Love Aesthetics

July 31, 2014


love aesthetics intimates 1

love aesthetics intimates 2

one / T by Alexander Wang
two / Calvin Klein
three / Nike (similar)
images by me

There is a consistent pattern going on in my underwear drawer: sporty, white, racerback.
These athletic pieces have slowly replaces my ‘regular’ bras, which rarely get picked anymore in the morning. So when yet again another cup bra got kicked out of my collection because it just wasn’t being used, I asked myself: are sportsbras the new intimates? For me they are and here’s why (yes, I love lists)

1 / They often look best underneath clothes. Their effect kind of sounds like the description of spanx: they smooth everything out and keep it in place. Plus they are perfectly invisible underneath all high neck tops with cut out shoulders.

2/ I’m a big fan of sportswear because much attention goes into the functionality of it; for example high tech fabrics that stay in shape and flat seams that don’t irritate the skin when you move. But also because sportswear has a minimal aspect to it; in order to perform best, to feel the lightest, it must be stripped from everything unnecessary.

3/ You acquire two extra (manly?) skills: running, dancing, moving without feeling gravity and decently changing your shirt in semi-public spaces.

4/ But besides all the comfyness and functionality, I completely disagree with most people who say they aren’t sexy. Because you can’t really buy sexy or wear sexy, it’s much more about attitude and feeling most comfortable and confident, which is exactly what these make me feel like. Women are so powerful and their lifestyle has changed so much, I think these bras are taking over our lingerie drawers for the same reasons as sneakers will never leave our wardrobes anymore. We just have shit to get done and our wardrobes are adapting to that. Form follows function.

17 responses to “4x / SPORTS BRAS = THE NEW BRAS”

  1. margo says:

    You wrote it so RIGHT! I completely kicked out all the ”normal” bras 2 years ago. With sport bras, i feel so free and sexier, only becouse i feel finally comfortable:), and don’t need to do these weird moves, when something irritates & it has to be put back on its place again. 🙂

  2. margo says:

    You wrote it so RIGHT! I completely kicked out all the ”normal” bras 2 years ago. With sport bras, i feel so free and sexier, only becouse i feel finally comfortable:), and don’t need to do these weird moves, when something irritates & it has to be put back on its place again. 🙂

  3. Ann says:

    Disagree. Sports bras are great for high impact exercise, but that’s it. Having my breasts tightly flattened against my chest does not feel (or look) comfortable and sexy to me.

    • margo says:

      Women who have bigger breasts (i consider mine too big for my aesthetics) and just want to look more athletic, young, androgynous – the opposite of what Kim Kardashian represents, the sport bra is a real bliss.

  4. Ann says:

    So women who opt for regular bras over sport bras are de facto following the Kim Kardashian aesthetic? That’s ludicrous. In any case, the sexiness of a sports bra is subjective. Sports bras by definition compressing your breasts against your body (otherwise they’re not real sports bras, and are only designed to look “athletic”), and that’s objectively not comfortable for wearing throughout the entire day.

  5. Olga says:

    I guess there’s no need to argue about comfort and sexiness of sports bras and whether or not Ivania made a valid point. Unfortunately, sports bras are just picky bastards that don’t work for all body types, that’s it. For example, I’d love to wear them, they’d work for my style but not for my body. I have very small breasts and a wide rib cage (thanks, crossfit and Mom and Dad!) And sports bras usually come in small, medium and large. I go with large and there’s no support for my breasts (even small ones need it, at least to shut up the nipples), I go with small and I can’t breath, I go with medium – and it’s both. Besides, my looks don’t benefit from additional boob compression. I wouldn’t care if I was shaped like a boy on the bottom but it’s not the case, I need at least a little build up on top to compensate for my bottom. 🙂 So had I been shaped like Ivania, I would live in sports bras. But as it is, I can only dream about it. We are all different. 🙂

  6. Jay says:

    For now on I owe one sports bra and I’ve noticed I wear it the most. They are just comfortable and I don’t think they are less sexy. I agree that sexiness comes from the women’s attitude.

  7. Lux says:

    I know this is a little bit off-topic, but I just have to ask – why is the title ‘ 4x/Sports Bras…’ when you are only displaying 3 sports bras? Am I missing something?

  8. Kristy says:

    Yes I recently bought my first sports bras since middle school and I shook my head why didn’t I think of this sooner! I have boobs that are a bit too large for my body and always felt a little sad that I couldn’t wear pretty shift dresses without my bust interrupting the flow.

    With sports bras I don’t have to worry about the outlines of the cups showing after repeated use, falling out of them because I grew slightly, bigger or smaller, adjusting falling straps, looking too matronly or revealing in an otherwise normal top.

    I mean, I still think women who have curves should embrace them, especially since most of the fashion industry these days do promote the clothes-hanger silhouette. I myself am still working on being less self conscious.But for the time being, I quite enjoy having more freedom in wearing more of my clothes in comfort.

  9. Lois says:

    Gone are the days of fancy bras for me and I am a lingerie representative who has sold many of the most beautiful collection from around the world, I envelope the comfort and simplicity along with the smooth line of so called bras like Sassybax. Freedom yet contained,

  10. Tess says:

    Agreed! Sports bras have that androgynous energy that somehow strips inessential extras. Is the first one by AW the Mesh Combo Swim Top by any chance?

  11. S. says:

    These are perfection!

    \ Indigo Lights

  12. I think you may be up to something here!
    When I was a teenager I bought a sports bra that I wore all the time because it was so comfortable! But nowadays I wear just normal bras… Maybe I should try to do that!

    I definitely agree feeling sexy has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, but in this day and age, it may help a bit. And a normal bra also doesn’t have to be uncomfortable and fall out of place, as a sports bra shouldn’t also be so tight that the breasts are flatten out… It’s all about wearing the right thing for you, and feeling comfortable all the time with whatever you may want to wear, in my opinion.

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