As you’re all aware, I recently asked for guest bloggers to share their experiences with wearing lingerie with the He Wears Panties readers. SteveD answered that call with a great run down on buying sports brassieres from Lane Bryant that are cost effective and control his gynecomastia, and provides some helpful tips on braving a real world store and coming out with lingerie you’ll love.
I wanted to tell everyone I have finally found a sports bra that works. I picked up eight of these bras to help hide my gynecomastia and control the resulting bounce. I am 48b because of medication and being overweight.
I was very hesitant to purchase these at first because of the non standard Sizes sold at Lane Bryant. Instead of selling by bra size, they sell by dress size. Since I wear an 26w Top I went with the size 26. I was presently surprised when I got them, but that is getting ahead of myself.
I went down to the Lane Bryant store hoping to try them before buying, but alas none were carried locally. So I had one of the salesladies (they all know me by name) order them using Coupon (You can use 050001552 $25 off $75, $50 off $150, $75 off $225). I highly recommend you sign-up for Mail Coupons or Email ones or both!
Right now until the 11th July Lane Bryant has Buy 2 Bras and Get 2 Free! Combine that with the coupons for some real savings. I also use my Lane Bryant Credit Card and get Rewards points that way too. Double Points right now.600 points and I got $25 check. So I used that also to reduce the costs and ended up paying 10-11 dollars for each Bra. Free Shipping when you order from the Store.
I found the Microfiber Racerback Sports Bra quite snug. At first I thought that it waas a little big and difficult to put on, but they have some side hooks that allow it to be put on easily. I just left the rear hooks done up and it went over my head with minimum effort. I found this bra provided excellent control of the bounce and even compressed ‘the girls’ down so they were less noticeable. It did not get rid of them, but helped quite a bit. The only thing I had to think about was making sure the straps don’t show with the shirt I choose.
The Microfiber Criss-Cross Sports Bra was easier to get on and provided adequate support and also helped hide the girls. The downside to this bra were the foam removable pads. Without the pads I found that my nipples stood out more. When the pads were put in, I had a softer, rounder shape, so I eventually opted to wear the pads. They have to be removed for washing but they are very easy to remove and ‘install’.
The Cotton Criss-Cross Sports Bra was the easiest to put on. On a hot day I can see this bra quickly becoming an favorite. It fits similarly to the Microfiber Criss-Cross Bra.
Now for a note about Lane Bryant. Initially the salesladies were not all that helpful, but there are ways of turning that around. Firstly, I suggest you go when the store is not busy. Talk to the manager before to get a Bra Fitting if you’re unsure of your size. I always go back with a ‘thank you gift’, like some Wine or candy or even gift cards to Wal-Mart or Olive Garden. In this way, I get excellent customer service. A big fear of many men who wear bras is trying on bras with women, but when women come into the store I have had zero problems, I stand in line with the ladies and say hi. In the dressing rooms, remember to be well mannered is all I can say.
I now have the proper support I wanted in a bra that fits and does the job!