Before Blake and Miranda announced their split (SO SAD), I was sure that this was going to be the trending story of the day: how to make a sports bra from underwear.

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If you didn’t see this article yesterday, basically it showed you how you could take a pair of men’s underwear and make a few cuts, and wah-laa, in a matter of minutes you have a cheap sports bra!

(P.S. I wish I could find the original article that I read because it was talking about taking those “slightly used” underwear and making them into a sports bra… I don’t think someone thought that through.) 

 

But please, please, PLEASE don’t make a sports bra from underwear. 

I admit, I’m not the best person when it comes to sports bras, but I’ve learned so much from Brooks this year about the appropriate things you should do with your sports bra. 

Like, the fact that it should never celebrate a birthday. 

Or the fact that even if you feel like you don’t need it, you DO need a supportive sports bra… especially if you are a runner! 

So, why is it so important? Your boobs (yes, I’m going to talk about them like I’m a 15-year-old boy) are held “up” by ligaments, which are called Cooper’s ligaments. Once these stretch out, there’s no getting them back up. Hence why they say as you age, your sag… 

But anyways, when you participate in high-impact sports like running, you need all the support you can get there to make sure your ligaments aren’t stretching out and your girls are staying in place. 

Once a sports bra turns a year, it has lost much of its supportive structure. I’m sure it’s like the running shoe guidelines, you can probably squeeze out a few more wears, but a year is a good rule of thumb for how old your sports bras should be. 

Tomorrow, I am actually headed over to Luke’s Locker for a sports bra fitting! Yes, they actually do these! I had NO idea, until I went to Seattle to visit Brooks. I just thought you picked a size based on what size shirt you wore, and there you have it. But there’s a lot of other things that you need to think about. For instance, all the different designs that are out there today.

Again, I thought this was just because people wanted fancier things but they all have purposes. Strap designs can provide more support without sacrificing comfort, while the traditional racerback gives those of us with smaller boobs the support that we need (although the smooshing method isn’t necessarily the best). 

When it comes to a sports bra, splurge a little bit on yourself. I’ve learned that if I buy a quality sports bra (and bra, at that), it makes such a huge difference in the fit and how comfortable I am for the long haul. 

I’ll definitely be posting about my sports bra fitting experience and some of the recommendations that I receive from the store, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, wear your underwear how it was meant to be… and if you really need a DIY project, make me this. #kthxbai

 

How long do you keep your sports bras? Where do you buy them? 

Would you ever make a sports bra from underwear? 


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