Seeing as how I spent last weekend in Vancouver, the city where Lululemon Athletica was born, I figured I should give a shout-out to my favorite over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder, the 50 Rep Bra ($42).
I’ve tried gaggles of different sports bras over the years from more brands than I can remember — Champion, Nike, Adidas and Moving Comfort are a few that spring to mind — and by far my favorite so far has been the 50 Rep. It’s the most comfortable sports bra I’ve ever worn, for sure.
It comes in several prints (like the one I’m wearing here) and solid colors, from classic, sporty shades like black, white and gray, to spunkier shades like red and mint green.
The support this bra offers? Off. The. Chain. It easily tames my size 34D ta-tas, and this one (I wear a size 4), holds everything in place without that restrictive, binding, boob-squishing feel.
It’s actually so comfortable that I can even wear it to bed. The material, a fabric Lululemon created called Luon (a stretchy, durable, breathable fabric that feels like brushed cotton), never chafes my skin, not even after six miles on the treadmill. It also wicks, which comes in handy since I sweat buckets when I run.
I think the cut’s super cute, too. The neckline and arm holes are high enough to cover everything without showing too much cleavage/skin. Plus, the straps don’t dig into my shoulders, and I’m really pleased with the length from the top of my shoulders to my ribs.
And how cute is the back? If I felt comfortable wearing it in public without a tank top (truth be told, too much Nutella), I like to think the design of the X cross straps would give any runners around me something neat to look at.
Its one major downside: price. Forty-two dollars is a lot for a single bra. It’s not hard to find more affordable sports bras out there, and if you’re much larger than a 34D, it might not provide enough support. That’s a complaint about the 50 Rep I read a few times on the Lululemon website — that it only provides light support for bustier gals.
But I have yet to find a sports bra that fits me as well as this one does, and despite the dent the 50 Rep puts in my wallet, I think of it as an investment. If you’re around my size or smaller and want a comfortable, cute sports bra that works, it might be a great fit for you and your girls.
PRICE: $42 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Lululemon Athletica stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
I had a blast on my last day in Vancouver. After lunch in cobblestone-covered Gastown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and an area with a dash of European flavor, we took a quick ferry ride north.
This way to North Vancouver…
We stopped at a popular attraction known as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a guided, almost Disney-style tour along a woodland trail to a historic walking bridge built across a tall, alpine ravine. A little touristy and expensive, yes, but it provided some truly breathtaking, unforgettable views.
Well worth the cost of admission, in my opinion, which was about $35/person (US).
This trip and my earlier visit to Toronto renewed my love for Canada. I can’t wait to go back.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. One last thought for tonight’s Stanley Cup finals game…