The perfect, cozy workout-fit.
I recently returned from a magical "retreat" in La Honda, California, where I mountain biked Russian Ridge, played guitar, watched shooting stars from the hot tub...
And did yoga in the mountains. It was glorious.
It was also the first time I had the chance to try out my new Yvette athletic clothing -- specifically, the Flee Sports Bra and Anywhere Mesh Leggings.
For the most part, I never buy full-priced clothing. I don't care about fashion enough for it to be worth it.
However, growing up, my mom always insisted I get the best basketball shoes, shin guards, or protective gear possible. "How many feet do you have?" she would ask me.
"Exactly. So you should care of them."
It's a philosophy I'm glad I've taken to heart. I actually give the same advice to many of the women I know.
Not just about their feet or brains, but also their boobs.
When I see a woman running in a cheap sports bra, my back, chest, and heart ache for her.
I... was going to include an image here. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that when I googled "bouncing boobs bad sports bra," the results weren't exactly PG...
Instead, I'l post these images:
Women and girls alike are avoiding sports and physical activity -- because of bad sports bras.
It's not just fashion... it's also an investment. In your athletic career. In your body. In your health. You're not going to go to the gym if your sports bra is uncomfortable or doesn't support you the way you need it to.
How many boobs do you have?
So take care of them.
Yvette is one way to do that. The company provides inclusive sizing, and many of their bras come in precise cup and band size. They've got a customer support team to help you find your best fit.
All that said... one of the deciding factors for me when I picked the Flee bra is that it was cute. I loved the mesh panels.
What I didn't realize when ordering is that the mesh isn't just cute -- it's also functional, speeding up heat dissipation and keeping you dry. I've never suffered from underboob sweat, but I have heard what a nightmare it is. This is an aesthetically pleasing solution to that problem.
I will say, if you're any taller than 6'0, this might not be the bra for you. The pyramid racerback design relieves back pressure for large-breasted women... but the straps aren't adjustable, and I think I'm at the maximum height for a bra that doesn't have adjustable straps.
Now, the leggings...
I love the way they look. I think they're great for running...
But they didn't quite pass my "bending over in front of the mirror" test.
This means I wouldn't wear them to a yoga class (yoga by myself in the mountains is another story) or weight room, as these are places I'd be bending over.
But, again, I do like the way they look. I'd wear them for biking (with a chamois) or jogging, and I can't wait to wear them surfing (I love extra sun protection, I hate putting more sunscreen in the water than I need to).
More than the look, I love the feel. I guess their greatest weakness... is also their greatest strength. They truly do feel "just like a second skin," and I actually do look forward to putting them on, even if it's just to run errands.
Yvette, who provided the clothes in this post, is available directly from YvetteSports.com, on Amazon, and at Macy's.
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