Here are some tips for bra success:
1) Research what’s out there
Enell’s Last Resort Bra has been my absolute favorite for years
Title Nine is a store specializing in women’s athletic wear. They have locations in the Bay Area, and an online catalogue.
Check out About.com‘s reviews of bras for big chested women. I wholeheartedly endorse all of these!
2) Go Into a Store and Try Things On
It may be easy to order something online, but it’s hard to really know how it’s going to be for you unless you try it on and jump around a little!
A specialty athletic store, (or even better, a specialty women’s athletic store like See Jane Run) have staff who are knowledgeable and will help you out.
3) Be Willing to Spend Some Money!
This is the most important piece of advice! I get it. I am living on a budget too. The bras I’m recommending are expensive! But, honey, you are worth it! I can assure you that buying cheap bras that don’t fit or that wear out often will be far more expensive in the long run than investing $60-$70 in a quality new bra.
4) Consider Doubling Up
This may be controversial… In my experience, some bras fit better in some ways and not in others. I have a bra that gives great support overall, but I tend to chafe under my breasts with it, especially on my longer runs. Wearing a less supportive bra underneath my really good bra helps protect me from this chafing. Doubling up can help prevent some of these chronic pains and scrapes as well as give extra support.
5) Prevent Chafing
If you find yourself having chafing at your breasts, belly, or thighs, applying Vaseline is a great way to prevent this. There are many anti-chafing products on the market, but, really, just some simple Vaseline will do!
According to Nordstroms, 4 out of 5 women are walking around in the wrong bra size. But, we don’t have to be uncomfortable. Go out there, bring a friend, and find what works for you.
Got any bra tips? I’d love to hear them!