I've worn this bra for a few runs now. I ordered it in my "typical" 28FF - some 30 bands will fit me and some 28 bands will fit me. I figured a sports bra should be on the tight side, so I went for the 28. The lower hook is extremely tight. I haven't yet decided if I think it's "too" tight or if it's just "extremely" tight. The higher band-hooks aren't too tight, but I'm showing just a bit of boob squished at the top. The straps for this bra, however, have a very narrow adjustment range. I cannot get them as short as I would like. I'm 5'5 and high waisted, so I need straps that will adjust quite short.
I have not yet experienced any stretching with this bra. I wash it in the shower with me after each run.
This bra ...does contain movement extremely well. My breasts are not completely stationary as I run, but movement is minimized, and is certainly in a reasonable range. I can jump, twist, turn, and move confident that my breasts will be contained and movement restricted to a reasonable (and comfortable) amount. As my breast tissue is quite malleable, I'm accepting of some movement.
I love the looks of this bra. Mine is the purple/navy combination, and purple is my favorite color. The front of the bra is certainly nice enough to be worn as an outer layer (as Bravissimo mentions in their description), but the back is both sheer and bra-like. I wear it without an additional top in the Texas summer anyway, but my mother disapproves (as I'm sure others would). Take a close look at the back shots available before you buy, if this is a concern for you. I'll try to get some shots of it up, but it seems most of the vendors have a back shot in at least one color available.
The mark down for Comfort is for the straps not being short enough. Even with that, I'd likely buy again (may pick up a lighter blue/teal one, or wait for more colors to be released). Read more 207 more words
I'm a runner and this bra is a life-saver. Although it's now too small and I'd have to go up a cupsize or two, it used to fit me perfectly and give amazing support (still gives plenty). The band is very tight, slightly uncomfortably sometimes, but I'm convinced this is necessary for heavy sports. It just makes it difficult to breathe very deeply sometimes, but you'll get used to it.
This is the sports bra to get. If you have an 'unusual' size, be sure to check out ebay, I got mine incredibly cheap, new with tags.
I would also like to comment that the colours available are very stylish and if you're bold, you don't need a top over this bra. I have mine in peach.
I am normally around a UK 30F, but this bra seems to fit pretty tightly, especially in the band. There's no way I could get into my usual band size, seeing as the 32 band was about right on the biggest hooks. Unfortunately, the department store where I buy my bras (The Bay in Canada) doesn't carry any bras in double-letter sizes, so I couldn't find the 32FF I would've preferred.
The bra is very comfortable, although because it's a sports bra, it doesn't really separate the breasts. It's also very good at controlling bounce during activity, and the styling is unique. It's made so you can wear it as gym outerwear, so be aware that if you want to wear it under clothing, the seams will likely show a bit. It's also thicker than a regular bra, ...so before you get used to it, it can make you feel a little too hot.
I've got three bras of this model and size, all of which I've taken in a bit at the back. The oldest two are two years old and I still wear them, although I've had to take them in more at the back to compensate for the stretching of the band. They're very high-quality bras and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Read more 81 more words
First, I just want to preface this review by stating that I ordered this size being fully aware that the band would be too big for me. My best fitting size right now is actually 30JJ or 32J (I am wearing most of my 32 banded bras on the tightest hook), but there are very few options for sports bras above HH cup. I have tried the Freya Active underwired sports bra before, but the shape was too pointy and spread east/west for me to feel comfortable wearing it. I decided to give this one a try because: 1) I read reviews that the band was quite snug and 2) this bra relies on compression rather than encapsulation, so I figured that'd give me a little wiggle room to work with even it if didn't fit perfectly.
So, the ...fit.....well, the band is definitely too big. I tried it on the tightest hooks immediately and still could pull it from my body. It did feel comfortable, though. The cups may even be a tad bit on the small side as well; after I scooped and swooped, I had quadboob (and my boobs felt like they were up to my neck.) I love the straps, though. Every bra I own is guilty of having straps too far apart, so I immediately fell in love with the pulled in straps on this bra.
I jogged in place for a minute to test the bounce control, and it actually wasn't too bad, considering the band was too large. I can imagine in the proper size, this bra would allow NO movement! I think for now this bra will work fine for my purposes, and if I don't get tons of life out of it, I'm not too disappointed since I didn't pay much for it. I'd much rather wear this one bra than 2 or 3 cheap Champion stretchy sports bras like I have been doing for the past few years. I'm in terrible shape, so it will probably be some time before I will graduate to needing anything for really high-impact activities anyway.
Did I mention it was pretty? I am soooooooooo sick of black and white bras, so I love how fun the colors are. It might make me actually want to exercise!
Also, I wanted to add that it was refreshing to see a company actually put the correct US size on their label (since most companies seem to put the US & UK size as the same when they're clearly not!) Read more 292 more words
One of my favorite bras, even though it's "just" a sports bra.
I usually wear a 30E, which would be waay too tight in this style for me. 32DD fits very well. I have the B4490 in white. It stops all movement, which makes it very comfortable not just for running around and stuff, but also for moments in which I have problems with hurting breasts (in some parts of my cycle). I can't wear it for an entire day though, it would be too tight, but I don't have to wear a sports bra all day, so that's fine. It's sort of odd to close it at first (due to the racerback), but I got used to it very fast. It's machine washable (40°C) and didn't stretch out.
The only thing that sort of bothers me is the shape, it doesn't do much and mostly flattens my breasts.
I actually have 2 of these bras, and both are completely red (the other is in 28FF). They both run like 24 bands, which is perfect for me, especially during exercise. (If you check the measurements for this bra, the other colours seem to run closer to 26's. So if you need a 24, look for the all red one). Right now I am about a 28F cup volume, and the bra is just a bit small around the chest. It really squishes me in and up, where some of my breast tissue is coming out at the top. It did fit very well though when I needed the 28E cup volume.
This sports bra really helps eliminate any pain during exercise and when I was running, it kept me in place. I'm not sure how it will work on significantly larger breasts, but for moderately small/medium boobs, it works very well.
Note: Obviously it is difficult to "measure" without separate cups so several fields are left blank. I hope the other measurements can help!
Tried this on in a boutique and they only had 30GG which is normally far too large a cup for me but this was perfect. It leads me to believe it may run small instead of being "accommodating" as it needs to be the perfect size.. and it IS!
Best sports bra I've ever used - I have it in 2 colours and it fits wonderfully. It has pretty high coverage and keeps me pretty much wobble-free. There are 2 sets of 2 hooks at the back, which really improves the support given - I have another sports bra that just has the usual one set of 3 hooks, and it's definitely not as supportive.
It does fit pretty tight, but if it was any looser I don't think it would provide as much support. It's still pretty comfortable though, despite being very tight, partly because of the wide straps and two sets of hooks at the back which spread the tightness out a bit rather than being concentrated in just one spot. Also, no underwires means I could happily wear it all day (and night) if I wanted to.
This would probably work well ...as a minimiser under higher-necked tops too, it flattens me out quite a bit!
I've had my white one for some time now and it's stood up well to being worn 2-4 times a week and being washed (in a machine) on a regular basis. It's still just as supportive as when I first got it. Read more 55 more words
I read it was tight so I ordered a 34 instead of a 32 which is usually my size. I find it fits me fine. It is not too tight nor too loose. The fabric is extremely elastic (in a good way) so I don't think a 32 would be too too tight. It is a good fit overall, but I ordered a few for choice and preferred how I felt with the Panache Sports Bra. It is definitively supportive and reduces bounce well, maybe a tiny bit more than the Panache one. The material also looks really really great.
What I didn't like: First, the upper hook is very difficult to fasten. (It has 2 lines for fastening, both with 2 hooks). Then, I didn't feel totally comfortable with it. It kind of presses my boobs on top so it doesn't help me getting the rounded ...shape that I would like. I prefer bras with underwires because the lift my breast up from the bottom. Also, being non wired it gives you a mono-boob shape that I don't find very flattering.
It is a good bra, great quality, supportive and comfy. I just felt better with the Panache one.
OK so when people say this bra runs tight, they mean it runs TIGHT. I can only just do the band up on my 25.5-26 inch ribcage, even with the cups on my back so it's not a problem of the cups being too small. I would recommend ordering a band size up. I think it also runs fairly small in the 'cups' (not that it really has cups). I usually wear 28FF and I would probably order this bra in a 30FF next time, depending on if the band stretches out on this one. The bra is very supportive when exercising, though admittedly I guess I'm comparing that to my 4 year old 32D sports bras, so I'm not sure how it compares to other decent sports bras. I'm very happy with it though!
EDIT: The band is really tight. Like, really, really, really tight. If your ribcage is any bigger than 26 inches don't order a 28 band. I just heard stitches rip when I inhaled and I'm sitting at my computer hardly moving.