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  • #21
    Originally posted by lorilu View Post
    Recently bought a SheFit and so far, it's OK. SOme wrestling, and sometimes the front zip is hard to start. sophie the straps can be arranges as an X like a racerback. AliCat if you have an opinion on them I'd be interested in hearing it. A few friends swear by them. I'm usually a 38B or C.....
    Let me be clear... I have never worked with a SheFit bra.

    That said, I would absolutely encourage you to work in person with a specialty fitter, because one size fits 4-8 sizes does not work for me (in bras). The fashion industry in general is moving towards clothing that can be cut in one size and "fit" a wide range of traditional sizes. It will cut down on waste, make it easier to keep product in stock, etc. But that doesn't mean it will actually provide the best support for our busts. According to their size chart, a 38B and a 36DD wear the same size in their garment... and you can only order online. They do not offer anything in the size range I think is most critical for eq riders who are likely wearing a 34DD instead of 30G (see my model for example of how that impacts our position and how clothing lays).*

    You might find out you're not a 38B and end up with a heck of a lot more support and comfort in a size or style you never would have selected yourself. The number one sin in self sizing for bras is a band that is too big.

    *looking over their chart again, it seems they do "offer" those sizes. The size they suggest would be the same for the 38B and 30I. Would any of you try to wear a pair of breeches in a 26 if your normal size was 34?

    ​​​​​
    The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)

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    • #22
      Originally posted by AliCat View Post

      Front close and wire free will result in zero separation of your breasts.

      After having some zip front styles in my store, I will no longer carry them. They simply didn't hold up and were very, very difficult to get on.

      Racerback is a personal preference, but that style generally lends itself to more "fluff" on the back.

      I'd personally recommend going to a specialty store and seeing what they suggest for you specifically. The right size/style may be much easier to put on.
      What bra shape do you suggest for someone who gets that oh so lovely back fat roll? I seem to get it to some degree no matter what bra I’m wearing—normal or sports bra and in different sizes.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by AliCat View Post
        It is me!!!
        I'm hoping that this encourages more riders to come out and get fitted.
        I've never done a fitting but you were super helpful when I pm-ed you for fitting advice, thank you again!

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        • #24
          Really great article - congratulations.

          I bought some new bras after one of your longer threads about bra fittings. Would have been great to get a personal fitting from you but the online advice was great and my running and regular bras fit just so much better.

          It's really too bad that most stores don't carry any 32 inch bras beyond 32A or sometimes B. I'm not *that* unusual (small framed, big busted) -- there must be many other women built like me -- 32DDD. And especially teens. Where can they possibly find a bra that fits (that they can afford).

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          • #25
            AliCat How does one go about finding a local reputable place to get properly fitted? What are the things to look for? (For those who can not make it to your shop.)


            I purchased a SheFit bra. My shape made me not fit into any of their sizes but I followed their directions for when that happens and ordered what they said to order (I think it was the larger size, I admit I do not remember).
            I was not impressed by this bar. The fit was poor (cups too big, etc). But the biggest problem I have with it is that where the adjusting slides are on the shoulder straps give me raw spots because when I move my arms they dig in. If they were half an inch up or down they would be fine, but this is where they land on me.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
              AliCat How does one go about finding a local reputable place to get properly fitted? What are the things to look for? (For those who can not make it to your shop.)
              Same question for me, I'd be willing to try Seattle area (2+ hr drive). I typically don't wear bras, to be honest. My work day includes a kevlar vest, so I can get away with it on work days.

              PMing you
              COTH's official mini-donk enabler

              "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Training Cupid View Post
                I wish I could blame my bad riding on a poorly fitting bra but alas I'm barely a B
                I'm right there with ya!

                I should add, though, that it's hard to find a good sports bra when you are smaller cupped. Just yesterday when shopping with my niece who needed a new sports bra (she takes after me in size, haha), the store had NO 36 B sport bras. They only started with C cups. You know, we smaller girls need protection and support, too!
                My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                • #28
                  Sounds like some people might benefit from hanging out in /r/abrathatfits

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                  • #29
                    I'm small enough that don't really care if my breasts are not "separated" as long as they are decently supported AND as long as I don't have to hurt my shoulders while getting the %#@! sport bra on and off.

                    Plus, when working out (Pilates, Yoga, cardio) I don't want a back closure digging into my skin when I'm lying on my back, and I need racer back style to free the shoulders.

                    I went on Amazon to see what was out there in front-close, racer back sport bras, and a lot of the models don't even have 32 as an option (I want to try a 32C to see if that would fit me better than my usual 34B).

                    I will keep searching and report. Right now I use regular, underwire front close bras when working out, but they do sometimes pinch a little. *sigh*
                    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                    • #30
                      Hi guys,

                      it's been hectic at the ship the last couple of days. I will get to PM's in the next couple of days. Saturdays are the busiest day here. Thanks for your understanding.
                      The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by S1969 View Post
                        It's really too bad that most stores don't carry any 32 inch bras beyond 32A or sometimes B. I'm not *that* unusual (small framed, big busted) -- there must be many other women built like me -- 32DDD. And especially teens. Where can they possibly find a bra that fits (that they can afford).
                        Right? I'm not as busty as you, but my chest (under bust) measures like 29.5. My only option is to order bras online, which I've literally never had success with. I only own two bras now, neither fit properly but I mostly just live in cheap sports bras and strap on one of the ill-fitting underwires for special occasions.

                        I would love to find a professional bra fitter with options I could try on.

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                        • #32
                          So I measured myself, and if I breathe normally, I'm maybe a 29" band size. I inflated my chest and abdomen as if I was huffing and puffing after riding hard, and it was around 31". I remember getting measured at Vicky's and they put me in a 32C and it felt so tight I couldn't breathe, much less ride or do work around a barn. I took the bra home thinking it would wear in and stretch a bit, but it never did, so I gave it to a tiny friend. What's the happy medium?

                          My favorite sports bra was a $15 number I bought off of amazon - it has underwire close-front cups and a zip front for extra control. I bought it to replace the VS sport bra that busted after a year of hard use.

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Mersidoats View Post
                            So I measured myself, and if I breathe normally, I'm maybe a 29" band size. I inflated my chest and abdomen as if I was huffing and puffing after riding hard, and it was around 31". I remember getting measured at Vicky's and they put me in a 32C and it felt so tight I couldn't breathe, much less ride or do work around a barn. I took the bra home thinking it would wear in and stretch a bit, but it never did, so I gave it to a tiny friend. What's the happy medium?
                            .
                            I'm guessing you're not a 32C, even if you are a 32 something. But VC is unlikely to carry sizes like 32E, so they tried to make the sale with the 32C.

                            If a store doesn't carry a range of sizes, there is no point in having them fit you. They will still try to sell you what they have even if they know it's wrong.

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                            • #34
                              How do these compare to the Cheata bra?
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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by DLee View Post
                                How do these compare to the Cheata bra?
                                The ones listed in the article, you mean? The Cheatas that I’ve tried provided control via compression only. Extreme compression, some might say! The bras mentioned in the article provide control via combo(s) of underwire, structured fabric and foam, engineered construction, and compression.

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                                • #36
                                  I have to say I will only wear the panache sports bra and they are amazing. I’ve been wearing them for about 9 years now and they are the most comfortable thing ever. I even wear my sports bras st work. I’m a 34DD for reference

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                                  • #37
                                    Can I just say how awesome the COTH family is? I have had such a response to this article, I'm so glad I've been able to help so many fellow riders.

                                    I'm a little nervous about leaving for vacation later this week, though my wonderful staff will be at the shop to continue serving clients.

                                    Now I have to figure out when I can get down to Wellington!
                                    The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)

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