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No Uni-boobs Here: Functional Sports Bras

Ya know, I’m usually good with a normal, flattening, uni-boob type sports bra when running or doing hard-core cardio, but it’s always nice every once in awhile to girl it up a bit. After all, I don’t know how many times I’ve wished I had a little more padding and a nicer-cut sports bra when I’ve run to the grocery store after hitting the gym and am all sweaty, and because I’m in the freezer aisle, my, ahem, ladies are “at attention.” *Blush.* That’s why today FBG Tish and I are trying two bras that are both functional and fashionable…with separation of the uni-boob and some cushion to keep the unmentionables a little less noticeable.

nike rebel sports braNike Rebel Sports Bra

What I like most about this Nike sports bra is the back. It’s unique, gorgeous and totally supportive. Plus, it has adjustable shoulder and back straps so you can really customize the fit to you. It’s made of Dri-FIT, so it wicks sweat away, but it has a light-weight jersey feel to it so it’s still soft, comfortable and doesn’t chafe, even when running, playing soccer or tennis or doing other strenuous activities. And with a little bit of padding in the front, you’re less likely to need a jacket post-workout.

What I liked least about the bra though was the fit in the front. The back was a perfect fit, but as a medium with a broader chest but a normal B cup-size, I felt that the front area was a tad too big, and my boobs had way too much room to move around. I really wish that Nike offered different chest and cup sizes to better accommodate this as most ladies are rarely a uniform small, medium or large up-top. However, Nike has a pretty elaborate sports bra sizing chart with options for the kind of fit you want, so just be sure to measure yourself before ordering. The Rebel is pretty pricey at $60, but it’s nice enough quality that you know you’ll wear it for years.

Le Mystere 320 Energie Sport Bra

Like Jenn, I was delighted to try out a pretty sports bra that celebrated (and created) curves. It’s no secret that I’m a wee-tiny one on top. Sports bras and I have never really been friendly due to their evil flattening effects, but that all changed when Le Mystere sent me its 320 Energie Sport Bra. It looks and feels like a normal bra, but packs a sports-bra surprise. You wouldn’t think by looking at the picture, but the inner mesh-like fabric wicks. After a two-mile run and weight training I was still good to go.

There’s a rub, though. While I thought I’d love having actual curves in the gym, I felt super self-conscious. First of all, I’m not used to the girls looking like girls in the gym. Plus, I tried the white version of the bra so it felt like I was wearing a granny bra under my tank top. I caught myself at one point wondering if folks were trying to sneak a peak under my tank. I’m a weird freak about covering up, though.  (It all goes back to my mother’s rants about hussies showing their bra straps.) If you don’t give a hoot whether or not people think you’re rocking a normal bra or never grew up hearing the hussy bra strap theory, then this may be the posh for you.

At $62.00 a pop, I’m glad it’s a multi-purpose over-the-shoulder boulder holder. It’s definitely something you could wear from work to workout, which makes the price tag a little easier to swallow. Caveat emptor! (let the buyer beware) if your boobies are the first to shrink when you start shedding the pounds, this ain’t the one for you.

What’s your favorite sports bra and why? —Jenn & Tish

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13 Comments
  1. I like it a lot! I live in sports bras so I’m always looking for a good, flattering fit!

  2. Alyssa says:

    Unfortunately, the ONLY bra I’ve found that keeps the girls in place during high-impact activities is Enell. And it’s like wearing a corset! Many’s the time that I have wished for, um, a little less endowmwnt, lol!

  3. Alyssa says:

    (P.S., that last word is supposed to be “endowment. IS that a word? My brain hurts!)

  4. Dorie says:

    I love the Moving Comfort Dori bra. It is very supportive, even during high impact activities like running, and it has a fastener in back, so it’s easier to get off when I’m sweaty. I DON’T like the Moving Comfort Grace bra, though! I thought I’d find a brand and like most of the styles, but not in this case.

  5. Sagan says:

    Nice! The sports bra I’ve got is falling apart. Maybe I’ll check out this kind when I go shopping! I like wearing a sports bra for backcountry hiking, too, but I’d prefer to have something that looks a little nicer like this one because I’m wearing it all day, rather than just for an hour at the gym.

  6. Jodi says:

    I was excited to look up the Le Mystere Energie bra on their site…but I was disappointed. The sizes are 32-40 C and up. How is this a bra for a “wee-tiny one”?

  7. Erin says:

    Jodi: I checked with my Le Mystere contact and she said that it is now available in a B cup size. Their site must just not be updated.

  8. Blue says:

    I would love to see reviews for bras for DD +. My ridiculous boobs prevent me from doing some bouncy activities, and if I dare attempt a run, there is a 2 bra minimum. I try out new sports bras occasionally, performing a thorough bounce test in the change room. I have yet to find a bra that passes this test. I have lost a lot of weight but my boobs are still too big for most sports bras, and far too big to be supported by any (and they desperately need support!). To find this in a bra that doesnt insist on uniboob would be wonderful!

  9. FBG Tish says:

    Try LuluLemon’s ta ta tamer Blue. I keep hearing beautiful things about it.

  10. Shannon says:

    My favorite sports bra is the Belle Curves Sports Bra (www.mybellecurves.com).
    It is designed specifically for women with smaller breasts (AAA-B) and offers both modesty and enhancement. Finally a sports bra that flatters not flattens!

  11. Wendy says:

    Does anyone know of a good sports bra for 40 DD or DDD? I have tried and can’t find one and I am forced to wear a normal bra when working out and it makes my workouts restrictive. I’ve been losing weight but the ta ta’s are not getting smaller.

  12. J says:

    I’m only a 32 around but a DDD cup. I have a hard time finding bras period, let alone a sports bra. Like the ladies above mentioned, I can’t find any that are supportive. I went to the LuLuLemon website and found a store within an hour that I think I will be visiting in the near future! Thanks for the tip!