Tuesday Talk-Sports Bra Talk

Whew!  Yesterday here in McKinney, Texas, we had the most magical weather!   You know how a song or scent can take you right back to a certain time or place?  That’s exactly what the weather did to me yesterday!  Years ago, when I had just two babies I would walk with a neighbor to the neighborhood park, let the kids play, and we’d stay busy during those “witching hours” right after their afternoon naps but before the dads would be home from work.  I can’t say that we did it every Monday through Friday, but it happened a LOT!  The weather yesterday led my crew right to the park to meet up with friends and I had to talk myself out of having a “moment” about my babies growing up.  The days are long, but those years fly by, friends.  Anyway, the weather.  I’m blaming my nostalgic moment all on the weather.

It’s TUESDAY TALK with Fancy Ashley!  On the third Tuesday of each month we meet up and chit chat about anything and everything.

Okay, I have a question and it’s something I’ve been wondering for YEARS.  I’d love your input.  Why do all the companies make sports bras with inserts that come out during a wash cycle?  Or get bunched up?  Or get stuck way over in the arm pit part of the bra?  Or maybe I should just say, “MOVE” period?

Why are they made that way?
Athleisure is such a huge part of the market right now.  Women are on the move, on the go, and let’s be real-we don’t have time to be searching for those insert cups.

Is anyone actively choosing to take the inserts out? 

Onto my next question…how do you get those inserts to stay put?  I read an article yesterday about sewing them into place, which sounds like way too much work.  In college I had a swimsuit I loved but the inserts would come out so darn easily every time it was washed so my mom made a couple stitches to keep it in place.  I kid you not when I say-I bet I still have that swimsuit in my drawer to this day!  {Just feel like I should say-I’m not wearing that one out in public-it’d be like a “only the family is in the backyard-kind-of-suit.  Do you have those suits too?}

Let’s start a sports bra {and swimsuit} discussion…
*Why are sports bras made for the inserts to be taken out so easily?
*Are you wanting your inserts to come out?
*If not, how do you get yours to stay put?

This was part of the moms’ discussion at the park yesterday and everyone there was like-UGH…all hating when they come out.  One mom said that she ends up just throwing hers out and I agree!  That eventually happens to me, but then it makes me not wear that particular sports bra or swimsuit near as much.

What are your thoughts?  Please share!  I’m in the “let’s start a petition for inserts to start being sewn in” camp.  Inserts, stay put!  Anyone else interested in signing the petition?  🙂

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  1. 2.18.20
    Lauren D said:

    This topic made me laugh out loud– I HATE those things! I honestly try not to buy workout clothes/swimsuits that have them now because I'm just DONE with them. Can't wait to read everyone else's advice!

  2. 2.18.20
    Sunshine and Books said:

    I’ll sign that petition! It is so annoying to have to find and fix them every single time!!

  3. 2.18.20
    Fonda @Savvy Southern Chic said:

    I agree they should be sewn in or not there at all. I end up throwing them away after a couple of washings. No one has time to fight with those things.

  4. 2.18.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Same thing with swimsuits, right?! All summer long, I feel like all I do is get them out of my washing machine and then shove them back in.

  5. 2.18.20
    Dana said:

    Yes to this whole post! This is So frustrating to me. And they are so hard to get back into place too. That little slit is so small to try and get them back into the correct position. I just wish they were all sewed in.

  6. 2.18.20
    Sarita @ it's my girls' world said:

    The bane of my existence— along with socks lost in the dryer! Now i just buy those zella ones with no inserts

  7. 2.18.20
    Lesley McFarland said:

    This post is so funny because I just had this conversation with several people this weekend on 2 different occasions. WHY???? For the love….do the inserts come out? I just don’t get it!!!

  8. 2.18.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    It drives me crazy! I have two different ones sitting on top of my dryer right now! I want them in there, but I WANT THEM TO STAY.

  9. 2.18.20
    Beth said:

    I take them out and throw away immediately! Never have to worry about them again that way!

  10. 2.18.20
    Melissa said:

    I can't wait to hear people's suggestions because this is such a huge pet peeve of mine! I end up washing them in lingerie bags just so they catch the inserts if/when they fall out during wash.

  11. 2.18.20
    Unknown said:

    Victoria's Secret has padded sports bras, no inserts. They are really great!

  12. 2.18.20
    Dustie Day said:

    Lol, AMEN! Can I ask what brand of sports bra you like! I’ve tried to many and still haven’t found one that i love!

  13. 2.18.20
    Sheri Banwart said:

    Yes!!! I highly dislike the padding! I just want a regular sports bra that doesn't even have them! Come on retail world get some mommas on your board and we can fix this issue. 🙂

  14. 2.18.20
    Lisa said:

    I purchased these on Amazon a few years ago and love them: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0744M3DF2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I tossed all my old inserts and just use these. They stay put during a workout. They are slightly smaller than the inserts sports bras come with so they are a cinch to put in place. I take them out immediately after taking my bra off, put in laundry with everything else and pop them back in after doing laundry. There is stitching all around the edges so they don't come apart, and they don't get creases. I personally need the padding and these give a little extra lift but I'm guessing they have some without the lift.

  15. 2.18.20
    Laci said:

    YES!!! Drives me insane so I stopped buying them and just went back to my regular bras, but I love the cute sports bra but I need the insert to stay put!!

  16. 2.18.20
    Debra said:

    I’m a runner, so I buy “high impact” bras. My favorites are Nike, Brooks and Lululemon. They’re a bit more expensive, but, I’ve never had “inserts” to deal with, and they’ll last for years if you air dry them after washing.

  17. 2.18.20
    Jenny said:

    I am bigger chested so I don't need any extra padding. I have never bought a sports bra with insert pads. I wear a Wacoal underwire sports bra that I bought at Nordstrom. It keeps everything locked and loaded very well while I am running. They are not cheap but they last and I need something with lots of support.

  18. 2.18.20
    sarahfedd said:

    Life changing! Inexpensive, great support and molded cups so no annoying pads and no embarrassing nipples.

  19. 2.18.20
    Nicole said:

    I totally agree! The padding always folds over too inside that tiny pocket? Can you possibly link your cute floral leggings and love tank??

  20. 2.18.20
    azbaby24 said:

    They always come out and it drives me crazy!!!! I have a teenage daughter and she just throws hers at me and says mom fix it! At 43, I can barely fix mine. I always shove the girls to the left and then to the right and the padding is never perfect. Stitching and me do not go hand in hand so that is not an option.

  21. 2.18.20
    Ellibelle said:

    Seriously what is up with those inserts shifting and moving!! So annoying!

  22. 2.18.20
    Julie Bradford said:

    sooooo weird.. one of my girlfriends texted several of us yesterday with a picture of her laundry and sports bras and asked if we hated the inserts as much as her!!! like why do they come out and if we put them back in?? bahahahah hilarious!!! I mean why aren't they just sewn in.. I always put them back in but they may not always be the correct match 🙂 this is too funny!!!!

  23. 2.18.20
    Kellie Liso said:

    Hi! So I workout 5 days a week at a gym. So I’m very picky about everything staying in place when I’m running in public!! But I must say I love Dicks Sporting Good (their own DSG brand) and the pads don’t move! They don’t even come out in the wash! They are the best! I used to wear Nike and moving the pads around! Just thought I’d share!

  24. 2.18.20
    Joanne said:

    I try not to buy anything with those inserts in them just because I am large chested and don't need any extra up there!

  25. 2.18.20
    Kim S. said:

    Maybe I'm the only one – but I take mine out before I wash them. I have never had an issue of them moving around when I'm wearing them (mine are adidas). Honestly – I thought they were removeable so they wouldn't be ruined while in the wash.

  26. 2.18.20
    Unknown said:

    Yes PLEASE! Those darn inserts drive me crazy!

  27. 2.19.20
    Unknown said:

    I despise this!! Jockey makes a couple of options where the liners are properly sewn into the cups, so I buy these exclusively now. Medium support options are available. But to your point, why in the world do companies do anything different??

  28. 2.19.20
    Jen said:

    I always take them out! They never stay flat or stay put. It's such a waste! Must be designed by a man.

  29. 2.19.20
    Mary Jane said:

    I recently bought a couple of Coobies, which are so much EASIER to get on and off than a full-fledged sports bra. Especially when sweaty! I felt like I was Houdini in a straight jacket getting them off!! Although the inserts do come out in the wash, I feel like it's a small price to pay to keep my headlights from showing in the gym.

  30. 2.19.20
    Ella said:

    I guess I must be the only one who doesn't wear the inserts ever. I just take them out and leave them out.