MOVING COMFORT BRAS
Vixen A/B Bra
Powerful performance meets cute design in this new pullover style, offering moderate contouring and maximum moisture transfer. Powermesh back and lining add support and breathability. Modified racer-back styling offers full range of arm movement and strap stability.
Alexis A/B Bra
Never feel smooshed again. This thin-strapped number is known for its brilliant, built-in shape that's ready for any physical challenge. We created this bra with seam-free padded cups that have stabilizer fabric for support and a dose of modesty. Now with adjustable straps and an improved fit.
Sera Bra II
We made the impressive seamless strength and all-day comfort of the Sera II for the women who impress us every day. The form-fitting outer layer has textured power areas for compression support while an inner layer with power rib panels around and under the bust help separate and support. The front gathers inside and out for shaping and a racer-back cut allows for full range of arm movement and strap stability.
Cameo Racer Back
The same Cameo support and shape, in a racer-back style. We created this version for A-C cup women to make a winning appearance. Shapely cups and flattering seams make for a perfect fit.
Grace A/B Bra
Like a good friend, this bra can keep a secret. It has a discreet front zipper with a generous flap that prevents chafing, soft front lining for rapid moisture transfer, a Coolmax® mesh back for added breathability and ventilation, and a racer-back cut for full range of arm movement and strap stability. Again a supportive friend, the A/B style also features discreet pockets for a wide variety of prosthesis shapes and sizes.Phoebe Bra A/B
We made this well-built, breathable pullover to be the go-to bra for smaller-breasted women. Constructed with powermesh, structured seaming and stabilized front straps, this bra minimizes movement and provides support. Coolmax® mesh at the underarms and back adds maximum breathability and comfort, and a racer-back cut allows for full range of arm movement and strap stability.
Always a top seller, the Fiona favors C-DD cup women who need the extra support. Molded cups encapsulate each side while stretch powermesh limits up-and-down movement. Easily adjust the straps in the front with our signature hook-and-loop system. Three plush-backed hook-and-eye rows on band. Fourth row on 40-44 bands.
Remarkable 2-in-1 support. We made this bra just right to fit and flatter larger-breasted women. Seam-free molded cups and an underwire separate and support for an enhanced fit and have a smooth, no-line look under shirts. Internal spacer fabric extends from cup to strap to reinforce support and increase comfort, and the back straps adjust to fit you best. Three plush-backed hook-and-eye rows on band.
How to Buy a Sports Bra
No matter what your activity or breast size, a sports bra has become an integral and important piece of apparel. Sports bras are just as important as a properly fit pair of shoes. So why does a woman need a properly fit sports bra and what’s the difference between a fashion bra and a sports bra?
Around 80% of women wear the incorrect size bra, which means women’s breasts are not being given proper support. Whether you're a small-breasted walker or a large breasted volleyball player, without a sports bra you can risk damage to your breasts. A woman’s breast lacks any major muscles so she has to rely on two things to support her properly, the ligaments in her breasts and a properly fitted sports bra. Once the Cooper’s ligament (the supportive ligament of the breast) has been stretched, the only solution is a surgical repair that can be costly. Even though sagging naturally occurs throughout a woman’s lifetime, a properly fitted bra can help to delay the onset of sagging breasts. Don’t be fooled into thinking that only women with large breasts will sag, even A cups are at risk for sagging.
Finding the right sports bra isn't easy. A good sports bra helps to eliminate breast movement. Good sports bras must have:
* the ability to wick moisture away from the skin, particularly between the breasts
* breathe ability to allow for a cooling flow of air
* ability to quickly dry
* must be proportioned and contoured to minimize chafing
* straps that don't dig into the shoulders
* the band around the lower chest shouldn't shift or bind
* thread must be soft and plush to minimize skin irritation
* Have at least 25% Lycra, anything less won't compress breasts sufficiently.
Before you buy, you must also consider your body type and activity. Different types of activity have different levels of breast movement. How much heat, and therefore perspiration, an activity generates will also determine the amount of moisture management needed. You may even have several different sports bras for several different activities.
There are three major types of sports bras, compression, compression/ encapsulation, and encapsulation. The compression style bra is the most common and is designed to press the breasts flat as a single unit against the chest to minimize movement. The compression bra works well for small to medium breasted women, or A and B cup women.
The second style of sports bras, the compression/ encapsulation bra is designed to encapsulate each breast as well as press the breast against the chest cavity. Typically these bras are great for medium to larger breasted women, such as C, D, and some DD women.
Encapsulation bras are best for larger breasted women. These look more like regular bras, some even have underwires, but they offer much more support by harnessing each breast individually instead of compressing them as a single unit. Every part of an encapsulated sports bra must contribute to supporting the breasts so the shoulders don't bear all the weight.
When trying on a sports bra you should think of your bra as a house. The band is the foundation, the cups the supportive walls, and the straps the roof. The band of the sports bra should be doing all the work by offering your breast the most support. The cups of the bra are designed to help keep the breasts in place and offer additional support to the band. Finally, don’t allow your straps to do all the work. The straps are designed to offer the least amount of support and shouldn’t be over loaded with all your breasts’ weight.
So are you wearing a cute fashion piece or a heavy duty comfortable sports bra? The answer often lies in the band strength and your breast size. The larger busted women needs more band strength than the smaller busted women. Typically this means that the larger the cup size becomes then the stronger and thicker the band gets. Most fashion bras are compression style bras with smaller bands that can be stretched to twice their size. Even well built compression bras can become fashion pieces for the C, D, and DD woman. If you desire a bra that looks great with a matching pair of shorts then look no further, because bra companies are now designing bras that are supportive as well as colorful. The C, D, and DD women out there can finally say good bye to black and white and hello to colorful, great looking supportive bras.
When shopping for a sports bra, try several styles that correspond to your lingerie bra size, keeping in mind a good sports bra will fit more snugly than a regular bra. Test for motion control; do a couple of jumping jacks or try running in place. Does it minimize breast movement well enough? Clap your hands over your head. If the elastic band around your chest moves up, it doesn't fit properly. Check the seams, are they smooth and soft? Look for breathable and supportive fabrics such as CoolMax, CoolMax Alta, Supplex/Lycra and PowerLycra to name a few.
Finally, a good sports bra is not an inexpensive investment. Take extra care to hang it on a line to air dry after hand washing. Machine drying destroys the elasticity and support of the Lycra found in all good sports bras. Remember the life of a sports bra is 6-12 months and women need to be refit at least once a year to ensure they are wearing the correct size bra.