Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
I don't want this to be another "oh woe is me, my tits are gigantic" post, because 90% of the time I'm either happy with or indifferent to my breasts. However, like many women, at least some of the time, I have a complicated relationship with my lady lumps (or, to be medically accurate, "sweater puppies"). Never is this relationship more strained than when I'm trying to go on a goddamn run without feeling like I'm being attacked by two sentient water balloons, and a good sports bra can mean the difference between an enjoyable exercise session and one that makes me want to give myself a DIY mastectomy when I return home.
When you're a C cup or larger, a good sports bra is hard to find. In my experience, bras that provide enough support end up being so tight that breathing becomes difficult, but bras that can be worn without leaving telltale red indentations in the shape of the elastic edges of the bra are so weaksauce that I might as well just give up and wear pasties. That's why I so treasure my Fiona sports bra by Moving Comfort. It's the perfect blend of support and comfort, and unlike other sports bras for women who are not built like the Chinese national gymnastics team, they don't look like something you might find in a dumpster behind a nursing home.
The Fiona bra is sized by both band and cup size, so if you're smaller around but more generously endowed, you can get a bra that actually fits! This bra comes in size 30B to 40DD, and it's made from material with enough give that you're not completely strapped down but not so much give that the upper half of your torso looks like a lumpy waterbed.
Another thing I love: the Fiona has two adjustable straps, so if you lose or gain a little weight over the course of owning the bra or if you change birth control or the Mammary Fairy visits and your breasts change size, you can change the fit.
People who engage in high impact activities (like running) for more than 90 minutes at a time run the risk of chafing, and this bra is perfect for avoiding the most unpleasant post workout shower of your life. After a painful chafing-related screeching incident led to me convincing my neighbors that I had been murdered, this is the only bra I'll wear when I'm planning on running more than 8 miles.
You can also try on a Moving Comfort Fiona bra before shelling out $40-plus; it's stocked at specialty running stores (like my favorite, Fleet Feet).
If you feel like you've spent your entire adult life searching for the perfect supportive sports bra, look no further. For your boulders, no over the shoulder holder comes close.
Fiona Sports Bra by Moving Comfort, $44, Available at movingcomfort.com.
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