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Title Nine Bravangelists to the rescue + a giveaway!

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Disclosure: I received a free bra — all opinions are my own.

It probably goes without saying that a post about sports bras might venture into TMI territory. But I’ll say it anyways: This might venture into TMI territory.

I’ve always felt very lucky that I’ve never had to worry about having a large chest that got in the way of running, playing sports, etc. I’m sure I’ve also taken it for granted at times, but I recently found myself in a new situation: I love my Oiselle bras (they’re comfortable and cute), but now I need to wear two of them when running or a weird combination of one sports bra + a tank with a built in shelf bra. I guess having two back-to-back pregnancies and then nursing Calvin for 10+ months did a number on me.

So when I had the opportunity to attend the Title Nine Fit Fest Media Night to have an expert ‘Bravangelist‘ fit me for a sports bra, I couldn’t wait.

Ahead of the event, our Title Nine contact, Jessica, emailed and asked that we provide our current bra size and I was like “Uhhhh.” To be completely honest, I’m still wearing nursing bras and tanks because all of my old bras fit weird. Jessica assured me that it wasn’t a problem and they’d be able to find me the perfect bra.

After hitting up Tilia for a quick dinner (um, of fries and a lobster roll — the ideal meal before trying on bras in front of other people) courtesy of my bro (it’s fun to sit and harass the chef), I arrived to Title Nine Edina at 50th and France. Julia, the store manager, greeted me by name! Shortly after, Erin, Jessie, Bert, Samara and Anna arrived. So great to meet some of the other bloggers I follow, in person!

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We met Molly, Title Nine’s head Bravangelist (and bra buyer) who fit us each individually. She took a few really quick measurements (and if it matters to you — you can even keep your top on) and brought me a few different options to try on. Easy peasy!

Bloggers + Molly!

Bloggers + Molly!

She told me I was a 32C and in some of the bras that run small, a 32D, so it’s pretty obvious that I’ve likely been wearing the incorrect size for many years. In fact, while the majority of American women wear a 36C bra, most sports bras are made for A or B-cup women.

I tried on the 3-reasons Brooks/Moving Comfort bra (similar to the Moving Comfort best-selling Fiona bra) and the Tech Athena. Both felt very supportive and comfortable, but not quite right.

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

The third bra I tried was the one I ended up deciding on — the Fits-to-a-T sports bra, made by Brooks/Moving Comfort. I love everything about this bra — it’s comfortable and extremely supportive and the racerback cut shouldn’t lead to any chafing or rubbing on long runs. OH and the straps are adjustable for just the right fit (with velcro — perfect for a nursing mom).

The winner!

The winner!

What I loved about all of the options I tried was that they were “band and cup”-style, which I’ve never worn before. They felt much more supportive than the typical S, M, L-type bras I’ve always worn in the past. This got me thinking that I don’t think I’ve ever worn the proper sports bra. Ever. In my life.

We also participated in a “bounceathon” in our bras where we tested out how the bras handled jumping rope, bouncing on a ball or hoola hooping. It felt a little awkward, but it was a good way to really put them to the test!

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The best part of all of this? There’s a public Title Nine Fit Fest on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 at Title Nine in Edina! RSVP here to sign up for your personalized bra fit with a Title Nine Bravangelist expert. It’s a super quick process, but seriously life changing. And the staff at the Edina location is super friendly and knowledgeable (btw, good luck with your half marathon, Angela!) and they’ve got a carefully curated selection of awesome clothing and gear in addition to sports bras (for example: they carry Oiselle items, some designed specifically for T9)!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win a Title Nine bra of your choice! The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Along with the bra, you’ll get a personalized fitting, either in-store or by-phone, depending on your location.

(Note that if you’re a winner that’s located within driving distance of a Title Nine store you’ll be asked to redeem your prize at the closest/preferred retail location.)

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below about ANYTHING to do with sports bras! For an additional entry, tweet about the Title Nine Fit Fest using the @TitleNine handle and#T9FitFest hashtag. Then let me know you tweeted, with a separate comment and link to the tweet. Good luck! Enter by the end of the day on Monday and I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for my full bra review (once I start running again!)

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19 thoughts on “Title Nine Bravangelists to the rescue + a giveaway!

  1. I need a new sports bra for running!

  2. I have the same issue with my chest post baby! I’ve found having a spots bra that has normal bra straps, instead of racer back helps!

  3. This is an incredibly helpful post. I am looking for the right sports bra for running and can never seem to find a great fit. I agree that maybe the whole S, M, L sizing options just really aren’t the best to fit a variety of body shapes.

  4. I love sports bras, but have a hard time finding ones to fit my frame. I need good support with adjustable shoulder straps. I’m petite, but have a large bust, so the S, M, L sizing does not work for me. I’ll definitely need to check out Title Nine Bras, I found several on the website that look fantastic!

  5. For me, adjustable straps – (around bust and shoulders) are a must. The S, M, L sizing does not work for me, I can’t ever get the right fit.

  6. I will have to check out Title 9 now and get fitted. I have been a fan of Oiselle bras for a while, but a good fit is in order! Thanks for this info!

  7. Sports bras are hard for me to get right!

  8. My biggest problem with sports bras is that they often chafe me at intersection between the band and my ribcage skin. It’s sooooo painful when the water hits it during my post-run shower.

  9. Great post! It was a fun event, great chatting with you there 🙂 I am loving my Shock Absorber bra so far!

  10. Great post, I need to investigate the sports bra options beyond s/m/l!!

  11. Ok I’m calling today to set up an appointment on Wednesday to try to find a new sports bra. It is exciting to get bras that actually fit and support

  12. I would love to get fitted for the right fitting sports bra!! Sounds like a great experience at Title Nine.

  13. After being pregnant, nursing for 13+ months and avoiding all fitting rooms like the plague, I think it’s finally time for me to get some good bras back into the rotation. The one you picked looks awesome!

  14. I finally upgraded from my cheaper C9 Target sports bras to Moving Comfort ones a year ago. They are more comfortable now that I’m used to them and aren’t stretching out nearly as fast.

  15. So glad you got to experience the Title Nine bras! I LOVE their bras (I’m pretty sure they are the only ones I’ve ever gotten…). Now when I try on any other sports bras, they just don’t even compare! I’m actually due to get a new one so I might do that soon… although it would be nice if I won one! 🙂

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