December 31, 2011
Pet Peeve of the Week: “I’m all for firm support that doesn’t leave me bouncing all over the place, but I hate how my sports bra smashes me as shapeless as a pancake!”
If this is your biggest sports bra complaint, you are definitely not alone! Whether you’re an A cup or a D cup, if part of the reason you work out is to enhance your curves, you deserve a sports bra that shapes rather than smashes or squeezes you into one big blob.
Fortunately, there are great bra choices for keeping your shape and eliminating ‘uni-boob’—you just need to know what to look for.
Sports bras control bounce in one of two different ways: Compression styles that “Snug ‘Em Down,” and “Divide & Conquer” encapsulation models that hold each of the girls in a separate cup. While compression sports bras are famous for giving super freedom and flexibility, they can only do their support job when they minimize your curves and hug your breasts close to the body. So pass them up and look for an encapsulation style with a separate, well-defined cup for each breast.
But not all encapsulation styles are created equal—some bra cups are just too thin and flexible to give you the defined shape you want. Luckily, there’s an ideal solution—‘shaper’ sports bras. What makes shaper bras different is firm, curve-preserving ‘space/air’ fabrics in the cups that give smaller busts added lift, and provide larger cup sizes with great separation and support without squeezing and flattening.
Here are two that will definitely help you say goodbye to flat, squashy uni-boob: Champion’s Shape T-Back Sports Bra, available in sizes 32A to 38D, gives you the support you want, while preserving and enhancing your beautiful curves. And for maximum bounce control in sizes up to 40DD, the Shape Scoop-Back Full-Figure Underwire sports bra adds the anchoring and separation of a fully cushioned underwire along with adjustable straps and bottom band.
If you have a pet peeve you’d like answers for, leave it here, and I’m happy to sleuth out your solution!