Spring is upon us and it’s time to exit winter hibernation and get active. With warmer weather, sunny days, and the looming prospect of donning swimwear, there is plenty of motivation to get outside and get fit. Another great motivator is some new exercise gear! As well as underwear and lingerie, we stock a range of comfortable clothing for both exercising and leisure-wear. Here is a peek at what you can find on our website... • Bonds Relax Scoop Tee is comfortable, stylish, and looser than the Classic Tee. Choose between black and white. Made from organic cotton, it is breathable and perfect for walking, jogging, gardening or leisure-wear.
• Bonds Women’s Ultimate Comfort Socks are sold in a great value twelve pack. They are the epitome of comfort and breathability, created from soft and natural cotton fibres with a mesh open knit design. The footbed is cushioned to assist with shock absorption. • The Bonds Wideband Bra Tank is great for any kind of wear. It features a built-in, full-support crop bra and a wideband which peeks through the back for style. This top drapes beautifully. Choose between black and vintage grey marle.
• Also from Bonds, Basic ¾ Legging is a must-have for walking, jogging, relaxing, sports and gym-wear. Soft and stretchy, there is no more comfortable garment than these black three quarter leggings. • The Berlei Pro Elite Support Crop Sports Bra has a support factor of 3 and as such is perfect for all high impact sporting activities. It is designed to support the fuller bust and reduces breast bounce by up to fifty percent. Available in black, it offers premium comfort and support. It has a cutout racer back.
• Another great investment for the new season is the Berlei Electrify Underwire Crop Sports Bra. Black with a vibrant trim, it is designed specifically for medium-impact sports, with an extra support layer above the cup to reduce bounce. It is stylish, offering the sleek look of a crop top combined with a contoured underwire bra.
• The Bonds Active Running Short, available in a rich blue with a black Bonds waistband, is crafted from a lightweight polyester/nylon blend which affords ease of movement. These shorts have a comfortable elastic waistband and an internal pocket for your convenience.
Browse our full range today, and jump start your fitness regimen for spring!
- When is it time for a bra? If your daughter’s nipples are visible through her t-shirts and tops, it’s time for some extra coverage – a bra, or at the very least, a crop top.
- Make a special day of it. Some girls are excited about this rite of passage; others are apprehensive. Make it a fun experience – have a milkshake and cake, or lunch after the purchase; alternatively, shop for something else fun for her as well, or see a movie together.
- If your daughter is very ambivalent, allow her to start by wearing a crop top. Smaller breast sizes don’t need a bra, and a crop top provides basic support and modesty.
- Get professionally fitted for the first bra. Up to 80% of us wear the wrong size – most commonly a cup too small and a band too large. Cups are not universal either – a B-cup for a 32 inch band is very different in size than a B-cup for a 36 inch band. So get fitted by a professional.
- Contrary to common belief, a girl or woman need not be naked from the waist up to be measured for a bra – have your girl wear a crop top for the fitting. Explain to her that the bra fitter is a professional and does this all day every day. The wrong bra size can be uncomfortable.
- Keep it simple. Lace, embellishments, padding, etc are all very nice – but there is time for that later on. A basic bra will be more wearable and less obvious – and many girls don’t feel confident initially with others knowing they are wearing a bra.
- Many brands have “first bra” lines which are specifically made for young girls starting out. They are comfortable, soft, and easy to wear. Sports bras can also be a good option as first bras, as they tend to be more comfortable. Underwire bras are not necessary for smaller breast sizes, and should be avoided until later.
- Assure your daughter that while it may feel strange initially, wearing a bra is something she will get used to quickly and soon it will be second nature.
- Make sure you start with at least two bras – one to wash and one to wear. How often should a bra be washed? This is a controversial question – but basically, it depends on how much one sweats. Sweat not only smells, it can decompose fibres and rust under wires. Weekly is a good guide – based on wearing the bra three to four times.
Sports bras are critical to your comfort, health and well being when exercising vigorously or playing sports. But just as important as wearing a sports bra when undertaking physical activity is that you wear the right one.
Follow these tips to ensure you choose the sports bra that is right for you and your needs:
- Get a bra professionally fitted. Statistically, seventy five percent of women wear a bra that is the wrong size for them. Whether by accident or intentional size denial, so many of us have it all wrong. Would you wear a shoe in the wrong size? No. So why wear the wrong sized bra? Considering the cost of this essential wardrobe staple, why not at least find out what size you should actually be wearing?
- Try your bra on before committing. Tiny quirks in design can make a big difference – so you may well wind up with a drawer full of bras in slightly different sizes. And they all fit properly. Additionally, some bra designs are better suited to particular body (and breast) shapes than others. So always try first. If you purchase online – make sure there is a return policy, that you try on just after a shower (when you are clean and deodorant/perfume free), and don’t remove tags until you are sure.
- When shopping for a sports bra, consider your impact level. What kind of sport will you be doing? Low Impact activity includes walking, yoga, or road cycling. Medium Impact activity includes hiking, skiing, and skating. High Impact sports include running, aerobics, and mountain biking. There is a bra suited to each impact level.
- The point of a sports bra is to minimise breast movement. The ligaments that support the breasts do not bounce back when stretched – sports bras protect the breast anatomy. This is done in a number of ways:
Compression Bras – compress the breasts against the chest wall in order to restrict movement. Best for A and B cup sizes. Encapsulation Bras – support the breasts individually and separately with individual cups, without the use of compression. Best for D and DD cups and larger. Compression/Encapsulation Bras – combine both the above mentioned methods for support and comfort, and are ideal for C and D cup sizes.
The perfectly fitting sports bra will achieve the following:
- Fit tighter than a regular bra but not uncomfortably tight
- Will not chafe at the seams, straps or armholes
- Straps are wide and do not dig in
- The band at the ribcage should remain in place when arms are raised above the head
- There will be no wrinkles or puckers in the cups
- It will stand up to the test: jump in place. Does it feel supportive?
How do you know when it’s time to retire that old sports bra?
- It fits more loosely than before
- Vertical movement has increased
- Fabric has begun pilling
- The care instructions have become invisible.
Most sports bras have a lifespan of 6-12 months.
A bra exists first and foremost to offer comfort and support to a woman’s breasts. It follows that when a woman undertakes rigorous activity, such as exercise, her breasts will experience more movement (and ever uncomfortable bounce), so as such will require a higher level of support. Enter the Sports bra.
A sports bra is especially designed and manufactured to limit movement of the breasts by holding them more firmly against the body and by offering a much higher level of support. Straps are generally wider and better designed tom prevent slipping from the shoulders; wires and other hardware are minimised or eliminated for comfort considerations; a more sturdy material is used for construction; and fabric and engineering are employed to reduce perspiration, chafing, and irritation. Seams are minimised, breasts are comfortably compressed against the body (but not squashed!), and the band is wide for comfort and support.
The Sports Bras we are familiar with today have been a long time coming:
- The first commercially produced sporting bra was the “Free Swing Tennis Bra”, produced in 1975 by Glamourise Foundations. It was more supportive than a regular bra, yet still nowhere near adequate for its stated purpose. The straps were thin, it allowed for “free movement”, and really was suited only to women with very small cup sizes – hence very limited breast bounce.
- In 1977, US jogger Lisa Lindahl developed a sports bra based on a list of what a “jockstrap for women” would require. These factors included straps that would stay put and reduction in breast bounce. The prototype was none other than an actual jockstrap! It became the “jog bra”.
- Large breasted women were not catered to at all in the sports bra arena until as recently as the 1990’s – for some reason, large breasted women were believed to not participate in sports. This seems even more ridiculous when considering that sporting activity was expected of girls in high school and into adulthood.
One must wonder how our mothers or grandmothers undertook vigorous exercise without a proper sports bra – even without the comfortable everyday bras we all wear today! Today we are fortunate to have seamless sports bras in athletic designs which not only look appealing and sporty, but are comfortable and protect the wearer from physical pain and even damage. We’ve come a long way, baby!
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