I’m not sure what we all did before 1977, but that year, Champion athletic wear invented the first sports bra, the Jogbra® sports bra, constructed from two jockstraps sewn together. It might seem sort of gross, but I guess it gave female athletes a way to “beat the bounce” when running, jumping or doing other physical exercise.
The sports bra has evolved — a lot — since then. Today, sports bras are not just functional, they’re fashion statements that you aren’t afraid to wear outside of your tops (can you imagine wearing jock straps across your breasts without covering that fact with a tee shirt)? Most women who move, whether it’s running, doing Zumba or Yoga, or simply walking for exercise, own and wear at least one modern sports bra.
Champion has so many new, nifty styles of sports bra, designed specifically for different styles, personalities, and activities. It is important to get the right fit for every bra you buy,
I really like the Champion Sweetheart #6619 ($32.00) . It’s a very attractive, v-necked bra that is really more like a cropped cami top that you wouldn’t feel uncomfortable wearing with shorts to the beach, or as a layering piece. It has a classic, compression racerback for support, and a wide rib band for anchoring. The back mesh panel lets your skin breathe when you’re perspiring, and there is also a keyhole in the back for additional “air conditioning.”
The front panel is made of 88% nylon, 12% spandex and the back is 85% polyester and 15% spandex. The front lining is 90% polyester and 10% spandex and the mesh insert is 85% nylon and 15% spandex. You might not need to know this, or that the bra will keep “the girls” under control, comfortably, with moisture-wicking technology, but you will want to know that you look good while working out. My test piece, in bold turquoise, has black and white piping around the edges and the inner fabric is a trendy, lime green.
You can also get one with a base color of raspberry (with blue, black and white accents), papaya (with black white and pink), Hibiscus (with black, white and goldenrod), and a classic white bra with black accents. It looks really cute, but it is a serious sports bra that provides high support for activities such as running, aerobics, cycling, etc. This bra comes in small, medium, large and extra large (some other styles come in even larger sizes).
If you dislike wriggling and wrangling the girls into a sports bra without a closure, there are more traditional hook and eye closure bras. For example, the Custom Criss-cross Sports Bra #2676 ($46.00) gives you the highest amount of of support in a stylish top that you can still wear as casual outerwear or a layering piece, as well as for exercise and strenuous, high impact activities such as tennis, basketball, and soccer.
The top is designed with no-wire, contoured bra cups so it will hold the girls in place, but it won’t flatten them down into flapjacks, either. Wide, adjustable straps. the square neckline actually looks nice under low cut tops or just to add a pop of color (let me mention that the colors are hot!). Hot pink, fuchsia, turquoise, pink and black. Small, medium, large and extra large. Criss-cross straps in the back let you customize the fit, and a wide, soft band gives you not just support but a minimized ride up.
Good for Travel
Both these bras are designed for strenuous activity, but they are also great multi-taskers when you travel. You know know when your sports bra might need to do overtime work as an impromptu beach top, as a layering piece, or just as another bra. Whether you win the marathon, the bike race, or just the eye of a cute guy, you’ll be a winner! These are top of the line, terrific!
If you have ever gone to the “activewear” section of the store and just stared at all the sports bras, wondering which ones to try, there’s more good news: Champion has a new web site: ChampionSportsBras.com that not only features the full line-up of sports bras that Champion has to offer, along with E-commerce, they also have a Bra Finder that allows you to find the bra or bras that work best for you.
They have a Fit & Support Guide to help you get the most out of your bra’s performance, along with a Care Guide with tips to help you get the maximum life out of your sports bra.
If you’re not sure how long your bra should last, you can use Champion’s Bra Registry to get a reminder when (they think) it’s time for a replacement.