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Bra Banding Might Fix Your Chafing Woes

It’s all about the banding when it comes to Sports Bras – but even more so for Sports Bras for distance runners.

Almost every runner has experience dreaded chafing somewhere at some point – ooh and the nasty sting in the shower post run!

But avoiding chafing is usually down to a few simple steps.

  1. Make sure your Sports Bra banding is firm.

You don’t want your bra to be rib-crushingly-too-tight-to-breath firm but you do want it firm enough that the band cannot move.

Having a firm band around the rib cage is the number one rule for getting a Sports Bra or any bra fit right. If the band is firm the majority of support will come from the band and it will apply less pressure to the straps on the shoulders. The bra will be more comfortable and more effective at holding breast tissue in place.

If the band is too loose you immediately lose support for breast tissue, place greater pressure on the straps AND increase your risk of chafing – because the band will move around the rib cage. This is especially true of distance runners as they deplete fluids and grams to kilograms of physical weight as they run.

  1. Make sure the Cup is snug.

For all the same reasons as above – if there is any room in the cup you lose support and invite chafing. You want it tight – compressive – but not so much that breast tissue is spilling out the top or that you feel crushed.

  1. Make sure the bra doesn’t sit too high.

As Sports Bras are often ‘’crop’’ style another common chafe point is if the bra sits too high and digs into the tissue above the breasts and slightly in from the arm pits. This is a potential friction point due to arm movement during running. As runners seek higher coverage from a Sports Bra to close vertical escape routes for breast tissue – which we love – sometimes they can sit too high and cause issues.

  1. Wear a breathable, moisture/sweat wicking material.

It might sound simple but the wrong fabric close to the skin can increase the risk of chafing. Cotton based materials for example will become saturated with sweat and lose most of their breathability.

  1. Arm yourself with an anti-chafe product

Sometimes everything you try will not be good enough. Be sure you are well hydrated and arm yourself with an anti-chafe product like Body Glide. It needs to be something that is water based and NOT petroleum based. And if you already have chafing protect it from getting worse with a film dressing.


There are some schools of thought that you shouldn’t wear underwire for distance running. In fact this is an entirely individual decision. If a wire is sitting well in the right place and on the right person some runners will find they prefer this as it will assist to encapsulate the breast tissue reducing sweat pooling between the breasts. Others will find the wire will not sit correctly on their sternum and this can cause irritation as they progress into their run and deplete in fluids. Unfortunately, as our bodies have so many variables, this is one thing that can only be determined when tested on the track.

Getting your Sports Bra professionally fitted can help to ensure you’ve ticked as many of the right boxes as you can before you head out to hit the pavement.


Best Sports Bra for dd cup

Women are often surprised to hear that for us at She Science DD sized bras are not considered ‘difficult’ for us to source. In fact, at the time of writing this article we have over 30 different options in store for a DD cup. Our Sports Bra store caters for cup sizes A – J.

In 2000 the average breast size in Australia was recorded to be a 12B. By 2010 that had altered to a 12D. Being 2015 now, it would not be unreasonable to assume that it could have even jumped up another cup. We’re not exactly sure why this growth pattern is occurring, but what we do know is that breasts are getting bigger and women are becoming more active. That combination is leading to consumer demand in the industry which is promoting further research, better product and more channels to purchase the improved product.

Here’s a link to all of our DD sized bras.

We’ve selected the best product from 9 industry leading brands to ensure we have what we believe to be the most comprehensive range of Sports Bras in stock… in the world!

Naturally there is no one best bra for all body shapes, personal style preferences & activity demands. But, some of the styles we would consider most ‘popular’ in store due to fit, style, comfort and of course support include:


Ultimate Performance

Panache Sports Bra plus size

Panache Sports Bra

Active D+ Classic

Active D+ Classic


Enell Sports Bra

Moving Comfort JunoJuno

By Tish Monahan

Best Bra Fitter Australia Melbourne


Tish is the co-founder and director of She Science, a Specialty Sports Bra and Sports Wear store in Melbourne. Tish has completed Advanced Bra Fitting training both locally and internationally as well as tertiary education in biomechanics. She follows the latest research on breast biomechanics and Sports Bra design religiously to ensure that She Science remains the most advanced Sports Bra shopping environment in the world. Tish views her Sports Bra business as a vehicle for her to inspire and enable women of all shapes and sizes to participate actively in life. Find Tish online via @SheScience. 


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Sports Bras for teens

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was in fact an embarrassed teenager being dragged from store to store in search of an appropriate bra. I’m 29 years old now, but I can’t seem to shake those awkward memories. So helping teenagers is a particular special interest of mine in store. We enjoy being able to provide a welcoming and teen-appropriate service.

We know that most teen girls are not wearing a supportive bra for sport and activity. This sadly tends to form a pattern that flows in to their adult hood. While the outcome of fittings for teenager’s doesn’t differ greatly to that of an adults there are a few variations to our teenage fittings.

  1. Fashion plays more of a roll, and we accept this.

We want all ladies to feel comfortable and confident in the Sports Bra they are fitted with in store. But for teenagers it’s particularly important they are also happy with the look of the bra, as well as the fit and feel. This will result in them wearing the supportive bra more often. It’ll also have them feeling confident in communal change rooms they are often subjected to.


2.  Bras that allow for changes in breast volume are explored first.

Some bras will allow for fluctuations in breast volume. This is a great feature for teenagers that are growing rapidly. Given we will never leave ‘growing room’ in a Sports Bra, this is the next best thing. These bras typically have front adjusting straps and are non-underwire.


3.    A little less poking + prodding

It’s only natural for teenagers to feel awkward in a change room with a bra fitter. While it’s important we take accurate measurements and fit the bra to the body, we are aware most young women are not comfortable with being touched so we try our best to keep this to an absolute minimum.


4.   All sizes are worthy of support

It’s not just the D cup+ girls that need to worry about support during sport. Remember pain, discomfort and embarrassment are not linked to the size of breasts. All young women are fitted with supportive bras that are appropriate for their size and shape. Not only will this have young ladies feeling secure and confident during their activity, but it engrains in them the importance of support & breast health which will benefit them for a life-time.

I talk to so many women who clutch at their D cup + breasts claiming they are just ‘small’ and don’t need to worry about support. Realistically, not many of these women are aware of their real size. They aren’t as small as what they were when they were in high school, yet they still believe they are flat chested and don’t require support.

Mums often ask me in store when their teenage girls breasts will be fully developed. There is obviously not one simple answer for this. However, it does tend to be around 17-18 years old that they will be fully matured. Or, some research suggests 4 years post the commencement of their first menstruation. Remembering however that changes in weight, menstruation, ageing and pregnancy can all dramatically change the size of the breast, so very few people remain one size their entire lives.

Our in store range comprehensively caters for young women. A lot of teenage girls present with very small backs, so we carry some of our popular units in band sizes 6, 8 and 10. These 6 and 8 back bras are available in up to G cup. We also have a range of functional yet colourful racer back bras which tend to appeal to younger shoppers.

We look forward to helping you and your teenager daughters in to a better Sports Bra.


Our store details can be found at our website  www.shescience.com.au

Our range can be viewed online at http://www.shescience.com.au/page/shop%20online.aspx

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Tish Monahan, owner of Sports Bra Store, She Science

Sports Bras for triathlon… what are your priorities on race day?

When it comes to choosing a Sports Bra for your Triathlon race day there are quite a few things to consider. Before moving too far down the process I think it’s important to know where your priorities lie first.

Some women are most concerned about the way the Sports Bra looks under their tri suit. If this is you, then you should identify this as it will eliminate a few options early.
Bras that will hide nipple show under tri suits are often made up of thick moulded cups.


While these will be more flattering under a suit, they are likely to hold moisture for longer which will increase the chance of chafing. Chafing or ‘bra burn’ will strike when there is excess moisture or friction, and will be particularly nasty if both of these join forces. If nipple show or unsightly straps is what bothers you try the Moving Comfort Juno or the Berlei Ultimate Performance, but be aware that these bras will hold moisture.

Other women are most concerned about the support factor. On race day there are plenty of spectators around, for those who are body conscious in a tri suit ‘strapping the girls down’ might be their main priority.

Lots of high impact Sports Bras use thick straps, underwire and or moulded cups. While these are great features for support the straps could compromise the look under the tri suit, underwire could irritate you when swimming and moulded cups will hold moisture.


So if support is your main priority look for a wire free high impact bra with thin yet firm materials, and a racer back design. Some great options include the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer, Enell Sports Bra and the Shock Absorber Active Multi bra. But remember, these may hold some moisture and could show under your tri suit.

For most, the possibility of chaffing is their biggest nightmare which will have them leaning towards bras made of quick dry fabrics. While you may expect me to launch in to the ’support should be number 1’ rant, when it comes to your race day bra I am most concerned about staying chafe free as this is the biggest sports bra issue women experience with triathlon.

To prevent chafing we focus on the bra fit and the materials used. The bra band must be perfectly firm to eliminate unnecessary band movement (FYI the bra band is the highest risk zone for bra burn). Materials need to be thin, quick dry fabrics. 2XU make a great Tri specific bra which has the best quick dry material in the business. Other options to explore include the Moving Comfort Jubralee and the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra.

While we don’t often choose to compromise on support, because race day makes up such a small percentage of your overall training it’s unlikely you will have any adverse effect to choosing comfort over support for race day, and you won’t be left with the battle scars of bra burn.


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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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