Some things are better after they’re broken in (jeans, shoes, husbands). But once a sports bra has broken down, it should be tossed out. If it’s consistently air-dried (hot tumble drying ruins Lycra), a sports bra should last about 100 wearings. Not keeping a tally? Here’s how to know when it’s time to send your old jog bra the way of those ’80s leotards and headbands.

  • Perform a stretch test. Gently tug the elastic straps and band. If you don’t feel any resistance, buy a new bra.
  • Compare the old and the new. Stack a new sports bra on top of a similarly styled old one. If the old bra has a wider band and longer straps, throw it out.
  • Go with your gut. “When a sports bra loses its oomph, you risk developing motion-related sagging,” says LaJean Lawson, an exercise science researcher at Oregon State University, in Corvallis. A sports bra provides almost twice the support of a regular bra. For a quick test, jog in place wearing a normal bra, then a sports bra. If your breasts don’t feel significantly more secure, get a new one.

Sources – Softy Bra


Soma Vanishing Back Full Coverage Bra

There are bras that look smooth beneath your clothing, and then there are bras that make you look smooth beneath your clothing. A wide, raw cut back makes this option the second kind, eliminating bulging or spillover all the way around. Available in eight colors.

Chantelle Vous & Moi Strapless Bra

Attention, silicon-allergy sufferers (and also all those who find the stuff unbearably uncomfortable): This strapless style features a wide, ridged band that stays up without the need for any sticky lining. Also available in black.

Yummie Peyton Strapless Convertible Bra

This pullover bandeau has no seams or closures, which translates to no VBL (visible bra lines). It also features molded cups, which provide shaping and support with no underwire to pinch or dig. Available in four colors.

penny_neon_nova_padded_wired_smooth_fit_t_shirt_bra_1.jpg_4Natori Feathers Full Figure Bra

Gone are the days when having a larger bust meant limiting your lingerie to matronly bras in white or neutrals. Natori’s beautiful bra was engineered for comfort and support—and delicate laciness. (A favorite detail? Sheer stretch mesh that offers full coverage without looking bulky.) Available in three colors, up to a size 36H.

Third Love 24/7 Lace T-shirt Bra

There are lots to love about this bra—not only does Third Love have a smart and simple app that can accurately calculate your size using just the camera on your phone, but their bras also come in half-cup sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Lace sides make this one of the prettiest T-shirt bras out there, while smooth cups still look completely seamless beneath clothes. Also available in black.

Chantelle Merci Lightweight Nursing Bra

From the easy, one-handed clip to the softly supportive flex underwire to the demure lace trim, it’s easy to see why this pick is go-to for new moms. Also available in black.

Cosabella Never Say Never Padded Bralette

Slightly padded, this bralette is the optimum pick for those who love the pretty look of lace but feel like unlined, sheer lace leaves too little to the imagination. Bonus: The light layer of padding also provides a shapely, rounded silhouette. Available in 22 colors.

Passionate Dream Passio Soft Bra

Think fuller busts can’t wear bralettes? Think again. The thick band on the bottom of this one gives enough support for larger chests (even up to cup size F!).

Cosabella Ceylon Criss Cross Lace Bralette

Don’t keep these underpinnings under wraps. With delicate straps and beautiful details, this bralette was meant to be seen—think of the straps as a layer or an accessory, and let them peek out from under a tee or a tank. Also available in black.

bd0564c6af23d0242efc886f04a10237Soma Sports Max Support Wireless Sport Bra

This ingenious sports bra, sized like a regular bra for the best possible fit, provides lift and separation (key for workouts, because, well, sweat) without the use of a wire. Adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye back closure let you customize your fit. Also available in tan and black.

Nudwear Sofia Strapless Backless Adhesive Bra

Got a top or a dress with a truly tricky neckline? We’ve got you covered (literally). This backless bra offers light support, but full coverage and shaping, so you’ll never feel overexposed.

Sources – Softy Bra


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