I am picky about any garment that touches my chest, be it bra, T-shirt, or itchy winter sweater. I like to think I have sensitive breasts. And during a period when I refuse to be any more uncomfortable than I already am (emotionally), I am especially choosy about the garments that come my way. How I feel on the inside affects how I look on the outside, and vice versa; so when I’m in need of a pick-me-up, a restrictive, compressing bra is very much not the right answer.
I used to think all sports bras were tight and “smushy”—and that they were, in fact, supposed to be. (I have medium-size boobs—34C or 32D—and wear a size 4 dress, for reference of what my torso looks like.) Was a sports bra really a sports bra unless it left my shoulders with deep indent marks and shoved my breasts into abundant cleavage!? No! Turns out, a proper-fitting sports bra shouldn’t feel that way at all. As part of our 2020 SELF Certified Awards criteria, experts note that sports bras should be comfortable, full stop. Those bras surely exist, right? They do—but they’re just a little bit harder to find.
If quarantine taught me anything, it’s to not settle for anything less than comfort, even with a sports bra that I only wear for an hour a day, max. I am pleased to report that the Fabletics All Day Everyday Bra—a winner in our 2020 SELF Certified Sports Bras, Leggings, and Shorts Awards—provides soft, stretchy, flexible comfort before, during, and after your workout. Eureka, as they say—we’ve finally found it.
How I Tested the Fabletics All Day Everyday Sports Bra
Though this is a medium-impact support bra, I tested it doing a range of activities. Throughout all of my testing, I always kept in mind SELF’s criteria for buying the best sports bras. Most of my workouts fall into the low- and medium-impact range, and if I do buy a new sports bra, it’s important to me to ensure that I will want to wear it on any day, no matter the activity.
For medium-impact activity, I wore this bra on a one mile-long jog and then for a cardio Pilates workout. I also wore it twice to practice yoga. After wearing it the first couple of times just for workouts, I tried putting it on in the morning and wearing it up until my workout (which I usually do in the early evening), just to see how it held up comfort-wise over the course of the day.
Though I would recommend this bra for medium-impact workouts for someone with breasts my size or smaller, it may not be sufficient support for someone with larger breasts doing medium-to-high-impact workouts. I loved the flexibility of the bra—how it felt like my body could move naturally without being either too restricted or too unsupported.
The bra fit really nicely. I like that the style is somewhere between a racerback and a crossback, with adjustable straps too. This hybrid shape enabled the bra to better hug my body’s natural shapes and curves than a standard racerback does. So yes, I felt better supported in all the right places, but also like I could move freely.
While this bra felt like it definitely ran true to size (I wore a medium and thought it fit perfectly), the cut might not be the most supportive for people with larger or smaller breasts, who might find they have too little or too much room in the neckline. The neckline is a fairly deep V: During yoga flows, I would regularly look down and see a whole lot of my own cleavage. This didn’t bother me for two reasons: one, I was alone in my apartment, and two, I was never “falling out” of the bra, though I was showing some skin. If you’re the type to worry about feeling overexposed or falling out, it may not be the best cut for you. Alternatively, if you, like me, often feel too restricted in sports bras, then you might very well enjoy this one.
As I mentioned earlier, the strap style is somewhat of a hybrid between a racerback and crossback—the front half of the strap looks thick and is made of the same fabric as the rest of the bra, like a racerback, but just behind the shoulder it narrows into an elastic strap that’s about an inch wide, which doesn’t get tangled and adds good support. The straps are also adjustable, which is useful if you want to reel things in a bit.
This bra was super easy to put on and take off, and for that I am grateful. Blame it on the wide, deep cut, because I may never go back to wearing a standard racerback again. (And thank God I don’t have to.)
The fabric of this bra isn’t super sweat wicking—instead, it’s a really soft cotton. About half an hour after my workout, I was damp enough that I knew I wanted to take the bra off. The good thing about the fabric was that I was able to actually wipe my face sweat with it during my workout when I had to or wanted to. And throughout the workout, it didn’t feel uncomfortably wet in any way.
The fabric is really soft and stretchy—a must for me when it comes to choosing activewear. It actually reminds me of the ballet leotards I used to wear when I was a kid. It feels good against my skin and doesn’t bother me when I wear it throughout the day, either. My boobs can breathe!
The Bottom Line
The Fabletics All Day Everyday Sports Bra makes me feel like a sexy yoga teacher in a very good way, particularly because wearing it is so easy and effortless. I don’t consider myself busty, but this bra made me feel it. Most of all, the Everyday Bra allows my body to move and flow freely and naturally, which is what I think all fitness should feel like.