Monthly Archives: March 2013

Taking my Sports Bra testing to the trails of urban Melbourne

As I prepare to launch my Sports Bra store in Melbourne I’ve got a little less 9-5, and a little more time to take my runs elsewhere. Inspired by a wonderful week of weather in Melbourne here are some shots I collected as I moved my product testing out of the lab and in to the real world.

Enjoy

xx

bridgerun

edinburghgardensrun

sunriserun

princessparkrun

whitefenceprincessrun

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Would you let the world see you run in your Sports Bra?

I’ve always envied those women that traipse around the track in their compression tights and Sports Bra, not a care in the world about their body shape. Sadly, I have never been able to strut my stuff with such confidence.
But when I ask ‘Would you let the world see you run in your Sports Bra?’ I’m not really referring to that sort of performance.
I mean to say, would you be embarrassed about how much your bust wiggles and jiggles as you move?! Are you confident you are sporting the right size?
I recently had a friend in to do some bra testing and undergo my treadmill analysis, and although I knew she was keen to be of assistance, it was clear she was seriously uncomfortable when it came to testing her own personal Sports Bra options. I say ‘options’ as she brought along a bag full of her current ‘Sports Bras’, some dating back more than 10 years old, others atrociously labeled as Sports Bras when really they offered no functional support and 2 she admitted were purchased blindly online. She had an eclectic mix of things she used, generally layering one over the other. And just to make things even worse for her not one of the options actually fitted, most not even close.
As she strongly declared “I can’t believe I am doing this in front of you” it got me thinking… Why is she then willing to exercise in such a state behind the comfort of a loosely fitted t-shirt?! Well that’s what us women do, isn’t it? We’re used to masking our problems & covering our flaws!
The good news is, after being fitted into a more functionally appropriate bra that actually fitted and flattered her, I’m not sure she’ll feel that same sense of shame should she ever need to whip off her gear in front of her gal pals!
Lastly, i just wanted to make something very clear, I never judge women on what Sports Bra they present with, or what sort of support they workout in. There’s a simple reason for this. To date there has been very little service and education around Sports Bra selection. There is no standardisation of product and seems to be no enforced rules about what brands can categorise their articles as. So how can I expect that you get it right all on your own? Particularly when just a few years ago that was me, blissfully unaware that there was something better for me out there.

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Bra fit trouble shooting. Volume #2. Are you a Cup-Spilling-Culprit? A guide to Cup Spillage.

We’ve probably all been guilty of this somewhere along the line… I can recall a few scenarios that have left me as a Cup-Spilling-Culprit myself actually. That is when I’ve tried to squeeze in to one of my ‘skinny bras’, grabbed a not-quite-the-right-fit option at a sale or when I went through that stage that I was just downright not willing to accept my cup size!

For me, this is an obvious one, if you’ve got more than two bulges on your chest, you’re committing the crime of Cup Spillage. Most commonly this presents as the breast falling out of the top of the cup, not to be confused with cleavage.

While having cleavage hanging out could not be any less my style, I acknowledge that many consider it theirs. The difference between Cup Spillage and Cleavage is that Cleavage still leaves you with an evenly shaped mass of breast tissue. Cup Spillage will have you looking as if you have 4 boobs, amoung my girlfriends it’s aka ‘double boob’, a result of the upper edge of the cup digging in to breast tissue.

Cup Spillage is sadly not limited to the top of the cup. It’s common to see breast tissue spilling from the side of the bra, around the underarm area too. A double whammy when one is guilty of both!

While it’s important to note these variances, you should know, there is only one cause for both. If your spilling out of your cup, your cup is too small… it’s not rocket science!

If you’ve experienced this problem in the past then its best you have a professional Bra fitting to ensure you don’t make any other innocent mistakes when you’re transitioning to a new size.

Here are some points for you to take to the change room:

– You will need to go up a cup size, or two, or three. Be prepared for this.

– If you have a ‘wide set breast’, that is a breast that starts right back around your underarm, you will be limited to the styles of bras you can wear. Get advice on what of the season’s stock will work best for you from the Bra fitter.

– When you change your cup size, you often need to change your back size too. This may not be the case in all circumstances, but you definitely need to be mindful of this.

– Stick to full, or three quarter full cups. That means going for bras that offer full coverage, not plunge or balconette bras.

Thankfully, this is a problem that is seen less often with Sports Bras as they do tend to offer more coverage. If your spilling out of your Sports Bra then you are in trouble!

Good luck!!

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What’s the use of an adjustable strap configuration on a Sports Bra?

Firstly, I should clarify that this blog is about adjusting your strap configuration, and not the strap length. I do often talk about the benefits of Sports Bras having easily adjustable straps, this is of course generally referring to the length as opposed to the configuration.

There are four main variations of strap configuration.

Traditional, U shaped back

Cross back

Racer back

Cinched back (pictured below)

More so in Sports Bras than every day bras, when it comes to the shoulder straps it’s important that the materials are firm, so they don’t give too much during motion. As we know the straps are not the major support feature of a bra, but they do provide an additional layer of stability that’s important during activity. Actually, it was just yesterday that I caught a friend going to play tennis in a strapless bra – I could not believe she was attempting this and she later admitted that her decision was a horrible one that may just have cost her the game!

The problem we often see with bras that allow for a change of strap configuration is that the strap is then largely made up of elastic. It has to be elastic to be able to drastically change length from being U shaped to a cross over style bra.

It’s this increase in amount of elastic material that generally results in a below par product. The wearer doesn’t usually get that secure feeling of firm support, and if she does, it won’t last long.

Some brands are now using a hook system that allows for the straps to be cinched together high in the back. With most options in this category that I have looked at it seems to have worked well. This technique ensures that a good amount of the strap can be made of a firmer material as pictured below. I personally like this system as I do enjoy more upper limb freedom of movement when I’m wearing a racer back, so I find you get the best of both worlds without any compromising any control or durability.

Berlei Sports Bra with cinch-hook, click the image for more info or to purchase

My advice when it comes to straps is don’t try and find one option that will do it all. If you want a bra that works optimally as a racer back and something to support you properly with a traditional U shaped back then buy two bras. That’s my best advice!

 

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How often should you have your bra size measured? You asked, I’ll answer.

While fundamentally I believe every bra, Sports Bra or other, should be fitted professionally I understand that many people would find this tedious. So as a bare minimum we suggest you undergo a measurement and bra fitting every 2 years if ‘nothing’s changed’ or if you have gained or lost weight, every 3kg.
That last point is particularly important. While all women will stack on their weight differently, even a 3kg variance can dramatically change your bust size.
For most of us, our bra size will chop and change for the duration of our life. This is due to the number of stages our body goes through from puberty, pregnancy, lactation periods, menopause and in some instances illness; not to mention the yo-yo weight loss and weight gain patterns that many of us endure.
While we are on the topic of weight gain, it’s important to highlight that gaining weight does not just lead to a jump up in back size. It’s more complicated than that. If you are unaware of the concessions that need to be made in cup size with any change in back size then read here: What you never knew about bra sizing… and cup volume).
Luckily, any well trained bra fitter will be well aware of the complex cup volume sizing structure and will ensure every box is ticked in your bra measurement and fit. So if you’re in doubt – ask a professional!

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