Let’s go for a run! (I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup in this pic, eek!)
The Lululemon Athletica 50 Rep Bra continues to rock my socks, among other things, but like everything great, it may not satisfy my needs forever, which is why I really appreciate all of the awesome sports bra recommendations you left in the comments earlier this week.
I thought it might be handy to round them up in one place with links, just in case you’re on the market for a new sports bra.
And if you already own one that you’re happy with, please share the make/model. As a resource, this particular list is lacking in budget bras. Maybe there just aren’t very many good inexpensive ones out there, but if you happen to know of any, please pass ‘em along.
1. Royce Impact Free Sports Bra ($50)
“This sports bra by Royce is styled in cotton rich fabric. Offering maximum support, it has dual layered cups with a wide concealed underband. With padded straps for comfort, its seamless inner cups wick away moisture. It fastens with velcro and hooks.” - figleaves.com
2. Title Nine 3-Reasons Support Bra ($44)
Reader Hyzenthlay recommends the Title Nine 3-Reasons Support Bra, saying “They are expensive, but it’s hard to find a good sports bra when you’re a D-cup (or larger!).”
With adjustable straps and a back closure for a custom fit, it’s another model designed to provide maximum support, even in high-impact activities like running.
“There are at least 3 reasons to buy this bra: First, it is the most popular bra for both our employees and our customers. 2nd: the super-support keeps D and DD cups from bouncing, even in high impact activity. 3rd: this bra will keep you cool and dry, with wicking fabrics throughout. Adjustable straps and back closure make for a close-to-custom fit. By Moving Comfort. 32-40 C-DD” - titlenine.com
3. Moving Comfort Juno Bra ($52)
Looking for a racer back option? The Moving Comfort Juno Bra fits the bill. It has a racer back design and shouldn’t slip off your shoulders.
Reader E says it doesn’t only look cute under a tank top. It’s also comfortable as all heck. She “…ran a marathon in it a few months ago with no hitches.”
“The Moving Comfort Juno sports bra offers supportive comfort during aerobics, trail runs, climbing, gym sessions and other high-impact activities. Soft polyester/spandex fabric wicks moisture away from skin; mesh insets offers cooling ventilation. Lower elastic band keeps bra secure without stifling skin underneath. Seam-free interior cups increase comfort. Front straps adjust using a concealed rip-and-stick closure. The fabric of the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra features an antimicrobial treatment that helps reduce odors.” - rei.com
4. Shock Absorber Sports Bra ($79)
Reader Gala swears by the Shock Absorber Sports Bra, which comes in four levels of support. She says it easily handles her Zumba and aerobics classes.
“Stylish, practical & durable. The shock absorber Ball sports bra has been designed with practicality in mind. The elasticated cups support & hold your bust, while the back & peekaboo front keep you cool and flexible. Ideal for intense physical activilty.” - figleaves.com
5. Lululemon Ta-Ta Tamer Bra ($58)
The Lululemon Ta-Ta Tamer smooth cups offer both shape and coverage. Plus, the convertible straps in the back can also be worn crossed. Reader Johanna likes that it maintains its shape even after countless washes.
“Tames the B to DD bust size for high impact sports like running! 4-way stretch power luxtremeTM fabric has inherent wicking & high LYCRAÂ® content for maximum support. Smooth cups give shape and coverage or can be removed for extra breathability. Wide padded straps distribute weight & won’t dig in! Molded hook-&-eye closure for easy on/off. Adjustable, crossable straps! Chafe-resistant with flat seams.” - lululemon.com
I love to run along the water…
How about budget sports bra options?
Target carries some in the $15-23 range, and the $18.99 C9 by Champion Women’s High-Impact Racerback Sports Bra gets good reviews.
Kohls also has a pretty good selection, with prices from $19-50. Their Lily of France In Action Cotton Sports Bra (on sale for $21) looks like it has potential. As for Marshall’s and Ross, they’re probably worth checking out, but from what I’ve seen, their selections can be hit or miss. If you spot a big brand sports bra at either store on deep discount, you might want to pounce.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I can’t believe it. I almost forgot…
P.P.S. Doing anything fun tonight? I’m trying to get my act together in time to catch a 7:50 showing of Super 8. Have you seen it yet?