Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sports Bras for the Busty Gal

Alright, ladies. Let's talk bras. Sports bras at that. I can hear a loud, audible sigh from everyone.

Why this has to be so hard, I don't know. You would think that they (sports bra makers) would have figured out gravity a little better than they have by now, but no such luck. Especially if you are what I call a "busty gal."

First off, no one is sponsoring this post. This is all me, a busty gal, helping out other busty gals that also like to work out, but need a little help. 

Like I said, I am a busty gal. And I have been searching long and hard for a bra that can handle the gravity during high impact sports. This has been no easy feat. I also hate spending a lot of money for a sports bra that I am going to do nothing but get really gross in. It seems ridiculous to spend $50 on a bra that I wear for an hour at a time. Alas, I have finally found some good, affordable options, so I thought I'd share them.

I started my search with Target. I had a bunch of old basic Target champion bras, but those things do nothing for you. I also tried a few of their high impact bras and they weren't very comfortable. The good news? I didn't spend a lot on them. Then I graduated to buying a few bras from Marshall's and TJ Maxx. I found some good New Balance bras that work well for medium impact workouts like yoga and m'bala, a more athletic version of yoga. But they don't work as well against gravity in bootcamp and spin classes. Then I started getting clothes from Fabletics. I got a few good bras from them.  My favorite was the Sentra bra, which they don't offer anymore. The Sylvia bra (below), still being offered, is also a good option. It's listed as high impact and does pretty well, but not as well as I wanted. It is a little higher on the neckline, which I appreciate. I did size down for some extra support.

Sylvia Sports Bra from Fabletics
A few things about Fabletics. I love them. I have gotten many, many outfits from them and will continue to buy them. If you click on the link in the caption above, it's my referral link. I get a credit if you order from Fabletics. It is a subscription service, so you have to log in by the 5th of each month and either order something or choose to skip it.  If you don't do this by the 5th of the month, your credit card gets charged. I personally have no issue with it and have skipped the past few months for financial reasons. I've read lots of nasty reviews from people online that didn't read the not-so-fine print and wanted to make sure you were aware before you decided to purchase from them. I highly, highly recommend using Fabletics, especially if you work out as much as I do. Moving on!

After trying some of the sports bras from Fabletics and still not being 100% satisfied, I decided to try out Victoria's Secret. Some of the ladies in my classes were telling me about their sports bras and how much they liked them and they are bustier than I am! I went to the store, tried on numerous and fell in love with the Knockout Bra.
Knockout Sports Bra by Victoria's Secret
This bra is amazing. I bought both the wireless and the underwire, but I really prefer the wireless. It's much more comfortable, in my opinion, and still offers a lot of support. I like that this bra is a regular bra and then zips up to hold you in. To test it out in the dressing room, I did squat jumps and high knees. The girls didn't move, so I bought two.  I've now done multiple classes in both and love them! Disclaimer - if you're bigger than a DDD cup, this won't fit you.

My favorite features of this bra, to help those that might be bigger than a DDD trying to find a bra, are:
  • No uniboob. I hate the uniboob. 
  • There's an actual bra in the bra, so no uniboob. Then it zips up over the bra to give extra support.
  • Front closure is key. Most high impact sports are a work out just to get into them. And half the time I size down for extra support, which makes getting into and out of them that much more fun. 
  • The straps are adjustable and padded. When you've got a lot to support, some padding on the shoulders is key. I don't have ugly red marks on my shoulder at the end of a workout. I also like that the adjustments for the straps are on the front and not on your back, so you can easily adjust.
  • It's currently $35. I even got mine on sale for $25. Sold!!
The only down side to the bra is that the piece of fabric that covers the zipper does irritate my skin a little. It's mostly on the one with the underwire.

There are a few other bras I'd eventually like to try from Athleta and Lululemon, but they don't currently fit in the budget. The Knockout is my favorite so far. Until it goes up to it's full price of $55, I'm sticking with it.

What about you? Is there a bra that you love that I need to know about?!

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