As we discussed in yesterday’s blog post, one of the big complaints that the Turkish commentator made about the Olympics “killing womanhood” is how unfeminine the women look while competing. Most of them wear very supportive, constricting sports bras and gear that helps to hold them in place while they’re completing these extreme feats of athleticism, improve aerodynamics and are generally appropriate for a competitive setting like the Olympics. But most of us don’t need that level of support and compression, and if you don’t, it’s easy to find sports bras that actually look feminine and womanly.
How Much Compression Do You Need?
The most aggressive compression is for high-impact activities. If you’ve got a full bust and you like to run, ride horses, kickbox or do other high-impact activities, you need a good, supportive sports bra to hold you in place while you workout. Most sports bras today offer a combination of compression and encapsulation, so you have individual breast encapsulation while still getting the support of a compression bra. But if you need a high level of support for high-impact activities, you’re still going to be dealing with some compression.
Feminine High-Impact Sports Bras
The Shock Absorber Level 4 D Plus Max Sports Bra Top B4490 is one of our top high-impact sports bras. This sports bra is designed to hold you in place while you complete athletic feats. It does employ some compression techniques, so you will be a little flattened as you’re supported, but the three-section cups with inner support sling offer as much shaping and feminine look as you’re likely to find in a sports bra this robust.
Womanly Medium-Impact Sports Bras
The Elomi Energise Underwire Sports Bra 8040 is one of our favorite feminine sports bras for medium to high impact activities. The level of support may not be enough for women with a really full bust to feel comfortable running, but many women do wear it to run; it’s borderline when it comes to high-impact activities where it comes down to personal preference. But it’s great for medium and low impact activities, and the individual encapsulation and flattering non-compression design lets you really look feminine while still being supported during your workout.
Flattering Low-Impact Sports Bras
We’ve got several great sports bras that are comfortable and feminine for low-impact exercises, so we’ve narrowed it down to two:
The Glamorise Active Comfort Low Impact Sport Wrap Bra 1806 is the best of all worlds, with a comfortable cross-wrap design that self-adjusts and creates a perfect fit. The reinforced mesh bottoms offer breathability and support, and the extra wide, cushioned straps move with you and reduce shoulder strain.
Full figured women will love the Glamorise Ultimate Full Figure Sports Bra 1006. This is a seamless, wireless design that reduces chafing and prevents your outerwear from riding up. The fabric is moisture-wicking, and the straps are cushioned, adjustable and designed not to slip. The cups are flattering and containing – the best of all worlds in a sports bra!
What’s your favorite feminine sports bra? Do you like how you look in your sports bra, or do you think it doesn’t matter as long as you get the support you need for your workout?