enhance the shape of your breast.

Suits D – G cups and 12 – 24 backs.

#4 Shock Absorber D+ Classic Support Bra

Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Support Bra, Colour Black, Lifestyle View

What another Shock Absorber you ask? Oh yes. Why? Because they make great bras! Let me say that again; they make great bras and great sports bras for big busts. And this one is no exception. It accommodates up to a H cup so certainly fits the big bust criteria for selection.

So, what makes this bra a worthy number four? It’s coverage, high impact support and flattering rounded shape. I for one want a comfortable and supportive bra but not if I feel all squashed in and ready to pop out at any moment. Luckily this bra is not that bra. You’ll enjoy great support, style and comfort without feeling squashed. Well done Shock!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Central front panel provides a great shape eliminating the dreaded ‘uni-boob’.
  • Designed with deep sides and back allowing the bra to sit snugly against your frame giving added support.
  • Each breast is supported individually by the multi part wireless cups with inner support slings along the bottom.
  • Full back opening with spacer foam backed hook and eye closure for easy on and off.
  • Made from hard wearing fabric that is abrasion resistant and non-pilling. Wear it time and time again.
  • Made from moisture wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to reduce rubbing and keep you cool and dry.
  • The Active D+ Classic Support Bra offers further stability and support by the soft, wide elastic underband.
  • The leotard back with centre pull straps gives you extra support and reduces strap slippage. Feel contained and supported with the tall centre front.
  • Wide, adjustable padded straps fit comfortably on your shoulders.

Suits D – H cups and 10 – 28 backs.

#5 Royce Lingerie Impact Free Sports Bra & Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra

Royce Impact Free Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front ViewRoyce Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra, Colour Black, Lifestyle View

How can I have these two bras at number 5 you ask; after all they go from a D cup all the way up to a K cup? Simple, these bras may win the comfort battle, but they don’t win the support one. They are so soft and being made from 100% cotton keep you cool and fresh. The downside is that they do not offer the same support as the bras listed above.

Royce list them as High Impact but I would say that is at a stretch (no pun intended). These two bras are essentially the same design with slight adjustments to suit different cup size. Add the two together and they make a worthy number 5.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • 100% cotton, with excellent wicking properties to help keep you cool and fresh.
  • Double layer fabric allows perspiration to be carried away from skin.
  • Soft touch hook & eye closure with 4 eye adjustment giving you greater flexibility of fit.
  • Structured cups provide firm support to reduce all movement whilst a high neckline (slightly lower than the original Impact Free) ensures full coverage of the bust to reduce vertical bounce.
  • Featuring both a compressive and encapsulating fit that limits breast movement giving you total support.
  • The straps are foam lined for added comfort.
  • The underband elastic is fully encased with soft cotton fabric for a comfortable fit against the skin.
  • Wireless cups are lined for modesty and are padding free.
  • Wide elastic underband provides great support.

Suits D – K cups and 10 – 18 backs.

Honourable mention:

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra, Colour White, Front View

Once again, I am going to include an ‘honourable mention’ as this bra only just missed my top five.

It’s another great bra from Anita. So lightweight and comfortable it feels so good on. Living in Australia I am a big fan of lightweight bras to help keep me cool and this bra is just that. Best thing is you don’t compromise on support. Anita’s high-tech materials and design put this bra in the high / extreme impact support range.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Designed with a high-cut centre front panel to contain you and provide extra strong support this bra also has side support panels to help keep your breasts centered.
  • The cups have an inner lining of hydrophilic towelling and are seamlessly shaped with angled seaming that provides shape to bust.
  • It’s fabric is designed for fast moisture absorption and release to help keep you cool and dry.
  • The Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra’s seamlessly pre-shaped cups provide perfect support through to large sizes.
  • The padded straps attach to elastic that adjusts in back with laminated plastic hardware that won’t slip during high impact activity.
  • It’s sides and back are made of ventilated stretch mesh, with covered elastic at top edge.
  • The soft, non-roll underband with logo at bottom right provides additional support.
  • The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • This bra features highly functional pique fabric and netting inserts in the back to regulate moisture absorption keeping you cool and dry.

Suits C-G cups and 10 – 20 backs.

My Top 5 Plus Size Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Front View

First up on my underwired sports bras for big busts list is the Freya Epic. Not a hard choice as this bra is the underwired queen of bras. Why? Quite simply the support it offers. Freya reckon it can reduce independent breast movement by 92%. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does a good job of keeping your assets in check.

It’s surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (there’s my wirefree bias!). Fitting up to a H cup it’s specifically designed and made for the larger breasted amongst us. All in all, a great sports bra and a definite ‘game changer’ for larger breasted women.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • High performance with full coverage from a centre front extension that keeps you in place.
  • Perforated foam cups for smooth breathable shaping.
  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • Soft hook and eye closure with four rows for a flexible fit.
  • Smooth thread seams reduce friction against the skin.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.
  • Subtly positioned mesh panels offer further cooling comfort.
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.

Suits D – H cups and 6 – 18 backs.

#2 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

Elomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Front View

OK next on my list is the Elomi Energise. Wow, what a bra. It’s specifically designed for larger cup sizes and fuller figures and it offers great comfort and support. So why didn’t it make number one? In my opinion it is ever so slightly bettered by the Freya in the comfort and support department.

It offers great support but it’s hard to beat the 92% of the Freya and the comfort level is just not quite best in underwire class. It’s a great bra, but it just doesn’t quite make number one. Second best is nothing to be sneezed at though. Well done Elomi!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Each breast is supported individually giving great shape and separation.
  • Four section cups with side support panels, encapsulate rather than compress the bust, giving amazing support and great separation, no more uniboob!
  • Full coverage and support.
  • Made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric, which wicks moisture away.
  • Newly added J Hook on the straps for conversion to racerback.
  • Regular back fastening for easy on and off.
  • Two-ply construction in the cups for uncompromising support.

Suits D – K cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#3 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

Glamorise High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, Colour Black Purple, Front View

OK onto number three on the sports bras for big busts list and this offering from Glamorise. I’m a bit of a fan of Galmorise for larger busted ladies and this is a damn good bra for supporting larger breasts.

It offers great support and comfort when you’re working out. I particularly like the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have done a great job of designing the bra to give you the benefit of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

If you’re after a great all-round underwired sports bra in a larger cup size, then it’s hard to go past this one.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.
  • The adjustable shoulder straps help give you a perfect fit with no shoulder ache while the two-way stretch back moves with your body to keep the bra in place.
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never before.

Suits B – F cups and 10 – 24 backs.

#4 Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Front View

Number four is one in the more affordable range. I have deliberately ignored price when compiling my top 10 but thought it worth noting that this is a very good sports bra at a better price than the others on this list.

One of Sports Bras Directs most popular styles the Performance sports bra offers great support up to an F cup. Its unfortunate Triumph don’t make this bra in larger cup sizes as it could support more big busted women. Designed to meet the needs of real women it is perfect for those with smaller larger bust sizes. Does that make sense?

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Adjustable straps for different levels of activity.
  • Double layer cups with rigid top panels reduce bounce and provide an extreme level of support.
  • Features innovative eco fabric that allows breathability to reduce sweating.
  • Moisture management fabric wicks moisture away keeping you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • Quality fabric allows softness and comfort, as well as prolonged life.
  • The Performance Sports Bra has the option to cross the straps giving you additional support.
  • Top panel has rigid lining to significantly reduce bounce during sporting activities.
  • Traditional back fastening with hook and eye closure that is padded for comfort.

Suits C – F cups & 10 – 22 backs cups.

#5 Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop

Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Front View

And finally rounding out my sports bras for big busts list at number five in the ProElite. I’ll admit it’s a long list, but I wanted to leave no boob unturned in the search for the perfect sports bra for large breasts.

Berlei make great sports bras but I am not normally a fan of the support level they offer for high impact activities such as running. This bra breaks the mould. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a winner here.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Center panel – tall and narrow for containment, with arched centre underside for high tummies.
  • Cotton-lined cups for comfort.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.
  • Multi-part encapsulated underwire cups feature angled seams for shape and support during even the most strenuous workouts.
  • Patterned mesh overlay around cups and on sides and back.
  • Sides and back have encased elastic at top edges.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest exercises.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.

Suits C – F cups and 10 – 18 backs.

Honourable mention:

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra, Colour Nude, Front View

OK we are back with Freya. In my opinion they are the queens of underwired sports bras and this bra is a princess (see what I did there!). It’s not as supportive as its sister the Epic but it comes close (80% bounce control). It’s less bulky than the Epic whilst still maintaining the comfort.

Some women find it a bit pointy in the cups, but I found it OK. All in all, a great underwired sports bra perfect for larger busts.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • COOLMAX® fabric with a soft feel wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Mesh panels for cool comfort.
  • Built up padded straps for support and comfort.
  • Soft hook and eye closure for extra comfort.
  • Wider curvature wire giving you a comfortable and supportive fit.
  • Double fabric for firm support.
  • Firm and flat bottom band for good anchorage.
  • Research findings show a reduction in up and down velocity by 80% (University of Portsmouth).

Suits D – GG cups and 6 – 16 backs.

So, there you have it. My 5 + 5 = 10 done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. What works for your training partner may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit your weekly class with the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The very best advertise 80-90% bounce control and over a long exercise session that unsupported 10-20% can add up.

In my opinion a must have running accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. You will love it!

Yours is support.

Amy

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10 Best Plus Size Sports Bras

10 Best Plus Size Sports Bras

Last week I listed my 10 best sports bras for running. This week I am going to answer another question I get asked a lot; what are the best plus size sports bras? I am not going to re-invent the blog here and plan to follow roughly the same format as previous.

One of the biggest inhibitors to exercise for women is breast pain and we all know the best way to alleviate that pain is to wear a good fitting and supportive sports bra. But what if you are a little bigger than the norm? Historically sports bra companies neglected you when they released their latest range of 8-16 (S-XL) sports bras. Not anymore. There are many great sports bras out there to fit the fuller figure.

Before we delve into my top ten, we first need to answer the question; what is plus size? As a general rule a plus size sports bra is any bra size 16 and bigger. In the sports bra world band sizes are made up to a 26. I am not sure why bra manufacturers think larger women are not interested in exercise but for the time being that’s where we are at. If you are bigger then you may have success using a band extender to accommodate a 28-back size.

Here are my Top Ten

Larger ladies shouldn’t have to compromise on support and comfort in their sports bras. As such I have used these two criteria as the foundation of my list. My list is a ‘crop free’ zone as they may be comfortable but as a rule, they get a thumbs down for support. Great as a lounge bra but not so great for exercise.

This list is broken into two sections. Top 5 wirefree and top 5 underwired. Why you ask? Over the years I have found that of all sports bra features this is the one that most women are set on. You either love underwire or are a wirefree fan. If you are a fence sitter take a look at ‘underwired or wirefree sports bras’ to help you find the right side of the fence for you.

I’d also like to say, I received no financial incentives from suppliers to get their bra on the list. This happens a lot when ‘best product’ lists are formulated. Thus, lists are often biased and do not offer the absolute best of advice. These are my picks from a life of sports bras.

Read on to see my top 5 + 5 = 10.

My Top 5 Plus Size Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black and Grey, Front View

I am a big, big fan of this sports bra and the feedback I have received on it is outstanding. It is made up to a 24 back and is perfect for larger women looking for comfort and support. It’s called the ‘Extreme Control’ for it’s shaping function giving you an attractive bust shape with maximum support.

Like all Anita bras it is made from high-tech material that is lightweight and comfortable. A wirefree number one for me!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Anita sweat management and breathable mesh back helps keep you cool and dry.
  • Outside of highly functional pique fabric for quick moisture absorbtion and transportation. Inside seamless hydrophilic towelling for extra support and comfort; does not chafe the breast.
  • Three-section outer cup with sickle-shaped supporting section at the sides to enhance the shape of your breast.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps with simple adjustment, padded throughout to prevent shoulder and neck discomfort and provide firm support.
  • Soft microfiber underbust band that provides firm support and moulds to your body’s contours.

Suits 12 – 24 backs and D-G cups.

#2 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

Glamorise Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra_Black Grey_Front

This bra is an easy second for me. It accommodates up to a 24 back and is so supportive. Glamorise give it a high / extreme impact rating and I would have to say they are not far off the mark.

I especially like how you can adjust the bounce control on the go with an easy to use outer panel adjustment. Simply ratchet up the support with a quick unclip / clip. Comfort is not compromised either. It feels soft against your skin and the wide shoulder straps help alleviate shoulder soreness.

What more can I say; I wear it and I love it. A thumbs up from me!

Main Features and Benefits:

  • With its patented front adjusting outer panel this bra allows you to set the bounce control you require so you’re locked and loaded no matter what you do.
  • This sports bra has a wire-free inner bra that gives support & bust definition while the outer panel allows you to adjust bounce control according to activity level.
  • It also features non-slip adjustable straps and a two-way stretch back designed to move with your body.
  • As you heat up this bra will keep you cool and dry with its quick dry seamless moulded inner cups that wick moisture away and feel soft against your skin.
  • The Adjustable Wire-free Sport Bra combines the Magiclift® criss-cross design on the inner bra with the adjustable bounce control outer panel to provide superior lift, bust definition and support for all levels of activity.

Suits 10 – 24 backs and B-H cups.

#3 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Shock Absorber Multi Sports Support Bra

Next on the list is the Active Multi from Shock. I am a bit of a Shock fan so can be a little biased towards their bras. They really do know how to make great sports bras.

Why then isn’t it higher up my list? Simply because it only goes up to an 18 back. If you are a smaller back, then move this bra to number one. After all it was voted number one by Runner’s World Magazine.

It is a fantastic all-round sports bra that offers great support and comfort. I do love the padded straps and racerback design. I always look for that little bit of extra comfort and support when I exercise and this bra offers that.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Fully back opening for easy on and off.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for your added comfort.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Crop top design with integrated sports bra support.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and B-HH cups.

#4 Royce Lingerie Impact Free Sports Bra & Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra

Royce Impact Free Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front View Royce Impact Free D-FF Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front View

How can I have two bras at number 4 you ask? Simple, they are essentially the same design with slight adjustments to suit different cup sizing. Add the two together and they accommodate D-K cups. Impressive!

Now this bra wins the comfort battle. It’s so soft and being made from 100% cotton keeps you cool and fresh. The downside is that it does not offer the same support as the bras listed above. Royce list it as High Impact but I would say that is at a stretch (no pun intended).

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The wireless cups are lined for modesty and are padding free.
  • Soft touch hook & eye closure with 4 eye adjustment giving you greater flexibility of fit.
  • 100% cotton, with excellent wicking properties to help keep you cool and fresh.
  • The underband elastic is fully encased with soft cotton fabric for a comfortable fit against the skin.
  • Double layer fabric allows perspiration to be carried away from skin.
  • The straps are foam lined for added comfort.
  • Structured cups provide firm support to reduce all movement whilst a high neckline (slightly lower than the original Impact Free) ensures full coverage of the bust to reduce vertical bounce.
  • The fit is both compressive and encapsulating limiting breast movement giving you total support.
  • Wide elastic underband provides great support.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and D-K cups.

#5 Goddess Sport Soft Cup Sports Bra

Goddess Sport Soft Cup Sports Bra, Colour Gray Heather, Front View

Number five on the list is another sports bra that lacks a bit in support. ‘You’re not selling it to me so far’ I hear you say. What it lacks in support it makes up for in sizing. Covering from an 18 up to a 26-back size it wins the sizing game hands down. It is specifically designed with the needs of larger ladies in mind.

It’s only a medium impact bra so offers good support but not great. Goddesses big advantage is comfort. The wide band and full coverage helps keep everything in place all day long.

A good sports bra to round out my wirefree top five.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The cup lining has antibacterial protection for odour control.
  • A tall centre front provides coverage and helps reduce breast motion.
  • The wireless multi-part cups are lined with breathable knit fabric and have angled seams for shape and control.
  • Wicks moisture away to keep you feeling cool and dry.
  • The front of centre pull straps is padded and non-stretch whilst the back has restricted stretch, exposed elastic straps with adjustable coated metal hardware.
  • Tall smoothing sides are two-ply stretch knit with covered elastic edges for secure fit.
  • The back is supportive and has kicked-in straps that are less likely to slip.
  • The Soft Cup Sports Bra also has a supportive, covered elastic underband for added support.

Suits 18 – 26 backs and C – G cups.

Honourable mention:

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra

Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra, Colour White, Front View

Once again, I am going to include an ‘honourable mention’ as this bra only just missed my top five.

It’s another great bra from Anita. So lightweight and comfortable it feels so good on. Living in Australia I am a big fan of lightweight bras to help keep me cool and this bra is just that. Best thing is you don’t compromise on support. Anita’s high-tech materials and design put this bra in the high / extreme impact support range.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The padded straps attach to elastic that adjusts in back with laminated plastic hardware that won’t slip during high impact activity.
  • The cups have an inner lining of hydrophilic towelling and are seamlessly shaped with angled seaming that provides shape to bust.
  • The sides and back are made of ventilated stretch mesh, with covered elastic at top edge.
  • This bra features highly functional pique fabric and netting inserts in the back to regulate moisture absorption keeping you cool and dry.
  • The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • The fabric is designed for fast moisture absorption and release to help keep you cool and dry.
  • Designed with a high-cut centre front panel to contain you and provide extra strong support this bra also has side support panels to help keep your breasts centered.
  • The soft, non-roll underband with logo at bottom right provides additional support.
  • The Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra’s seamlessly pre-shaped cups provide perfect support through to large sizes.

Suits 10 – 20 backs and C-G cups.

My Top 5 Plus Size Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

Glamorise High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, Colour Black Purple, Front View

OK onto underwired and Glamorise has slipped into top spot. Is that because Anita don’t make many underwired styles you ask? Most likely yes. That said this is a damn good bra for larger ladies.

It offers great support and comfort when you’re working out. I particularly like the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have done a great job of designing the bra to give you the benefit of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

If you’re after a great all round underwired sports bra in a larger back size then it’s hard to go past this one.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The adjustable shoulder straps help give you a perfect fit with no shoulder ache while the two-way stretch back moves with your body to keep the bra in place.
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never before.
  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.

Suits 10 – 24 backs and B – F cups.

#2 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

Elomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Front View

OK next on my list is the Elomi Energise. Wow, what a bra. It’s specifically designed for fuller figures and larger cup sizes and offers great comfort and support. So why didn’t it make number one? In my opinion it is ever so slightly bettered by the Galmorise in the comfort and support department.

It’s a great bra in its own right. Just not number one.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Full coverage and support.
  • Regular back fastening for easy on and off.
  • Newly added J Hook on the straps for conversion to racerback.
  • Each breast is supported individually giving great shape and separation.
  • Made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric, which wicks moisture away.
  • Two-ply construction in the cups for uncompromising support.
  • Four section cups with side support panels, encapsulate rather than compress the bust, giving amazing support and great separation, no more uniboob!

Suits 10 – 24 backs and D – K cups.

#3 Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra, Colour Quicksilver, Front View

Number three is one in the more affordable range. I have deliberately ignored price when compiling my top 10 but thought it worth noting that this is a very good sports bra at a better price than many others on this list.

One of our most popular styles, the Performance sports bra offers great support up to a 22 back. It’s designed to meet the needs of real women and is perfect for larger back sizes.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Features innovative eco fabric that allows breathability to reduce sweating.
  • Top panel has rigid lining to significantly reduce bounce during sporting activities.
  • Adjustable straps for different levels of activity.
  • Traditional back fastening with hook and eye closure that is padded for comfort.
  • Moisture management fabric wicks moisture away keeping you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • Double layer cups with rigid top panels reduce bounce and provide an extreme level of support.
  • The Performance Sports Bra has the option to cross the straps giving you additional support.
  • Quality fabric allows softness and comfort, as well as prolonged life.

Suits 10 – 22 backs and C – F cups.

#4 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Front View

OK next on my list is the Freya Epic. It is unfortunate this bra isn’t made in larger back sizes as it is ‘da bomb’ (am I to old too say that?). If it was move it to number one!

Why? Quite simply the support it offers. Freya reckon it can reduce independent breast movement by 92%. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does a good job of keeping your assets in check. It’s surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (there’s my wirefree bias again!). All in all, a great sports bra and a definite ‘game changer’ for larger women.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • High performance with full coverage from a centre front extension that keeps you in place.
  • Perforated foam cups for smooth breathable shaping.
  • Soft hook and eye closure with four rows for a flexible fit.
  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Subtly positioned mesh panels offer further cooling comfort.
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Soft thread seams reduce friction against the skin.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.

Suits 6 – 18 backs and D – H cups.

#5 Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop

Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Front View

Berlei make great sports bras but I am not normally a fan of the support level they offer for high impact activities such as running. This bra breaks the mould. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a winner here.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Sides and back have encased elastic at top edges.
  • Patterned mesh overlay around cups and on sides and back.
  • Center panel – tall and narrow for containment, with arched centre underside for high tummies.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest exercises.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • Multi-part encapsulated underwire cups feature angled seams for shape and support during even the most strenuous workouts.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.
  • Cotton-lined cups for comfort.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and C – F cups.

Honourable mention:

Freya Active Sonic Underwired Spacer Bra

Ok we are back with Freya. In my opinion they are the queens of underwired sports bras and this bra is a princess (see what I did there!). Being a medium to high impact bra it’s not as supportive as its sister the Epic. It’s less bulky than the Epic and the smooth moulded cups give a nice breast shape and great under shirt look.

It’s soft and comfortable. All in all, a great underwired sports bra perfect for larger women.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Multi-part moulded cups made from breathable non-bulky spacer fabric.
  • High performance with average breast coverage. Gives you a smooth silhouette.
  • COOLMAX® fabric in inner bra and microfibre wicks away moisture helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Mesh panels for cool comfort.
  • Wide built up padded non-stretch straps for comfort and support.
  • Soft hook and eye closure for extra comfort.
  • Wide curvature underwire supports your breasts without compromising comfort and mobility.
  • Double lined for firm support.
  • Firm flat bottom band ensures good anchorage and stability.
  • Encapsulates the bust providing you with great shape and support.
  • The Sonic Underwired Spacer Bra can be worn with the back converted to racerback style for added support and to prevent strap slippage.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and D – GG cups.

So, there you have it. My 5 + 5 = 10 done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. What works for your training partner may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit your weekly class with the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The very best advertise 80-90% bounce control and over a long run that 10-20% can add up.

In my opinion a must have running accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. You will love it!

Yours is support.

Amy

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10 Best Sports Bras for Running

Best Sports Bras for Running

Ok, this week I am going to answer a question I get asked a lot; What is the best sports bra for running?

Firstly, for us female runners choosing the right sports bra for running is comparable to getting the right trainers. If it is the right fit, supportive and comfortable you will run better and longer. A good sports bra might feel tight at home but out on the trail keeping the girls in check and reducing bounce helps alleviate back and breast pain.

A good sports bra is also important for the breasts themselves. Especially if you run regularly, as a good sports bra will look after your breasts supportive structure – the Coopers Ligaments. These delicate ligaments hold your breasts up and stop your breasts from sagging. Check out my blog ‘Breast Sag and How to Prevent It’ for further reading on preventing the dreaded sag!

So What Are the Top Ten?

Nothing tests a sports bras support and comfort like running. I for one have experienced the breast pain caused by a poor supporting bra and the rub from an ill-fitting one! If this is you it’s worth checking out ‘10 Common Fitting Problems & How to Solve Them’.

So, what are my criteria? Easy; support and comfort! You won’t find any crops here. They may be comfortable but as a rule they don’t offer the support you need. Structured bras all the way for me. They are designed to your back and cup size to offer the best support.

I have broken the list into two sections. Best underwired and best wirefree. I wasn’t going to do this and just list ‘my top ten’ but one thing I have come to realise is nothing creates more debate than underwired vs wirefree. It’s the Holden vs Ford of the sports bra world.

Furthermore, there were no financial incentives offered by suppliers to get their bra on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot to ‘best product’ lists meaning they are often biased and do not offer you the absolute best of advice. These are just my picks from a life lived in the world of sports bras.

Read on to see my top 5 + 5 = 10.

Top 5 Wirefree Sports Bras for Running

#1 Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Now I know this list is in two parts, but this sports bra tops them all. Designed specifically for runners the name says it all. It really is the ultimate run bra. Designed by Shock Absorber UK this multi award winning sports bra will keep the girls under control during any run. It provides the ultimate in friction-free comfort and reduces bounce by up to 78%. It’s features and benefits really are top of the list.

That’s the official research and I can tell you my own tests out on the trails of Nerang can back that up. It really is the best I have come across and ticks all the boxes. A big, big thumbs up from me.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, sports performance fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • The back of the bra can be completely undone which makes it easier to put on and off.
  • The shoulder straps are non-slip, wide and padded for your comfort. They are also fully adjustable to ensure a good fit.
  • The cups are silky soft, and they have a seamless inner to prevent any rubbing or chafing.
  • Shock Absorber have developed the infinity-8 support system within the cups to counteract the breasts’ figure-of-eight movement, which has been shown to happen during running.
  • Whilst the racer back style provides you with additional high impact support and prevents any strap slippage.

Suits 8 – 16 backs and B-G cups.

#2 Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra

Anita Active DynamiXstar Racerback Sports Bra, Colour Peacock and Anthracite, Front View

Am I allowed to say that this bra is my number two overall? I thought this list was meant to be in two parts. I can’t resist sorry as this bra is a clear second overall. There I’ve said it. It’s designed for comfort and offers great support. It’s so lightweight that you forget you’re wearing it. The soft comfortable band sits snugly against you rig cage and I also love the front adjustment. So easy to use!

If my Shock is in the wash, then this one is my next go to. Great in the warmer months as it’s so light weight and breathable.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Simple and convenient: Easy dressing and undressing due to the wide opening and ‘Easy On and Off’.
  • Soft and breathable CoolMax net insert at the front centre to transport moisture away from your body.
  • Racerback design for maximum comfort across your shoulders.
  • Comfort strap system exclusively developed for Anita: Ergonomically shaped, with integrated padding, very adjustable at the front and designed to be positioned at the centre of the shoulder for maximum comfort and to relieve your neck.
  • Seamlessly shaped, preformed, double layered cups ensure comfort and a great under t-shirt look – outside high-function pique fabric, inside absorbent towelling creating the Anita sweat management system.
  • Special support function at the side aided by the double back design and X-back for extra firmness.
  • Soft and comfortable band which sits snugly against your rib cage.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and B-E cups.

#3 Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front View

This bra is extremely light and comfortable with high bounce control. Triumph puts its bounce control at 77% with 3-layer anti-bounce compression and I would say it does a great job of keeping the girls under control so a big tick. It’s made from tech material that is breathable and has moisture regulating inserts, perfect for long sweaty runs.

Overall this bra delivers high support and comfort for runners in the C-E cup range.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • 77% bounce control, 3-layer anti-bounce compression.
  • Innovative texture which is very flexible and keeps the shape for a long time.
  • With LYCRA®, an extremely elastic fibre, which guarantees unique freedom of movement.
  • Breathable material with moisture regulating inserts.
  • Unpadded, shaping cups, which firmly wrap around the bust.
  • Wide lower band with a velvety touch, which feels pleasant on the skin.
  • Adjustable, padded straps with practical snap closure, which can be worn crossed as well.
  • Wide hook eye closure, softly padded, adjustable in three positions, nickel free.
  • Light mesh material, double layering with very flexible texture for excellent support.
  • Soft, anti-bacterial quality, suitable for sensitive skin.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and C-E cups.

#4 Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Shock Absorber Multi Sports Support Bra

Next on the list is another great running bra from Shock Absorber. They really do know how to make great sports bras. This bra was voted number one by Runner’s World Magazine. So why haven’t I got it as my number one you ask? I’m sorry I do love it as an all-round sports bra but not as much as the two above as a running specific sports bra. It is good for running just not great. I do love the padded straps and racerback design.

I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support in my running bras and this bra does offer that.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Fully back opening for easy on and off.
  • Powermesh side panels for breathability.
  • Double anchorage points at the back.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for your added comfort.
  • Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics to keep you dry and fresh during any activity.
  • Racer back style gives you extra support and a greater range of motion.
  • Crop top design with integrated sports bra support.
  • Shaped, adjustable padded straps for extra shoulder comfort.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and B-HH cups.

#5 Brooks Juno Sports Bra

Brooks Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front View

This sports bra is an absolute Brooks favourite. This best-selling bra is comfortable from start to finish. The cups are seamfree and the overall construction gives no-chafe comfort when running.

I particularly like the racerback design and front adjustment (can you sense a bit of a theme here?). Also, the padded back closure can be a life saver for those of you that run some serious k’s. Nothing worse than that painful mid-back rub that can occur on longer runs.

An easy number 5 for me.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Front adjustable straps let you customize fit on the move.
  • Updated back design for easier on and off.
  • Drilayer® burst fabric minimizes odours.
  • Moderate-contour cups give shape, modesty and maximum moisture transfer with a seamless look.
  • Increased ventilation in key sweat zones to help keep you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • Padded back closure for proper fit and support.
  • Seam-free interior moulded unicup design gives you support, shape and modesty.
  • Made from bonded material for less bulk and smooth, no-chafe, comfort.

Suits 8 – 18 backs and C-F cups.

Honourable Wirefree Mention:

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black and Grey, Front View

It’s always hard doing a top five when there are so many great running bras out there, so I’ve had to throw in a ‘honourable mention’. And this sports bra is definitely it.  It’s designed with an extreme shaping function and provides maximum support.

Like all Anita bras is made from high tech material that is lightweight and comfortable. Can I rank this one 5.5 as it only just misses the top five.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Anita sweat management and breathable mesh back helps keep you cool and dry.
  • Outside of highly functional pique fabric for quick moisture absorbtion and transportation. Inside seamless hydrophilic towelling for extra support and comfort; does not chafe the breast.
  • Three-section outer cup with sickle-shaped supporting section at the sides to enhance the shape of your breast.
  • Ergonomically tailored comfort straps with simple adjustment, padded throughout to prevent shoulder and neck discomfort and provide firm support.
  • Soft microfiber underbust band that provides firm support and moulds to your body’s contours.

Suits 12 – 24 backs and D-G cups.

Top 5 Underwired Sports Bras for Running

#1 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra, Colour Electric Black, Front View

Ok we’ve worked our way through the Wirefree top 5 but what if you’re an underwire lover. I love wirefree so this isn’t me, that said I make a point of trying everything I recommend and this my number one underwired sports bra.

Why? Quite simply the support it offers. Freya reckon it can reduce independent breast movement by 92%. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does a good job of keeping your assets in check. It’s surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (there’s my wirefree bias again!). All in all a great running bra and a definite ‘best in underwire show’ for me.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • High performance with full coverage from a centre front extension that keeps you in place.
  • Perforated foam cups for smooth breathable shaping.
  • Soft hook and eye closure with four rows for a flexible fit.
  • Slide hook fastening allows racer back option with quick and easy dressing. Get workout ready fast!
  • COOLMAX® fabric in the inner bra combined with microfibre wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Subtly positioned mesh panels offer further cooling comfort.
  • The adjustable padded straps help keep your shoulders comfortable and reduce neck & shoulder strain allowing you to perform for longer.
  • Soft thread seams reduce friction against the skin.
  • Soft, wide bottom band for your support and comfort.
  • Wide curvature underwire in puncture resistant casing reduces pressure against the body.

Suits 6 – 18 backs and D – H cups.

#2 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

Glamorise High Impact Underwire Sport Bra, Colour Black Purple, Front View

So, what’s next on the list? For me it’s hard to go part this Glamorise bra. It offers great support and comfort when you’re pounding the pavement. I particularly like the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have done a great job of designing the bra to give you the benefit of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

If you’re after a great running bra in a larger back size then it’s have to go past this one.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • The adjustable shoulder straps help give you a perfect fit with no shoulder ache while the two-way stretch back moves with your body to keep the bra in place.
  • The double layer cups with the integrated Wonderwire® design prevents the wire from ever touching your body. Feel supported in comfort like never before.
  • Features seamless outer cups made of non-stretch material.
  • Look and feel great while moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool and dry when it matters most.

Suits 10 – 24 backs and B – F cups.

#3 Triumph Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Control Lite Minimiser Sports Bra, Black, Front View

This really is a good running sports bra and perfect for those who may be a little self-conscious about their breasts when running. I am a D cup and it really did feel good on. Soft, comfortable and supportive.

Triumph advertise it as having 3D powertech technology and 3D straps. I am not sure what that means and suspect it is just marketing jargon to break through the sports bra noise. That said whatever it is it works. I took it for a run and felt good throughout. An easy number 3 for me.

Features and Benefits:

  • Wired Minimiser bra that reduces the bust by one cup size.
  • Comfort wire prevents the wire from digging in under the arm for ultimate comfort.
  • 3D straps are padded, versatile and fully adjustable both front and back with security hook on front strap.
  • 3D Powertech technology and 77% bounce control with 3D straps, soft fabrics, wide lower band and unpadded, shaping cups.

Suits 10 – 16 backs and D – E cups.

#4 Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra

Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra, Colour White, Front View

Ok we are back with Freya. In my opinion they are the queens of underwired sports bras and this bra is a princess (see what I did there!). It’s not as supportive as it’s sister the Epic but it comes close (80% bounce control). It’s less bulky than the Epic whilst still maintaining the comfort.

Some women find it a bit pointy in the cups, but I found it OK. All in all a great underwired sports bra perfect for running

Features and Benefits:

  • COOLMAX® fabric with a soft feel wicks moisture away helping keep you cool and dry.
  • Mesh panels for cool comfort.
  • Built up padded straps for support and comfort.
  • Soft hook and eye closure for extra comfort.
  • Wider curvature wire giving you a comfortable and supportive fit.
  • Double fabric for firm support.
  • Firm and flat bottom band for good anchorage.
  • Research findings show a reduction in up and down velocity by 80% (University of Portsmouth).

Suits 6 – 16 backs and D-GG cups.

#5 Berlei Shift Underwire Bra

Berlei Shift Underwire Bra, Colour Black, Front View

Berlei make great sports bras but I am not normally a fan of the support level they offer for high impact activities such as running. This bra breaks the mould. It ups the support factor whilst maintaining the comfort. Well done Berlei you have created a winner here.

Main Features and Benefits:

  • Berlei states it has a Support Factor of 4 – Extreme Impact; reducing breast bounce by up to 60%.
  • Sides and back have encased elastic at top edges.
  • Patterned mesh overlay around cups and on sides and back.
  • Center panel – tall and narrow for containment, with arched centre underside for high tummies.
  • This sports bra is made to reduce chafing and will keep you dry during the toughest exercises.
  • Wide adjustable straps help to stabilise and minimise bounce whilst enhancing support.
  • The cross over functionality delivers additional support and flexibility under clothing.
  • Multi-part encapsulated underwire cups feature angled seams for shape and support during even the most strenuous workouts.
  • Covered elastic underband stabilizes bust and adds support.
  • Cotton-lined cups for comfort.

Suits 10 – 18 backs and C – F cups.

Honourable Underwired Mention:

Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

Elomi Energise Sports Bra, White, Front View

I’ve given this one my honourable mention purely due to the support it offers women with fuller figures and larger cups. We are all entitled to have great support when we run, and this sports bra does just that.

I’m a 12D so couldn’t really test the support it offers larger sizes but feedback I have received has been all good. Larger ladies love the support and comfort it offers.

Features and Benefits:

  • Full coverage and support.
  • Newly added J Hook on the straps for conversion to racerback.
  • Each breast is supported individually giving great shape and separation.
  • Made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric, which wicks moisture away.
  • Two-ply construction in the cups for uncompromising support.
  • Four section cups with side support panels, encapsulate rather than compress the bust, giving amazing support and great separation, no more uniboob!

Suits 10 – 24 backs and D – K cups.

So, there you have it. My 5 + 5 = 10 done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. Who works for your running buddy may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit the trials with the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The very best advertise 80-90% bounce control and over a long run that 10-20% can add up.

In my opinion a must have running accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.

PINKCLOVER Breastband, Colour White, Beach Run

This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. You will love it!

Happy running

Amy

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12 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Your Next Sports Bra Online

12 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Online

Greatly increase your chance of success when buying your next sports bra online with these 12 expert questions.

Why You Might Buy a Sports Bra Online

  •  Your local store has a very poor range. Many stores have limited floor space and stocking a large range of brands, styles and sizes just isn’t possible.
  • You just don’t have the time to head to your local (or not) store. We’re all time poor after all!
  • The teenage boy working at your local store just doesn’t know sports bras. All jokes aside this was my experience at Rebel!
  • You just want the convenience of shopping in your own time, without feeling pressure and want to try on in the comfort of your own home.
  • Your local hardware store is the only place in town that stocks sports bras. I feel for regional women. In many towns this really is the only option. OMG! Great for cross selling a circular saw!

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase your next sports bra online.

Good on you. There are many fantastic websites out there that will help you find your perfect sports bra. But remember; not all websites are created equal and navigating them can become a bit of a nightmare.

But worry not, help is at hand. I’ve put together an 12-point checklist that will make your buying experience easier and worry free.

Read on and answer these 12 questions to find the absolute best website out there…..

Before we start

I have created a template for you to use as you work though my list.

There is nothing worse than jumping around the internet from site to site only to completely lose track of who offers what. Have a pen and my template at your side to quickly jot down notes as you go. You’ll never forget again and can easily navigate back to the site of your final choice!

It’s simple to use and it’s entirely up to you how you fill it out. I recommend filling out as per the fictitious example I have inserted. Make a quick note under the relevant column and then give a mark out of 10 below. Tally all marks up at right and hey presto; you’ll easily see the best out there!

Bit too complicated? Simply fill in the columns most important to you and ignore the rest. Maybe you don’t care about an online fitting room. Simple; leave it blank.

Online Retailer Template

#1 – Is the Website Secure?

The most important straight out of the box!

In this day and age this is an important one. We need to be sure our information is protected if we choose to do business with a website.

So how do we check all is good?

The easiest way to do this is to type the website URL (address) in the search bar and hit enter. As the website loads you should see a little ‘lock’ symbol (or similar) to the left of the website address.

If it’s there your good to go. If not, then stay away!

You will find nearly all Aussie websites will be protected but it pays to check. If you are still not sure (some websites can look very professional) then contact them and ask. Let them convince you that all is secure. Any reputable website will be happy to do this.

Is the website secure? Yes / No? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#2 – Do They Have a Good Range of Brands, Styles and Sizes?

The world of sports bras is a complex one, primarily driven by our varying sizes.

There are dozens of brands our there offering a myriad of styles in sizes ranging from a 6 – 30 back and an A-L cup and just about every combination in between.

Add to this the range of varying features provided by sports bras. Do you like your sports bra wirefree, underwired, padded or racerback. Maybe you want a padded, wirefree, racerback bra?

If you do you are going to want a site that has a large range of brands, styles and sizes to cover every possible variation. After all this is about you and getting what you want without compromise!

Do they have a good range of brands, styles and size? Yes / No? How many? Make a note in your template and put a mark out of 10 under.

#3 – Does the Website Have a Good Range of Payment Options?

No point finding a great website with everything you need if it’s then difficult to make payment. Or even worse you need to jump through a heap of hoops just to make your purchase.

As a minimum a good website should offer secure payment by credit card (both Visa and Mastercard) and PayPal.

A bonus would be a site that offers payment using Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or something similar. That said most of these are connected to our credit or debit cards anyway so not a must.

If you’re a big fan of the ‘buy now, pay later’ trend in online shopping then a suitable website will offer this option. The two biggest players in Australia are Afterpay and Zippay. You will need to set up an account to use these services (a pretty straight forward process).

What are the range of payment options? Poor, OK, great? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#4 – Is There Great Content? Do They Know What They Are Talking About?

Buying a sports bra can be quite a task. There is so much to know and understand. After all knowledge is buying power!

The fundamental thing here is do they know what they are talking about. Or are they just a seller who doesn’t really know their product and they’ve just chucked it online hoping you will happen by and buy it?

Each bra should have an in-depth description and ideally a fitter’s review or video giving their take.

A site with blogs is also good. Someone who really knows sports bras will have a comprehensive blog page. Read away and learn as much as you can to help you find your perfect sports bra.

What other content do they have? Brand pages? Specialty pages. The more relevant content the better.

So, do they know sports bras? Yes / No? How much relevant content does the website contain? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#5 – Is There An Online Fitting Room?

One of the most important aspects of buying a sports bra is finding the perfect fit.

The selected website should have a dedicated online fitting room or similar. A place with everything you need to determine your size and how to check if your purchase is the right fit.

The more information the better here as the more you know the better your chance of successfully finding the right sports bra for you.

The best online ‘fitting rooms’ have a ‘slider’ style Bra size calculator that after finding your size can then

Take you directly to all items that are that size. Oh, so easy!

 Having good brand specific sizing information is also important as unfortunately not all sizes are created equal (how good would that be). Sizing does vary between brands so understanding the brand specific differences is important.

Is there an online fitting room? Yes / No? How comprehensive is it? Put a mark out of 10 under.

 #6 – Is the Site Easy to Navigate?

You will find as a rule that the more specialised the site the easy it will be to navigate the world of sports bras.

Big ‘sell everything’ sites are convenient, but this convenience comes at a compromise; you need to dig (often deep) to find what you are looking for.

More specialist sites will take you straight to where you want to be; sports bras. But even within the sports bra world we want to be able to easily navigate further.

Can you easily find sports bras that suit running? Or maybe yoga. Can you easily find racerback sports bras or underwired ones? What about specialty sports bra? Maybe you’re after a maternity sports bra or perhaps a mastectomy one.

A good website will take you quickly and easily to a range of sports bras that suit your requirements. Most often through the use of drop-down menus.

Is the site easy to navigate? Yes / No? If so, how easy? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#7 – Is There Good Search Functionality and Filtering?

It’s not much good landing on the flashiest website out there if you can’t find anything!

Websites should be simple and easy to navigate through dropdown menu’s, internal links and other navigation tools.

If you know what you are after you should be able to find it quickly. Looking for a high impact sports bra? Does the website have a category for that? After a Running bra? Is there a dedicated running bra section?

If you’re not entirely sure or just want to drill down further, then good filtering is a must.

Websites with a range of filtering options (usually down the left-hand side on a desktop) offer the most chose in quickly refining down to the bras that suit you.

Filter by back and cup size (12 D), then by colour (black), then by impact (high impact), then by features (racerback, wirefree) and finally by price ($50-$80) and you should get only bras that fit those criteria for you to choose from. Wow and wow!

Is there good search functionality and filtering? Yes / No? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#8 – Are They Easy to Get in Touch With?

Being online it is often difficult to get in touch with someone. You often need to get past the robot for a chance to chat with a human!

We need to know there is someone we can get in touch with, in case we want more info or just want to find out the status of our order.

In the modern world of ecommerce apparently livechat is number one, email number two and phone number three.

Does the website offer these? Are there options beyond this? Do they have a physical address you can visit if you live in the area?

 Just remember you don’t need everything, but you do want to know you can chat with a person if need be.

Are they easy to get in touch with? Yes / No? How many contact options? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#9 – Do They Offer Free Delivery and Free Returns? (no hidden fees)

 A lot of websites tout free delivery and free returns but beware the fine print!

Pretty much all require you to spend over a certain amount to qualify. The question here is how much? This generally ranges from $50 to up to $200 and different amounts in between.

Postage costs aren’t cheap so obviously you want the lower end so seek out websites offering closer to the $50 mark.

Even more important you want to be able to return your bra for free if it doesn’t fit. Women’s clothing is notorious for the size variations between brands and sports bras can take this to the next level so you want to buy safe in the knowledge you can return it free of charge if you are not happy.

Free returns = big tick! That said beware of hidden extra’s. Online stores often charge a ‘restocking fee’ or ‘handling fee’. Simply a tricky way of charging for returns.

Look for honesty here. Free returns should be exactly that; FREE!

 #10 – Are They Price Competitive? 

Price isn’t everything but it sure helps.

Unless a website offers a price match guarantee unfortunately there isn’t any way to avoid a lot of finger work on this one.

That said as you trawl you will get a feel for which websites are well priced. Some websites have a lot of items marked as below RRP. A lot don’t. Take notice as you search, and you will be heading in the right direction.

That said please don’t buy something that is not suitable for you just because it is ‘cheap’. This is the ultimate false economy as you run down the road holding your breasts due to the pain inflicted from your new poor supporting sports bra!

Are they price competitive? Poor, average, good? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#11 – What Are Other Customers Saying?

 A very easy way to tell if an online business is worth shopping with is to check out what other customers are saying.

Do a quick Google of their business name and read the Google reviews. These reviews will tell you a lot about the business, their customer service and the experience other shoppers have had with them.

Product Review is also a good source of trusted reviews.

I like to read a few of the best ‘5-star’ reviews and a few of the worst reviews. Everything needs balance and this is a good way to quickly check the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

Make a note of their average star rating in your template. Put a mark out of 10 under it.

 #12 – Do They Give Back to the Community?

I’ve thrown this one in here as it’s my personal favourite. Does the business give back?

It’s a matter of personal choice if you put this one in here as the company you purchase from has to align to your own personal values.

For me, I believe the way the world does business needs to change. Businesses cannot continue to relentlessly pursue profits for their owners and shareholders. Businesses need to consider their place within the community and their responsibility to that community.

At the end of the day you need a new sports bra so why not buy from a company that gives back!

Do they give back to the community? Yes / No? If so, how giving are they? Put a mark out of 10 under.

Conclusion

You might find this all a bit OTT but in the search for the perfect online company to buy your sports bra from a little homework goes a long way. And once you find the right one, you’re done and can shop with them for life!

Let’s recap my 12 questions you must ask (and get an answer for) before buying a sports bra online:

#1 – Is the Website Secure?

Is the website secure? Yes / No? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#2 – Do They Have a Good Range of Brands, Styles and Sizes?

Do they have a good range of brands, styles and size? Yes / No? How many? Make a note in your template and put a mark out of 10 under.

#3 – Does the Website Have a Good Range of Payment Options?

What are the range of payment options? Poor, OK, great? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#4 – Is There Great Content? Do They Know What They Are Talking About?

So, do they know sports bras? Yes / No? How much relevant content does the website contain? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#5 – Is There An Online Fitting Room?

Is there an online fitting room? Yes / No? How comprehensive is it? Put a mark out of 10 under.

 #6 – Is the Site Easy to Navigate?

Is the site easy to navigate? Yes / No? If so, how easy? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#7 – Is There Good Search Functionality and Filtering?

Is there good search functionality and filtering? Yes / No? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#8 – Are They Easy to Get in Touch With?

Are they easy to get in touch with? Yes / No? How many contact options? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#9 – Do They Offer Free Delivery and Free Returns? (no hidden fees)

Look for honesty here. Free returns should be exactly that; FREE!

 #10 – Are They Price Competitive? 

Are they price competitive? Poor, average, good? Put a mark out of 10 under.

#11 – What Are Other Customers Saying?

 Make a note of their average star rating in your template. Put a mark out of 10 under it.

 #12 – Do They Give Back to the Community?

Do they give back to the community? Yes / No? If so, how giving are they? Put a mark out of 10 under.

So there you go. Everything you need to know (and more!) to help you find the perfect online store for your next sports bra purchase.

Happy Shopping

Amy

p.s. It would be interesting to see how Sports Bras Direct ranked. I have a feeling very well indeed. Perhaps even number 1!

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11 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Sports Bra

11 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Sports Bra

Greatly increase your chance of success when buying your next sports bra with these 11 expert tips.

DID YOU KNOW?

Your breasts can move up and down up to 19cm during exercise?

PAINFUL!

DID YOU KNOW?

1 in 5 women are put off exercise because of their breasts? Wow, that’s like 20% (yes, I am a math’s genius!)

NOT GOOD!!

DID YOU KNOW?

8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size?

UNCOMFORTABLE!!!

SO WHY IS WEARING THE RIGHT SIZED SPORTS BRA IMPORTANT?

  •  Wearing the right size sports bra keeps your breasts in place during activity – helping to prevent sagging and stretching of tissue.
  • A great fit maximises comfort and is non-restrictive – giving you the confidence and ability to focus on your goals and push yourself further.
  • It can help to improve posture, especially if you are a larger cup size, where it can relieve strain on the back and shoulders.

OVER 75% OF WOMEN WEAR THE WRONG SIZE SPORTS BRA – WHY?

  • Many women guess their size without taking accurate measurements and taking the time to find the perfect sports bra for them.
  • Their sports bras have stretched over time and no longer offer the support they should.
  • Bodies change shape regularly, so undertaking a re-measure every year and re-evaluating what you need from a sports bra is important.

So, it all seems pretty simple right? Get the perfect sports bra for you and hit the trails. Easy! If only it were that simple, what a happy world we would all live in.

I know firsthand buying a sports bra can be daunting. I also know “knowledge is power” (did I just make that quote up?). That is why I have taken the time to put this list together just for you.

Bras are expensive – particularly for the well-endowed among us – so why throw cash away on anything less than perfect? Whether you need a bra for yoga, the gym or running, follow my 11-essential must know’s to finding your perfect sports bra.

Here we go….

Before we go can I just say that everything you read here is INDEPENDENT!!!

No cash changed hands for the mentioning of particular brands or styles 🙂

#1 – SIZE IS EVERYTHING

 Sounds like something a man would say…and in this case they are right! The number one rule of buying a sports bra is it must be the correct size to ensure a good fit. Period. If the size isn’t right, it won’t fit well, and it won’t perform well. And we all know the importance of performance both in ourselves and in our sports bra!

A common misconception with your sports bra is that it is the same as your everyday bra. This is not always correct. Sports bras are designed differently to everyday bras and as such you need to measure yourself carefully before you start.

MEASURE YOURSELF CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU START

 Sports bra fitting is not an exact science, but a careful measure will help you find your basic size. Take the time to do this accurately to ensure the best outcome. I suggest measuring at home in front of the mirror and ideally with the help of a partner.

 Measuring Your Underbust

 Ideally, measure yourself while you are not wearing a bra. Stand straight with your arms hanging casually by your side.  The tape should sit directly under your breasts (where your bra band would normally sit), be horizontal all the way around and be snug, but loose enough that you can fit two fingers underneath. This measurement is your Underbust.

Measuring Your Overbust

 Still standing straight measure horizontally around the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples).  This is best done while you’re wearing a good fitting bra.  The tape should not be to tight resting lightly on your body. Make sure the tape is straight across your back and is parallel to the floor.  This measurement is your Overbust.

 FIND YOUR SIZE ON MY BRA SIZE MATRIX

 Refer the below matrix to find your size. Look down the left column until you find your underbust in cm’s. The column to the right of this will give you your back size. Next look directly across to the right until you find your overbust size in cm’s. Go up the column to find your cup size.

Put the two together and you are away!

Bra Sizing Matrix

 #2 – SUPPORT IS THE SECOND EVERYTHING!!

You need to have the right amount of support. You don’t want to run a marathon in a stringy crop top!

Different bras offer different levels of support. The type you need will depend on your cup size and the type of exercise you do.

Typically, women will feel best wearing a lower-impact bra for low-impact activity (such as yoga), and a higher-impact bra for medium-to-high-impact activity (such as jogging, running, cycling, playing tennis, etc). If you are active 3 or more times per week, it makes life much easier having 2 or more bras on the go that best suit the activities you are doing.

As a rule, the bigger the cup the more support you need. A 12B can bounce up to 8cm, even during low impact exercise. A 16DD bust can move up to 19cm. And what about all you 14KK’s out there! So err on the side of caution, go the higher impact level to up the support. Your boobs will thank you.

Let’s take a look at the different sports bra impact levels…..

LOW IMPACT SPORTS BRAS

 Low impact sports bras typically feature a cup-less design and restrict movement by compressing the breasts tightly against the chest wall. They provide light support for activities that create minimal breast bounce.

Features may include:

  • Comfortable fit with minimal hardware.
  • Thinner straps and strapping detail.
  • Less coverage with open back detail or lower cut front.
  • Removable pads.
  • Seamless construction and super soft fabrication.

Suitable activities:

  • Yoga.
  • Pilates.
  • Walking.
  • Weight Training.
  • Studio or mat work.

MEDIUM IMPACT SPORTS BRAS

 Medium impact sports bras are a mix between low and high. These can sometimes be used for running but are often not suited to larger-breasted women. They provide support for activities that create moderate breast bounce

 Features may include:

  • Allows flexible movement for a wide range of activities.
  • Good coverage around the bust.
  • Elastic in the straps, arm hole and neck bind add extra support.
  • Adjustable straps.
  • Some styles have a zip front for ease of getting on and off.

Suitable Activities:

  • Gym.
  • Martial Arts.
  • Boxing.
  • Cycling.
  • Hiking.

HIGH IMPACT SPORTS BRAS

High impact bras are often made with a defined cup structure – akin to regular bras – to encapsulate and support each breast. Some high impact bras will use a combination of both encapsulation and compression methods to maximise support. They generally use less stretchy material, include supportive seams and overlays. They provide support for activities that create a high amount of breast bounce.

Features may include:

  • Maximum coverage across the bust.
  • No bounce straps, extra padding for comfort.
  • Adjustable underband for the perfect fit.
  • Non-stretch lining to reduce bounce.
  • Running sling for extra stability.

 Suitable Activities:

  • Running.
  • Court Sports.
  • Aerobics.
  • Field Sports.
  • Dance.

 EXTREME IMPACT SPORTS BRAS

 Let’s throw an extra one in here; Extreme Impact. Some brands have begun using this impact rating for their very highest support styles. They provide the ultimate support for activities that create the highest amount of breast bounce.

They often contain similar features to their high impact counterparts. Just ratcheting the support up to 11. If you want the ultimate in support, then look for an extreme impact style.

 #3 – COMFORT IS THE FINAL EVERYTHING!!!

 OK so we have a lot of everything’s but trust me this is the final one; comfort. No point finding the perfect fit if you cannot couple that with comfort.

The two words you most often hear in the sports bra world is ‘support’ (we covered that above) and ‘comfort’. You’ve got to have the right amount of support and your bra must be comfortable!!!

Fit and comfort often (but not always) go hand in hand. You will often find if it fits well it will be comfortable.

So what should we look out for in our quest for comfort. Read on…

So, you’ve found a sports bra in your size with the right amount of support (2/3’s of the way there!) Next try your sports bra on and test the fit and comfort. It should fit slightly tighter than a regular bra, but you should be able to breathe deeply and comfortably.

Check the following factors:

Chafing: Make sure there is no chafing around the armholes, shoulder straps or seams. If the bra has hooks or snaps, make sure those don’t chafe, either.

Straps: You should be able to fit two fingers between the straps and your shoulders. It’s vital that the straps are secure and comfortable. If they’re too tight, they will dig in. If they’re too loose, they will not provide the correct amount of support and will move around or slip off your shoulders.

Band: Raise your hands over your head. If the band rides up, it may be too big. Try adjusting the straps or back closure. If that doesn’t work, try a smaller band size.

Cup: Your breasts should be centered and fully contained in the cups. Scoop them in and center them. Wrinkles or puckers in the fabric indicate the cup is too big. If breast tissue is pressed outside of the bra, that means the cup is too small, or that the style of bra is the wrong cut for your breast type.

Support: Test the bra’s support by jumping or running in place. Your breasts should feel secure and supported. If there’s too much movement up and down or side to side, keep looking for a better-fitting bra.

Pure and simple your bra should not cause any pain or discomfort. I will delve a whole lot deeper into the art of ensuring the perfect fit in a future article.

#4 – BEWARE OF SIZE DENIAL

Women can be MASTERS at denial. So, the next time you reach for the 12C when you’re probably a D cup or above, think of what it feels like to wear the wrong size shoe. It helps to give some perspective on just how silly (and painful) it is to wear the wrong size. So, first, once you pop a bra on, scoop your breast into the cup with your hand and make sure your nipple is centred. Popping over the top? Too small. Floating around with room to move? Too big. Simple. Adjust accordingly. However, if things still aren’t measuring up, consider this: cup sizes operate on a sliding scale which means they’re not the same for all sizes.

Give or take a few millimetres a:

12B fits the same as a 10C – the only difference is that it fits more snuggly and securely around your back so if you hover between sizes (and always need the elusive size “11” or “13” or “15”) try your size equivalent. Need more examples?

A 12DD fits similarly to a 10E. It does NOT mean you’ve suddenly put on weight or have been deluded for years, it’s simply a sliding scale.

Fit a 14C but not convinced? Try a 12D for a firmer fit or a 16B to loosen the fit.

16DD but not happy? Play around with a 16E or shift the band size too – try a 14E (the exact equivalent) and a 14F.

#5 – CHOOSE A BRA BACKED BY SCIENCE

 Specialist bra brands put a lot of effort into research and development, often extensively testing their bra designs before releasing them to market.

Berlei work with the Australian Institute of Sport testing and applying the AIS endorsed ‘support factor rating’.

Shock Absorber have a similar relationship with the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Here they test their bras against ‘no bra conditions’ to ascertain the percentage bounce reduction their bras achieve.

Quite simply; if you want the best in sports bra design and construction go for a technical sports bra from a brand that specialises in Sports Bra design and construction – such as Shock Absorber, Anita Active, Berlei, Freya Active, Glamorise Sport or Triumph.

This isn’t to say other brands aren’t as good just this is your better chance of sports bra success!

Anita Active Sports Bra

#6 – CHOOSE AN AWARDED BRAND

 Pretty simple; if the sports bra in front of you is good enough to win an award (preferably major or international) then it is well worth considering. As they say; the cream rises to the top and in this case the cream best supports our tops (bit to corny?)

Shock Absorber are perennial award winners. Regularly winning awards in the UK and Europe for their sports bras.

Anita Active are up there too. Winning many European and International design awards for their sports bras.

If you can find (and afford!) a brand that specialises in sports bras, designs and tests their styles and wins awards for those styles then ‘woo hoo’ you could be onto something seriously good!

 #7 – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

 Like just about everything in life; you get what you pay for. This is not to say that some cheaper bras will perform just as well as their more expensive counterparts. But as a rule, the more expensive bras perform better and are usually better quality. Brands that rigorously test their products, develop technical materials and produce bras designed to last will come at a premium.

So, what should you expect to pay?

Expect to pay $50-80 for a low-impact bra, and $80-$110 for a high-impact bra. Once again, a rule of thumb. You might be lucky and find a comfortable, supportive high impact bra you absolutely love for under $50. Lucky, lucky you!

But don’t be afraid to pull out the credit card to ensure the best sports bra for you. Your body and your workout will thank you for it!

#8 – DON’T CHOOSE BY BRAND ALONE

 This is an absolute given.

Advertising is designed to make us buy even if it might not be the right product for us. Brands spend millions of dollars a year to remove money from your purse and put it into their tills. When it comes to buying the perfect sports bra for you forget about brands and open you mind to everything that is out there. We all know Nike or Lorna Jane but are those cute little crop tops really giving us the support we need?

I highly recommend turning off the brand filters and focusing solely on features and benefits of the bra. Does it have all the features you require (Underwire? Wirefree? Racerback? Padded?). And does it provide all the benefits you are looking for (Great support? Soft? Comfortable?)

Focus on this and you will have a much better chance of success than if you just go out and buy a Nike bra because you like the brand and Serena Williams tells you too!

#9 – LOOK FOR FEATURES

 Features makith the sports bra. Before you start your hunt for the perfect sports bra write down all the ideal features you would like in your sports bra. Next to those features note the must haves (MH) and the ones you are willing to compromise on (CO). I can tell you from experience that it will not be easy to find a sports bra that has all you want so this step is important as compromise is part of any long-term relationship.

Your list might look something like this:

High Impact: MH (you’re a horse rider; a whole lot of bounce)

Wirefree: MH (more comfortable for a long day in the saddle)

Compression: CO (prefer but not essential)

Racerback: CO (prefer the added support but not essential)

White: MH (don’t want show-through in your white equestrian top)

Armed with this list you can begin shopping. It will make it a whole lot easier to quickly filter out the styles that do not suit allowing you to focus on the styles that do.

The next few pages take a closer look at these features so read on….

UNDERWIRED or WIREFREE?

No other feature creates more discussion than; should a good sports bra be underwired or wirefree?

You are very often pro-underwire, or you aren’t, there is no middle ground. But does this really need to be the case? Is there that much of a difference?

Underwired sports bras contain shaped wire that sits under the breasts providing extra shaping and support; especially for the fuller busted. Modern styles offer variations like flexi-wire and magic-wire to offer greater comfort.

The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement. The underwire should lay flat against your rib cage, below the breast tissue, and should not poke or pinch.

Wirefree does not have to mean ‘support free’. After all the foundation of great support is the band. It’s a common misconception that a bra needs to be underwired to offer great support. Modern design and developments in fabric mean many wirefree styles outperform their underwired counterparts.

Modern wirefree sports bras offer great support, comfort and shaping. Wirefree is also recommended for developing or sensitive breasts and for those exercising post-surgery.

Place a ‘Must Have’ or a ‘Compromise On’ mark next to this feature.

COMPRESSION or ENCAPSULATION?

Compression sports bras

These bras typically pull over your head and compress the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement. They do not have cups built into the design. Compression sports bras tend to work best for smaller cup sizes and low- to medium-impact activities.

Encapsulation sports bras

These bras have a defined cup structure that supports each breast individually. Hence, they provide high support with a feminine bust shape. There is no compression in these bras (most everyday bras are encapsulation bras). They suit medium to large cup sizes and medium to high impact activities.

Compression & Encapsulation sports bras

Let’s throw a third one in here. Many sports bras combine the above methods into a supportive and comfortable style. These bras offer more support than compression or encapsulation alone, making them generally best for high-impact activities.

Add your preference to you list.

RACERBACK or REGULAR STRAPS?

Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. These bras provide good support for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable so it’s important to size the bra correctly. Racerback straps hide well underneath a racerback tank top.

Regular: This strap style is most like an everyday bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can fine-tune the fit. Bras with regular straps often have a back closure, which offers additional adjustment. Some regular strap bras are designed to allow the straps to be crisscrossed for versatility.

Regardless of the strap type you choose, keep in mind that thin straps generally provide less support than wider straps, but thin straps are easier to conceal.

Again, add it to your list!

Racerback Sports Bra

#10 – LEARN, LEARN and LEARN

 Just like anything the more you know the better choice you will make. So read, ask questions and talk to people.

Read magazines, blogs anything you can get your hands on that mentions sports bras. The more you read the more you will learn.

Ask questions. Ask friends. What do they wear and why? Ask your bra fitter. Why has she recommended that style? Ask the internet. What does Google say? If you are going to ask Google, make sure the answer is from a reputable site. Ideally unbiased or unsponsored. You want impartial advice here.

Talk to people at every opportunity. OK maybe not at every opportunity (your cab driver may not appreciate it). You know what I mean.

Learn from your mistakes. What does and doesn’t work in your present sports bra? What can be improved?

As they say ‘it is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it’

#11 – DON’T SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST

 Following this one pretty much ensures success in the sports bra game. You will find in your search for the perfect sports bra that many stores stock a limited range of styles and sizes. It is all about floor space and unfortunately with the huge range out there very few stores stock them all.

Try your very best to find a store that has the largest range possible to give you the greatest possible choice. In your search don’t be afraid to look online. There are many websites out there that have a good range of brands, styles and sizes and a couple have a truly great range of sports bras.

I know this one from experience; product knowledge. Many store staff are a jack of all trades and a master of none. They sell a whole range of stuff with sports bras being one small component so very often they have enough knowledge to get by but are by no means experts.

If your store staff don’t know their stuff be prepared to walk away and look elsewhere. You’ve got to get this right so being sold the wrong bra for you is not acceptable. Once again don’t be afraid to look online as many sites have a plethora of information to help you find the perfect sports bra for you.

CONCLUSION

 Let’s recap my 11 essential must knows:

 #1 – SIZE IS EVERYTHING

#2 – SUPPORT IS THE SECOND EVERYTHING!!

#3 – COMFORT IS THE FINAL EVERYTHING!!!

#4 – BEWARE OF SIZE DENIAL

#5 – CHOOSE A BRA BACKED BY SCIENCE

#6 – CHOOSE AN AWARDED BRAND

#7 – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

#8 – DON’T CHOOSE BY BRAND ALONE

#9 – LOOK FOR FEATURES

#10 – LEARN, LEARN and LEARN

#11 – DON’T SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST

So there you go. Everything you need to know (and more!) to help you find your perfect sports bra.

Happy Shopping

Amy

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Is it OK to wear a sports bra all the time?

Is it OK to Wear a Sports Bra all the Time

OK, this week I am going to answer a question I often get asked; is it OK to wear a sports bra all the time?

Now I can understand why I get asked this question. After all we all love our sports bras. And what’s not to love, they’re our comfortable and supportive friend that keep our assets in check. We all know that one friend who seems to live in her sports bra. Every time you see her, she’s got one on and OMG how good would it be to ditch the everyday bra and just wear your supportive best friend all the time. But is it OK to wear your sports bra all the time?

Here’s what you need to know.

Advantages of Wearing a Sports Bra Everyday

In the past sports bras were designed solely for exercising in, but more recently, they’ve become so much more versatile. Advancement in design has allowed greater freedom in how and when you wear your beloved bra. Sports bras have many advantages that make them great for everyday wear.

Number one; a good fitting sports bra offers an impressive level of comfort and support. And with the busy lives we all lead; think running around after the kids, running around at work or just running to catch the train, we could do with that support and comfort all day long. All jokes aside if you have a bit more up top, you’ll love the extra support a good sports bra offers you all day long. Us bigger busted ladies know the discomfort even a mild lunch time walk can produce.

This support comes with an added benefit all us ladies can enjoy; it can help prevent the dreaded sagging! I for one want to be perkier for longer so I’m well up for anything that can assist that. The all-day support a sports bra can offer can certainly help. In a study by The University of Portsmouth, researchers revealed that “breasts move far more than ordinary bras are designed to cope with.” Thus, wearing a super supportive sports bra can help to protect your bust line and ward off any premature drooping. Yay!

Number two; convenience. Life for me seems to be one constant rollercoaster. Wizzing through it trying not to fall off 😊. So, anything that makes it that little bit easier I am up for. One bra type instead of two. Yes please. I’m happy to ditch the everyday bras if it makes life that little bit easier. No more changing bras for the gym, washing less bras and even less time spent shopping for the things all make life that little bit easier. A tick for me!

Number three; they’re lightweight and often made of technical materials. We’re currently suffering through the heat of mid-summer and the sweltering days make things a little bit sweaty. Ughhh. Since most sports bras are made from lightweight, moisture wicking materials, they can help keep you dry and cool on those hot summer days. Something I am very thankful of when there’s no air-con about.

Number four; dollars. Ah the almighty dollar. we all know this one fact; bras aren’t cheap!!! So, if I can ditch the everyday bra and wear my sports bra all the time the bank manager is going to be that little bit happier. If she’s (I’m a modern girl) happy I’m happy. And the best bit I now have a few extra dollars to spend on me.

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Is It Safe to Wear my Sports Bra all day?

OK so there are a lot of advantages to wearing my sports bra all day but is it safe? The simple answer is yes but with a caveat; it must fit well and be comfortable.

Seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many women don’t wear the correct bra size. In fact, research show’s up to 80% of women don’t. I can’t stress this enough; take the time to ensure you are wearing the correct size. Either by having a professional fitting or if you can’t get to a specialist sports bra store (important as the 19-year-old lad at Rebel Sport may not have the necessary skills to fit you correctly!) or by following the instructions of a specialist online retailer with a dedicated ‘fitting room’ section.

Comfort is the other big factor. No point wearing your supportive sports bra all day at work if you come home sore and rubbed. Your sports bra must be comfortable. Period. Sports bras are designed to be snug (to offer the support they do) but they shouldn’t feel constricting or painful. If you notice your sports bra leaving red marks on your chest or shoulders, it pinches your skin or you feel any discomfort, then it is not the correct size and is not giving you the comfort, you need.

How does your sports bra match up? Could you wear it all day in comfort?

What do I Recommend?

A very good question. For a sports bra that can be worn all day I don’t have any specific brands or styles I highly recommend. But I do have a couple of tips that will make your selection easier.

Firstly; consider wirefree. I am a massive fan of wirefree sports bras. Modern designs offer great support and are oh so comfortable. Particularly when wearing them all day.

Secondly; go lightweight. I talked earlier about this but doing so will greatly increase your comfort level. There are some bras that fit so well they feel like a second skin and you forget you’re wearing them. I am also a massive fan of Anita Active. Not cheap but so comfortable and supportive and they go the distance (I’ve had mine for over two years!).

Thirdly; stick with what you know and love. If you love the comfort and support of racerback bras, wear them. If you are a massive fan of compression bras, then go for them. This is all about your comfort and support, nothing else. So, tick as many boxes as you can in your quest for the perfect everyday sports bra.

Yours in sports bras,

Amy

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The Four Important Things to Me

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Wow time really does fly. Sports Bras Direct (SBD) has been open for 2 and ½ years now and we have been operating as a not-for-profit business for 1 and ½ of those years. I thought with Christmas just around the corner I would write about the four important things to me.

We all have hopes and dreams and the ‘hope and dream’ of Sports Bras Direct is make the world a little bit better through the application of these four things.

So here they are!

1. Our Customers

A cliché I know. Ask any business and this is most likely the answer they will give. But for me it’s more than just a hollow response. It is the heart and soul of my business. Sports Bras Direct started as an idea three years ago on a family holiday to SW WA. With the question; where do regional women buy their sports bras? It was near impossible locally and there were limited specialist options online.

I initially created Sports Bras Direct to help regional women but quickly realised that it wasn’t just regional women that struggled to find their perfect sports bra. I subsequently made it the foundation of my business; to do everything possible to help you find your perfect sports bra. I am pretty happy with what I have created but there is always room for improvement. As such I will continue to improve to give you the best possible experience when buying your next sports bra.

Have I been successful so far? I think so. I receive messages daily from happy customers. Customers that sing the praises of Sports Bras Direct. A smile is put on my face daily and I am buoyed by your feedback to keep improving. Also over 100 Google reviews at 4.9 stars tells a tale. You love what I am doing!

2. Helping Women in Need

A close second is helping women in need. SBD is all about helping women in need. The women we primarily aim to help are our customers. There are many studies that show up to 80% of women wear a poor fitting sports bra and many women avoid exercise due to breast soreness caused by exercise. Not good and something I aim to fix. One of my goals is to help every woman find the perfect sports bra for her. Ambitious I know but a goal well worth pursuing.

A huge part of doing business for me is to help women in need in the community, thus my decision to make Sports Bras Direct a Not-for-Profit business. I originally aimed to help multiple charities through SBD’s donations but had to scale that back as profits are not yet high enough to support this. I hope to expand my support as profits increase. The ideal association for SBD is the ‘Support the Girls Australia’ charity. We are all about supporting breasts and they support the breasts of women in need. The perfect alliance! We love the work they do for disadvantaged women and the support we receive from our customers is so humbling. We have passed on hundreds of new and pre-loved bras and aim to donate even more in the coming year.

3. Providing the Best Range at the Best Prices

This is an important one. We can’t successfully achieve number 2 without achieving this. When I first started SBD I simply typed ‘sports bra’ into Google and saw the majority of results were brand specific websites. Great if you want to shop that brand but not that great if you want choice. Other websites had plenty of choice if you are looking for a fashion crop rather than a genuine sports bra. Or you fit the standard size range dictated by many brands. Not good enough.

Another goal of mine is to provide a great range of sports bra styles and sizes for you to choose from. And you know what, this hasn’t been easy. Women come in many different shapes and sizes, meaning sourcing and holding a lot of stock. There have been many times I have pondered reducing our size range but I have always been drawn back to one of SBD’s founding premises; to help all women in need no matter their shape or size.

4. Changing the World Though Business.

I have put this one at number four but it has quickly become one of my guiding principles. I won’t bore you with my political view; apart to say I think the direction of the world needs to change. We cannot keep doing business as usual as it is not benefiting us or the planet.

Traditional businesses make money by selling products you need and in the process make a small group of people (the owner and shareholders) wealthy in the process. They take without giving back. A select few do give back a token amount with an even smaller select few (eg. thankyou.co and whogivesacrap.org) giving back all their profit. We are asking the question; what if a business existed only for good. I don’t need much, a simple wage will do, but the power of my business is unlimited. The more we sell the more we give; simple. Now imagine a world where all businesses did the same. It is only my opinion, but imagine the good that could be done.

So there you have it, a quick summary of the four important things to me. What do you think? I would love your feedback. If you have any suggestions, recommendations or simply want to give SBD a pat on the back please email me at [email protected] I am here to help and anything I can improve to help that little bit more I am happy to consider.

Thank you for your support.

Amy

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Brand in Focus: Berlei

Brand in Focus - Berlei_Serena WIlliams

This week I’m taking a look at Iconic Australian bra brand in focus – Berlei. We all know them, they are synonymous with women’s underwear in Australia. But what are their beginnings and what path did they take to become so prominent in Australia?

A Short History

Pretty much every Aussie woman knows the Berlei brand. They’ve been around for over 100 years and have found their way into the heart of almost every Australian woman’s wardrobe. So when and where did they begin? The company first began in Sydney in 1910 as ‘Unique Corsets’ with the ‘Berlei’ brand originating in 1917. Don’t know what you think but ‘Berlei’ is a far superior name. ‘Unique Corsets’ just doesn’t have the same ring!

The company’s founder, Frederick R. Burley, applied a mis-spelling of his surname to the company name. Apparently he felt his real surname was not ‘contextually appropriate to his products’. Classic and I’d have to agree. Not sure ‘Burley’ would have had the same resonance with women. Another classic was Frederick would introduce himself as a ‘maker of jewel caskets’. Not sure on this one but I guess such an introduction would certainly ensure you were remembered.

Brand in Focus - Berlei

Expansion

Berlei Limited was one of the very first Australian companies to expand outside Australia. Berlei (New Zealand) was incorporated in 1923. A few years later in 1930 Berlei (UK) Limited followed. Expansion did not occur beyond this and both endeavours have since faltered.

Berlei New Zealand started with a staff of 50, growing to 665 employees by 1961. In 1981 Bendon Berlei Limited merged with Ceramco Apparel Group Limited.

The UK expansion started with a staff of 40 growing to 702 by 1961. Following a similar path to its NZ counterpart it was sold in 1982 with the receivers being called in by 1985. The company has been sold a few times since.

The Australian Story

Despite the original success but long term demise of Berlei’s international ambitions the company has gone from strength to strength in Australia. Fred Bruley’s vision for the company was “To Design and Manufacture Corsets and Brassieres of such perfect Fit, Quality, and Workmanship, as will bring pleasure and profit to all concerned, while at the same time rendering such excellent service to our Clients and Consumers as will merit their permanent patronage”. A bit long winded but I guess suited the times.

Brand in Focus - Berlei_Master Your Bounce

Major Partnerships

The major partnerships formed in Berlei’s timeline are:

1990

Associated with the Australian Institute of Sport to help women exercise with maximum comfort.

2005

Partnered with Breast Cancer Network Australia. To date, over 123,000 My Care Kits donated to women who have undergone breast cancer surgery.

2006

Serena Williams discovered Berlei while playing at the Australian Open. She wears the brand for every Grand Slam win from then onwards.

These partnerships have helped develop great fitting and supportive bras, have promoted the Berlei brand and allowed Berlei to give back. All in all, good choices that have helped progress the brand.

So what do I think of this week’s brand in focus – Berlei? I can’t fault them as an Australian success story. Their bras are a great fit to the mid-price range. They aren’t as supportive of some of the more expensive brands but if you want a comfortable and supportive sports bra at a good price then I would highly recommend.

Check out our Berlei range and give them a go.

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Racerback Sports Bras: Why You Need One

In my opinion at least one Racerback Sports Bra is a must have in your kitbag. They are comfortable, supportive and fit well under any top. I love singlet style tops so hiding those dreaded bra straps is a must. They are a great combination with almost any type of top.

What is a Racerback Sports Bra?

In essence any bra that has a fixed point in the rear where the shoulder straps join is classed as racerback. Also known as a T- back bra as the straps connect together in the center of your back to form a ‘T’ or ‘Y’ shape.  The design forms great back support and is fantastic for women who have sloping shoulders that cause their bras straps to slip.

Many sports bras available  have a Racerback ‘T’ or ‘X’ – design due to the exceptional support and extra lift they offer.  Since the band of many Racerback designs cannot be adjusted. Make sure that the band is a snug fit when you first purchase it.  A snug band offers you extra support and is essential in reducing breast bounce.

These bras offer a range of impact support form the low impact fashion designs to high/extreme impact support. Perfect for high-intensity gym workouts and running since their unique design reduces shoulder pressure and breast bounce.

The Anita Active DynamixStar Racerback Sports Bra is a classic High Impact Racerback style.

Anita Active DynamixStar Racerback Sports Bra

 

Specially designed for high-intensity workouts, this wire-free Racerback Sports Bra provides maximum comfort and great support for your breasts during exercise.  It has ‘X’ design straps at the back and a snug band that lifts and reduces breast bounce.

The Convertible Options

So you are one of those people who wears your sports bra to work and then hits the gym on your way home. You like the racerback style for working out but are not happy with the all day pressure it may put on your shoulders. The answer could be a convertible option.

Some styles feature a ‘J’ clip or detachable straps that can be worn crossed over. These styles offer the best of both worlds. You can leave the straps as normal throughout your day. Then when you hit the gym you can clip or cross the straps to give that bit of extra lift and support.

The Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra is a perfect example of a ‘J’ clip style sports bra.

Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

 

Wear it with regular straps throughout the day then simply ‘clip’ the straps together for extra support during your workout.

There are plenty of convertible options out there. The Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra is one of my favourites.

Triumph Triaction Performance Sports Bra

 

An absolute classic from Triumph that converts easily to a racerback style.

Bra Converter Clips

You love your existing sports bra and don’t want to pay out for a brand new bra. What are your options? A quick and easy solution that you can apply to your existing sports bra is adding bra strap clip. They fit at the back and bring the straps together to give a racerback style, similar to the convertible option. Though not as good these provide a similar kind of support and lift that specially designed racerback sports bras do.

So there you have it, plenty of options to give you a Racerback style. From dedicated designs, convertible styles, clips and everything in between. Add one to your kitbag to get working out in style with great support. A must have for any active woman.

 

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Brand in Focus: Freya Active

Freya, the revolutionary bra brand, was launched in 1998 with a mission to make women with larger bust sizes feel great and look amazing: ‘an awesome mission we love’.  In 1999, just a year after the brand’s launch, they entered the digital space with the creation of the Freya Active website, bringing their great fitting styles to the Internet.

Since then, one great idea has led to another.  New styles, new lingerie styles, bra-sized swimwear, sports underwear, lounge wear and an exceptionally modern approach to getting the message of great fit out there in the digital age.  Constantly reinventing the bra design by implementing modern engineering and scientific techniques. They have been perfecting the fit and sizing of their Bras to become one of Europe’s most trusted and reliable bra brands.

Timeline: 2002-2009

2002: Freya Swim launched its fabulous and sexy swim collection bringing Freya to the beach. Two years later Freya relaunched their website with a new look and better design.  The changing speed of the digital age encouraged them to refresh their website just five years after it was first launched.  Following this, Freya continued to complete new milestones.

2006: Freya J-Cup size bras were introduced allowing many more women to enjoy the Freya collection.

2008: Freya Active was launched. It’s important you look after you girls so Freya introduced a range of sports bras with maximum support. In the same year Freya introduced a complimentary Freya Active Microsite to get the message out there and get active women clicking.

2009: First size 28 back and first moulded bra created.

Timeline: 2010-2015

2010: First strapless bra created and K-cup size introduced allowing thousands more women to ‘feel the Freya love’. In the same year, Freya goes social with a presence on Facebook and Twitter making their collection easily accessible to more people. Another great addition to their fashion lines in 2010 was ‘Freya Lounge’, a comfortable and cool collection of sexy loungewear. Not only was 2010 a busy year for Freya in terms of launches and brand expansion but a memorable one too, achieving the title of “Global lingerie brand of the year” by Salon International de la lingerie. Phew, what a year.

2011: Freya Active Swim launched for the more serious and athletic swimmers out there. The Freya website also relaunches with a range of new features such as health tips, great hints and hacks. Included topics were Freya Bra Doctors and Fitting Talk: a new blog dishing up the latest news, views, and thoughts on Freya, fashion and more.

2012: Wacoal acquires Eveden Group, Freya’s parent company.

2014: Freya Active research participates in the most comprehensive breast research study ever undertaken. Check out the results.  Freya Active also receives the award for the ‘Sports Bra Brand of the Year’ at the UK Lingerie Awards. Go Freya!

2015: Wacoal Eveden becomes Wacoal Europe. In the same year Freya wins the Cosmopolitan Fashion Award for best Luscious Lingerie Brand.

Freya’s Values (as stated on their website)

‘At Freya, our vision is simple: to offer great-fitting, gorgeous lingerie that every woman deserves.

Our continued global success is based on creating the best lingerie we can, whilst following these core principles:

 Always having a passion for our product

  • Working with respect for each other
  • Being flexible and focused on change
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining the best people
  • Being in partnership with our customers and suppliers’ 

Our Verdict

Wow, what a range of sports bras. If you have a bit more up top and you want maximum support, it is hard to go past Freya.  Women come in all shapes and sizes and we love that Freya design their products to support a wide range of sizes allowing more women to get active with the support they need.

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12 Interesting Facts About Breasts

Not all things are created equal and your Breasts are no exception.  Soft or firm, perky or drooped, slender or round, no matter what shape or size they come in they are amazing ‘assets’ to the female anatomy. There are many interesting facts about breasts and in this article we take a look at 12 of them.

Call them boobs, boobies, ta-ta’s or hooters; our unique ‘girls’ deserve class-A care and treatment.  Not just for their primary evolutionary-function to feed our offspring but also to help us feel wholesome and awesome.  And since most women take care when selecting the best and most trendy undergarment designs, ensuring the well-being of your ‘ladies’ comes down to choosing the perfect fitting support.

Got boobs and love them?  Here are 12 interesting facts about breasts from our “booblopedia” that you might not have known:

1. Celebrate Their Uniqueness:

No matter what size and shape; breasts are amazing and indeed no two are created equal.  In fact, research shows that even your own breasts can be different in size and shape from each other and the left breast is often smaller than your right breast.  If you want to choose the right support, get familiar with your unique shape. Not just the size of your breasts.

2. Your Breasts are Glands, Not Muscles:

Surprised?  Boobs consist primarily of skin tissue, glandular tissue, connective tissue, ductal lobes, fats and ligaments.  These mounds are a complex network of mammary glands that have fat cells and tubes that are not fully matured until pregnancy or lactation occurs.  However, when you enter the perimenopausal phase, there are changes in your body hormones and they no longer support the ductal lobes leading to sagging boobs.  Fret not because hope is still at hand. Choosing the correct Sports Bra with the right cup size and shape is one of the best ways to tackle the situation.

3. Wearing the Wrong Size Bra is More Common Than You Think:

Your body constantly experiences changes: sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly.  So do your breasts.  The shape, size, perkiness, bounciness or sagginess may change over your lifetime and you might often overlook the fact that your breasts need a change in support.

They may grow smaller or bigger but wearing a correct fitting Sports Bra will ensure they always remain supported during exercise.  Check out our fitting room for heaps of great info to help ensure you always have the best fitting bra for you.

4. Breasts and the Figure 8 Pattern:

When you exercise, moderate or otherwise, your breasts will literally move 10 to 30cm in a figure-8 pattern.  A very interesting fact about breasts. This can be a cause of concern because remember, boobs are glands not muscles.  While muscles can tone or expand upon exercise, glands do not.  The incorrect size or unsuitable shaped bras can be a problem but completely unsupported breasts during exercise are a strict ‘No No’. This can not only cause long-term damage and sagging to your Breasts but may also induce pain.

Remember, exercise is beneficial to those muscles that support your breasts. And in performing that exercise, they deserve support too. The right High Impact Sports Bra can make all the difference in reducing the figure of 8.

5. Areolas Have Exceptional Biological Features:

They perk up, change color and give off scents.  Nipples tend to swell and perk during arousal.  That is due to increased blood flow occurring inside your breasts.

Another familiar characteristic of the areolas, commonly called nipples, is the little bumps around them called Montgomery glands. These produce a unique scent that only breastfeeding babies can detect.  In addition, during pregnancy, your breasts experience a great deal of change in the shape, size, and hormone levels.  Make sure to change your diet and your breast support accordingly.  A great fitting Maternity Sports Bra is a must for the new mum.

6. Triple Nipples (Polythelia):

Most animals have numerous nipples and in some cases humans too.  However; the condition is surprisingly more common in men than in women.  Commonly known as Accessory Nipple, these can form anywhere along the milk duct line down to the groin area.  Most Accessory Nipples aren’t fully functional, but women who have these find they can lactate during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

7. Boobies Tend to Attract Both Sexes:

So you may have heard that 80% of men are likely to stare at your breasts when you first meet them. Surprise, surprise; girls also look at boobs as much as boys. Especially if a woman has an hourglass shape: small waist and large breasts.  Attraction or just checking each other out … I guess we all like to be nosy.

8. Smoking is a Major Cause of Drooping Boobs:

Breastfeeding is often seen as the main culprit for sagging boobs but facts beg to differ.  Yes, pregnancy can affect the elasticity of the breast ligaments up to a point but breastfeeding merely changes the size of your boobs and has very little impact on the elasticity of the skin.

On the other hand, smoking is a direct antagonist of the elastine in your breasts and can lead to drooping and sagging breasts.  Cut down or better still quit smoking and you’ll greatly reduce the long term affects on your boos and your whole body.

9. Not All Lumps are Cancer:

We say this and so does the research.  Nevertheless, on a cautionary note, get any lump checked immediately.  We cannot stress this enough but 1 out of 8 women are at a high risk of getting breast cancer. So if in doubt check it out.

A swollen lump on the breast can be a fibrosis lump, a cyst, or other benign breast tumor.  However, back to where we started:  Get it diagnosed immediately to remove any possibility of it been cancerous.  Check out our blog; Your Breasts and the Big ‘C’ for more info.

10. The Amusing History of the Sports Bra:

Believe it or not but the first ‘Sports bra’ was not invented until 1977. Interestingly it was actually made from male undergarments.  The first exercise bra was two male jockstraps that were sewn together and voila, the ‘jock bra’ was invented.  Our blog; History of the Sports Bra gives you the whole story.

We have come a long way since then. In fact, you can even get a degree in Bra design and development, a course dedicated to creating top of the line and better bras.

11. Exercise Can Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer:

Sounds like science fiction, but research has shown that exercise helps you to reduce weight and also your levels of estrogen; a hormone linked to breast cancer.  Exercise also strengthens your immune system and relieves stress.

You do not have to get sweaty to improve the ‘girls’ health.  Moderate exercise such as light weights, cycling, brisk walking, swimming and even gardening will have a positive impact, not only on your breasts but also on your whole body. A sports bra to suit the activity is an absolute must to keep you active and healthy.

12. A Few Random Facts:

  • Men who prefer larger breasts are less financially secure than men who prefer smaller breasts.
  • Sleeping face down on your stomach can change the shape of your boobs over a period of time.
  • Breastfeeding can lower the risk of cancers and heart disease.
  • The smallest bra cup size is AAA and the largest is a whopping L.
  • Some women can reach orgasm with nipple stimulation alone.
  • The most popular cosmetic surgery for women in the US is … Breast Augmentation.

So there you have it. A few interesting facts about breasts you may have known and a few things you didn’t. The one thing we all know is we should look after them!

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Breast Sag: How to Prevent It

We all know breast size and shape vary greatly from person to person.  The one thing that does not vary is the effect of gravity on our breasts. Over time it will inevitably cause our breasts to ‘sag’. We can’t remove gravity but there are things we can do to help prevent the dreaded sag.

During the course of a woman’s life, many factors affect the size, shape and tissue structure of the breasts.  Adolescence, puberty, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, diet, physical activities, lifestyle, and a other factors affect your breasts. Causing your breasts to lose elasticity and droop or ptosis (the medical term for saggy breasts).  There is a limit to what you can control and what you cannot.  The best approach is to be positive and work on the following boob-perking strategies.

Exercise

Breasts are primarily mammary glands that do not have muscles. Rather they are made of fat cells, glandular tissue, and ligaments.  You cannot firm up the core breast tissues with exercise. However, there are muscles beneath that can be exercised giving your breasts a firmer look.

Note that when you exercise your breasts will invariably move possibly causing the delicate ligaments to stretch.  It is extremely important to choose the correct Sports Bra for your workout. One that supports the weight of your breasts. That fits well, with the right band and cup size. One that offers the right level of support to your breasts to limit movement and subsequent long term sag.

A few exercises that might help you achieve a firmer appearance are:

  • Push ups: Strengthens the muscles of the back, shoulders and core. Helping reduce the appearance of saggy boobs by improving overall posture and tone. Push ups are a moderate intensity workout that can easily be done at home. They improve the shape and overall appearance of the upper body.  Push ups are a Medium Impact exercise and you should wear an appropriate Sports Bra. The right Sports Bra will keep your breasts perfectly as you push up and down.
  • Swimming: Not only does swimming burn away those extra calories but also creates a more toned physique. Swimming can range from slow breaststroke to high intensity freestyle. If you are trying to tone up your ladies: go moderate and try medium intensity breaststroke. Swimming is definitely low impact but there can still be movement. Consider wearing a Speedo sports bra to hold things in place while you pump out the laps.
  • Bench / Shoulder Press: These exercises have dual benefits. They target the muscles of the upper body helping to firm things up. Weight training can also up your metabolism which can in turn burn away excess fat helping to firm things up further. A beneficial double whammy. While performing these exercises make sure that you wear a suitable Gym Sports Bra. You don’t want the movement of your girls interfering with you exercise.

Remember, moderation is the key when it comes to exercising.  You know more about your body than anyone else does. Your aim here is to work out to help prevent breast sag but if your body is telling you to slow down or avoid a certain exercise. Listen to it.

Wear a Supportive, Well-Fitting Bra

Studies show that almost 80% of women wear the wrong size or type of bra.  Not all Bras are built the same.  Different Sports Bras have different uses depending on the activity.  Choosing the right bra will have a tremendous impact on your breast health and shape.

  • Everyday Bras: You will generally wear these bras the most.  As you go about your daily activities your breasts still need support. Wearing the right bra makes all the difference in managing the health and shape of your breast.  The level of support is as crucial as the right cup size of the bra. Depending on your job and size many women wear a Sports Bra as their everyday bra.
  • Sports Bras: These vary according to the types of exercise. Low Impact Sports Bras will not support the same as High Impact ones. Similarly, Aerobic Sports Bras will offer different support to Yoga Sports Bras.  Choosing the correct Sports Bra to suit the exercise will tremendously reduce the risk of injury and stretched ligaments that might cause ptosis.  We’ve categorized our sports bras to suit the Activity to help you find the most suitable bra for you.
  • Maternity Bras: During pregnancy, hormonal shifts, weight gain, and an expanding rib cage contribute to the sudden growth of breasts.  Switch to Maternity Sports Bras that are specifically designed for support, comfort and breathability.  Wearing your regular bra might not only be uncomfortable and cause itching but might also damage the breasts ligaments causing further discomfort. Especially when you exercise.

Healthy Diet and Balanced Nutrition

Maintaining breast tissue and a balanced amount of fat in the breasts can have a positive impact on the overall health of your breasts and upper body.  A nutrient-rich diet will not only help keep you active but will help keep your breasts firm and perky.

Here is your guide to a healthier diet:

  • Green Vegetables: Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Sprouts, Brussels and other types of green vegetables are naturally rich in phyto-estrogen, iron, calcium, and antioxidants that promote healthier breast tissues and reduce male testosterone in women.
  • Soy and Soy-based products: Containing high amounts of isoflavones and nutrients, soy products are regarded as super foods for their anti-cancer properties, healthy protein, and balanced carbohydrate count.  They are a popular choice for women who are looking to improve their breast health.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids foods: Apart from soy products; nuts, fish and pumpkin seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids: a vital type of polyunsaturated fat that helps in tissue building and repair.
  • Monounsaturated Fat food sources: similar to Omega-3 fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats also support breast tissue health.  Avocado and eggs are a great source of these healthy fats.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Sudden weight loss or weight gain tends to drastically change your hormonal composition. This can have negative effects on your breast health.  You may have gained a considerable amount of weight due to pregnancy or other factors and you are now looking to loose it. It is important to go slow.  Sudden loss in fat, stretched skin and damage to the breasts ligaments due to carrying the excess weight can result in your breasts sagging further.  Take your time.  Yoga, low-intensity workouts, long walks, and low impact aerobic exercises will help you get back those supple and shapely breasts in a more natural way.

So there you have it, a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts to help keep your breasts perkier for longer. We can’t avoid the effects of gravity on our breasts but we sure can fight it for as long as possible!

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Sports Bras for Cycling

So you’re after a Sports Bra for cycling. Most of us when we think of cycling conjure up an image of the lycra clad folk spinning down the road in the morning traffic. Not much bounce there but you’ll still need support. Take things off road and the bounce can become truly uncomfortable. Your mountain bike has shocks so a great bra is required to help absorb the bounce.

So how do we go about choosing a suitable sports bra for cycling? Let’s take a look at the key factors.

Fit Comes First

 The first rule of sports bra buying is that ‘Fit Comes First’. If your sports bra doesn’t fit well it may be uncomfortable and will not do what it is designed to do; support you! So it is important to know your size. Bra size often differs from dress size so the best way to find your perfect fit is to do a measure.

Holding a tape horizontally measure around your chest directly below your breasts; your underbust. Then measure around the fullest part of your breasts; your overbust.  Armed with these two measurements you can determine your size. Head over to our Fitting Room for sizing and more info.

Understand Impact Levels

 The second rule of sports bra buying is no matter your bust size you are going to need support. The level of support will depend on your size and your chosen cycling type. The bigger the girls the bigger the bounce and the more off-road you go the more support you’ll need (unless you live near me, the tarmac roads are terrible!).

Sports bra support is measured in impact levels. Low, Medium & High Impact. A Low Impact bra offers the least support and would do for easy pace road cycling or a cycle commute to work. Middle of the road Medium Impact bras would suit most road cycling activities. Choose one of these if you a regular recreational cyclist looking for a good level of support but don’t want to be totally locked in. If you fancy a day hitting the trails on your hardtail then you might want to consider upgrading to a High Impact model to ensure your girls are locked in as you hit the jumps.

Breathability

 So you know your size and your impact level. Next you need to decide on material. Your choice will depend on the intensity of your cycling, how your body behaves and the climate where you live.

A road rider in Cairns will want a sports bra that is light, breathable and fast drying. The Anita Active Air Control comes to mind, super lightweight and breathable. It will keep you cool, comfortable and supported. A bike commuter in Hobart might need something less supportive made from thicker material or with light padding to keep out the wind chill. The Champion Show Off would be perfect.

Choosing the Right Style

Modern sports bras come with so many different features it can sometimes be overwhelming. Don’t complicate things. Most of us know what we like in a sports bra; Padded, Underwired, Pullover. It is no different when selecting a sports bra for cycling.

That said there a few couple of things to remember.  You should choose a sports bra that does not restrict your movement. Racerback styles allow good freedom of movement in your shoulders whilst giving you better support. A win, win. You may find Wirefree styles offer greater comfort through a long day in the saddle. Modern wirefree bras offer the same support as their underwire cousins so don’t be afraid to give them a go.

So there you go all the info you need to find the perfect cycling sports bra for you. To make things easier we’ve organised all our Cycling suitable sports bras in to one convenient location to help you find your perfect sports bra.

Happy Cycling!

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Brand Focus: Triumph International

Brand in Focus - Triumph International

We all know Triumph International and we all (well most of us!) love wearing Triumph sports bras. But how did Triumph get to where it is today? The story is 133 years in the making.

How It All Began

Triumph Internationals journey began in a barn in Germany in 1886. From here, the tiny German corset factory has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lingerie and underwear. Certainly a true global success story.

Triumph today enjoys a presence in over 120 countries worldwide. For its brands Triumph and sloggi the company develops, produces and sells underwear, lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear Above all fusing excellent quality, unrivaled fit and the latest in fashionable design.

In Australia, Triumph International has been producing the most comfortable, high quality, innovative and fashionable women’s intimate apparel since 1969. Today Triumph International Australia is a fully owned subsidiary of the parent company and houses one of five international design centres. Furthermore Triumph International Australia employs approximately 120 people. Its operations, based in Wynnum West, focus on the design and manufacture of ladies’ lingerie. Triumph International has ten retail stores throughout Australia. These offer customers a unique shopping experience with complimentary professional bra fittings and lingerie advice.

The Early Years

It all began in 1886 with just six employees and six sewing machines in a barn in Germany. From here Spiesshofer & Braun founders Johann Gottfried Spiesshofer and Michael Braun expanded to 150 employees in a few short years.

Spiesshofer & Braun doesn’t really scream memorable. First of all recognising the fact that a brand should first and foremost be ‘memorable’, Spiesshofer and Braun rebrand to ‘Triumph’. Paris’s famous ‘Arc de Triomphe’ the inspiration. Following this the company quickly reached the position of the leading lingerie manufacturer in Europe.

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Expansion Time

Following World War II production restarts. Product development is re-initiated. And from 1953 trading begins under the name ‘Triumph International’. Following this, expansion throughout Europe begins in earnest. Hence branches open in Belgium, the UK, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.

Quickly following their European expansion Triumph begins expansion into Asia. Consequently branches are opened, amongst others, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and India over the next few decades. By the mid-60s, Triumph is one of the three leading manufacturers in Japan. European business is expanded into Spain, Greece, France and Portugal. By 1965 Triumph International is selling lingerie in 92 countries. Wow!

Factories in Austria, Germany and Hong Kong cement Triumph’s reputation as a high-tech fashion company. They become information centres for textile technicians and clothing experts from all over the world. In 1972 Triumph buys into Brazilian, Australian and South African markets.

1986 sees Triumph International celebrates its 100th birthday. In the year of this celebration the group employs 19,000 people worldwide. Achieving a total turnover of more than CHF 996 million. The company takes over the exclusive French men’s underwear brand HOM. In 1988 franchising agreements are reached with Uruguay and former East Germany. 1989 sees the further expansion into Canada, New Zealand and South Korea.

Triumph International broadens the diversity of its range with the purchase of the exclusive lingerie brand Valisère. The Nineties stand for constant expansion into Eastern Europe. With new production plants in Thailand, in the Peoples Republic of China and in India. The company expands its number of employees to more than 35,000.

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A Story of Success

By 2002 the trademark “Triumph” has been in use for 100 years. That same year and the firm carries on along its path of constant growth in the new millennium. Triumph stores are opened in major European cities. Engagement in Asia, particularly in India, is strengthened with sales networks in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore. In 2001 in Eastern Europe a state-of-the-art Triumph production unit is opened in Hungary‟s Dunaujvaros.

In 2008 Triumph undergoes a completely new and modern corporate redesign, at the heart of which is the introduction of a modern new logo. A logo it has kept until today. Expansion continues with 1,650 stores worldwide showcasing Triumph’s unique products and providing a platform for the brand to engage directly with its consumers.

Today

In 2013 Triumph entered the North American and Mexican markets to further increase its global presence. By the acquisition of two successful lingerie retailers; Journelle (US) and Vicky Form (Mexico), Triumph expands its presence in these new markets, while additionally announcing plans for growing with controlled Triumph shelf-space in the US. Together with its existing business in Canada, Triumph now has business stakes in all North American markets, continuing its success story with fashionable quality products, supreme fit and excellent service to style seeking consumers.

If you want to know more on this renowned brand check out what Wikipedia has to say.

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Choosing a Sports Bra

Choosing a Sports Bra

So you are looking for a new sports bra, but where do you start? Choosing a sports bra is a minefield, there are a myriad of brands and styles out there all offering something different. Combine this with the fact that we women are all different, do different activities and have different fashion styles. OMG!

Luckily Sports Bras Direct is here to help. Have a read of the info below and then check out our wide range of sports bras and you’ll soon be bouncing around with a comfortable and supported chest.

Start With Impact

Sports bras are usually labelled as suitable for low, medium or high impact. We have found this can cause confusion with some wearers. The language speaks directly to the level of exercise you plan to undertake. The levels of ‘impact’ relate to the intensity of the exercise and the breasts movement during that activity. Basically high impact activities require a high level of support and so on.

Examples of exercises that are high, medium and low impact include:

High – Running, Court Sports & Horse Riding.

Medium – Cycling, Walking & Golf.

Low – Thai Chi, Pilates & Yoga.

In more recent times brands have differentiated their products further by advertising them as extreme impact. These bras generally offer the best possible support for the highest impact activities.

Start With Impact

What About Cup Size?

Choosing your level of support has nothing to do with your cup size. For instance the idea that ladies with a smaller bust can get away with low impact bras for every kind of sport is simply not true. Similarly the idea that a larger cup size lady shouldn’t use a low impact sports bra is also inaccurate.

This is because breast damage is caused by breast movement, not size. If the body is moving up and down then so is the breast – with a delay. All good bra manufacturers construct bras for smaller or larger sizes in a different way, for larger sizes there will be features such as extra lining in the cup, side supports, reinforced wider straps etc.

If the bra is well constructed with the right fabrics they will still have the choice of impact level. Some full breasted ladies are self conscious and prefer to wear the highest level of support for confidence and if they are more comfortable doing this, that’s fine.

What About Padded Bras?

Anita Active Air Control Delta Pad Sports Bra, Colour Charcoal, Front View

Generally speaking non padded bras are more supportive than padded ones – a pad is pre formed and unless the breast fits perfectly within it, the breast will move around inside it. The pad also creates a barrier between the breast and compression fabric on the exterior which reduces support.

However new innovations such as the patented Anita Active Delta Pad are designed in a triangular form to ensure the benefit of padding for preventing nipple show and giving shape, but removing the ability for the breast to move in the pad. This means support is not reduced as compression can still be applied all over the breast.

 

 

 

 

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Perspiration affects a bras comfort; therefore sports bras should have a sweat management system.  Cups lined with soft, absorbent fabrics to wick moisture away from the breast, if there is no cup lining you risk exposed seams rubbing on a sweaty breast which can lead to soreness and discomfort.

It can be worth buying a second bra in a larger size to accommodate for fluctuation in breast size caused by hormonal cycle. As sports bras are made of strong fabrics with minimal stretch it can be very uncomfortable to force swollen, tender breasts into a bra made of a rigid fabric.

Since sports bras are designed for performance – aesthetics are a secondary consideration however some bras suit different body shapes by design. Smaller shoulders often prefer racer backs, fuller busts – regular straps. The best advice is to try it on, jump around and make sure you feel comfortable and confident.

What Else Do I Need to Know

So there you go. All the info you need to know to help you find the best possible sports bra. At the end of the day comfort and support are everything. Without these you won’t enjoy your activity to its fullest. So get jumping!

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The Best Sports Bras For Large Breasts

Best Sports Bras For Large Breasts

There is nothing worse than an unsupportive sports bra when you are working out. Your focus should be on your workout not on your breasts bouncing all over the place. This goes for all ladies but is more noticeable to those that have a bit more up top. Those more blessed in the breast department will know that finding a sports bra to keep the girls in check is no easy task.

Many women skip a workout for fear of not having proper support. In fact, nearly one in five women say their breasts prevent them from participating in physical activity, according to research published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. The survey of 249 women found that not being able to find the right sports bra. Combined with being embarrassed by breast movement were the two biggest barriers to breaking a sweat.

During high impact exercise, your boobs can move up to 14cm. Which puts a whole lot of strain on the Cooper’s ligaments that support your breast tissue. These ligaments can irreversibly stretch during exercise leading to breast sag over time. Not only this, but bouncing breasts can be downright painful.

So How Do You The Most Supportive Bra For You?

Fit, support and comfort are the three major things ladies with a bit more up top should look for. Everyone is different and we all have personal bra preferences so there is no one bra suits all miracle I’m afraid. What might be perfect for you may not suit your workout partner. No matter your preference large chested ladies should look for a supportive bottom band to provide that extra ‘oomph’ and cups that hold all the breast tissue in without gaping or spillage.

If all this sound challenging we’ve made your search easier by nominating our top ten picks for the more well endowed. So strap in and let us do all the work to get you back out there with the support you need.

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra, Colour Black and Grey, Front View

Our Sizes: 12-24 Back & D-G Cup

Anita prove that you don’t need underwire to get great support and this bra certainly fits that mould. The soft microfibre underbust band gives great support and moulds to your body’s contours. The three-section outer cup with sickle-shaped supporting section at the sides supports and enhances the shape of your breast. The name says it all. The Extreme Control Sports Bra does what it says keeping you controlled and supported during any activity.

Fitting Tip: You will find Anita can run a bit big in the cups, so if you’re in between cup sizes we suggest going down a cup size to ensure the perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop

Berlei ProElite Mesh Crop, Colour Black, Front View

Our Sizes: 10-20 Back & DD-G Cup

A Berlei classic re-designed specifically with the fuller busted woman in mind. It’s made from soft materials that fits snugly to your body and the encapsulating cups with in-built underwire provide extra support whilst maintaining the crop aesthetic. The ProElite Mesh Crop conforms nicely to the shape of the body. Its soft materials feel great to the touch and the skin. Larger busted ladies will love the flattering design.

Fitting Tip: You may find the cup size fits a bit snug in this bra. If you are in between cup sizes we recommend going up a cup size.

 

 

 

 

Brooks Juno Sports Bra

Brooks Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra, Colour Black, Front View

Our Sizes: 8-18 Back & C-F Cup

Brooks updated this sports bra classic to make it more breathable so you’re more comfortable during any workout. The Seam-free interior moulded unicup design gives you support, shape and modesty. Built for maximum support and comfort, the Juno Sports Bra is a perfect match for C cup-plus women who want a racer-back style that covers, supports, and is fashionable

 

 

 

 

Elomi Energise

Elomi Energise Front View

Our Sizes: 10-24 Back & D-K Cup

Elomi specifically designed this sports bra for fuller figures & larger cup sizes. It’s made from a super-smooth microfiber fabric which wicks moisture away. The four section cups with side support panels encapsulate rather than compress the bust giving amazing support and great separation. No more uniboob! The Elomi Energise is the go to sports bra for the fuller busted lady or for someone simply looking for amazing support and comfort.

Fitting Tip: The cups are designed for fuller busts and the shape may appear more pointed on busts that are not so full in the top. We have found the sizing to be true to size and the underwire is designed well to suit different shapes.

 

 

 

Freya EPIC Underwired Crop Top