Stop the Flop


Ladies, this is a blog post just for you.  Two of my friends and I were chatting a week ago.  One runs middle distances, one runs agility with her Corgi, and I ride.  But, we all have the exact same issue – how do you contain the “girls” and stop the flop.    For one, it is uncomfortable even if you are not well endowed.  Two, we all have seen ourselves on video and have cringed when you see the independent movement of uncontained boobs.  You might have halted, but certain parts are still coming to a stationary position.  That video makes you stop and realize that “I need a better bra.”

My friends and I discussed our experiences both good and bad with finding the perfect “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder”  ( A nod to Bette Midler for that reference!).

One of the bad experiences is wearing a yoga top while riding, running or doing any high impact activity.  Just an utter failure on my part when I tried it once.  The shelf bra support meant a very uncomfortable ride when I did anything more than a walk.  It is not recommended unless you have something more supportive underneath.

Also not recommended by either my friends or me is the well worn bra that you have owned for over 5 years.  You know the one.  The one with no elasticity left in the straps or the back.  I’m willing to bet that we all have one that should have been retired, but it seems to do its job until you decide to be a bit more active while wearing it.  You even try adjusting the straps to no avail.  Please give it a moment of silence and remove it from the rotation.

We also strongly suggest that you leave the frilly and lacy balconette brassieres for non-athletic endeavors.  These bras are built for different reasons than a good athletic bra.  The materials are usually not sweat friendly and the styling is not very supportive.  How horrifying would it be to “break free” in the middle of your dressage test or marathon?!

What do we recommend?  Heading to your nearest athletic store and finding athletic bras made for runners.  They tend to have the most support and compression and work well for equestrians.  Try on your favorites.  Jump, move, turn and stretch in the contenders.  Comfort is key.  If something is too tight, too loose, or cuts into your underarm while in the dressing room, just say no and move on to the next one.  This is definitely like saddle shopping – one size does not fit all.  Find what works for you.

If you would rather shop from the comfort of home, then head over to the Title Nine website.  They rate their bras and bra tops with barbells.  The more barbells a bra has, the more support you will get.  They even guarantee that DDD cups won’t move in their six barbell bras…now that is some impressive support!

Feel free to share your favorite brands and stores in the comments below.  Now it’s time to head back to the barn – it is a shame that my undergarments can’t help my sit trot…




3 thoughts on “Stop the Flop

  1. I wear a Lonsdale athletic crop top for riding. I’ll be the first to admit that I bought it in the first instance because it was reduced in a clearance sale and available in my favourite colour, however it has turned out to be perfect. It’s comfortable, securely flattens the twins to my chest, and the mesh ‘racer’-style back reminds me to keep my shoulders back and down.

  2. I rode for years, 5 times a week in the guaranteed no bounce bra.
    It has been sold by a couple of different companies, but looking at the pictures this is the same bra. I am currently not riding, but I wear them when I mow my 5 acres. I bought 3 bras and put them in rotation and believe it or not approximately 15 years later, I still have the same three bras. They just have NOT worn out. And yes, I wash them in the washing machine, but I hang them to dry.
    I love them and when you by them they are guaranteed, if it doesn’t work for you, you send it back for a full refund. These are available in regular and plus sizes.
    Happy riding!

  3. Oh yes. This problem. I use a high impact underwire sports bra, which is comfortable, under all non-white riding tops. It happens to be a Champion, purchased from an outlet store. It will not hide the “weather indicators”, but it stands up to cantering, trotting, etc.

    For the white tops I wear an underwire high impact bra with some light “weather indicator” fill. This is not as good a bra, but doable. It’s a Danskin. Again, outlet store.

    While I am not well-endowed, I do not like any flopping as it is just plain uncomfortable. It’s bad enough being old, I don’t need them hanging any lower. Really wish I were one of those “no bust at all” types, so I could wear those cute yoga or cami tops during summer!

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