I have a quick fitness fashion post for you. It’s all about the Oiselle Verrazano Bra!
I’m always on the look-out for a good sports bra. It’s the “base” of any successful running ‘kit.’ The right fit in a sports bra is the building block for the right fit for your entire running outfit!
I’m a fan of the Moving Comfort Serena bra, (which was discontinued -so sad!) and the Bitty Bracer by lululemon. Those two bras make up the bulk of my rotation. With the Serena discontinued, I need to start adding some new ones in. Based on other reviews, I was hopeful that this Verrazano Bra would be a good replacment.
I purchased my Verrazano during a flash sale, but it normally retails for $48.
Here are the details from the Oiselle site:
– Plya™ Compression (85% poly, 15% spandex)
– removable cups
– compression with lining
– 4 strap system reduces stress points
– geometric print
– compression level: 2
What I liked:
– No chafing (so far- I feel like every sports bra chafes at some point….I have only worn it on shorter non-super sweaty runs so far)
– Compression- it’s tight and keeps everything from bouncing around
– Double straps reduces the stress on each strap- I felt like the middle straps held most of the weight and the second straps were just “bonus” support.
– I will be honest, the bra is cute. Definitely a ‘pro.’ Oiselle knows how to design appealing stuff!
What I didn’t like:
– The lack of adjustability might be a con for some people.
– I don’t love the removable pads (I am wearing them in the below pictures, but took them out after the first washing.) Its lined enough that you don’t ‘nip’ out much without the pads (pro).
– The compression of the bra left me with some armpit chub (not sure what else to call it.) Not the prettiest.
( I am wearing it in a size 6 for reference.)
Overall, I’m happy with this bra, but I’m not sure it will be my primary replacement for the Serena bra. I liked it but will continue to try out others to see if I can a new favorite fit.
Thanks for your review of this one. I’ve eye balled it many times but never pulled the trigger because to me it looks like the arm holes are just cut too high and would create armpit chub on me. You’ve confirmed that bit. Darn!
I had high hopes as well, but it just wasn’t the right fit- it’s an OKAY fit, but not my new favorite. Sorry! 🙁
I just discovered this one at Victoria’s Secret (after a few FAILS with their sports bras).
It has built in cups that give nice shape, good support, and doesn’t produce the arm pit chub. I managed to get it for $25 when they were doing a special. One to keep an eye on! I have struggled mightily trying to find something that isn’t cut too high in the arms, is breathable, and has built in cups with NO underwire.
Oh this is a fantastic recommendation, thank you Kathryn! I will definitely keep an eye on this one.
I have three Verrazano bras and I like them a lot, but I do still get the chub, too, from two out of three of them. I found that the size varies a bit, unfortunately. I have two size 6 and one in an 8. One of my size 6 bras fits PERFECT! I had bought the 8 to try to mitigate the chub, but it fits like the smaller of my two size sixes. Makes no sense. Overall, I really like this bra, but I agree that it’s not perfect– except my one that is perfect, somehow. I like… Read more »
I love this- you are passionate about sports bras 🙂 Me too! I plan to write about the Runway bra, as it has been pretty solid so far. Definitely looking at the UA bra you linked to. Thanks Katie!