Itty Bracer (A cup)
This bra is so supportive and because I am only just starting to develop, when I do my dancing it gives me full support and I only have to wear this sports bra nothing els and I found myself wearing them casually and I now own 3 they are truly amazing!!!!!!!
October 16, 2013
Great support, but gapes
I'm normally a 34 or 36A in bras. I tried on both. The 34A was impossible to get on and I feared getting stuck in it. The 36A was still hard to get on but fit appropriately (too tight and too short). I decided to give it a try and went to my first workout. It loosened up and got more comfortable, molding to my body as they claimed it would. However, it started gaping a lot at the top. I'm not pleased with the look or coverage with the gaping issue. Overall, I like the support, but disappointed in the purchase.
September 28, 2013
Don't try before you buy!
I love this bra. I am a size 30/32A normally, but I have really broad shoulders. Finding a sports bra is challenging for me, and the compression bras that I typically use don't seem to offer enough support in a size that I can get over my head without stretching it out. So I added this to my wish list and received it as a present. Getting the bra on while it is closed in the back took an uncomfortable minute that made me really doubt the wearability of the garment. If I had tried it on in store, I would not have made the purchase. However, I wore the bra today for a physical fitness exam that consisted of some sit-ups, push-ups, and a short distance run and it was awesome. So comfortable and really did adjust to my body. I felt fully supported without my movements being restricted. Taking it off was much easier because of the hook in the back. It also wasn't altogether unflattering. I had a bit of cleavage and no mono-boob effect. I appreciate the consideration in small sizing for this product! I will be purchasing another itty bracer.
September 6, 2013
Wanted to Love, but not for $70
I tried this on a few weeks ago, and gave it another attempt at the store, only to purchase it to try for a longer period at home. I have always been a 34A or sometimes an N/A, because my girls just don't fill cups. The store rep suggested I take it home, and try it out to allow time for it to form to my body. After all, it is advertised "relaxes with heat to mould to our body for a customized fit".
After my 3rd attempt, this time in my own dressing room (home), I decided this was not worth the purchase. 34A and 36A were the sizes I tried in-store. Yes, I had some "back-hang" on the 34A, but felt the 36A was just a "will-do" size. After purchasing and wearing the 36A for over 30 minutes, while reading, I realized that in time, the seams would eventually fold over. It was not a WOW bra for me. I sadly returned this article.
September 5, 2013
wow... i just spent $70 on a sports bra...
So if you're contemplating buying this bra, obviously you don't have a giant chest. And maybe you're like me in that you find that you could almost run with no support at all but that most sports bras are awful in some capacity even for that minimal amount of support required. My thing is that I like to run fast and that I don't like to feel that my chest is being constricted when I run hard. Too many sports bras for smaller chested women just wrap something tightly around the chest and hope that the breasts are supported as a side effect ? this I don't like. I've opted in the end for running in $12 Champion bras from Costco just because they don't constrict my breathing too much.
So anyway, this rigamarole (yes, you're supposed to feel as if the bra is too small and then wiggle into it & let it relax) turned out not to be a ridiculous marketing scheme but damned accurate. Although I took three sizes into the change room (34A and 36A, plus a 32B or 34B, I can't remember, from the other line), I ended up with the "normal" bra size that seems to fit me best. So bear that in mind when you're ordering. And, yes, it will look ridiculously small at first.
Yes, unfairly, I've taken off one star just because I haven't done a speed workout in this yet. I did a light jog and some intense cycling (BMX racing) with this on and honestly felt very good. I didn't feel when I got home that I absolutely had to get the bra off as I typically do when I'm wearing a running bra. But the continuing constriction around the chest was a bit worrisome. In short, I suppose, if you're insanely picky about such things like I am, you may be a smidgeon disappointed. Otherwise, you'll probably be very very happy.
August 22, 2013
Give It a Try
I tried this bra on in stores at least 5 times. Every time I left I was so disappointed because I was reallyinterested in it (as someone who suffers "nippleitis :p with a splits 59 bra). It always felt too tight. So what I did was I bought it, took it home, put in on the way you would put jeans THEN I adjusted it. At first it hurt my shoulder (made it sore) so I took it off and about 20 minutes later I put it on again. Let me tell you this bra is AMAZING. I'm so happy I purchased it. Please please please purchase it, take it home, and have the comfort of trying it on at home. You won't regret it.
August 20, 2013
Finally something small enough for A girls!
I am so grateful lululemon finally made something especially for small chested girls!! I love this! You really have to listen to the instructions and be patient with how it feels the first time you wear it. I wore it around the house for about an hour before my first run and as they said it felt too short and too tight, and it also felt like it was digging in and chaffing on the sides by my pectoral muscles. At that point I was very skeptical. About 30 minutes into my first run it finally felt great. After washing it, when I wore it for my second run, it really felt great a lot sooner...after just a few minutes. It maintained the really good support, but no more digging or chaffing even at the beginning. I absolutely LOVE the adjustable eye and hook! But I disagree with hooking it up before you put it on unless you want to dislocate your shoulder...but then I always struggle to get tight tank style tops on. I also love that it is a bra that looks like a top so you can wear it by itself on hot days. It looks great with my Pacesetter Skirts!! This runs true to size. I always wear 34A and this was definitely the right size once I got through the initial heating up process.
August 18, 2013
Perky and supportive but kind of stiff!
I generally wear a 32A bra in most stores (victorias secret, etc) and a 4 in the lulu bras so I decided to give this bra a shot. Let's cut to the chase and talk about the pros and cons:
1. These really give my flat A's a lift! At first I was skeptical that the thinner more narrow shaped padding in these wouldn't do much but they definitely add plenty of round shape to my little jubbles, maybe because the bottom band is quite snug
2. The flat seams are great to deal with, they eliminate any bulk or chafe areas and don't dig in at all
3. Just perfect coverage. Generally I avoid "high support" bras because they always take up way more surface area of my chest than I want and end up looking like a crop top on me but I feel like the cut of this is about medium...not low but not too much that I can show off a little more chest.
1. When I first took it out, the bra felt STIFF like tough cardstock and I thought I made a wrong decision buying online. Trying to put it on, the stiffness was a little tough to deal with, I could hear little seams crackling and splitting as I was trying to stretch the bra over my torso (I have very wide lats and upper back so I was worried) but once I got the bra on, it surprisingly fit OK. I wish lulu made the entire bra just a little softer in terms of fabric but I can see how maybe a little softness may need to be compensated for a stiff structure to hold things in place. Maybe for the A cups?
Now, I am 5'0" and have a fairly short upper torso and the bra felt really short to begin with...as in, it was pressing into the tops of my shoulders, but nothing felt loose or jiggly at all. The more I wore it throughout the day, the more I got more comfortable and forgot I was wearing it.
2. The "stiff cardstock" texture makes a weird dimple in the middle between the breasts (see picture). Unfortunately, I was hoping that the material would be a little softer or would soften out over time, but the thin piece in the middle create a large odd dimple that isn't too attractive I think.
3. Because I have wide lats/upper back, the armholes of the bra tend to be a little more narrow and tighter, thus causing a little blob of skin spillover at the top (see pic under arm). However, it doesn't *feel* like it's digging in, in fact it's comfortable but there's just a little unwanted back bulge that's not as smooth as the lesser support bras that are softer with more give in the arm holes.
4. I wish I could say the seamed cups were as "discreet" as the description but in the Raspberry Glo color, you can definitely see the outline of the seams where the cups are so it's not as picture perfect smooth...under a shirt is great but I like sporting just the bra sometimes.
Overall, I do enjoy the bra, though it's not my most favorite bra lulu has made (I loved the Run:Bound bra last season), I do enjoy the extra cup size & shape boost and knowing I'm a little less jiggly at the top. Will probably use this for muddy Spartan races where I need the fabric to stay skin-tight and not get pulled down by globs of mud.
August 15, 2013
Love this bra!
I bought this bra at the Seawheeze store in Vancouver. One of the employees said it would change my life...she was right. I ended up running the half marathon in it without doing any training runs, and I love the bra. It's extremely comfortable and didn't smell at all, even after a very sweaty half marathon. I am 4'11" and usually wear either a 32A or 34A. I went with the 34A and it seemed very comfortable. Even though they are pricey, they are worthy every penny...I want every color!
August 13, 2013
Might Recommend...but it needs to be tried on....
I tried this bra on twice. I had a mighty struggle getting it on the first time, just like the description says. I actually tried 36A, which I ultimately purchased, 34B (band width too tight) and 36B (cup size was too big). Thought about it, went back a few days later and because I am running longer distances, took the $68 plunge. It felt much better "round 2" in the dressing room:) Wore it today for a run, kettle bell workout and a coffee run. Total time about 2 1/2 hours.
A: Support is great, even for my A cups, nothing is moving
B: Band width is snug, which was expected, but maybe a little too snug. Although I had the hook and eye on the tightest setting, next time, I will try the middle setting...
C: The top part between the skin and the curve of the bra was gaping. Not flush to the body. I must admit this bothered me the most about the fit of this bracer. Since there is a moveable area of fabric, this actually might increase the chance of chafing...
All in all, this is all a personal fit bra!! I don't believe I could have chosen a better size. Maybe this bra is not the best one for ME, but that does not mean for everyone else. It does need a actual try on and workout. But once those tags are cut and nothing is really technically wrong, it is not returnable...
I will wear it because, darn it, I paid for it, but I would not purchase a second color.
August 13, 2013