+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 21 of 21



  1. #1
    Official BHUZzer loloup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    214

    sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    Hi all,

    this question is something that's been on my mind for some time- I like to wear a sports bra to class, and actually, for regular wear as well. The kind that comes up the middle of the back, with wide straps going across my shoulders just on either side of my neck. They are from this very exclusive boutique that I shop at, called Costco.

    I've been experiencing a lot of headaches lately and have been thinking that it's related to upper back and neck issues, and then DING! I thought, well maybe it's all of this weight hanging off of that part of my body.

    I'm a D cup btw... so, my question is, has anyone else experienced this from too much action in a sports bra? What kinds of bras do you wear to class?

    I need something with a lot of support but don't like all of that weird padding that seems to be in every bra- one thing I don't need is padding.

    can anyone recommend a good sports bra that fits like a regular bra?

    thanks-


  2. #2
    Official BHUZzer khalilaNZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    204

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I am in the process of hunting down a good, seriously strong bra myself - not easy in singapore!!! For a while I fitted lingerie (in particular brassieres and foundation garments) in a very serious underwear store. It isn't easy to get a really sturdy bra, especially when you get used to wearing a belly dance bra that is about as rigid as you can get!! The weight of 'good sized breasts' on straps close to your neck isn't great. Look for thick shoulder straps with hardly any give, really broad strap around the back, a full cup AND most importantly, if it feels a smidgeon too tight around the back on the shortest setting, then it is about right. Most women wear their bras too big around the back because they hate back-fat bulge. If your bra strap rides up your back at all, it's too big. Anyway, often a good strong ordinary bra can be better than a designated sport bra. I just bought a 'Triumph' one today that is as ugly as sin, not a sport bra, looks like the kind my grandmother wore - but when I jumped around in the changing room my boobies sat like rocks. I was impressed. Not pretty, but really supportive. Oh, and while an underwire looks great and is definitely a must sometimes - no wire is more comfortable in a sport bra, for me, anyway.
    And just in passing... I have gone to cross over-at-the-back straps for bellydance bras now. The neck ache and head ache was just not worth the halter neck.


  3. #3
    Official BHUZzer loloup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    214

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    You had headaches from the halter thing too? So many swimming suits in my size have a halter neck- lands end is the only place I've been able to get a good fitting suit.

    This confirms my suspicions about my sports bra related head-aches- the worst ones were always in the middle of the night after class, and the day after.

    thanks for the tips! I'm going bra shopping this weekend!


  4. #4
    Advanced BHUZzer aamel_MirahAmmal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,311

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    By way of full disclosure, I'm not greatly endowed myself, however, I have a sister and several students who are much, much more blessed so I've asked this question of several experienced dancers/teachers who are very well-endowed so that I could have good ideas to share my sister and students.

    Their concensus was sports bras don't really do the trick. They're fine for, say, weight lifting at the gym--stuff where you want to basically just smush the girls in place while you sit relatively still and work on a machine for 30 minutes. But if you're going to move your rib cage around and jiggle and dance for 60, 90, 120 minutes, you need REAL support.

    For class practice They liked a strong, supported bra (possibly a GOOD underwire--one where the wire was flexible enough) that actually DID have some good lining/light padding to it (because it makes the cup firm--holds the girls in place better) and firm, wide straps--preferably with the little gel pads at the shoulders. Cross-overs in the back were potentially ok, but they said to stay away from halters, racer backs often didn't support as well either.

    For performance bras, one said that if she has a halter bra, she likes to add little strips coming down from the back of the halter strap connecting to the bra/rib strap to help support some of the weight--takes a little bit of the weight off the back of the neck. I've actually done this on a couple costumes myself and found that, even at a B/C cup, this has made those costumes less headache provoking if I, say, have to wear the costume for a long time.

    Hope that's somewhat helpful.


  5. #5
    Master BHUZzer Souzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Posts
    3,483

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    Most comfortable sports bra in the world for me....Title Nine - Wired And Ready For Action

    Souzan


  6. #6
    Master BHUZzer tigerb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Madison, WI, USA
    Posts
    3,336
    Blog Entries
    4

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I'm a DD myself, and I find that the pull-over-your-head sports bras just are not well fitted enough to do the job. I need an underwire and straps that are not too stretchy.

    I buy from the Champion catalog: Champion Sports Apparel. Official Shopping Web Site. !

    and from Title Nine: Title Nine - Women's athletic apparel, sports bras, shoes and accessories

    Title Nine is nice in that they rate their bras with barbells to show how much support they have. The only thing I don't like is that they don't say the maker of the bras (I like Champion and Moving Comfort the best).


  7. #7
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. anala's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    10,866

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I buy Wallmart cheapies and then triple bag em. Works great. It takes my regular underwire Bali and 2 cheap Wallmarts over the top to achieve non movement.


  8. #8
    bdaddiction
    Guest bdaddiction's Avatar

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I usually wear sports bras for light workouts. They really don't go well under leotards, so I usually by a underwire bra to wear underneath. Most of the leotards I have add to the support as well, because they are lined. Some even have underwire attached to it, the I can wear something without an underwire.

    I must say I have had the best luck with bras I buy from Fredericks of Hollywood or JCPenney.


  9. #9
    Ultimate BHUZzer tahiradancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    9,652

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I wear a Bali racer back bra (Lily of France makes a good one, too) and then put a sports bra over that. No movement. Most of my sports bras are for name sports companies - spaulding, nike, champion.

    Sports bras are rated by the amount of support and movement they allow. But I have found that, as a D - DD, you have to go up a size in order to get the darn thing on, which partially defeats the purpose!

    {{{HUGS}}}


  10. #10
    Advanced BHUZzer SummerSahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,391

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I'll confess to wearing two sports bras when I go running. One is a more high end one, which hold everything in place pretty well, and one is a cheaper one just to add a little extra smush-down for my girls. Works pretty well, but I'm not "mammararily blessed." I'm a small C. But yeah, two sports bras do it for me!


  11. #11
    Advanced BHUZzer SummerSahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,391

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    And this is just an extra post because that last one was my 666th one and I'm being cautious today.


  12. #12
    Ultimate BHUZzer dunyah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Eugene, OR USA
    Posts
    6,484
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    Wearing an L Rose stretch velvet bra over a regular bra works well, too. Firm support!


  13. #13
    Official BHUZzer loloup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    214

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I would have done the same thing Summer, totally off topic, but when I bought the red vinyl I used to make my devil's tail and horns for halloween last year the price came to 6.66! .w.:
    back to bra's and boobs-

    I just went to title nine and ordered two bras- I agree, I don't like that they don't give brand names for their products, and I also don't like that they send me a billion catalogs, but I do think they really test out their products.

    I am happy to know that my headaches might actually be the result of bad bra's and thus completely fixable. I was getting ready to buy some stock in generic ibuprophen.

    thanks!


  14. #14
    Mega BHUZzer elljay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    2,763

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I'm a DD-DDD and I struggled with sports bras for years until I went to a lingerie shop and got properly fitted for a bra. You may in fact NOT be a D, you may be larger and are wearing the wrong size (this was my case). I paid a lot of money for the bras (the fitting was no charge) and it was the best investment I've ever made.

    I was shocked to find that the day wear bras I got indeed had a bit of padding in them - it isn't to increase the size, it is for shape and support! No padding will cause the cups to "whither" underneath and your boobs will droop. Thus, pulling on the straps and hence, your neck/shoulders.

    Plus - if I can get a bit personal - a D cup or larger should NEVER wear a sports bra as regular support. They aren't supportive enough for extended day wear.

    My advice - go get fitted, invest some good cash into the bras. Your clothes will look amazing, you'll feel like you've dropped two dress sizes, and your neck and shoulders will no longer feel pain.


  15. #15
    Official BHUZzer loloup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    214

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I'm taking that advice. I got the info from a friend here about a foundations shop, I'm going tomorrow!

    I always thought my sports bras were MORE supportive than my marshalls/target specials, because everthing got squished and didn't jiggle around so much- and that seemed like a good thing, but now, my world has been rocked.

    no worries about getting too personal- I did get measured at Victoria's secret and they said DD, but when I tried their bras on it seemed like all of the shape came from the bra and not my boobs, if that makes any sense. My boobs didn't fill out the cup, but the bra looked ok from the outside. I couldn't see dropping cash on that, it felt gimmicky and fashion oriented.

    what really freaks me out is how it is very hard to find unpadded bra's for girls with developing breasts, they all seem to come with a 'shape', and it make young teens look way too mature. My daughter prefers a sports bra, but now I'm wondering if she should get fitted for a proper bra as well.

    bra's bra's bra's!


  16. #16
    Advanced BHUZzer Mosaika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,266
    Blog Entries
    5

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    Quote Originally Posted by Souzan View Post
    Most comfortable sports bra in the world for me....Title Nine - Wired And Ready For Action

    Souzan
    I am going to try these, they look great especially the Hallelujah style. Thanks for the link.

    I spend $100s on bra and some seem quite OK for the 5 mins you wear them in the fitting room, but after several hours you want to scream, I have despaired of ever finding the "right" bra. ,r:;

    As for halter neck anything, for me a big no-no, in less than 30 mins I will have neck ache and headache which can last several days...cr.:


  17. #17
    Master BHUZzer Souzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Posts
    3,483

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I love the bra selection at Title Nine Sports. And I love the fact that the company is owned and operated by women!

    Souzan


  18. #18
    Advanced BHUZzer Mosaika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,266
    Blog Entries
    5

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    ..cr.:..cr.:..cr.: Just found out Title Nine don't ship to other countries except Canada..cr.:..cr.: Just when I thought I had found something decent!


  19. #19
    Ultimate BHUZzer steffib's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Somewhere
    Posts
    6,757

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    For moderate movement, I am surprisingly happy with a full-coverage, unlined (well, that means not padded) Victoria's secret. It has a lot of support from the underwire, rather than from the straps. I prefer that a regular/underwire bra offers a cradle-type of support. The typical sports bra works more by squishing, and the pullover style requires for the chest band to be waaay too loose to support from below. I'd expect that an underwire sports bra with a back closure will be much better.


  20. #20
    Official BHUZzer ThespiSis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    205

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    I get my sports bras (well, almost all of my bras) from Lane Bryant (42DD). If you're not less than a 36 band, you can find them there. In fact, if you're 36-38, you can probably find really good deals on the clearance rack there.

    I just bought four there over the weekend. They have good support and breathe (which regular bras typically won't). I also like that the cups are separate, so you don't get the uniboob, and you get better support than the uniboob type bras. They make good lounge bras, too. The only thing I didn't see last time were underwire sports bras, though they've carried them in the past (have one of those, and it's the best ever). In a pinch, I've doubled bras before as well.


  21. #21
    Ultimate BHUZzer dunyah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Eugene, OR USA
    Posts
    6,484
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: sports bras vs. "regular" bras

    Quote Originally Posted by sagira View Post
    ..cr.:..cr.:..cr.: Just found out Title Nine don't ship to other countries except Canada..cr.:..cr.: Just when I thought I had found something decent!
    Try an L Rose stretch velvet bra over a good underwire bra.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Statistics
  • Threads 41,111
  • Posts 594,188
  • Members 38,124
  • Welcome to our newest member, dancehawaii


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200