What do you think of when you think of a sports bra? Most women think of sweating and the gym. That’s natural because most exercise enthusiasts gravitate to function and support as the primary attribute when buying one. I personally think of it as something that should offer versatility to women of all ages. Why shouldn’t a sports bra offer function, comfort, support and style? The simple answer is, it should.
The Bandeau…A Compression Version of a Sports Bra
Bandeau’s are popular but don’t offer great support and certainly don’t have style. Most are simply a tight compressive wrap with straps. They limit motion through this compression. If you have a small bust, they may work in the gym but if you need more support and have a larger bust, the bandeau is not your pick.
The Tradional Sports Bra
The traditional type offers more support than a bra in order to give the breasts support during exercise. They limit movement and discomfort associated with exercise which may stretch breast ligaments without the support. This traditional version doesn’t flatten the breasts like a bandeau but rather supports with cups or a bra shelf. Most often seen is one that looks like a tank top with the lower half cut off. It may work well if function is your only focus, but it really doesn’t have any fashion style. Mandatory in a sports bra are straps that offer support but need a little stretch unlike a standard bra. Also needed is a moisture wicking fabric to prevent sweat from making your workout uncomfortable.
Traditional Sports Bra Tank
A Versatile Sports Bra
A third type is one that functions as the traditional one but adds versatility to its usage. The versatility comes from the styling of this version. It needs fashion elements that distinguish it from the tank type. This styling provides it with the ability to be worn outside the gym and appeal to those of us who are fashion conscious. Sometimes this versatile type is worn under a sheer blouse or crocheted top to give a look different than a bra. Other times it can be worn as a bare midriff exposed styling with a jacket or scarf giving further coverage. Either way, it needs to have all the functional attributes of a traditional one or it won’t work in the studio.
So the next time your out looking for a sports bra, look for what will give you support, styling, versatility and comfort.
Turn It On and Look Fab!
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