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Not only are these bralettes great, but you can double these up and use them for workouts! Here is what I have learned....
on January 4, 2017
I do medium/high impact workouts. And good workout bras are EXPENSIVE! One day all my good workout bras were dirty, so I doubled up on these bras. And guess what, with 2 of these bras at the same time (1 camisole & 1 sports bra) - I was just as supported as my good workout bra - for a whole $8!
Here is what I have learned.
TYPES - There are several types under this one heading. I have both the CAMISOLE type and the SPORTS BRA type. I would NOT call them sports bras, but rather "bralettes" or shelf bras. They feel like cotton and have non-adjustable straps (but the non-adjustability does not seem to be an issue for most people). I bought both in the white, black, grey sets. The sports bra type has ruching, that doesn't look all that great and doesn't really add to the bra. But the straps of the sports bra are really cute. The sports bra comes with ONE set of padded inserts that can be moved from one sports bra to the other. Because I always wear a shirt when working out, these inserts are unnecessary, so I am not using them. The set of inserts comes with the sports bra, but NOT with the camisole type. To confirm you are buying the correct type, make sure you click on the color options and look at the accompanying photos so see whether it is the camisole or sports bra type, because the description does not change.
SIZING - I am a 34D(or DD) or a 36C/D. And with these bras I wear a 38. It feels snug and appropriately supported. For the bras I bought, the camisole type actually fits a bit more snug and the sports bra type fits a bit looser.
Given my sizing and what I have read from the other reviews, here is how I would guess the sizing works:
A cup - go actual size.
B cup - Sports Bra go actual size, Camisole go up 1 size.
C cup - go up 1 size.
D cup - go up 1 size for Sports Bra and 2 sizes for Camisole.
DD and bigger - go up 2 sizes. But if you are well endowed with a small rib cage (e.g., 32 DD or bigger) then this bra may not work for you, because if you go up more than 2 sizes, the band at the bottom may be too big. (But again, for me with a 34D(or DD) or a 36C/D - a 38 is perfect.)
Whew - get all that? :) Again, this is all only a guess - but hopefully my guessing helps a little. Basically the bigger your cup size, the more sizes up you need to go.
HOW I WEAR THEM - I use the camisole type when I have a low cut shirt and too much cleavage is a bit inappropriate. Sometimes I wear it alone, or sometimes I wear my bra under it. I also use it alone for low impact sports (I just wore is skiing and it was perfect.) Or for my high impact workouts I use the sports bra type and the camisole type together - in the same color, and all the straps look pretty cute! Also, because the straps are all in different places, it doesn't hurt my neck/top of my shoulders like some of my "real" sports bra do - the pressure/weight is spread out if you use the 2 different bra types together. (I have included 3 pictures of my back: a) camisole; b) sports bra and c) both together.)
WASHING: make sure to hang dry these bras - but other than that I have had no issue with either the quality or the washing of these bras. The directions say to hand wash and hang dry, but machine washing and hang drying seem to be fine.
IN SUM - at $4-5 a bra it is an amazing price point. And for $8-10 to double them up and use them for workouts is awesome! And they are much cuter than my ugly old workout bras. I hope this is helpful to you!