MAAREE founder, Mari, gives an overview of the features you should be considering when sports bra shopping to find your perfect design.
Non-stretch or stretch fabric?
Strategically placed stretch and non-stretch panels can make or break a bra in my opinion. Do you know if your current sports bras have an elastic or non-elastic material in the main body? Many women don’t take this into consideration when sports bra shopping. Furthermore, there isn’t one right way to have it. It’s down to preference and the activity you’ll be wearing it for.
If you’re someone who looks for ultimate support when it comes to your activity, especially if you do high-impact sports, you’re likely to find a better-performing bra if you get one where the front of the bra is made using non or limited stretch fabric. If the fabric is less likely to stretch under motion then so are your boobs.
Stretch fabrics can appeal to those who like to wear bras that are donned over the head. Makes the job a lot easier! Some find them more comfortable and they will likely have fewer seam lines on them, meaning a smoother silhouette when worn under a t-shirt.
When a combination of elastic and non-elastic fabrics are used on a sports bra this can really be a game-changer.
Are you someone who wrestles with their sports bra to get it on and off either side of your workout? If yes, then you’re probably someone who has a compression sports bra with no clasp. If you want to eliminate this extra sweat-inducing frustration around your already tiring gym workout then look for a racerback bra with a clasp or an open-back sports bra. Getting your bra on and off during the day will suddenly become a breeze!
Tattooing red lines onto your shoulders with your current sports bra? Your straps may not be wide enough or padded. Women with larger chest will likely suffer from these marks than others as their breasts will be heavier in weight. Therefore, ensure you have a strap strong enough to support you comfortably.
Do your straps regularly fall off your shoulders? Firstly, you may want to reassess the shape of the sports bra you already own as the design could have very wide-set shoulder straps. Secondly, consider a bra with racerback straps. Having a bra with the option to turn into a racerback can provide you with that extra level of support you may need. If you really loath the idea of donning a bra over your head, then you can get sports bras that have straps with the option to hook together while it’s already worn.
This can be a difficult feature to get right and yet so crucial to the quality of your support. The entire underband must sit snuggly against your skin. If the top of the underband rolls up onto the underneath of your boobs then your cup size is too small as there is not enough material to cover the entire volume of your breasts.
Ensure you don’t get an underband that’s too tight, or has little-to no elasticity in it if you struggle to breathe once you start to exercise.
At the other end of the scale you don’t want to have an underband which is too big or not strong enough. The underband is the anchor point of the sports bra and shouldn’t move independently from your skin. This can result irritation and chaffing.
is a new concept designed by MAAREE. Having tested sports bra performance in lab conditions for a number of the top brands in the world I always believed that upward motion was neglected and yet crucial to solve to improve overall motion reduction. I have designed this curved panel into both sports bra to provide superior support. MAAREE is the first and only brand in the world to incorporate this technology into their sports bras
The last, and possibly best tip I can give you, ensure you get measured regularly and at a reputable location to avoid confusion about the right size for you. It’s incredible how much of a difference a good-fitting sports bra will make. In support and in the way you feel. Trust me, you will feel amazing! Not only this, but you’re very unlikely to be the same size in every shop, like with your day-to-day clothing.
Up to 80% of women are wearing the wrong size. Make sure you are in the 20%.
With MAAREE I not only wanted to provide sports bras that deliver higher support and performance but I wanted to help women become more knowledgeable and confident on the subject. There’s so much ambiguity around sports bras and getting the best support, let’s start making things easier for ourselves.
My sports bras are the only ones in the world with Overband Technology to reduce upwards motion. The collection consists of the Empower Medium-Impact Sports Bra, the Solidarity High-Impact Sports Bra and the Warrior Leggings.
Our Solidarity Sports Bra is designed with a non-elastic main body, with elastic wings and multi-way straps to ensure it's easy to wear but has minimal bounce. However, our Empower Sports Bra has a fully-elastic body and includes a clasp to provide maximum comfort and that it's easy to wear.
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