Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Searching for Victoria's Secret

I recently had to purchase a few new sports bras because I found that a few of mine were A) quite old and B) looked pretty gross even after being washed.

This one's from 2006...
I don't know about you, but I typically can't find sports bras (that I like) at the TJ Maxx's for under $20, and I'm not going to spend $20 on a C9 one from Target. Uhh, it's Target, which is half a step up from Walmart. Ok maybe a whole step. Regardless, you shouldn't have to spend more than $20 on something from TJ Maxx or Target; these aren't high-end stores. I'm also definitely not going to spend $500 on one from Lululemon. Does it also come with liposuction? If so, I may reconsider.

I took myself to Victoria's Secret - Sport section of their website and did some shopping. Here are the results:

DISCLAIMER: I paid for each of these bras. The opinions below are my own and in no way influenced by Adriana or Candice.
However, if Victoria's Secret wants to send me some free stuff, I wouldn't turn that down. Just sayin'.

The "Player" - $15
The Player is your standard, racerback sports bra. Comes in a wide variety of fun colors/patterns and is only $15. I bought two. Bye TJ Maxx.

The "Crossback" - $20
The Crossback is a much cheaper version of the infamous Lululemon strappy thing everyone has these days. It's labeled for "light" use so I probably won't wear it for running. So far I've worn it to the gym and it works fine there. It comes with those useless, removable nip-pads that are great until you wash it and then become origami in the farthest corners of the bra.

The "Lightweight" - $25
They call it the Lightweight yet recommend it for Medium-impact (and people think models aren't smart). I like this one though. There is some padding which is slightly annoying but I can get over it.

The (doesn't appear to be on website anymore) - $20
You know the scene from The Sweetest Thing where Cameron Diaz is trying on clothes in her bikini top and stops to talk about how her boobs were 'up here' when she was 22 but now gravity has taken them down at 28. This bra would get her back to age 22. I think this was a previous style of the Angel sports bra. There's a plastic ring connecting all those back straps AND it's a hook-close which makes it impossible to put on without assistance. Oh, and there's underwire! Ya know, because you need to look perky on a run. I still like it, though I've worn it more to the gym than on a run.

The "Incredible" - $35
As in, it's Incredible that my boobs just grew 3 sizes! This beaut not only comes with underwire and a hook-close, but it's also padded. PADDED. Because we're not just here to exercise. Anyway, it's getting returned.

The "Ultimate" - $35
Whoa. I mean just look at it. It looks like it would fit a DD! Underwire again here, which I especially didn't like because you can see it all across the front when wearing. Also padded. It is advertised as their running bra, which almost makes me feel like I should try it out on a run. It gets a lot of good reviews, but in the end I just don't like how huge it looks so I'll take my $35 back please k thx bye.

Remind me in a year to do a "how they held up" post. I'm interested to see if they're well-made for actual exercise and not just air punches and 3-lb dumbbell curls.


  1. I like these bras and your reviews of them. TBH I had no clue they weren't more expensive. I hope the bras hold up but I'm like you, if it's from 2006 and still fits, chances are I'm still wearing it.

    1. Same. As long as it doesn't have holes, (very) bad stains, and in the case of sports bras - still seem supportive - I'm definitely still wearing it. The majority of my runs are in the dark AM hours anyway... who cares if I'm stylin'!

  2. This was a great post! Made me chuckle because I still have my first "supportive" bras for running. I bought from Title Nine which you can check out at
    They show you how supportive they are by how many dumbbells they give the bra. Because I have huge melons, I need something with at least 5 dumbbells. I LOVED their bras for running. Never had to do the "double-up" and wear girls never moved during my runs!!
    Now that I don't run anymore, the bras just sit. I agree though that if it still works keep on using it!!!

  3. Hello Stranger ! I'm happy to be back in run/blog world.....
    I'm currently in need of a new Garmin, and a new favorite jog bra, urgh ! My current Champion is chaffing me - thumbs down. I'm not a shopper, and I hate the expense of the experimental search.

  4. Your post was super enjoyable and made me laugh- thank you for that. I hear ya' on the whole dilemma of a good running sports bra though.

  5. Glad to read this article, love your blog so much!